A February Catch-up

A February Catch-up

It’s been awhile since I did a chatty catch-up post, hasn’t it? Here’s what I’ve been up to in 2019 so far. 

#19for2019

So far I’ve managed to tick off finishing my Florida 2015 scrapbook, archive and organise my paperwork as well as getting a vlogging camera ready for our Japan trip (and hopefully future trips!) and solving my blog photo problem. Turned out it was easier to just cough up a bit of cash and stay with Flickr. The ridiculous amount of photos I have on there helped with my decision!

I think that’s a pretty good start to my list. One check and two half checks. Bring on the rest of the year. 

Weight Loss

Or lack of it I should say. Since the beginning of 2019 I haven’t really gone anywhere when I look at the scales now. I’ve just yo-yoed the whole month. So things need to get serious. 

I want to get at least a stone off before we go to Japan so I’m back on it with Slimming World. There’s going to be a lot of walking happening during the 2 weeks we’re over there and I want to be as comfortable as possible. That and a scary nurse at my doctors is threatening to switch my medication out if I don’t lose weight. So that’s definitely motivation. 

Health

I’ve been sick. The flu caught me these last couple of weeks in two stages which left me two weeks ago having to be sent home one afternoon and take the next day off, followed by having to call in sick for two days straight last week. So three days off work. Who am I? Before this I could count the number of sick days I’ve had in my working life on one hand. 

At first I felt guilty for taking the days off but in the end I had no choice. I looked like death and don’t get me started on how I felt. I was super stubborn at first and didn’t want to go home but I think that’s just engrained in me from working jobs that didn’t give sick pay. This one does and I don’t have to worry anymore. 

And speaking of the flu…sorry Topher. I passed it onto him as well. He actually took a day off sick today. His first one in the whole 10 years I’ve known him. Apart from his hernia surgery a few years back where he had sick leave. See, even more stubborn than me! 

We both realise now that it’s ok to take a day and heal rather than exhaust yourself trying to get through the day. I feel so much better now and am so thankful I had that time off. It was definitely needed and one of the days was when no one could get in because of the snow anyway so not too bad going. 

General wanderings

I haven’t been out too much in the last month but I did go to my first We Blog North event in a long time. It was a goal setting workshop and just what I needed. Now that I’m all better as well I can fill out the workbook that we got with the session!

Topher and I had brunch at Evelyn’s in the Northern Quarter which was awesome. I’ve heard good things about them so they’ve been on my to try list for a while. Topher had the steak and egg which was delicious and I had the pancakes with honeycomb butter and blueberries which was just heaven. As much as I like pancakes, I always find myself getting too full too quickly with them. Not these ones. Nom.

And speaking of food, this weekend my parents are coming to stay. Whenever they come to visit we always go out for a meal. This time they requested a Korean restaurant since they’re going to Seoul at the end of the month. Of course I turned to my Korea expert Claire and she’s recommended us a place. The table is booked so I’ll let you know how it goes!

And that’s about it really. In other news I’m still slowly decluttering but that’s a long term ongoing process so you’ll definitely know when I’ve finished!

How has 2019 been treating you so far?

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Bullet Journal 2019 Update

As I mentioned in my last post about setting up my bullet journal, I was trying to find an in-between of my super detailed bujo and my minimal one. So far I’ve been loving my main spreads and have been using them and referring to them. And even my monthly one.

It’s my weekly one that’s the problem. I’m just not filling it in. I don’t know what it is about these dark nights that make me want to take to my bed and binge watch YouTube videos – actually scratch that, I know exactly what it is. My current spread is not giving me the room to breathe during the week. It’s making me feel like I need to fill something in every day and that’s making me guilty when I don’t want to do anything.

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Bleh.

Look at the state of it. Complete with terrible lighting but I don’t even care. Even though I achieved a fair bit last week (see last weeks post about my Florida scrapbook and my Jordan video) but I didn’t even mention them here!

I wasn’t too sure what to do about it so I’m trialing something. It’s only Wednesday and I can already see it’s going so much better.

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You may be able to see that this is pretty much exactly the same as before just squished onto one page but I think it eases the guilt if I don’t fill it in. Not entirely sure what the right hand side of this single page will be used for but that’s the beauty of it. I can put whatever I damn please. Let’s see if this tweak works out.

That’s the thing I love about bullet journals, the next page is always blank so you can decide what goes on there. It doesn’t matter if you miss a day or a week or even a month. You can fill it with whatever you want. Hell, if I wasn’t so committed to my spreadsheets you would definitely see a whole load of “Japlanning” in here. Less than three months to go btw guys – I’m so excited and nervous all at once.

Do you do a weekly spread in your bullet journal or do you prefer to just go with the flow?

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My 2019 Bullet Journal Setup

After falling out of love with my bullet journal last year I was finally ready to jump back in for 2019.

For inspiration I treated myself to a brand new bullet journal. Which I now realise I didn’t take a photo of. Oh well. It’s red. Use your imagination. Or look at it here.

Last year I found that even when I tried to make my spreads super minimal it still didn’t make me want to fill it in any more than when I recorded every little thing. So I decided to find an in between. Here it is.

I had some cute stickers I wanted to use!

I love making Year at a Glance spreads and this one was no different. This time I used some skinny washi tape to mark out different things like holidays etc. Pretty!

Of course I had to display my 19 for 2019. I’ve even managed to tick one of them off already!

Topher and I both love our food and the food scene in Manchester is great, but we’re always stumped on where to go. So a restaurants to try list was a must for this bullet journal. I also added in my usual running to do list for general.

My next couple of pages I dedicated to targets. Firstly my target weight tracker. As I mentioned in my 19 for 2019 post, I want to get to my happy weight this year and stay there. My goal is to get to it or as close as I can to it by the time I go to Japan. Firstly because a scary nurse told me to or she’ll switch my meds and secondly because I want at least some hope of being able to buy something from Harajuku that will fit.

The second page is for savings for Japan. We’re a little behind savings as we borrowed some for some super cheap flights for another big trip this year but we’ll get there. I definitely borrowed this design from my last bullet journal.

I want to actually keep track of the books and films I consume this year so plan on keeping this spread up to date. The book one I just roughly sketched out and will make it prettier as I go along. And the films one needs my film strip washi tape adding to it and it will look way better.

And now for the monthly spread. Unlike previous bullet journals, I’ve tried out doing a double page spread instead of stretching it across a few pages. I’ve included spaces for key dates, my goals, memories, trackers for specific goals (yeah not doing so well on a couple of those so far!), steps and a motivational quote. I like the way it looks and will probably continue sticking to a double page – though I may switch up the layout itself in future months.

Another change from previous journals, I’m now doing a weekly spread across two pages instead of a day per page. I like the layout but I think I might use my skinny washi tape in future to make the lines a bit cleaner.

And that’s it. If you’re interested in other bullet journal posts I’ve written, check them out here.

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Operation Getting More Organised

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There is still time to get 2019 off to a productive start. Rather than committing yourself to unrealistic aims like running 20 miles per week or giving up booze, why not focus on getting organised?

After all, a greater sense of organisation will enhance virtually every aspect of your life. Here’s how to take greater control in 2019 by incorporating a few simple ideas:

1. Organise your home with a thorough decluttering session. Unwanted goods can be sold online to raise some much-needed funds. Moreover, personal storage facilities allow you to think about things while redesigning the home. If possible, you should look to go paperless with various bills too.

2. Get your finances under control. Poor financial management is easily the most common form of bad organisation. Take a look at your bank statement and see where you’re wasting money. Whether it’s ditching the morning trip to Cafe Nero or changing broadband provider, those changes are huge.

3. Make a list of aspirations for the year. It’s impossible to follow the smoothest pathway if you don’t have one eye on the destination. My #19for2019 will hopefully give you some inspiration, but it’s ultimately about organising your life to help you lead the life you wish to lead.

4. Learn to organise your foods. Keep the items that are nearest to their expiration date at the front of the cupboard and you should see your food waste fall. This will also enable you to avoid buying too much of an item before it’s needed. It’s great news for your budget, space, and waistline.

5. Start using technology to aid your life. Using your calendar, reminders, and various downloadable Apps will force you to be organised. Perhaps the best thing you can do, though, is set a screen curfew. Stop using your phone after 9 PM, for example, and you will see positive outcomes.

6. Unsubscribe from promotional emails that you don’t want and quit any tasks that are wasting your time. Time is the most valuable resource at anyone’s disposal, which is why you must ensure that it is being spent in the best way. This one simple change can transform your world.

7. Find a good work-life balance. Your career is important, but it should not prevent you from enjoying special moments with loved ones. This is particularly pertinent when you’re self-employed or a business owner. However, even those in traditional employment must take note of this.   

8. Try to think ahead. Whether it’s planning your meals for the week or being ready for your child’s schedule doesn’t matter. Thinking beyond today lets you put the most logical plan and strategy into place. This will inevitably work wonders as you look to make the most of your time and resources.

You might not want to incorporate all eight of those ideas, but there should be something for everyone there. They’re all manageable, realistic, and destined to make a positive impact in 2019. What more could anyone ask for?

This is a collaborative post

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19 for 2019

Happy new year! Instead of the usual resolutions, I’ve decided to do #19for2019 instead. It’s pretty much the same kind of thing but more of a list of things to do. 19 things to be precise. I want to tick off as many as possible. The cool thing about this list is you can put anything on it big or small.

#19for2019 comes from Gretchen Rubin’s podcast “Happier” and I remember listening to last years 18 for 2018 lists from her and all the listeners and wanted to take part. However it wasn’t on the cards for me – I definitely wasn’t in the right frame of mind in 2018.

I’m all for it this year though, so check out my list for #19for2019:

  1. Go trampolining with mum
  2. Get to target at Slimming World (the happy weight not the super skinny one)
  3. Finish Florida 2015 scrapbook. Yes you read that right and no I haven’t finished it yet!
  4. Make and finish wedding & honeymoon scrapbook
  5. Finish Tangled jigsaw
  6. Visit York
  7. Make 5 recipes from Mowgli cook book I got for my birthday this year
  8. Get a denim jacket and sew my patch collection onto it
  9. Vlog Japan – Currently I just do musical roundups of trips. I partly attempted to vlog our honeymoon but kept chickening out. This time I want to go for it.
  10. Put up a towel rail and fix the towel hook in our ensuite. A niggly job that I’ve been putting off!
  11. See something at the theatre
  12. Archive and organise my mountain of paperwork
  13. Scrapbook and organise the giant box of sentimental bits and bobs I’ve accumulated over the years.
  14. Take the tape off the walls, polyfill the holes and touch up the paint in the living room. I can finally call the room finished when I’ve done that!
  15. Do a 30 day yoga challenge. Long time readers will know my back/arm/repetitive strain issues so I want to see if yoga will help at all. I’m not doing the gym any more so need to do some kind of activity
  16. Finally do indoor skydiving – this has been on my list for years
  17. Get a savings app to track my spending better
  18. Rejig blog layout and transfer photos to new storage platform. I’m currently with Flickr and with all the new changes, I have just over a month to get all my 7 years of photos off there. A huge job!
  19. Open a new savings account and actually have something in there at the end of the year.

Have you made any resolutions this year?

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