2018 Goals

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We are now pretty firmly into this year, 2018 and like I did last year I have set myself some goals for the year. Unlike last year where there were 6 quite broad goals that could kind of encompass anything that I wanted it to,  this year they are a tad more specific. They are something that I can actually aspire to and that could maybe be something a little more tangible. They cover an array of things and they are the kind of things that I am hoping to form into habits.  I may or may not do updates on this as the year goes on, I quite liked it last year because it forced me to check in on them and see where I was and whether I was putting any effort into them, so I probably will (and I’ll be better at tracking them over the year).

1) Learn how to fuck with eyeshadow

I am being legit about this. I have kind of gotten better at make up over the past couple of years. I mean I do the same face each and every time but just switch out the lipstick out and my eyeliner never really matches, but I can contour now and am really nailing the whole highlighter thing, but I also don’t trust myself with any kind of eyebrow product that isn’t a gel with a spoolie. So I think that if I learn how to actually do things with eyeshadow then I can actually make it look like I have a different face on whenever I do put make up.

2) Learn how to do a full pull up

Listen I have minimal upper body strength and am also tall as hell. The idea of being able to do a pull up sounds almost unachievable to me, but it is also something that I want to be able to do. I’m not even aiming high. I just want to be able to do one.

3) Be able to a full push up

I can manage this when I am on my knees, but when I am going full push up I can get about half of the way down before my arms feel like they are going to give up and so I push back up to avoid smashing my face onto the floor. I want to change that. I’m aiming up for this one, I want to be able to multiple reps for this.

4) Read 70 books

Okay I know the challenge is officially set at 65, but for some reason, probably because I exceed last year’s one, I want to see if I can push it that little bit further. I already have two other books that I started reading and have carried over to this year… I’m sure I can find another 3 from somewhere.

5) Lift heavier

So for this Lift class of mine (it’s literally called that) the heaviest I have on my barbell is for the squat tracks and it’s 13kg, then for any kind of clean and presses and rows it’s 10kg, biceps and triceps it’s 8kg. All this means that I am classified as an intermediate. And I can just about cope with this at the moment, I think the problem with that one is that I went up in weight and then became really sporadic with when I went which meant that it was harder to get consistent with it and move up with the weights. Which I want to change. I want to be a strong lifter. If I’m meaning really ambitious then I would say seasoned pro, but I’m a realist, so I’m just aiming for strong.

6) Eat more fruit and veg

You know that whole recommended intake of fruit and veg? Yeah I think I get about 2 on an average day, 3-5 when I’m really conscious of it. I want to be more conscious of it at all times until it just becomes a habit and the idea of doing it isn’t even something I think about anymore.

7) Cook More

I used to cook all the time and then my dad changed shifts at work and it went back to him so I pretty much only do it on weekends if I’m feeling inspired enough to do more than just pasta, which is rare because I am so out of the habit of it. But even when I did cook, I pretty much only ever cooked the same 7 dishes just on a rotation and so I want to expand that. And cook more. This is the year that I want to make some tweaks to my diet and cooking is a pretty good way to get that into my control.

8) Finish the damn book

As in writing it. I want a first draft of this thing done by the end of the year. I want to final be able to say that I have finished a novel because I have so many half written ones in my life that have lost their way somewhere in the middle and I want to change that.

9) Write for half an hour a day

This kind of links to the above one, but is also just a general thing. By the end of the year the only writing I did was for this blog and even then I stopped doing that come December, which is fine, it’s still writing, but I want to more creatively. I have a built in hour of my day where I usually read (sometimes I don’t but they are the exception to the rule) on my commute to and from work/gym and I want to carve out a half hour of my day where I write. I think at first I might literally have to set a timer for half an hour and close any possible distractions, but I want it to become a habit. I can’t finish the damn book if I never write anything.

10) Get better organised

This is back, but I’m serious about this time. I have way too much time that I just spend aimlessly and then never have ‘time’ to do the things that I want to do which is bullshit. The time is there I’m just not utilising it properly. I have a shit ton of unused notebooks that I bought because they were pretty and that 2018 organiser of mine, they’re gonna get used and I’m gonna become a better organiser of the time I have that isn’t spent at work. Although even there I’m gonna get a clearer level of organisation in too.

11) Get my Peak score to 800

I talked about this at some point last year, I downloaded the Peak brain training app at the back end of 2016 and am now on a 376 day streak or something like that, but the score that I have has been hovering between 770-780 for months now and I want it to break 800, it means I have to take more care around the board for all the games and stuff, but that’s my aim

12) Meditate more

Headspace literally asks for 10 minutes out of your day and I used to give it to them, but then I stopped and kind of undid all the work that I had done with it. On the one hand it was because I was treating exercise as a kind of meditation but also I just wasn’t making it a priority, which I want to change. It’s just 10 minutes and it makes such a difference.

13) Save, save, save

I know this was also on the list last year and it was an epic fail but I’m serious about it this year. I’m gonna start keeping better track of all my expenses and try and not buy things that I really do not need. I want to be able to completely close my overdraft, ideally by summer time, but definitely by the end of the year.

14) Put more effort into blogging

I used to be relatively good with this. I would think about what I was doing more and I was good at sharing my posts and I had finally fallen into a habit of interacting with other blogs and then I just stopped all that. Posts came together really quickly and they were literally only shared once when it auto shares at posting. I want to get better at utilising Tweetdeck and reading other blogs and commenting on them and get back into the blogging community.

15) The Masters

Just as I was heavily considering actually making my way through the application, work got really hectic and left me feeling incredibly drained. On the one hand I think I used that as an excuse for not doing it this year, but on the other I knew deep within me that I wasn’t prepared to put the time into the application because I wasn’t ready for it. But I do still want to do it, so when the time comes later in the year I’m going to put the effort in and let the chips fall where they may.

And those are the 15 things that I want to work towards this year.

What about you, are there any things that you’re working towards or want to achieve this year?

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New Year’s…Intentions

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The problem with returning to this blog in the second week of the year is that somehow even though a lot of time hasn’t really passed in the grand scheme of things (I mean 10 days isn’t that long) it seems like we are slowly approaching the time where talking about certain things has passed.

The thing in question is New Year’s Resolutions, which I am point blank refusing to call Resolutions because that word seems to hold a whole host of connotations and also I have never stuck to one in my life and so I am altering it slightly, as the title might suggest. I have basically acquired a list of things that I am going to just add into my everyday life:

1) Take Better Care Of My Hair – I am electing to live with this mass of curls on a daily basis and I am apparently too attached to it to cut it all off and so I need to stop just letting it exist and start actually taking better care of it. I already started doing that in December so it is basically just a continuation of that. I need to condition it more and use my best friend hair moisturiser and actually wash it at the very least once a week (I am so grateful that my hair doesn’t show the signs of being unwashed all that easily, it takes nearly 6 weeks…yes I know that for a fact). I also need to up the amount of hair treatments that I do. Just get all the moisture that I can in this frizzy mass of curls that is now officially half way down my back in length…

2) Take Better Care Of My Skin – I do this anyway. I clean, tone and moisturise it twice a day and I always take my make up off (when I wear it) but I still somehow have never had more spots in my life and I have a ton of spot related scars again as a consequence. My skin has basically just gone back to being the way that it was when I was 17/18. So, I need to try and stop touching my face so much (which basically means that I need to stop picking spots and might be harder than I think because I don’t even realise I’m doing it a lot of the time) and I also need to reintroduce SPF back into my life. I used to have it but then I changed my whole skin care routine and the SPF went with and when I tried to include one in my routine it just left a slightly grey look to my skin because although claiming it was for all skin colours I can tell you that it was not…I’ve got a new one and I’ve started using it in the morning (even when I don’t leave the house just to get into the routine properly) and they are pretty much the only changes that I’m going to make which will hopefully make some difference.

3) Tone The Hell Up – I have already been making baby steps to doing this for the past 6 months and I have slowly started to actually maybe begin to enjoy it…And I have also got to a point where when I go for a while without doing some kind of class (because I need the motivation that comes with a class to be honest, I never went as hard when I was doing it on my own as I do when there are others around which actively pushes me to try harder) then my body and my brain starts to miss it and I know that I need to get moving again. Which is never something that I thought would happen to me, but there we go. This year I’m going to ramp it up and try and tone the hell up. And I mean tone up. Not lose weight because I cannot afford to lose weight (I mean this both in the sense that I honestly don’t actually have all that much weight to lose in the first place I am pretty much at the stage where it would be borderline unhealthy if I lost that much and also all my clothes are the same dress size which I have been for years, I can’t afford to replace them all). I’m just gonna tone up. Which means that I need to be a bit smarter about the work outs that I do and also means that I have to change my diet, which is about 65% there, but I like ice cream and M&Ms too much and sometimes I forget to eat enough fruit and veg. Oh and also I’m going to start using that juicer I bought again, that’s gonna help me up the fruit and veg content.

4) Start Saving Properly – I keep making half assed attempts at this and if I read one more article about how twenty-somethings should start saving now and not do I might scream at myself. And so I am going to do just that. Which means that I am going to have to stop buying so many books, lipstick and shoes and channel that into the correct place. Spending is basically now going to be limited to food, toiletries, exercise, the occasional time that I am actually social and that bloody train ticket of mine. And also jeans and tights, I never seem to have enough of either…

5) Get Better Organised  – Hey, who remembers that bullet journal of mine? Yeah me neither. My last attempt to get organised in August just came to nothing and I have not been any close to more organised. I honestly don’t know how many times I have been saying this, but I am still saying it. And it something that I am going to actually try and follow through with this time. I’ve already made a baby step with this by pushing the first week back on here to now as opposed to last week so that I have the time to actually write some posts and get my scheduled posts nice and lined up. And I’ve dusted off the notebook intended for the bullet journal to have a take 2 at the whole thing. It will happen.

6) Try And Be More Creative/Just Write More – I was sat on a kitchen floor when I got hit by an idea that I actually feel like I can do something with that I need to basically just figure out and get a first draft down for. But then also I just kind of want to apply that in a more general sense to other things as I feel like over the course of the year it kind of fell away and happened in small bursts, but nothing substantial. And it is partly to do with the fact that I have a lot less time to just sit and be creative but then again I do still spend a lot of time procrastinating when I get home from work and I have like 3 hours each evening that I just squander. Which is fine occasionally, but 5 nights a week? A bit much. So I want to do better. Adding a Friday post especially for it is something that I am hoping will aid myself in whipping it back into action.

And they are basically the things that I know I can action and take on for this year.

What about you? Any of you have any things that you want to try an achieve for the new year?

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