FOLKLORE CHALLENGE

Incase you didn’t know, I’m a massive Taylor Swift fan. Me and my sister have been lucky enough to see her four times (this year was supposed to be the fifth, damn you Corona), and I felt so inspired by her new whimsical album, Folklore, I decided to create a single piece of work for every song on the album.

There’s all on my Instagram, but I wanted to share them on here too.

I’d love to know which one was your favourite?

Natalie

xx

MY SEPTEMBER GOALS

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For some reason, September is always one of my favourite months. I love the back to school feeling that’s in the air at this time of year, and the fact that the days are still light enough to enjoy too. It feels like being on the cusp of Summer and Autumn, and well, I’m here for it. Anyway, enough of that. Let’s see how I did with my goals for August..

AUGUST RECAP

Fitness challenge. This month I set myself quite a lot of daily goals. Me and my mum managed a plank challenge and we completed it! I ended up doing two 5 minute planks over the month, and it was a killer. But I feel so proud of us! I also ran both 15k and a 12k this month, aswell as doing a evening yoga routine every evening and setting up a step quota. It’s felt a really productive month in terms of fitness and goals.

Blog more. Well, I thought I blogged more this month, but on adding them up at the end of the month, I managed the exact same amount of posts as I have every month this year. Maybe I should just realise that a once a week post is all I can manage, but for some reason that’s hard for me to accept. I used to post so much more on here, but since I found creative photography on my Instagram, I don’t have enough time to put into this site anymore. I do still love it though, and it is still one of my passions, I just need to have a good think about what the future holds for me and this blog.

SEPTEMBER GOALS

More time offline. I’ve been doing a Folklore edit challenge on my Instagram (post coming soon), so that means I’ve been on my phone A LOT recently. And to be truthful, I’m ready for a little break now. So that’s exactly what I’m planning on doing this month. Putting my phone down more and picking up new habits instead.

Upping my step count. I struggle to get a lot of walking in. I think when you drive to work and most places, it’s hard to get in your daily recommended quota. Because I knew there was no way I could do 10,000 off the bat without no build up, I set my goal to 5,000 and I achieved it every day. Now, I think I’m going to up it another thousand to 6,000, which somedays I’ve been doing anyway. I’ve been feeling so much better since I’ve been moving more and getting outside a lot more, too. I really believe it makes such a difference to your health and well-being.

A new membership! After being tempted the last few weeks, I’ve finally joined Vix’s membership, Grow & Glow. Her zoom masterclass that she did the other week really inspired me and re-ignited a passion for social media, so I bit the bullet and signed up last night. This month I’m excited to dig in to all the resources they have on offer and see where it goes.

Do you have any goals for September?

HOW I PLAN MY WEEK

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Following on from last week’s productivity post, I thought it might be worthwhile if I shared with you today how I plan my week. Granted, this is a very personal routine so it may or may not look like your own week, but I hope it’s interesting nonetheless!

First up, I always have a rough idea of what I’m doing a week in advance, and the weekend before, I use my Circle Planner to plan my diary. This usually isn’t too extreme, aslong as I know what I’m doing on what days, is okay by me. I just need to have a good structure in place so I don’t feel overwhelmed.

The thing that first enters my diary, is work. I work 3 days a week at my mum and stepdads business, mainly doing office work and administration. These days can vary depending on what’s going on, for example if my sister is visiting etc. Next, is exercise. I like to know what days I’m planning on running, and especially if I’m doing a long run, I need not to go overboard on that particular day because I know I’ll need to rest and recover afterwards. Another thing I plan out is family visiting. On what days I will go and see my Dad, or visit my grandma. These are really important things to me that I want to always make sure I have enough time to do.

Those are the three main things in my week, and the rest come afterwards. Everything from food shopping, creativity time, and tidying the house I usually don’t plan in advance, and just fit it in when and as I can. I could properly be a bit more organised in this area, but at the moment I’m fine with it going how it is. If I get busier at work in the future, I know I’ll probably have to be more meticulous to make this smoother.

I like my weekends to be relatively quiet and unorganised, so I usually don’t plan much in advance, and just go with the flow for the weekend, depending on how I feel. So, that’s how I plan my week in a nutshell. In terms of daily routines, I like to use my Habit tracker on my phone which I really recommend.

What does your week look like, does it look similar to mine?

MY GOALS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR

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You guys know I love a goal, so I wanted to chat about my goals for the rest of the year. You could be right in thinking that because 2020 has been, to be blunt, a complete shitshow, that it would be pointless in having any goals for the rest of the year. Just write it off. But, that’s not me. Goals keep me focused and feeling positive in my everyday life, I guess I just like something to work towards.

run a half marathon
This feels even crazy to write, never mind actually doing it! But I really enjoy running long distances, and I challenged myself a few weeks ago with a 15k (which was an experience!) so I’d love to go that bit further and reach 21k. It’s only 6k more but I know when I finished 15k I couldn’t imagine running any longer. So that’s something I might be able to manage later on this year hopefully, I’ve still got quite a few months left to work on it.

go back to the beach
We managed to visit the beach for a day last month, but I would love to go back before the end of 2020. Ideally, this is something I’m currently scouring the internet for in the next weeks, keep your fingers crossed for me though because theres not much availability anywhere anymore.

reach my goal of 100 books
I think I’m currently on my 76th book of the year, so I feel pretty confident that I’m going to manage this one and be able to hit my goal of 100 books. I’m surprised how far along I am but I think COVID-19 probably helped that, aswell as reading more on my kindle, because for some reason I read a lot quicker on there! I definitely won’t be setting myself a goal of 100 books every year, because its A LOT, but I want to hit it just once.

make plans for next year
Being honest, I’m not a great traveller in any sense of the word, and it’s not something I’m super passionate about. I’m a homebody afterall (not that you can’t be both, I’m just not). However I am CRAVING a holiday somewhere sunny and visiting a new place, so I’d love to start making some plans for next year so we have things to look forward to.

Do you have any goals for the later half of this year?

MY BEST PRODUCTIVITY HACKS

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I think we all struggle with productivity sometimes. I know for sure I definitely do! But over the years I’ve tried and tested different ways to make it work for myself, so I wanted to share them for todays post, incase you need a bit of a productivity boost too.

GET IT OUT OF THE WAY
Something I find works for me, is doing the biggest/hardest/most annoying job first. That way, it’s completely out of the way and you can spend the rest of the day doing the things you do enjoy. Also, I don’t know if it’s just me, but when I put something off, I just spend the whole time thinking about it anyway? So I might aswell save myself the time and heartache, and just get it done right away.

PLAN YOUR DAY
For years now, I’ve done a rough plan of my day and what I’m intending to do at what time. It really helps me stay productive and means I just feel better, because I’m not running around stressed out and rushing, I feel more organised and calm. Which in turn, probably means I’ll get more done than I originally thought anyway- win win!

DISTRACTIONS, DISTRACTIONS
Distractions is something that has always worked for me, and it’s actually how I get a lot done. When I’m doing something I don’t particularly like, for example unstacking the dishwasher, I pop on a Youtube video or a podcast and it means I get the job at hand done, without even realising it.

TAKE A BREAK
I’m quite a fast worker, and I like to get things done straight away, instead of dawdling along. But it also means I do get tired, so breaks are essential to keep me feeling good. For me personally, you can’t beat an afternoon cup of tea. For some tasks, like photo editing, I do it in chunks throughout the day, instead of in one whole go. That way, I have the entire day to keep looking over it and seeing where I can make changes if I need to. Let me know if you’d like an photo editing tips post, because that’s definitely something I can do!

ACCEPT IT
And if you’re reeeeaaally not in the mood, and nothing’s going right.. it might be time to accept it and move on. Start afresh tomorrow. Maybe have an early night too, so you can wake up feeling your best, ready for the next day.

What’s your best productivity hack?

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