January is here! Can you believe it? To be totally honest, I always find the whole ‘new year, new me’ mantra of January really overwhelming, so I’m taking it easy with this month’s goals and not putting lots of pressure on myself! You ready to dig in?

 

DECEMBER RECAP

Treat myself. A few days before Christmas I had a full body massage, which was that amazing that I fell asleep, and I’ve definitely been treating myself to all the chocolate biscuit boxes we’ve got in the house lately! I’ve not been putting pressure on myself to work out, and to go run and do yoga when I feel my body needs it. It’s been quite the nice revelation I must say!

Keep calm. This was probably by number one priority this month, aswell as spreading all the festive cheer and I’m so proud of myself that I managed it. It did mean I had to say no to a few family gatherings and have a few conversations that weren’t exactly pleasant, but I put myself and my wellbeing first.

Post more on Instagram/stories. I set myself a little challenge to show up on stories for the first 12 days of the month, and I did it! I have to say, after the first few goes it definitely gets less nerve-wracking and you start to build confidence in talking to your phone and then posting it on the internet. Plus, it’s only live for 24 hours so it’s not too bad if you mess up anyway. I feel a lot more comfortable talking to camera now, and I think I posted more on the grid too while I was at it.

 

JANUARY GOALS

Yoga with Adriene’s ‘Dedicate’. Starting on the 2nd of Jan, I’ll be joining in to Adriene’s yoga challenge. I didn’t manage to complete last years, but I’ve done all the other previous ones, so I’m really looking forward to it again! Although I’m hoping the rotten cold I have whilst I type this has disappeared by then…

Learn how to knit. I managed this in a previous post, but this is another little challenge I’m setting myself this month and I’m so excited to learn how to knit. I got a beginner set for Christmas which should help things on their way, and I always love learning a new skill.

And that’s it! I’m only setting myself two main goals this January, because as I spoke about earlier, I find it a tough month for overwhelm.

 

Do you have any goals for January?

 

At a time where New Years resolutions are rife and the overwhelm that we have to change our lives dramatically this month, I wanted to chat about why I’m not making any, and why I much prefer to set myself smaller, monthly goals instead!

 

THEY FEEL MORE ACHIEVABLE

I definitely lost the motivation to set myself long, un-realistic goals such as ‘drop 3 dress sizes’ and ‘no chocolate all year’ when I was a teenager. I’m a massive goal oriented person, and I like to reward myself when I achieve them. I also don’t like failure as much as the next person! Having the faith in myself that I can do what I set my mind to is a real mood-booster. Plus, because I set them in advance, I can make sure that they’re as achievable as possible, for example if I’m having a busy month, I know I won’t be able to do yoga everyday, so I’ll leave that for another time when it’s a bit quieter.

 

SOMETHING TO FOCUS ON

Another thing I like about monthly goals is that I can focus on them throughout the month, instead of making 10 at the beginning of the year and forgetting they exist come February. Throughout the weeks, I can check back in with them and see if I’m on the right track, what I might want to change for next month, and it’s make me feel like I’m got my priorities sorted a little bit.

 

YOU GET MORE DONE

When I think back to when I first started setting monthly goals over 6 months ago, I’m so proud of what I’ve achieved and the things I’ve got done. I’ve decluttered, sorted out my wardrobe, been kinder to myself, pushed my boundaries and explored life outside of my comfort zone. Plus I’m pretty glad I’ve documented them all on here so I can look back on them and see how far I’ve come. Knowing that I have actually achieved what I’ve put my mind to, makes me want to keep making more goals and to continue.

 

 

Some goals you could include:

 

  • Read 3 books.
  • Meditate for 5 minutes every day.
  • Go to bed earlier.
  • Practise a self-care routine.
  • Cook 2 different meals a week from wholesome, fresh ingredients.
  • Talk more on Instagram stories.
  • Get up earlier and establish a calming, morning routine.
  • Go outside for a walk every day.
  • Bake something new once a week.
  • Try a new exercise routine.
  • Work on your blog layout.
  • Have more date nights.
  • Vow to contact more brands for potential collaborations.
  • Drink more water.

 

 

Would you ever make monthly goals?

 

It’s quite hard to believe that this year is coming to an end isn’t it? It’s been such a pivotal year for me, and definitely one that I’m going to always remember. 2018, you sure made your mark!

For todays post I thought I’d chat a little bit about the things I’m looking forward to in 2019..

 

Becoming an auntie.

I am oh so excited to be an auntie, it’s a fact I still can’t quite believe! I definitely don’t feel wise enough to be granted that role, but I’m sure I’ll get there one day. In March we will be welcoming a little boy into our family, and I can’t wait. We have my sisters baby shower in January too which will be lovely.

 

Going on honeymoon.

It feels like quite a long time coming, but we are heading off on a cruise in Dubai in February, and I’m looking forward to it so much, especially some sun! I’m definitely a summer baby and always happiest when the sun is shining, so I’m desperately longing to feel the heat. We still need to plan what day trips we want to do yet, so I’m going to do some research into what feels most suitable for us.

 

Our first wedding anniversary.

In summer 2019, we will have been married one whole year! As I’m writing this, I have no idea what we’ll end up doing, but I’m positive we’ll do something fun to celebrate.

 

Working with more brands.

I definitely want to work with more brands, both on my blog and Instagram (I’ll come on to that in a minute) next year. It’s so nice to build a relationship with brands and I find the process really rewarding. I’m really proud that I’ve had the chance to work with the ones I have already, and I’m hoping I can continue that in 2019. I also want to reach out to more brands too, which is something I haven’t done for months but I think it will push me out of my comfort zone a little, which is a good thing.

 

Building my Instagram.

I’m sure you know by now how much I’m enjoying Instagram, so in 2019, I’m setting myself a bit of a crazy goal. I want to reach 5,000 followers next year, and because I do partly believe in the law of attraction, I’m putting it out there into the world. I really do enjoy having goals to focus on, so that’s one thing I’ll be keeping in mind throughout 2019 to try and reach.

 

Learn how to knit.

A bit of an odd one, but I’ve been wanting to learn how to knit for years, and this Christmas I’ve chosen a small beginner knitting kit as a christmas present for my dad to get me! We are actually going away for a few days just after New Year for some relaxation, so I might take it with me then to cosy up on the sofa with.

 

 

What have you got to look forward to in 2019?

 

This is probably the only chance I’m going to get to post a little something before the big day, and I doubt many of you will be reading blogs at this time of year, I know it’s crazy busy isn’t it?

I wanted to pop on and say a huge thank you if you came over here and read any posts from me this year, we’ve reached over 75,000 views in one year which is just incredible, and quite magical I think. I appreciate every single one of you. Blogging is still one of my first passions, and I love that I can write something, send it out there, and you can read it from wherever you are and what you’re doing. Connecting with other people brings me so much joy!

I have a new blog post going live next week at some point, so maybe something for you to read if you’re having a chilled festive season. I will still be posting twice a week from then on, so nothing is going to change around here 😉

This year has been a huge year of transformation for me, and definitely not one I’m going to forget in a hurry.

Wishing you the best Christmas! Enjoy all the chocolates, take some well-needed time off, and if you find it tough this time of year, remember it’s only one day and you can do it.

See you next week! xxx

 

I really enjoyed putting together part one of behind the Instagram, so today I’m back with part two. In this version, I’m going to show you the before and afters too, aswell as all the behind the scenes stuff!

Lets start with the above picture, one of my most recent ones. I really love the effect of making things out of book pages, and it’s something I’ve done a few times before. I had the idea to try and make snowflakes, so I spent my Saturday morning watching Youtube tutorials and luckily, it was very easy to pick up! I couldn’t find any string to tie them together, so I used a gold necklace instead which you can’t really see. I actually asked Dan to take a picture of this with me outside, but it didn’t turn out how I wanted (plus I find getting other people to take them really stressful, anyone else?). I added some further detail in the Bokeh app, one of my go-to’s at the moment! I really love the finished look and the handmade feel of this picture.

 

I found the idea behind this ‘book tree’ on Pinterest, a place which I find so useful when you’re struggling for creative inspiration! I borrowed some of my stepdad’s books because I didn’t have many of the same size, added some fairy lights around them and laid on the kitchen floor, Dan stood over me to take it. The things you do for Instagram, eh? I edited it the same way I do with all my pictures, using Lightroom, and again the Bokeh app.

 

I love the playfulness feel of this picture! It’s one of my favourite I think, plus you can’t beat a candyfloss cloud can you? I added that in afterwards aswell as some mini marshmallows (which you can’t really see unfortunately), and some little snowflakes to add to the festive feel. I came up with this idea the same way I usually do with the others, when I’m trying to go to sleep!

Probably the most extreme of the before and afters, my book shoes! I did some leaf shoes, that you can see in my first post of this series, so I wanted to try something of the same vein again. I spent the morning trying to draw a decent pair of shoes on an old book page (one I didn’t love that much, obviously) and then added them in using Photoshop, aswell as the stacks of books which I’ve used on previous pictures before. This was one of my most popular photos I think.

 

 

I’d love to know which picture is your favourite? x