2018 Goals: 6 Months On

I think making goals at the start of a year and calling them goals rather than resolutions doesn’t make you feel as bad if you aren’t successful. Goals normally have more of a measurable outcome and can be assessed and tracked throughout the year. In my first post of 2018 I stated I didn’t have any real goals, I just wanted to be happy, but a couple of days into January I did come up with some. Overall, I am on track with the majority of the eight goals I set for myself.

1. Do one new thing each month – I have been succeeding with this goal. Each month of 2018 so far I have managed to do at least one new thing whether that’s trying a new product or there’s been a new experience I’ve had. I have a page ruled up in my Bullet Journal where I can jot down what’s new each month and at the end of the year I may do a post sharing all of them.

2. Journal everyday – For the most part I have stuck to this. There was the odd day I’d miss here and there when I would stay with my boyfriend as I didn’t take my journal but I am looking forward to having something written down about each day of 2018 and being able to look back at the year in depth.

3. Improve my photography – I am doing okay with this goal but I would like to practice and get out with my camera more in the second half of the year. I definitely think my blog photos have improved since I first got my DSLR a year ago and I’m so glad I switched to manual mode almost straight away – I have a much better understanding of aperture, shutter speed etc. I want to get out in nature and just walk around with my camera or take it with me if I visit somewhere for the day.

4. Read 50 books by September – Technically I started this goal in September 2017 and I am proud of the progress I have achieved. I’m going to be honest and say I don’t think I’ll be at 50 by September 2018 but I’ll be near.

5. Watch 20 movies – I have achieved this goal already! I didn’t want to set an unrealistic target but I do enjoy watching a good movie. I only had one rule, the 20 movies had to be ones I hadn’t already seen before. Now I’ll be seeing how many I can get to by the end of the year.

6. Declutter – I have been successful with this goal too. In January/February I had a small makeup declutter and last month I cleared out some clothing from my drawers and wardrobe. By declutter I don’t just mean get rid of things but I want to use up what I have and not buy things for the sake of it. Decluttering also relates to cleaning and simplifying.

7. Lose weight – I don’t go by the number on a scale, I go by how clothes look and feel. Over the past few months I have been sick numerous time so I haven’t been able to exercise as much as I would like but I did lose a little bit of weight after the breakup and I have had a few comments saying I look like I’ve lost weight from mum and a work colleague. I accept I’m never going to be a size 8 but getting back into a regular exercise routine for the rest of the year and being able to keep up with it would satisfy me.

8. Don’t spend unnecessarily – I go through stages of spending and then not spending for a little while. I do save most of my money and am generally pretty good. Probably the most expensive thing I’ve purchased so far this year is Shania Twain concert tickets! This goal kind of goes along with #6 – use up what I have before buying more and research and look into things before buying them on a whim.


Did you set any goals for 2018? How are you progressing?

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What I Did With My Time Off

By the time you’re reading this I will have already been back at work a week. I took a week off at the start of June and it was a much needed break. It’s my first real time off in almost a year and it was bliss! Prior to my time off I made a list of what I wanted to achieve and I managed to complete all of it… almost. Hope you enjoy the post!

Haircut

The last time I had my hair cut was October 2016, so a tidy up was long overdue. The salon I normally go to hasn’t impressed me the past couple of times so I went back to a salon I’d tried a few years ago. I got layers put in rather than have my hair one length how it usually is. The hairdresser did a lovely job and although my hair seems short at the moment it will grow back soon enough, plus, I really like it. I did share my new hair on Instagram and I’ve attached an image in case you don’t follow me/haven’t seen it. My instagram name is chanellehayley_ – follow me and I might just follow you back! 😉

Tidy Up Loose Ends

I’d been meaning to clean windows for my mum for a little while and I wanted to do it on the very first day to get it over and done with. The weather was wet and gloomy and the rain provided a nice backdrop for the cleaning.

One of the items in my latest ASOS order was a wrong send so I had to pop to the post office and send it back. The return service is done online and it’s really easy. It’s also free which is even better! The parcel is tracked and you can view progress online so you know exactly where it is. I’m gutted I didn’t receive the correct jumper and my size is out of stock so I can’t re-order, perhaps it’s not meant to be?

The zip pouch in my handbag where I keep my phone has had a rip in it for months and I finally got around to fixing it. Now nothing can fall through.

Shopping

I only went shopping once during my time away from work and I didn’t splurge at all (I hardly ever do!) I was on the hunt for B vitamins as I have been feeling stressed/tired lately and so far they are working wonders! I bought shampoo and conditioner minis to keep at my boyfriend’s and they smell divine. I’ve wanted to try OGX’s shampoo/conditioner for ages but the big bottles are so expensive at the supermarket. I also bought some underwear and socks, (essentials right?!) and a couple of books to take to work to read.

Motion Entertainment Centre

Late last year an entertainment centre opened about 5 minutes from where I live and my boyfriend and I made plans to go along and try out a couple of activities. We did Escape Masters and ten pin bowling. Escape Masters involves being locked in a themed room and using clues and brainteasers to open locks and ultimately escape from the room. There is a time limit of 60 minutes. My boyfriend and I took 70 minutes but that was on medium difficulty and we wasted the first 10 minutes figuring out what to do. I was absolutely hopeless at ten pin bowling, I scored less than 50 points for the whole game but I did manage to get an 8 and a 2 in one round. We want to go back and try mini golf next.

trip to the snow (sort of)

My boyfriend’s parents thought it would be nice to take me on a trip to see some ‘proper’ snow. I was wrapped up in my puffa jacket and warm clothes, we set off early and the weather looked promising but on arrival mist and cloud had set in and there was no snow to be seen. Hopefully we’ll go again soon and be more successful.

Chill

As well as planning out the things I wanted to do I also took time to chill out and take it easy. I had a few sleeps ins and lazy days. I caught up on a bunch of YouTube videos in my ‘Watch Later’ list, started a jigsaw puzzle and sang/listened to music.

Overall, I had a wonderful time and the weather (apart from the snow day outing) was just as wonderful, there was lots of sunshine which made me happy.


Is there anything you like to do when you have extra time off work? How do you spend your days?

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8 Date Ideas For Couples

I think I’ve always been a romantic at heart due to my soft, caring nature. Since meeting my boyfriend we don’t go on dates as such but we still do things together. I don’t mind at all because I enjoy spending time with him, it doesn’t matter what we do. We have done a couple of things mentioned in this post and I’m hoping we’ll get to some of the others too. Depending on the type of relationship you have can determine the dates you have. Some couples might be real foodies and enjoy going to dinner (we’re not) or they might prefer to stay in and chill (which is us). I hope you find this post useful and feel free share to date ideas/traditions of your own in the comments!

1. Playground – Who isn’t a big kid at heart? Playgrounds evoke childhood memories of running around being careless and free. Have competitions; who can swing the highest, who can slide down the slide the fastest or keep things relaxed with chat and laughter. This date would be especially fun on balmy summer nights when it stays lighter for longer and the playground is less likely to be busy.

2. Entertainment centre – This is ideal for any weather, if it is raining outside and you still want to be active you won’t need to cancel your plans. Places like this usually have a range of activities and can include mystery escape rooms, trampolines, laser tag and bowling. There are normally day passes or deals available to save costs. A centre like this opened near where I live late last year and my boyfriend and I are planning to go when I take time off work in June. 

3. Go for a walk – I do like the simplicity of walking. It’s a chance to put down phones, take a break from technology and enjoy the fresh air. You don’t have to walk very far but it’s nice to be in each other’s company and hold hands and talk. I speak from experience when I say wear appropriate footwear. I went on a Valentines Day walk and I ended up with blisters – luckily they were gone the next morning. 

4. Mini Golf – I have never played proper golf or mini golf before but I really want to try it. I feel like I’d either be decent and take it seriously or get frustrated if I wasn’t very good. Physical activities let that competitive streak out. You could even turn it into a wager and whoever loses has to buy dinner or do a forfeit.

5. Couples bucket list – You could discuss small things you want to do together or talk about the future. This is basically anything you want to do/try as a couple and is a good way to get inside the other person’s mind. The list could be as suggestive as you like! 😉

6. Hot air balloon ride – I have always thought hot air balloons look so magical floating through the sky. The balloons are always brightly coloured and beautiful. A picnic inside the balloon would be even more magical.

7. Board game evening – I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to board games, jigsaws and puzzles. Trivial Pursuit is a favourite, I like showcasing my general knowledge and useless facts that aren’t so useless. Pizza to accompany the playing of games would be perfect!

8. Movie night – This is a classic that never goes out of fashion! You can stay in and get cosy or head out to the cinema and catch one of the latest flicks. Create a fort with blankets and pillows for added comfort or in case one/both of you falls asleep. 


Do you have any favourite date ideas? Have you tried any of the ones mentioned here?

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