Blog & Life Update

 

Blog & Life Update

So hey guys. This one’s gonna be a bit of an update. There are aΒ  few ideas I’ve been toying with lately and have decided to implement them. Well, I’m 90% sure I want to… Telling the Internet means I have to though right? Continue reading “Blog & Life Update”

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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September Goals 2017 / August Recap

It’s about time for some goals I think! As per last months post that you can find here, I’m going to do a review of how I got on with last months goals and then get into this month’s goals.

August 2017 Goals

1. Meditate – This is something that I did a few times but didn’t really see much benefit. I was just too distracted to fully engage with it which I think says I need to meditate more than ever. This month I’m going to make more of an effort to practice it regularly and see if I can’t calm down a little.

2. Lose 10lbs – As you will quickly be learning I struggle a lot with my weight and have done so again this month. I spent the majority of this month in tremendous pain so this really was the last of my worries, unfortunately. I’m finally feeling a lot better so will be back on this one this month!

3. Plan next trip – I’m technically still in the middle of this one and am writing a few posts on places I want to visit and as I write the post I am researching where to stay, costs etc. 2 birds with 1 stone you see.

4. Workout – Unfortunately as I mentioned earlier I have been struggling so much with my health this month that working out hasn’t really been an option. I plan to tweak this goal for this month to try and make it more manageable.

5. Research the benefits of minimalism – This is the only goal I feel I’ve fully achieved in August :(. I’ve watched a lot of videos and read blog posts on the topic and am now in the market for a few books I can read that will expand my working knowledge of minimalism. It seems to be something people interpret very differently.

September 2017 Goals

1. Yoga/ meditate 3 times a week or more – 3rd time lucky right? I’ve had this on my 2 previous goals in some form or another. Last month I decided not to quantify the goal but have learnt then I trick myself into thinking once means I’ve done it if I just say “practice meditation”. Technically practising it once is practising though, right?

I want to try and either meditate or practice yoga a few 3 times a week because I found yoga really helped me before and I seriously need to stop stressing over unnecessary things and focus.

2. Drink 2+ litres of water a day – I mentioned in the recap that I had struggled a lot with my health last month and this was due to recurrent kidney issues. I’m actually writing a post at the moment talking all about it but it’s really difficult.

I never used to drink any water/ squash and would drink a can of something carbonated and that would be it for the WHOLE DAY. I know, it’s ridiculously unhealthy and childish to think it wouldn’t catch up with me. I know I should be doing it but don’t. Therefore I want to drink at least 2 litres a day to try and prevent further health issues.

3. Grow my blog further – This one I’m excited about! I have managed to almost double the amount of views in August compared to July and have a huge ambition to try and do the same this month! I also want to learn about Pinterest and how to properly use it to bring in more viewers. I do have specific social media and blog targets but those are very personal so I may share these if I hit them in next months report!

4. Pursue a hobby – I half-markedly (that’s a word right? ;]) have a lot of hobbies that I do when the mood takes me but I want to get serious about at least 1. I’m sort of already on track with this one because on Tuesday I have my first rehearsal session booked in with a local acapella group – I’m so excited. I also want to work more on my guitar skills and try and do an open mic night next month.

5. Learn something new – When I was in university I was totally done with learning and had had enough by the time my course was over. Ironically now I want to learn about a topic or something in particular and have no idea where to start. I kind of miss the research aspect and testing my theories as sad as that sounds. I’ve checked out eDX and have enrolled on a free course on productivity to test the waters before I actually pay for a course. I’ve also been re-learning German through an app on my phone.

6. Get my s**t together – I know, could I be vaguer if I tried? Probably not. I want to focus on using my bullet journal more and also logging all of my achievements. I get so caught up in what I haven’t done and really don’t focus on the small wins that I’ve had this month. I’ve decided to log these in my planner so I can see that the day has been better than I thought.

How has your month been?

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July 2017 Goals!

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Happy 3rd July to all of my friends. I have decided to document my goals as I have been reading and researching productivity and how to make the most of my time. One of the main things I have learnt is to tell someone as it helps you stay accountable. So; this is me telling you guys. This is actually the first month I’ve ever had goals so I will report back at the end of this month and then report on the next month’s goals as well.

  1. Lose 10lbs.Β So, like most people my age I am currently trying to lose weight and get healthier. Those of you who know me, know that I eat very unhealthily normally so I’m trying to change that! The plan is to lose 10lbs. I will be going to the gym more, trying to eat out less and also walking wherever possible. If you have a Fitbit we should be friends!
  2. Read/finish 1 book.Β Alongside trying to become healthier physically I am trying to improve myself mentally as well. Read/finish 1 book is a goal for me at the moment because I have so many books I want to read but also I have a terrible habit of not finishing books. Find out what I’m reading on GoodReads here.
  3. Go to the Gym 14 times.Β I have found that the idea of going certain times a week is harder to achieve because some weeks I am busier than others. It also means if I get behind then I can binge go to the gym. My new boyfriend is also a gym/fitness enthusiast so that definitely helps! πŸ™‚
  4. Practice self-careΒ once a day.Β I have recently found out that my employer does a year’s free subscription to HeadSpace; a meditation app. I am trying to practice self-care once a day because that is the first thing I neglect when I’m stressed. I am aiming to at least do a meditation session a day.
  5. Blog once a week. This one is very self-explanatory. I have been meaning to blog regularly for years and finally feel like I know what I want to blog about. I’m going to focus on music, minimalism and self-development. So far I am keeping up with the once a month blogging thing. I’m so proud. πŸ˜‰

Do you have goals for the month of July or longer term goals? If you do then let me know!

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