My September Resolutions

I loved school, and so the autumn term has remained my unofficial (but way more meaningful) new year. Admittedly it was a little about the new stationery and shoes, but more than that it represented an opportunity to step up and do things better. To finally become my best self (which is when all the amazing things will happen). Of course, you learn over the years that there never really is a new you, you are always stuck with the old you, but I still can’t help but feel the tingle of possibilities every year when September comes around.

So here’s a round-up of my resolutions and aims and goals for this autumn.

I will get much, much, much better at diary keeping. My brain is not a good place to store appointments. Since I returned to work, this brain-diary system has fallen apart. I’ve missed the dentist and hair appointments, school events, booking deadlines, coffees and no doubt other things I don’t realise I forgot about. I’ve tried electronic diaries, it doesn’t work for me, so I will write everything down. 

Find a classic navy blue pea coat. I have wanted one for years and years. Must not get distracted by 59.99 jackets at Zara.


Spend less time on Instagram (mwahahahaha, see my attitude to lists at the end of the post).

Stop trying to be the good guy all the time. I have no one to blame but myself when I end up with too much to do. Do not reply to the email looking for a new class rep, just do not do it. I don’t have time right now and it will make me feel stressed and resentful.

Remember that comparison is the thief of joy, remember that comparison is the thief of joy, remember that comparison is the thief of joy…..

Read the news more often. My work will be better if I’m better informed.


My friend Sarah (a life and business coach) and I wrote a post about making change and resolutions stick, click here to read it.

And then…

Become a boss on Pinterest. An absolute boss.

Persist at persisting. This little phrase has come to mean a lot to me since I started Not About the Kids. Every day the bad guy in your head will whisper a dozen reasons to quit, the best way to silence him is by turning up again tomorrow.

Cook more from scratch. Cooking has been a major casualty of going back to work. I actually like preparing a decent meal and pity my poor malnourished family. Simple recipe book/website suggestions most welcome in the comments box below!


Reorganise the appointment I missed to get a filling in my tooth. If my teeth fall out because I have spent too much time on Instagram it will not look good in photographs.

Sort out the shoemageddon situation in the bottom of my wardrobe. Even though the door is shut it is still there.

Reach 2,000 unique monthly views on my website by Christmas (maybe even more?). I’m told this is the important number. This website is my baby and I own it. It deserves to be the focus of my attention.

And learn to make short videos in a way that is quick and fun.

Major disclaimer. My grown-up attitude to lists is that they are never really meant to be completed. If you manage to tick one or two things off each list you write, then you are one or two things better off than you were before. And forgive yourself the rest.

Do you have any September resolutions this year?

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8 comments on “My September Resolutions

  1. Scarlett Roitman on

    Great ones Helen. I don’t think mine are a million miles away from yours. Although can’t get my head around Pinterest. I used it a lot when working in property but just not sure what to do with it for Diary.
    I will be watching you!

  2. @not_about_the_kids2017 on

    Scarlett, I have set my Pinterest stall out now haven’t I? I keep trying with it, I do, but it’s not coming naturally….

  3. Sarah on

    Brilliant list! I feel exactly the same about September and ditto, I can’t get on with electronic diary either. Think I’ll revert to paper too and put a diary on my Xmas list!! Xxx

  4. @not_about_the_kids2017 on

    Hi Sarah, I think there’s something about putting pen to paper that helps things stick. A beautiful diary is a very pleasing gift indeed. Thanks for stopping by, Hxxx

  5. Suzanne on

    The electronic diary doesn’t work for me either but I keep persisting with it although i’ve no idea why! So which are you going for – pilates or yoga?

  6. @not_about_the_kids2017 on

    Hi Suzanne, there’s something about physically writing things down that makes a difference isn’t there, I don’t know what? I think I have identified a yoga class – watch this space. That’s visiting the blog, Hxxx

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