Chatty March Update

The first quarter of 2019 is almost over. I wanted to do a catch up post and check in with you all and update you on how things have been going. I figured the easiest way is to divide the post into categories and write a few points under each. Sit back, relax and enjoy!


  • I started my admin job in November 2018 and I’m four months in now. I am definitely a lot busier than I was before but I am starting to finetune my routine and get to grips with everything. I have been tired lately but I put that down to a combination of working hard, starting a new job right before summer and this summer being so warm. I am here for the cooler weather!
  • I’ve got my first proper lot of time off since October coming up in April around Easter which I’m excited for. I plan on taking it easy, catching up on my Goodreads target and going through my wardrobe and clearing out clothes I don’t wear.

Blogging/Social Media

  • At the start of year I mentioned I would be blogging less. I have still been keeping active by commenting on other people’s posts and reading blogs and I’m finding one post a week is working at the moment. It’s enough to keep me inspired without feeling pressured to churn out content.
  • Instagram is my favourite social media and it’s where I’m the most me. I was thinking about my habits recently and how I tend to use the platform. I post a few pictures a week and I tend to gravitate more towards posting on my feed than uploading to my stories. I use stories for quick in the moment pictures I can still look back on as well as polls and sharing any thoughts I want to get out.
  • In my bullet journal I am tracking my Instagram followers to see how much they increase throughout 2019. I don’t have a goal or get obsessed with numbers but I’m curious to see the change.


  • My lipstick ban is going well, I haven’t been tempted to buy any new shades at all and it’s surprisingly easy. I am enjoying using what I’ve already got.
  • The makeup low buy is also going well. This year I have bought a MAC pigment in Melon, some eyeshadows from Colourpop, a Zoeva makeup brush and Kevyn Aucoin’s Sculpting Powder in Light – I’ve been wanting to try contouring for a while now and know this powder is well loved.


  • I’m not feeling great with the way I look lately, I don’t know whether it’s the heat making me feel sluggish or having more of a sit down job but I feel the heaviest I have in a while. I nearly always take my own lunch to work instead of buying it but I’m not walking around as much as I was.
  • I stopped taking the contraceptive pill in December 2018. I have been keeping notes over the past few months and seeing if there are any noticeable changes in case I decide to write a post about my experience taking it and coming off. I’m not adverse to going back on the pill in future and I stopped taking it because I’m single, not for health reasons.
  • I have been in a pretty good place so far in 2019. I have a mood tracker in my bullet journal and the amount of days I’ve had that have been difficult or I’ve felt nervous/anxious, sad or angry have been outweighed by good days. I still write down one positive thing about each day and keep monthly gratitude pages in my journal as well.


  • I want to take the stairs more at work if I don’t have anything to carry instead of using the lift. 90% of the time I walk down the stairs but going up is harder. Over time it will get easier and be beneficial.
  • I aim to use the exercycle to cycle 10km three times a week and I would like to get back into yoga. Yoga always makes me feel calm and is good exercise that doesn’t make you sweat but you can see the benefits if you keep up with it. I will try and aim to do yoga once at the weekend in addition to the cycling.
  • Beginning April 1st I want to consume less sugary treats. Over summer I had more sugary drinks than usual and I want to cut them out too.

2019 Goals Progress

  • The lipstick ban is going well.
  • I haven’t made any recipes from my cookbooks but I have made a list of ones I’d be interested in making – maybe I’ll get to one during my time off.
  • I am a few books behind on my Goodreads goal but it’s still doable.
  • I have only driven once this year and my goal is to drive at least twice a month. I’m still finding it hard to feel comfortable and pick things up.

Thank you for reading – I hope you are all keeping well! Let me know you’re doing and how you’re finding 2019!


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12 thoughts on “Chatty March Update

  1. Hunida says:

    Hi Chanelle! So lovely to see this little update from you. ♡

    I’m happy to hear that everything at your job is going well & that you’ve got some ‘time off’ now. 🙂 That’s amazing that your good days have been outweighing your bad, too! Such a good idea to keep track of your moods.

    Best of luck on your fitness & diet goals & catching up on your Goodreads challenge. You can do it!

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    • Chanelle says:

      Aww thank you for such a kind comment! I’m very excited to have some time off and just relax 🙂 I’m so sick of sugary foods, at the moment I’m rarely tempted by them so I’m starting to cut them out now!

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  2. Courtney says:

    Love this update, Chanelle!! It honestly just feels like we are having a chat. 🙂
    I’m glad you’ve been able to settle into a routine with your new job now! That makes things so much easier for sure. I hope you have such a lovely break with your time off!! How exciting to look forward to.

    I also like writing a blog post once a week. I think it’s a good way to keep uploading without there being too much pressure in the week with everything else going on!

    Summer is such a big culprit for making people feel sluggish and heavy. I know I always feel bloated or gross during the summer since the heat is so miserable. Also, having a sit-down job does not make fitness easy! I literally sit at my computer all day and consequently I have to make up for it with extra fitness if I want to make a difference. I’m interested in those standing or treadmill desks lol but I also think I’m too lazy for that haha. Yoga is great! I was doing it consistently in January and then the semester started and I felt like I didn’t have the time anymore. All the luck on your goals!! ❤

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    • Chanelle says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Still fine tuning with my job and sometimes the odd thing crops up that I haven’t dealt with before but some things take time and experience.

      Some weeks like this week I’ll write two but one a week has been working nicely 🙂 I do miss the standing and moving part of my old role but I’m going to try and make more of a conscious effort to move.

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  3. chloeburford says:

    I am so pleased that you are feeling less pressure with blogging. It is so easy and toxic to turn a fun hobby into a demanding job. I struggle a lot with the pressures, but its all about taking a step back and saying quality over quantity and happiness comes first!! Fab post, I am so proud of everything you have achieved!! xxx

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    • Chanelle says:

      I’ve never put pressure on myself with my blog and I think that’s why I’ve stuck at it so long and why I still enjoy it. Sure I don’t have the most followers or get sent freebies but that’s not why I started! I’m not seeing a huge decline in readers either, the ones that want to read my posts and are interested will make time and I’m always around commenting and reading other people’s posts. Thank you for always being super supportive and reading xx


  4. danniijane says:

    Aaw bet you can’t wait to be off at Easter! I know I can’t wait😊 I hear you with sit down jobs and weight. My last job was not great for my fitness and whilst my current job can be annoying at times, it is great at keeping me active. I love these updates by the way. It’s a nice insight into different areas of your life and it’s fun😁 x

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    • Chanelle says:

      After today I’ve got 13 days of work to go until the time off 🙂 My customer service role at the library kept me on my feet but my job before I started at the library was sit down too lol. I just felt like writing one of these as it seems I’ve been quiet lately but I’ve just had some things on my plate, I’m still here x

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