Okay, so, immediately we can all acknowledge that this isn’t a mid-year post. We are a little way past that. But, better late than never to reflect on some 2018 goals right? I think so. So, it is time take stock and pay some attention to those goals. How have I been doing?
Interestingly, I never used to consider my goals. When I used to watch American movies where, in school settings, the teachers would ask the student about their goals and aspirations, I could never relate. How can kids know these things? However, as time passes and I get older and wiser (pfft!), I now recognise the importance of embedding this practice. As adults, this way of thinking is far more relevant and can assist, considerably, when it comes to one’s happiness.
So, back in January, I wasn’t feeling particularly refreshed. The year started with, seemingly, everyone feeling unwell. The worst thing about it all was that it took so long to eradicate it from those that I know and love. Not necessarily as a result, but as a more positive start to the year, I wanted to consider some goals with a view to work towards living my best life and being the happiest I can be. So where are we now?
Commit to yoga practice
Back in November 2017 I started practising yoga more regularly. Each morning I spent time undertaking
Maintain a bullet journal
In terms of bullet journalling, I initially suspected that this would be a fad. Did you seem my ‘I started a bullet journal’ YouTube video and blog post? If so, you may know that I had watched Lily Pebbles talking about her Bullet Journal video and I loved the idea. In my early days of full-time blogging and YouTube, I was slowly developing my own style of organisation and I felt that a bullet journal could help.
I am pleased to report that I have maintained my own version of a bullet journal. I don’t look at it every day but it has become crucial. It is my go-to place to plan content, list and save ideas and record milestones and achievements. Whilst my bullet journal mostly remains in pencil and certainly isn’t a pretty as millions of others out there, it is helpful and has become a staple in my life. I am hoping that this will develop and I plan to integrate it further into my life. Having a structured place to keep everything together has been super helpful.
Follow Slimming World regularly
Aha, my biggest achievement this year! As I explained previously, my main aim was to just feel better. I have absolutely made some changes. I have been following Slimming World and have, so far, managed to lose 21lbs. All that with fun times thrown in and a summer holiday full of food and booze. In addition, I started running again and, with the exception of a few minor injury-related setbacks, I am slowly making progress. It feels like a new way of life and the success of it has even inspired my partner Mark to join the health-kick. In line with my original post, I am certainly feeling more energised and healthier, and, perhaps as a result, happier. To top it off, although this could just be a coincidence, I have battled less low-level illness this year and feel back to myself in many ways.
Walk more – Track steps
So, rather than walk more, as I mentioned above, I started running! This has certainly increased my steps somewhat. Although I haven’t been tracking them regularly, when I do, I have certainly noticed how difficult it can be to incorporate additional steps into your day. One of my friends made it her mission to do 10,000 steps per day and I was surprised by how difficult it could be to achieve that, even with a run in the mornings.
Collaborate more with other content creators
This is one goal that I haven’t made much progress on. I have collaborated with other creators but not as regularly as I had hoped.
Start Project Panning
My project pan progress has been slow. For several reasons, I was keen to use up makeup to learn more and ensure I was achieving value for money. However, it hasn’t quite worked out as I planned. I am an individual who has favourites and preferences, just as we all do, and I like to use the items I favour the most. I haven’t given up on panning but I really do need to try harder.
Do more of what makes me happy
This one is difficult to
So, that is my update. How are your goals going for this year? Have you smashed them or do some still need some work? It has been great to take a look back at the things I wanted to achieve and consider the progress (or lack of!) that has been made. Healthy reflection is an important part of growth and progression. And so, even though I am further forward on some goals than others, reflecting on where we are why can be hugely beneficial when it comes to refocusing and refining our path.
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