I recently read a November Goals blog post by Alicia at aestheticobsessed.co.uk and absolutely loved it as it was so inspiring and motivational. I love setting myself goals as I really find that it motivates me, as I’m an extremely competitive and perfectionist person (sometimes to my own detriment) but I felt that this post was a really positive one. I really recommend you to check out Alicia’s post as it really was amazing. You can read it >here<.
So, without further ado, here are my goals for next month (plus the 10 days left of this one!)
Get planned for Blogmas and continue posting regularly throughout November.
I really want to do Blogmas, as I really enjoyed Blogtober, but what let me down in October was my lack of pre-planning. I was perfectly on track with posts and then I got suddenly sent to Cheltenham for 10 days with my work and everything just fell apart as I wasn’t in my usual routine. For Blogmas, I’m aiming to have at least half my posts written before December starts, so I can keep at least 7 posts back for unexpected days where I can’t sit down and write a post for whatever reason. In terms of content, I’m unsure as of what to post about, as I’m really not a Christmas person at all, as it’s always been a time of stress and just putting on an act of being together and happy with my family, which is always exhausting and difficult. Even though I’m seen as an extrovert because I’m excellent at being bubbly and chatty, social occasions do seriously drain my energy as I’m actually a closeted introvert! Even as young as 8 years old, on trips to Pizza Hut with my parents, I used to excuse myself to go to the bathroom, and just sit in a toilet stall and have a quiet moment to myself, to de-sensitise myself. To this day, every event that I attend, I will excuse myself for a self-care bathroom break like this, where I just sit and be quiet. With this in mind, my Blogmas may be entirely dedicated to self-care over the Christmas period, and remembering to look after yourself as well as others.
Read More Books
This might seem like a really silly goal, as I work in a bookshop and I always talk about books, but I have been in a slump lately. Since finishing Hex just before Halloween (you can read my review of Hex >here<), which was incredible, I’ve yet to get massively stuck into a really super good book. I received an advanced proof of Sophie Kinsella’s next book the other day, and I’m hoping I’ll fall into that one, as I absolutely adore all her books. If any of you have read an incredibly engaging book, that kept you page-turning all night, please please recommend it to me in the comments below!
Make a budget and stick to it (once I get paid!)
I’ve recently found myself in the sticky situation of having to pay for a 2-bed flat by myself from sometime in the New Year. Because of that, pretty much all of my pay is going to be eaten up by rent and bills, meaning I need to start setting some aside during these last two months where my flatmate will still be paying the rent. I’ve made budgets before, and never stuck to them, so I’m going to try really hard this time to create a realistic money-saving budget that I will actually stick to. I’ve found that just staying in bed during my days off seems to be the most fool-proof way of not spending money!!
Comment on more blog posts/Twitter/Instagram posts.
I’ve started to think that I might be taking more than I give from the blogging community. I inwardly moan about having minimal engagement on my social platforms but I don’t tend to comment outside of the little bubble of my group chats and blogger friends I made right at the start of my blogging journey. I’ve since joined another Instagram chat to the one I was already in and a blog comment pod, which is helping me to engage with new creators. I’ve also gone from being one of those inactive members of the pod to making sure I comment on everything, which I’m proud of. I’m also making sure to re-tweet people’s posts on Twitter if I’ve read and enjoyed them, and also to comment on as much as I can.
Learn new things.
I get really stagnant and mentally low when things just stay the same in my life, hence why I always up and move jobs/flats/cities almost every 6 months like clockwork. Recently, I’m in another one of those ruts and I’m daydreaming about upping sticks and leaving Cardiff. (One of these days I’ll run out of UK cities to run to, and then Lord knows what I’ll do). When I feel like this, I find that learning new things helps, like a new language or doing old Maths GCSE papers (I’m weird, I know). With that in mind, I want to continue learning Russian on Duolingo this month but also buy some Russian workbooks and maybe learning CD’s to help me. I also want to research more historical periods and maybe write mini blog posts on them, as I know I’d really enjoy that, so keep your eyes peeled!
And I think that’s enough goals to be getting on with! I’m also kinda trying to lose weight at the moment, by only having tomato soup for dinner every night, but I have no idea if it’s working. Long-term, I do want to try find some exercise, but I really dislike anything in a group setting or around other people. Perhaps a Zumba DVD for at home is the way to go for me? But maybe that goal is best left alone until after Christmas anyway! Anyway, hope you enjoyed this post, and I shall see you all soon! P.