Motivation Monday ~ October Goals 2018

September was a tough month; everyone I talk to seems to agree. This being said I have decided to mix it up and give myself monthly goals. It gives me a little longer to actually achieve things and accounts for minor setbacks. Keep reading to see what I’ve decided on…

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Motivation Monday Goals ~ 24/09/2018

It can be really hard to keep up with goals and what you are working towards. This being said I have found posting my goals on my blog and also writing them on my whiteboard in my study/ spare room/ office has really helped me to keep track and achieve what I want to. Keep reading to see what my plans are for this week…

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Motivation Monday 6 – 30/04/2018

I have got the week off work this week so I am hoping to get a lot done. I want to make sure that I make a list of everything I need to do in May and before moving in so hopefully the majority of the organisational stuff can happen this week!
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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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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… 🙈
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. 💖

Larger Goals

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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August Goals 2017/ July Report

So, I thought it would make sense to do my August goals but also to update you guys on how my July goals went. July was my birthday month and I had so much fun exploring and doing what I wanted to. Not saying that that is an excuse…

July 2017 Goal Report

1. Lose 10lbs – Weight loss is something I’m really struggling with at the moment and my weekend away in Cambridge meant I ate terribly. I only lost 2lbs but with the way I was eating and treating my body, I’m surprised I lost anything.

2. Read/ finish 1 book – Technically I have been reading a book but haven’t finished it yet. I got “The Million Dollar Blog” by Natasha Courtenay-Smith. It’s really interesting and I’m learning a lot about blogging as I go along. Expect a book review on this one really soon!

3. Go to the gym 14 times – This one I actually did the opposite of… I actually cancelled my gym membership. I’m currently looking to move away from my home town in the next few weeks and gyms in the city are more affordable. I’ve been going for runs outside and will be trying yoga this week.

4. Practice self-care once a day – If you recall I actually wrote a post on self-care and actually managed to do one thing from the list every day which I am proud of. I can see a change in myself because I am a lot more relaxed and my Fitbit that I got for my birthday has shown my average heart rate is slightly lower.

5. Blog once a week – YEP! Nailed it! I am so proud I’ve managed to do a post a week, even if it has been a bit hectic at times. I’ve also managed to grow the Instagram and Twitter following for the blog as well and met some lovely blogger ladies.

August 2017 Goals

1. Meditate – This links closely to last month as I was practising self-care regularly. I’ve found that meditation helps me to relax which is important as I’m a worrier and stress out quite easily.

2. Lose 10lbs – So I hopped on the scales this morning and had an unfortunate shock. I’ve actually put on weight since updating the top of this post. I’m going to start using MyFitnessPal to track all of my calories in and out. It’s quite awesome because it syncs to my Fitbit and any extra steps I do will be added to my calorie allowance!

3. Plan next trip – I’m one of those few people that have yet to leave the UK. I really don’t travel very far at all if I’m honest. Last weekend  I stayed in Cambridge for a long weekend for my birthday and it was so amazing. This has made me want to go somewhere else new. I have a passport so it’s just a case of booking the trip and saving up! I’m thinking about going to Spain or somewhere hot 🙂

4. Workout – Last month I said go to the gym 14 times but I think leaving it more open ended may be more helpful. I’m going to try and go for a run every other day and practice yoga as well.

5. Research the benefits of minimalism – I’ve been looking into minimalism and am unashamedly addicted to declutter videos on YouTube. I’ve heard a lot about the benefits of minimalism and I’m currently in a small room that is way too overcrowded. I need to actually get rid of a lot as 70% of it I don’t know I have or don’t use. Does anyone have any suggestions for where to start?

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To The Bone – Netflix Review

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I just want to preface this by saying I have never been affected by an eating disorder personally; this review may be impacted by that. 

I seem to be spending a terrible amount of time lately watching Netflix, [sorry not sorry] especially since I have been downloading things to watch on my train commute to work. I noticed To The Bone and decided to download it because it was something I remember hearing about but couldn’t remember why. Apparently, it was the fact the movie is littered with controversy.

At the time of writing this review, I’m really conflicted about how I feel about this movie. To sum it up; it has elements of romance but isn’t a romance story, it has to feel good moment but isn’t a feel good film and also has moments of comedy but isn’t a comedic movie at the heart of it. I really enjoyed the movie but I’m still not 100% sure why. I do agree with some angry reviews that claim it glamorises anorexia. At times I feel it does because for the most part Ellen herself doesn’t seem too phased by it or like she is suffering.

I would recommend it when you have a free afternoon and you’re looking for something that will make you think a little more about life itself. It teaches that as much as someone may claim to “have it together” the majority of the time they don’t. In a very harsh way, it also taught me that not everyone can be “saved” and that sometimes learning to cope is the best available outcome.

My main issue with this film is that I felt like it was the first episode of a series and I was very disappointed that it was just a movie. I think the characters themselves are very likeable and I think Luke is absolutely great along with Kelly, her sister. My overall opinion is that it’s worth a watch when there is very little else you’d rather watch. It gives an insight into anorexia and the way people think when they are affected by such an affliction. It also briefly touches on the feelings and thoughts of the people who surround the “sufferer”. For a more in-depth review with spoilers, keep reading.

[Spoilers lie ahead]

The story follows Ellen (Lily Collins), a young woman who suffers from anorexia and has seemingly tried all treatments going other than a radical one at a group recovery home that is run by Dr Beckham (Keanu Reeves). The premise, I feel, is a good one. Like I mentioned earlier I feel like it would have benefited either from having a form of “resolution” or being made into a multi-episode series.

The lighthearted nature throughout the movie meant that I quite enjoyed it and it felt like an oddly compelling documentary in places. I myself have not been impacted by an eating disorder and I feel like it helped me to understand a little about the disorder. This being said the lack of a definitive “happy ending” did leave me a little hopeless that she would actually better and would ultimately lose her life. I can see why this ending was written but hopefully, this isn’t the case for everyone who has an eating disorder.

There is a “moment” in To The Bone between Ellen and Luke and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I am a romantic at heart and love it when two characters seemingly perfect for each other get together. The fact that Luke is such a positive person and seems to be making a lot of good progress is the main reason why I feel like he’d be great for Ellen. He also doesn’t take things too seriously but knows when to draw the line as well. I write fanfiction occasionally (i know, I’m a nerd..)  and have an overwhelming urge to write their recovery together.

The main issue I had though was that the whole “she’s an artist and some girl committed suicide” story line really confused me throughout. I still don’t really understand why the girl killed herself or what significance it had. Maybe it was what sparked the anorexia or was a result of it. If you’ve seen To The Bone can you please explain this to me?!

All in all, it’s definitely worth a watch but I would avoid letting younger kids watch it as I do agree in places it glamorises anorexia like 13 Reasons does with suicide. Worth a watch but doubtful I’d rewatch it.

6/10

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