Slightly Sweary 2018 Goals – A 6 month Update

Insert obligatory “omg how is it already July, lol, blah blah blah” here. And also “why is it so hot, why am I melting” etc etc.

So back in January I set myself some goals. Some pretty sweary goals. For once when I look back 6 months later I can actually say I’m not doing half bad. Here’s how I’m doing with my sweary 2018 goals:

Fuck the Target Weight – Get to Happy Weight

After a bit of a massive false start for the first 5 months of the year in which I got depressed and lumped another stone, I’m finally back on it. I did say that would happen though. Maybe not the extra stone bit but the getting on it in the second half part. I’ve rejoined Slimming World and am back at the gym. And Topher has joined me for both. We’re doing really well so far. Topher has lost 9 pounds and I lost 6 and a half. So here’s to the rest of the year.

Earn some fecking money

Well I got a full time job so that definitely fecking helped.

Stop farting around and book that trip to Japan

Booked! Topher and I will be off to Japan in Easter 2019. I’m so excited! So far we have got our flights and all of our hotels. And we’ve got a saving plan that’s a lot easier to achieve now that I will have a regular pay check. Woop!

Get rid of crap…like seriously you have way too much shit

So I’ve done a couple of car boots but apart from that I really need to get my arse into gear on this goal. Not sure if we’ll have time for any more car boots but now that we’ve got income we don’t have to rely on the cash. So I just need to give a load of stuff to charity and go through everything. Must do this – we seriously still have way too much shit.

Stop feeling so bloody inadequate – you are enough

My mental health has been feeling a whole lot better in this past month. I think mainly because I’ve eased back on social media and have just been focusing on myself and my new job. Now I can just do the things I love for fun and not have to worry about having to pay the bills with it. It’s a massive pressure that has been lifted and I feel so much more confident. It also really helps that my new colleagues actually see me as an asset so I should do the same. I am enough.

So I’m pretty pleased with how I’m progressing. I just need to make my space feel less consumed with stuff and then I’ll be able to breathe!

Did you make any 2018 goals? Sweary or unsweary. How are yours going?

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May Goals and Bullet Journal Spread

I’m looking outside right now and it’s so sunny! Hallelujah.

For the first time since January I’m going to talk about my goals for the month (and year) ahead.

  • Get down to 12 stone anything

So I was around 12 and a half stone at the beginning of the year and I have gone in the wrong direction. Due to my down period of the last few months continuing I put on about a stone. So I’m now hovering just below 13 and a half stone. That was a major blow for me as I haven’t weighed that much since 2013. That was my heaviest weight where I felt so unhealthy and decided to join Slimming World for the first time. So I just want to get back to 12 stone anything to make a start on getting on track with my 2018 goal of getting to my happy weight of 11stone. Fingers crossed!

  • Do a car boot sale

There’s so much stuff to declutter in this house. It feels like it will never end but getting to a car boot will definitely help things. And help raise some pennies for our Japan trip next year. We’re hoping to get to a car boot this Sunday as currently my weather app says it will be sunny. I hope it works out as it’s the bank holiday weekend and footfall is usually increased!

  • Get a secure stream of income

I’m really working on that this month. My 2018 goal was to just make some fecking money so I intend on doing that. Will keep you posted.

  • Raise £100 for Japan

I really really really want to go to Japan. It’s such a dream and with what we’ve raised so far it could really be possible for Topher and I to go next summer. So I’m really getting my skates on this month so get another bundle of cash added to our pot.

  • Paint two living room walls white and polyfill holes

Now this one can only happen if I secure some income so fingers crossed. As I mentioned in my 2018 Home Decor Goals post I really want to finish the living room off. Painting the walls grey was a good idea but I think painting all of them grey wasn’t the best as it’s quite a dark room that doesn’t get much sunlight. So I’m injecting a bit of white.

May Goals - main page

As for my bullet journal spread, things have been working for me by keeping things as simple as possible. I’m still using my Leuchtturm 1917 dotted A5 bullet journal* and have been fully in the minimalist zone. However I wanted to inject a bit of colour and creativity back into it. So welcome back washi tapes and coloured felt tips.

I noticed other people using a calendar layout in their bullet journals so I thought I would give it a go. I love how it looks. It of course took longer than my usual list style calendar but it’s a lot easier on the eye. Now I can see the weeks laid out ahead. I think I’ll be keeping this style up.

May Goals - calendar

Of course I had to include a page for my freelance hours. Since taking this photo I’ve added in boxes for each client and it looks pretty good. Much better than my old approaches of just columns where all my clients are shoved in.

And I think I’ll always keep up the weekly goals as otherwise it’s so easy to just lose track of your main goals throughout the month.

May Goals - freelance

If you want to see the main spreads in my bullet journal for the year, take a look here. 

And if you’re interested in my other bullet journal posts, they’re all here.

What are your goals for May?

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2018 Goals – Slightly Sweary Goals

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a great night whether it was partying until dawn or curling up on the sofa in some pjs and ringing in the new year with TV and lots of snacks. Topher and I went to a flat party and had a great time.

So I figure I may as well get my 2018 goals set in stone on here so I can start trying to achieve them. I understand that everyone isn’t a fan of goals and resolutions but I am so I’m going to talk about mine here. I’ve been in a bit of a funk the last few months and I need to get my shit together, so I came up with a list of sweary goals to kick me into gear. Whatever works for you, right?

2018 Goals

Fuck the Target Weight – Get to Happy Weight

Since I’ve been doing Slimming World on and off since 2013, I’ve always had a target in my head. 10 stone. It’s how much I weighed when I left for Uni back in 2006 (yowza!) and it’s a healthy weight for my height. Twice I’ve gotten to 11 stone but no further. I’ve never seen a 10 on the scales.

Both times I’ve been super happy with my body at that 11 stone mark but I still wanted to get to my target weight as it’s something I thought I wanted. After getting to my happy weight twice and retreating back up another stone, I finally realise that my happy weight is where I want to be.

I’ve put on a lot of weight in the last couple of months and I’m finding myself feeling as bad as I did when I was at my heaviest. My diet is shit, I’m craving fruit and veg and I’m getting out of breath going up the stairs again. I want 2018 to be the year that I get myself back to my happy weight and stay there. Fuck the target weight – I don’t need it or want it anymore.

So what’s my plan? I don’t think I’m rejoining Slimming World, at least not for the first part of the year – I’m skint and need to save money for other things. I’d like to get myself back at the gym again because that made me feel good. And I’ve already filled the fridge with stuff that isn’t fried so I plan on concentrating on making healthy snacks as that’s my problem area.

Fingers crossed I get there because I’m sick of feeling like shit.

 

Earn some fecking money

As I wrote in my guilt post, I didn’t push myself at all in 2017 when it came to work. I was playing the comparison game and putting way too much pressure on myself. Therefore I ended up struggling a lot with money – especially in the last few months of the year. I thought that the only way to make money was through Begin.Create and when I didn’t, I was so horrible to myself and didn’t go out and get VA clients as a result.

So I’m going to be easier on myself in 2018 and just say earn some fecking money. I don’t care how but just find a way. Get some more VA clients, figure out what I want to do with Begin.Create, do matched better, affiliate marketing and odd jobs wherever I can find them.

I might even consider getting a part time job to take the pressure off. It’s hard to be creative when you’re worrying about bills that need to be paid. I’m going to consider my options and do my best to just get some money in the bank. Yes money doesn’t buy happiness but let’s face it, it does when you don’t have enough to pay the bills, right?

 

Stop farting around and book that trip to Japan

I want to go to Japan in 2019. It would be a dream for me. So this goal kinda depends on the previous on to get off the ground. The easiest way would definitely be to get a part time job. I’m not jumping into just anything though. I know how I react in different work environments and I don’t want to sacrifice happiness when that’s what I’ve been working towards since I went freelance.

So yeah, the trip will get booked if I can scrape together the money. Here’s hoping!

 

Get rid of crap…like seriously you have way too much shit

I’m sure this is on many people’s lists: declutter. It was on my list last year and I did get rid of a load of stuff…it’s just that there’s still so much crap in our house. I swear it’s breeding. So this is my continued task this year. Since we haven’t got a big wedding to deal with this year, I’ll be available for the majority of car boot season. I love car boots – getting rid of stuff and getting money for it. It’s so much more satisfying than eBay. But I will be ebaying a bunch of clothes too as they are worth more.

I’ve already taken out of my wardrobe any clothes that I bought to slim into and they’re in my eBay pile. I’d definitely advise that if you’re losing weight you should only buy clothes to slim into that are the next size down, not any more than that. I had bought stuff in the past that I eventually was able to fit into but this stuff I bought was for my target weight – very silly. As I said above, my target weight is no more so I definitely don’t need these clothes. What a waste of money. Fingers crossed I can get some cash for them.

 

And finally…

Stop feeling so bloody inadequate – you are enough

I’m sure people can relate when I say that I’m my own worst enemy and I’m sick of being so mean to myself. Overall I would normally describe myself as a happy person but I definitely need to be kinder to myself. I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to get to a point where I can say that I’ve achieved this as I think it’s an ongoing process but it needed to be on my list. I’m turning 30 this year and I want to go into my 30s being a happier, more confident person. So wish me luck.

 

Do you have any goals or resolutions for 2018?

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101 in 1001 – The beginning

So what is 101 in 1001? Think of it as a bucket list with a deadline. I bloody love a good list. But in the past when I’ve made things like things to do in a year, 25 before 25 and even 30 before 30, I’ve never succeeded. Never even come close.

101 in 1001 is 101 goals to achieve in 1001 days. That’s 2.75 years. I’ve seen them online including on fellow blogger, Becky Bedbug and have always liked the idea of them.

So I decided to make one myself. I actually meant to post this on my 29th birthday but with my blogging break it came and went. I started the list on time on the 26th June but now I’m going to share it with my readers.

The key to a 101 in 1001 list is to keep it realistic. You have to do a mix of small and big goals so that there’s a better chance of you completing them all. So here is my list. I started on 26th June 2017 and the deadline is 24th March 2020.

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Life Goals

  • Get married
  • Get to a full time minimum wage income with my freelancing and business
  • Make £12,000 matched betting
  • Get to £5000 in savings
  • Decide what our path is with children (yes/no/adopt/foster/etc).

Home

  • De-clutter office
  • De-clutter guest room
  • De-clutter store cupboard
  • De-clutter cupboard under stairs
  • Finish decorating living room
  • Finish gallery wall
  • Find frames for maps and hang up
  • Decorate master bedroom
  • Decorate kitchen
  • Make vinyl mats for the fridge
  • Plant sunflowers in the garden
  • Make a herb garden window box
  • Put border round garden
  • Make a brick BBQ
  • And use it
  • Make a scratching post for the cats
  • Get to a point where everything has a place

 

Travel

  • Go on honeymoon
  • Visit 3 European countries
  • Visit Japan
  • Visit York
  • Visit Harrogate
  • Visit Chester
  • Visit Liverpool
  • Visit Leeds
  • Take Emma round Jordan
  • Get custom mickey ears at Disneyland
  • Do a jumping photo in front of a Disney castle
  • Revisit Devon
  • Revisit Cornwall
  • Book a trip back to Florida with the gang

 

Appearance & Health

  • Cut my hair short again
  • Dye my hair
  • Get to my target weight
  • And stay there
  • Make a capsule wardrobe
  • Join a gym
  • Actually go
  • Try quitting sugar for 30 days

 

Culture & Learning

  • Visit the Imperial War Museum
  • Learn Arabic (or at least be taking lessons)
  • Visit the People’s History Museum
  • Do all the courses on my laptop
  • Take a swing dance lesson
  • Visit the hat museum in Stockport

 

Food & Drink

  • Try a cronut
  • Try oysters
  • Try takoyaki
  • Make cousa
  • Make maluba
  • Make vine leaves
  • Make atief
  • Find kanafe locally
  • Visit 50 new to me restaurants (in the UK)
  • Use my ice cream maker
  • Bake a loaf of bread
  • Have afternoon tea at 10 new places
  • Fill recipe book
  • Have hot chocolate at Bonbon
  • Make macarons
  • Make an apple crumble using apples from the apple tree in the garden
  • Try as close to a corn dog as I can get (look in Jordan at cinema)
  • Try a cruffin
  • Make cornbread

 

Activity

  • Ride a Segway
  • Win a crystal at Crystal Maze
  • Sleep in a treehouse
  • Go to a drive thru movie
  • Have a picnic in the park
  • Go to Junk Yard Golf
  • Do all the rooms in Lucardo
  • Do breakout rooms
  • Go to a comedy club
  • Go to a murder mystery evening on a train
  • Indoor skydiving
  • Harry Potter escape room in London
  • See 3 films in one day at cinema
  • Do Go Ape

 

Blog

  • Get to 2000 twitter followers
  • Get to 500 Instagram followers
  • Get to 100 Bloglovin followers
  • Launch a Youtube channel

 

Hobby

  • Make 5 scrapbooks
  • Get a better printer
  • Get a compact camera
  • Learn manual mode on camera
  • Finish a colouring book
  • Master my own style of brush lettering
  • Get a washi tape holder
  • Make something with ribbons from wedding
  • Make something with my leftover wedding dress fabric
  • Make something with wedding flowers
  • Make proper Christmas decorations
  • Read 50 new to me books
  • Watch 100 new to me films
  • Get 130 books on my amazon list

So that’s my list. 

I’ve made a separate page to keep track of my progress so let’s see how it goes! What would you put on your 101 in 1001 list?

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April Goals and Bullet Journal

Hello April!

So far I am loving the longer days. Summer is on the way! But then that also means our wedding is in 3 and a half months and there is still so much to do (particularly on the DIY front). Nervous squeak*

So here are my April Goals

  • Lose 6lbs

It’s a long shot as I’ve been doing so dismal lately on the losing weight front but it has to be done. As I mentioned in my 2017 goals post, I gave myself the target of May to reach my target weight. That was so I could have my first dress fitting and not have to worry about my weight after that because let’s face it – who wants to give a crap about that when there’s far more important things?

So I was 1 stone, 6 and a half pounds away from my target in January. So where am I now? I’m 1 stone, 5lbs away. So yes you heard that right. I’ve lost a total of 1 and a half pounds since January. I did get to 1 stone and 2 pounds away but life happened. So obviously I’m not going to be able to lose all that in a month so I just set it at 6 pounds. If I get that I’ll be more than happy as it will get me to the lowest weight I’ve been in almost 10 years.

I’ve been eating so much crap recently that I’m seriously craving fruit right now so I’m going to harness that craving and I’m going to get that 6lbs.

  • Do a car boot

Car boot season is upon us! Not only do I have a couple of boxes for decluttering, but I also want to browse a couple of car boots to try and get a couple of things for wedding DIYs. So hopefully we’ll be able to get one sunny weekend this month to be able to do it.

  • Walk 155,000 steps

For my health! I set myself a target of 2 million for the year and during January and February I was no where near my target. March however I didn’t get the 155,000 steps but I did get to 152,689 which is a hell of a lot closer than I got previously. I’m definitely planning on reaching it this month! And I’m already on the way over the last couple of days and this weekend I’m helping my Slimming World consultant leaflet some houses so that will help!

  • Make flyers for Begin.Create and distribute

Another sneaky way to get my steps in! And I’ve been planning on getting some old fashioned advertising in for my business for a couple of months now. Last week I finally sat down and designed some so I’m just trying to pick which one is best. What do you think? Which is your favourite?

FLYER 1

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FLYER 2

  • Finish making paper flowers for the table centrepieces for the wedding

This has been on my goal list every month but I am no where near. With 3 and a half months to go, I’ve got to step up my game. Especially since my mum has been so kind as to cut out zillions of petals for me. Thanks mum!

  • Sort out the garden

With all the rain month I barely got a chance to get in the garden. Currently half the grass has been mowed and that’s it. So this month I want to finish that, put up the border I bought last year and plant some sunflowers. Plus the grass needs some serious weeding!

  • Finish sorting out old posts on the blog

After installing a new widget that recommends other posts after every blog post, I discovered that I hadn’t set any featured images so half of the photos are blank on it. Oops. So I’ve slowly been going through and adding them in. But with 5 years worth of posts, it hasn’t been a quick job. So I’d love to finish that this month too.

I’ve set up my bullet journal for the month

See my previous post on how I set it up for the month

I’ve already been having a busy April with a wedding and my mother in law to be’s 50th!

April Goals - bullet journal

I kinda dropped the ball on recording my level 10 life during the last week so I really want to keep track this month.

April goals - level 10 life

The same goes for my habit trackers. The last week had no data whatsoever. I think I just lost my mojo a bit. It’s definitely back now though!

April goals - trackers

So here’s to an awesome April!

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