yesterday my new laptop arrived. I decided to treat myself to a laptop that I can use on the go. Today I am writing this in my local Sainsbury’s cafe waiting for my panini to be warmed. this year I want my blog to become my ‘happy’ place, somewhere that I can just be myself and write what I want and one of my main goals for my blog for 2017 will be to work on my blog whenever I want to, and this is one of those times.
My panini has now arrived and I am off to eat my lunch! Bon Appetit.
Sidenote: Sainsbury’s are still selling their Christmassy drinks and man does this make me happy!
Today I wanted to look over the goals I set at the end of 2016 and hold myself accountable to the goals that I didn’t quite manage to complete. Here’s how I got on:
1. Work out at least twice a week. – Postponed
This goal just didn’t work out, I had a lot of personal things going on and therefore they took precedence over this and my other fitness related goals.
2. Clear out + tidy my chest of drawers. – Achieved
This felt so good to achieve and now I can find what I want to wear so much easier than before!
3. Blog redesign and new schedule. – Achieved
More on this coming soon.
4. Minimalism – Achieved
I may not have achieved this to anyone else’s standards but I am really proud of myself for how many things I have managed to get rid of or donate.
5. Set a monthly budget and stick to it. – Achieved
This was harder than I expected but I’m really glad that I’ve finally sorted it out.
6. Set a weekly cleaning schedule – Achieved
Setting a cleaning schedule has made keeping my room tidy so much easier because I have designated days for certain tasks so it doesn’t all get too much and I don’t have to try and do it all in one day.
7. Makeup and beauty clear out. – Achieved
It felt so good to get rid of a lot of products that I really just don’t use. I plan to condense my collection down even further in 2017.
8. Establish 5 goals for 2017 and come up with action plans for them. – Achieved
More on this very soon.
9. Buy a car. – Achieved
I have my own car and I love it so much
10. Introduce weekly reviews into my Bullet Journal. – Achieved
Throughout November and December I hardly used my bullet journal at all – I had so much on my mind that I know my bullet journal could have helped me with but I just couldn’t get the jumble of ideas down on paper.
11. Complete ‘Your Best Year 2017’. – Postponed
It may be a bit late but I plan to work through this throughout January ready for a productive year.
12. Plan a weekend away. – In Progress
This is in progress and although it will still be in the UK, I’m really looking forward to it.
13. Save a reasonable amount of money. – Completed
With a combination of Birthday and Christmas money and monthly savings I managed to very comfortable achieve this goal.
14. 30 day ab challenge – Postponed
I have postponed this challenge until February when I plan to really crack on and make the absolute best of it.
15. 30 day squat challenge. – Postponed
Same as above.
16. Revamp my wardrobe. – In Progress
I’ve had a think about what ‘key pieces’ I’m missing from my wardrobe and now I know what clothes I want to add to my wardrobe I need to hunt them down and purchase them.
17. Sort my passport out! – Postponed
Not long after I published the original post I managed to lose the form! So I plan on picking up a new form when I go to the Post Office next.
18. Finish 2016 Strong! – Even though I didn’t manage to achieve all of the goals that were on my list, I finished the year feeling positive and motivated for the year ahead. So here’s to a fantastic 2017.
The time has now come where I start to set some goals with the aim of finishing the year on a strong footing. The idea for this post came from the incredible Boho Berry and her 17 before 2017 post. Here’s what I’m planning to accomplish before 2017 begins:
1. Work out at least twice a week.
We have a treadmill at home so my plan is to either find a motivating playlist and listen to that as I run or to put Netflix on and just go for it. Fingers crossed I can accomplish this.
2. Clear out + tidy my chest of drawers.
This goal ties in with another goal on my list, number 16, because I really need to go through all my clothes and find what isn’t working for me and find things that do work for me. Part of this will be to learn to keep things tidy (a recurring theme of this list!)
3. Blog redesign and new schedule.
I’m part way done with this, I just need to play with the design a little bit to tweak a few things so that they work better for me. Can anyone recommend a free guide for Blogger for someone who has no idea what they are doing? thanks! I also am still trying to find a posting schedule that works for me.
I tried this a while ago and it worked perfectly and then all of sudden my brain decided that I wanted ALL of the things and now I own a lot more than I did before and it is infuriating! More on this to come.
5. Set a monthly budget and stick to it.
This is something that is really important to me but I just can’t seem to manage it no matter how hard I tried. There are multiple steps to this that I need to follow and now that it is all written in this post, hopefully I will hold myself responsible and achieve this. Watch this space!
6. Set a weekly cleaning schedule
I have a list of cleaning tasks that I like to stick to each week, however, up until now I’ve just done them as and when I feel like it so now I’d like to put a schedule in place and make sure I stick to it!
7. Makeup and beauty clear out.
As I have previously mentioned, I want to try and lead a more minimal lifestyle in 2017 and I feel that by cutting down on the amount of products I own that I don’t use this will help me greatly to really understand what it is that I need so that I can try and save some money at the same time.
8. Establish 5 goals for 2017 and come up with action plans for them.
This way I can hold myself responsible and check that they are achieved before 2017 is over. Depending on what the goals are I would like them all ticked off by the third quarter of 2017.
9. Buy a car.
I am currently learning to drive and when I wrote this post I was looking for my first car. I can already tick this one off the list (cheating I know) but I have my first car and it is a little Nissan Micra that I have named Milly!
10. Introduce weekly reviews into my Bullet Journal.
I’m terrible at actually reviewing my bullet journal and what isn’t working because I just turn the page and carry on without looking back. I’m hoping that by introducing a weekly review I can look at what isn’t working and make changes before I move into my new Bullet Journal in a couple of months time!
11. Complete ‘Your Best Year 2017’.
Your Best Year 2107 is a goal setting work book by incredible blogger Lisa Jacobs of Market Your Creativity. I heard about this through Boho Berry and wanted to see what it was like. I have started it and aim to finish it in the next month (there’s a lot of it and I’m busy) but I wholeheartedly recommend it from what I have seen of it so far. It comes in hardback and as a downloadable PDF document.
12. Plan a weekend away.
My best friend and I keep talking about a weekend away and I would really like to actually make that happen next year so I am going to start brainstorming places that I would like to visit and set a budget to see how much fun we can pack in on the smallest budget.
13. Save a reasonable amount of money.
Between now and December 31st I plan to save a reasonable amount of money so that I can start 2017 with a tidy sum in my savings account.
14. 30 day ab challenge
I would love to take part in and complete a 30 day ab challenge, I plan to this for the month of November so that I know to stay on track and make sure that I can finish it, and finish it well.
15. 30 day squat challenge.
Same as the above. I really enjoy a challenge so I really hope I can achieve these two in the month of November.
16. Revamp my wardrobe.
My body shape has definitely changed this year and my wardrobe needs to reflect that. At the moment I have items of clothing that I really like but struggle to wear because I don’t have other pieces that I feel comfortable in to make up an outfit.
17. Sort my passport out!
My passport expired in February and I really need to get around to renewing it. I have the form and everything I just keep forgetting to fill it! oops!
18. Finish 2016 Strong!
So there are my goals for the end of 2016, what goals are you aiming to achieve by December 31st?
Thanks for reading x