April Update/ May Goals 2018

I know everyone says it but I can’t believe that it’s already nearly May. That being said April has been a rollercoaster for me so I thought I would update you on my general happenings in April and what the plans are for May. Keep reading to find out…

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Motivation Monday Update 5

Last Week:

Stay Calm

So I can say that this happened to an extent. I didn’t actually lose my cool at any point, I just got very fed up. I did make people aware I was feeling mighty aggro though so that might have helped. I’ve been using my bullet journal to track overall “good days” and seem to have had more good than bad so that’s a plus.

Start Reading A Book

I did this one! I haven’t read much but technically I bought myself (another/a) book and have started reading it. I haven’t read very much but I’m really liking being back into reading. I intend to post a reading list and a few book reviews given my below goals for April and this week in general.

Spring Clean

My wardrobe has had a serious tidy although in my opinion I still want to go over it again. I’ve managed to donate 4 rubbish bags worth of items so far and will probably get the same again after this weekend.

Daily Tarot Card Readings

Oops. Totally forgot about this one. I’m going to try it again when I have a less crazy week and no illness etc.

Larger Goals

Lose Weight

So I haven’t lost any weight in the last week but I haven’t put any on either so I’m kind of proud of myself for that. I’m definitely starting to make better decisions with food and drink. Hopefully next week I’ll go back to losing more weight!
Weight update: -0.0 kg

Run A 5k

So, I went to the gym today for the first time in over a week. I’ve had a really rubbish week with my general health so I’m glad that I’ve finally got back to it. I did my 5k 2 seconds slower than my personal best. I’m really proud of this as I had done 7 miles before that in my day. Normally my personal bests happen on weekends when I workout before I start my day properly.

Goals week beginning 09/04

Back Up All My Posts So Far

Yep, totally occurred to me I haven’t done this yet. I’m also not sure I know how to either though. If anyone has any posts they could share with me about how to do it with a free WordPress account that would be wonderful!

Schedule This Week’s Posts

I’m always scrambling to get various Instagram, Twitter and WordPress posts up. This being said I want to use CrowdFire to help me schedule everything. Hopefully, this means I will see better results etc on Instagram as lately I haven’t been posting and my numbers have dropped dramatically. 😦

Write 300 Words Of My Fiction Book

I’ve had an idea for a fiction book for roughly the last 5 years and have written random scenes and ideas in various notebooks. (I have like a million notebooks. Don’t judge.) I want to try and pull all these together and just write something. Whether it be the draft for the whole thing or the first chapter, even the last for that matter. I find getting started with things the hardest but once I’ve started then I seem to gather momentum pretty quickly.

Read 5 Chapters

Off the back of my last week’s goal to start reading a book, I want to ramp this up a bit. I have started reading one book in particular and have been playing around with the idea of reading 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction at a time. I also want to read before bed to unwind rather than using my phone or watching TV as I am having horrendously vivid nightmares and suspect this may be to blame. Therefore I want to read 5 chapters of any books this week.

Try Time Blocking

I’ve seen a lot of hype lately surrounding time blocking. I am always looking for ways to be more efficient and more productive. I’ve recently been trying the Pomodoro technique lately as well so expect a post on that in the future. I want to log how everything went with time blocking and my thoughts on it to put in a post!

So there we have it, some weekly goals that hopefully I can stick to! Do you have any goals this month? If so, what are they?

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19 By 2019

19 Things I Want To Achieve Before The New Year


So originally I was going to do a 25 before 25 post but I’ve got less than 4 months until my birthday so that seems a little crazy. I liked the idea so I’m going to do a 19 before 2019 post instead. Keep reading if you want a look at my plans for the rest of the year! Continue reading “19 By 2019”

Motivation Monday Update 4

Update On Last Week


Update My Habit Tracker Daily

I’d say this one isn’t a win but it’s close. I’ve been using it so much more than I was and have done a few new pages that I’m really proud of! I started the habit tracker on the 19th so hopefully having a full month will give me some more insight.
Do Some Overtime

I was so ready for overtime on Saturday and actually went to work super early but then the systems weren’t working properly. Given that and the fact I’d had an awful day Friday I threw the towel in before equipment got damaged… πŸ™ˆ
Good Language Days

F**k no. I kid. Sort of. I did terribly at this. I’m doing okay so far today and I’ve said more than 2 sentences! It’s in my habit tracker so hopefully, I’ll get there eventually. I’ve just been very angry and upset this week so I’ve not had the inclination to try and stop. ;(
Comment On 10 Blog Posts

Done this one! I win. Seriously though, it’s really nice getting to know people and commenting on their posts. I know how much it makes my day better when people comment on my posts so it’s only fair to pay it back. πŸ’–

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Lose Weight

I’ve been trying to make better decisions and drinking more water. It also helps that I was still in a lot of pain therefore unable to eat very much. That being said I have managed to lose 2 kilos compared to last week therefore my net loss is 1.1kg. Wooop!

Weight update: -1.1 kg

Run A 5k

No further updates on this one again. I haven’t been to the gym in a little while. Not gonna’ lie I was just sad and not feeling like doing anything to be perfectly honest. I’ve got a few days off so hope to use them to go to the gym in the mornings because I find it easier to go there early.

Goals week beginning 26/03

STAY CALM

This one sounds like it might be a joke as a goal but I’m serious. I’ve been in a lot of emotional and physical pain recently and I’ve been freaking out… This isn’t good for me. Especially given my health issues anyway.

I’m going to try and get back into meditating daily to see if this helps me remain calm.
Start Reading a Book

I’ve got so many books that I want to start reading so I’m going to pick the one I want to read the most and make a start. My progress will be documented on GoodReads. I’m trying to decide between You Are A Badass and Light is the New Black.
Spring Clean

I want to spring clean my closet in particular. I’ve been looking into moving out and I have a million times more stuff than I need. A lot of stuff I haven’t worn in months or years. I slowly want to get to the position where I can have some semblance of a capsule wardrobe where all of my pieces work with one another.
Daily Tarot Card Readings

I really want to do more tarot card readings. I also have a few books on tarot cards and their meanings so maybe I can kill two birds with one stone! I’ve got some really beautiful cards and they really interest me. I want to look into when to read my cards and other things other people do. I’ve seen some people read one card to set things up for the month but I’m not sure?

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Motivation Monday Update 3

Update On Last Week

Bullet Journal

HA! This one I am so proud of myself for achieving. I bought a new bullet journal (an A4 one) in London and have written in my A5 old bullet journal the order in which I want my collections to go. I’ve also used it to draft posts as well. This one I’m totally gonna mark as done.
Drink Water

Yep, still awful but I’m getting there with the 1-litre plus. It’s one that I’m keeping track of in my bullet journal and hope to chronical how it makes me feel too. I’ve been told it will make me feel a million times better and help my skin too. I’m sceptical but I’ll keep an eye on it…
Take More Pictures

If you’ve been keeping up with my Twitter and Instagram then you will already know I saw Hamilton in London on Thursday and then spent Friday in London too. This being said I took a ton of photo’s and now have blog and Instagram content for days!
Read Before Bed and Switch Off

This one is unfortunately just a straight up no… Oops.
Larger Goals
Lose Weight

I spent a few days in London and also have a toothache from hell so I have been eating rubbish and sleeping a lot. This means that I’ve undone a lot of my hard work and this has actually really upset me. I need to try harder next week; I know.

Weight update: + 1.1 kg
Run A 5k

No further updates on this one either. I’ve had to postpone gym workouts because I have had to take most painkillers imaginable to counter my horrendous toothache. I’ve been totally out of it on codeine so the gym isn’t really where I should be right now. Fingers crossed I can hit it hard this week.

Goals – week beginning 19/03/2018

Update My Habit Tracker Daily

So my habit tracker is there for me to track my progress with certain goals but ironically I keep forgetting to fill it in. I want to make sure I use it this week as I have the new bullet journal and want to make the most of it. If you guys know of any cute layouts then that would be good! πŸ™‚
Do Some Overtime

I know right. I’ve said this a million times. I’ve recently done a mortgage in principle application with my bank and realised I’m so close to being able to buy my own house so it’s given me the boost I need. I’m not going to put a number on it but any overtime is more than I have been doing so any is a plus.
Have A Few “Good Language” Days

I’ll admit it. Every other word that comes out of my mouth is normally an expletive and I know it’s something I need to curb. Hopefully by having it in my habit tracker and also not trying to stop altogether will mean that I can make headway with it.
Comment On 10 Blog Posts

I really enjoy reading posts and I love it when people engage with me and comment on my content so it’s only fair that I do the same. I read a lot of posts and taking the extra minute or so to give a response will totally be worth it.

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February Goals 2018

I am fully aware that I was supposed to post my goals at the start of this year but the time got away from me. I like the review/goal post format so will start that again next month. Below are my goals for February. πŸ™‚

Overtime

I am in a fortunate position where overtime, where I work, is pretty much always available. We get paid more for overtime as well so when I can do it I would really like to. I normally end up getting to work about 40 minutes early so I can do 30 minutes in the morning every morning as long as there are no transport issues.

I’d really like to do 12 hours overtime this month which gives me 30 minutes a day plus 2 hours. I’m going to try my hardest to fit this in! πŸ™‚

Water

This has literally been a goal/ habit I want to form for the last year or so. I am awful at drinking water or anything other than fizzy drinks if I’m being entirely honest. I just never really feel thirsty.

I have an app on my phone to remind me to drink water so that’s a decent start. I have also bought myself a Brita water jug and have been keeping that in the fridge as I really can’t stand room temperature water.

My boyfriend and coworkers also know I need be drinking more water so are quietly suggesting so and asking what I’ve drunk so far, offered to fill up my bottle etc. They’re all really sweet so it’s good to have caring people like this on my side.

Gym

I know this is the same as the majority of the population making goals right now. There was a point last year where I was loving going to the gym and how I felt when I got back so I really want to get there again. I spend a lot of time with my boyfriend and at the cinema so want to try and balance that with going to the gym as well to try and shift some weight.

The plan is to go at least twice a week, to begin with, and then try and increase either the length of time or frequency from there. I will be checking in with this one and using some adorable planner stickers to remind me in my diary when I want to go!

Tarot

I got some tarot cards just after Christmas (totally inspired by Kalyn Nicholson) and have been doing a few readings. You may have seen on my Instagram (link) that I won Β£15 on a scratchcard after reading my cards were fortunate. It’s all pretty awesome.

I want to continue to learn all I can about tarot cards and readings. I also want to try writing down how my day went at the end of the day and then reading my cards to see if they match. I want to keep a tarot card diary; so is that something you want to see?

Reading; Destination Simple by Brooke Mcalary.
Watching; Hannibal
Listening to; Dustin Lynch

What are your goals for February?

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2017 In Review

2017 has been a year of change for me. The biggest changes of my life so far. I thought I would review how this year has gone and written about some of the most notable things that have happened and changed in my life. Fair warning; these aren’t all great things. 2017 has been a strange year for me and a lot of the changes that happened seemed awful at the time but I have grown to accept them and have learnt from the experience.

Relationships

  • I broke up with my long-term partner.

This is what I would class as the biggest change in my life this year. I was with my partner for just under 7 years and decided at the start of the year that I wasn’t happy anymore. Not going to lie, it ended badly and has taught me a lot about the relationships I want to be in going forward. It also taught me that there’s no harm in speaking up if you have a problem in a relationship or have just grown apart as the years progressed.

  • I tried internet dating.

Yep, when I got with my long-term partner what feels like a million years ago; online dating wasn’t really a thing. This being said once I was getting over the breakup I thought I would try Tinder as my friends had suggested and it sounded like a laugh. I met a few people on there and dated a guy for a while but unfortunately we wanted different things moving forward. This leads me on to the last point of this topic.

  • I started dating my best friend.

As I said at the start of this post; it’s been a weird year. This year I’ve grown closer to two people who started as colleagues and then grew into best friends of mine. I’m not entirely sure when it started but I began noticing the little things that my now-boyfriend would do on a daily basis that were very “gentlemanly” (it’s a word okay…!) and how I potentially took some of it for granted.
Flash forward a few weeks after my most recent breakup and he was going to London to return something and he asked if I wanted to come too. I haven’t actually done “touristy” things in London before so decided it would be a great idea. We went to see my Grandad’s treasure too, the Hoxne Hoard, which is currently on show in the British Museum. It was super awesome and I took some photos and we did tourist things. I had an amazing day and we decided to stand by the Thames and he kissed me. (I know, adorable ;)). We’ve been dating ever since.

Hobbies

  • I got a new guitar.

I got a new acoustic guitar. I’m self-taught and have really just been learning chords to support my own singing if I wanted to do some open mic nights. This is something I’ve done 1 of and that was impromptu, but would like to do more of. I’ve also neglected my music YouTube channel but have been posting to SoundCloud more instead. If I’m honest my SoundCloud has a bigger audience plus I don’t have to show my face. Win, win!

  • I tried out bullet journaling.

Bullet journalling is awesome and it’s definitely something I was obsessing over for a while. The issue is that I am awful at drawing and designing layouts which is kind of the most integral part. It helped me to stay organised when I did do it though so I definitely want to try a variation of this in 2018.

  • I learnt more about makeup.

This one is something I’ve inadvertently learnt. My sister is now qualified in various different treatments and makeup application itself so she has been showing me the ropes. I’m very embarrassed to say I learnt about highlighter and contour this year too. Late to the party, I know. I have followed various beauty YouTubers for years but have actually started to listen to their advice. I also learnt the importance of spending more on fewer good quality than lots of low-quality cheap ones.

Health

  • My kidney issues because prevalent again.

This one, as it sounds, is awful. Since the age of 17, I have been having kidney and urinary infections on and off. I think I’m somewhere in the region of 40 now since then. I have had a few months without issues since then but I have been having more again recently.

Unfortunately, no one seems to know the real cause and being pumped full of antibiotics every 5 minutes is dangerous in itself.

  • My mental health has been a rollercoaster.

Bleh. This one is also awful. I had a great start to the year in that I felt the best that I had in a while but then everything went down with my ex and it went downhill from there. I’ve finally learnt the hard way that I need to talk to people when I’m feeling upset or anxious or scared because bottling it up is the worst. The year was pretty rough as a whole but I’m proud of how I’ve managed to bring it back in the last few weeks.

  • General physical health/wellbeing

The start of my year started reasonably well. I am really freaked out by the texture of vegetables and a lot of meats as well. This being said I don’t eat much in the way of vegetables or fruits which is awful. I also don’t do much in the way of exercise either. The start of this year I was doing well with going to the gym and eating healthier until around June and then I just stopped. I’m not entirely sure why. So basically, first six months of the year was good and second just went to hell.

Finance

  • I saved money to move out.

This one I’ve actually done reasonably well on. I’ve managed to regularly put away Β£200 a month into a Help to Buy ISA. These are sadly not available anymore but Β£200 a month is the maximum you can put in. Once you close the account to buy a property the government give you 25% of the final balance you saved extra, for free. It’s also at a pretty high interest rate by comparison too which is good.

  • I got a pay rise.

This one is pretty cool. I’ve been with my current employer for just over 2 years and have been fortunate enough to receive a few pay rises in that time. I got told about the most recent one on the last day before we stopped work for Christmas. I feel like this has been a while coming and I’ve worked really hard to get here and am so proud of myself.

Blog

  • I created the KB Chaos blog.

This is a pretty big one because I’ve always liked the idea of having a blog and have read them for as long as I can remember. The KB stands for my initials and Chaos is just a random word I liked at the time. Not exactly the best way to choose a name but it worked so…

  • I met some wonderful ladies online.

Through blogging and twitter, I have managed to connect with a few other bloggers who have helped me when I needed it. They’ve also given me amazing feedback and one even created my banner for free!

  • I got nominated for my first Liebster award.

If you’ve never heard of this award it’s super cute and you should consider nominating a few bloggers yourself. It’s basically an award you get from being nominated by other bloggers and then answer questions they set in the post. You then set your own for the people or person you nominate. It’s adorable!

You can read my post here.

How has your 2017 been? Eventful?

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