Motivation Monday 10

Last week was a total write off. You may have seen on my social media that my Mum got ill and has been in the hospital since last Monday. Annoyingly sheโ€™s not got much better and all the tests they promise to do arenโ€™t being done. This being said she seems a little better now and I need to try and get back to some amount of normalcy. Below are a few laid-back goals for the week to try and ease me into life again.

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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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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.

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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. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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”

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ยฃ15 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 ยฃ200 a month into a Help to Buy ISA. These are sadly not available anymore but ยฃ200 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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