Looking back I actually got a hell of a lot done over April…it was a pretty productive month. As with all goals, some have been more important than others, and this month I chose to focus on uni and taking care of myself. Let me know how you’re doing as we enter month no.5 of reaching for 2017 goals – are you sticking with your goals? Have they changed slightly, as you learn more about what you really want? Have you dropped some in order to focus on others? Comment below, and also let me know: what has been your biggest achievement of April?
FOCUS GOALS OF THE MONTH:
(This is where I am rolling all of these into one: Relax; Be more adventurous/ accept fear & uncertainty; Enjoy; Expand my mind and enrich my life)
- On the expanding my mind front…
- Podcasts listened to: 9.
- Documentaries watched: 1.
- GOT Season 6: Completed (documentaries come second to this. Always.)
- TED Talks watched: 16.
- Books/ short stories (any everything in-between) read- 4.
- One of my biggest goals for the month was to read up on British politics and read into current affairs more (this also played into the final research for my file of original work- see below). I found a document on the history of British politics and read many articles on the Trump-Putin situation, which naturally did lead to reading up on North Korea too. So a bit of a learning curve here, to put it mildly.
- I completed a 30 Days of Minimalism Challenge, and loved it. I feel I have a lot less clutter, and am still finding things to de-clutter now. I’ll be repeating the challenge a bit more ruthlessly, and in a shorter space of time, just before I leave Newcastle to move home (obviously I won’t fit everything I own into one room).
- I got a massage! Major self-care points earned here, and it is 100% something I’ll be doing again.
- I cut my hair even shorter, and its now hovering in ‘bobbed’ territory. I’ve also kept it that one shade darker, and I am LOVING it. Apparently, for the first time in my life, I look my age!
- I also took a week off of list-making and just went with the flow. This meant that when I came back to lists I managed to really slim-line my To-Do’s. I also learnt to be more flexible and just take some time off full stop. The last week of my Easter break I let myself relax, and felt a lot better for it.
- I tried four new fear foods (yaaay!!)- but then I also began binge eating again for some reason I am still trying to figure out. Possibly it is due to the immense amount of change just on the horizon, as I finish uni and have to leave Newcastle, which is more my home than home is, because I chose to live here. You can read about this here, but obviously its a very upsetting thing for me to have binge eating re-emerge. However, I can and will get past it, and May will mean spending a lot of time on this.
STATUS: A mixed month. I did some great self-care activities, I tried some fear foods, completed a challenge, learnt loads- but also did have a bit of a dip in recovering from ED, and this month exposed a few issues I thought were no longer in existence. I also didn’t live up to my goal of replying to texts etc. more rapidly, though I did manage to meet a lot of friends in person.
- Handed in my biggest piece of work, which the past three years of learning has been building up to: my portfolio of original work. For anyone who is new here: that’s a collection of twenty poems, plus an essay explaining my creative process, research, and decisions, plus a bibliography detailing nearly a year’s research into my chosen topic.
- I’d planned on completing my final two essays (due in May) during April. Didn’t happen. The above was, and had to be, my focus. So now (May) I am cracking down on these final two pieces of work, for which I did begin my research. I would like to highlight though that I could’ve really relaxed a bit more over Easter break. Our lecturers actually told us to put these essays on the back-burner, and I didn’t listen, wanting to just get them out of the way. Though the research I did was useful, I could definitely have taken it a bit easier.
- Buying my graduation gown didn’t happen. Its on the list for next month. I really have no excuse for not finding time to do this. Buying lecturer gifts/cards hasn’t happened yet either, purely because I’ve realised it’s still slightly too early.
STATUS: Final two essays due in 9 days. Final lectures and seminars have been attended. Absolutely devastated that its over, but I’m focusing on just enjoying the final few days I have left in higher education.
MINOR GOALS OF THE MONTH:
Start to establish my career path
- I HAVE A JOB!! I’m honestly still in a bit of shock regarding this. In September I’ll be taking up a position as a marketing executive for a social media management company dealing in food, drink, and tourism. I’ll be meeting clients, brainstorming campaign ideas, copywriting, and maybe even taking some photos for social media. I am incredibly grateful to be going into a job I love straight from uni. I kind of had to just do what I could with this in April, and then sit back and let what would be, be. I know that a lot of hard work over the years has gone into my getting this, including 6 months of relentlessly searching, and it feels good to be able to say that. I don’t believe in false modesty in women (in anyone, though we are more conditioned to adopt this attitude), and I’m going to say it: what with blogging, work experience, exams through high school and my degree, I have worked my arse off to get this and I am coming around to giving myself a pat on the back.
STATUS: Awaiting my contract to arrive, so I can sign my life away. I just have to keep my creative juices flowing, as my role will involve a lot of creativity, and so obviously I don’t want to be getting rusty.
Expand my blog and IG
- As with January, this had to go on the back-burner as April was the run-up to the hand-in of a massive piece of uni work. However, I am still brainstorming ideas. It’s just finding the time to write, as when I had free time in April I’ve obviously spent it winding down a bit.
STATUS: Expect an explosion of recipes and blog posts around the end of next month. I’ll also be turning 21, so hopefully I’ll be blogging about what I get up to then!
Travel more often & explore
- My new passport arrived! Obviously this is one of the biggest steps in being able to go abroad as I can’t cross borders without it.
STATUS: Past getting my passport, I haven’t done much, but now – once final essays are in- I’ll be looking at last minute holiday websites. Failing being able to go abroad, I will switch my focus to the places in Britain I would like to visit.
Learn to drive
- I got as far as booking a taster session, thinking I would be at home for a week during the beginning of May- and then realised I would actually have to be back in Ncl when the taster was scheduled. Major fail on my part.
STATUS: I’ve spoken to our next-door neighbour, who is also a driving instructor, and as soon as I return home (for good!) from Newcastle, he’ll be booking me in for a taster session. Hopefully, this will be the end of May/beginning of June.
Manage my money & choose a saving/savings goal
- I did save a little bit over April, but some money came out of my account to pay for my passport and some unseen postage and packaging expenses. I’ve also been a little slacker with treating myself to stuff seen as its been essay submission time. And also, practically though sadly, binge eating costs money and, the next day, I often will wait until hungry to eat, and so end up buying a snack when out. Needless to say this is another incentive to stop binge eating.
STATUS: Didn’t save much this month, but I am okay with this. I’m not aiming for perfection, just to improve. I’m still within budget, just not saving.
Learn the basics of another language
- Zero progress. So far.
STATUS: On hold until I finish in May. Still. This may be a goal I don’t reach until the back end of the year, but that is fine by me.