Friday 28 February 2014

march mini goals.

At the beginning of the year, I shared my two main goals for the year, and I have shared my mini goals for January and February with you. Here's how I did with those, and my goals for March!


Find motivation - I have been a bit better with my routine, and while Doug has been busy animating and editing our song, I've had the mental & physical space to get on with things a bit more.

Read a book - I DID IT! And it was a joy. I read In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan, and it was like walking through a dream.

Visit london friends - it was a lovely long weekend seeing some special people. I definitely need to visit friends more often!

• Keep a sketchbook diary - okay, so this one I totally failed. I had high hopes of keeping note of what I got up to and how I felt, but it just didn't happen.. I have a new creative goal for next month though.

• Eat vegetarian for a week - this was a total breeze, and we've decided to carry it on for the most part. Meat isn't off-limits, but we're eating it much less, and being more mindful of where it comes from.

• Publish an honest blog post about my recent struggles with anxiety - such a cathartic experience. I've had a pretty anxiety-filled few months, and I feel like this month has been the turning point. Letting it all out to move on. You can read my blog post here.

• Concentrate on making my brain better - I haven't re-read my CBT paperwork, but I do feel like I'm getting a little better. I've started pushing myself a bit more, as well as listening to my body/brain to figure out what I really need.

• Widen my job search - this only really got done towards the end of the month, but it still got done! I applied for some very boring sounding part-time jobs. As Doug's friend pointed out the other day "no one really likes their job" - and while I'm preeeetty sure this isn't true, it did give me a kick in the pants to stop being so fussy.

~ I feel like I gave myself too much to try to accomplish in such a short month, especially as I'm trying to keep some of my goals from previous months ticking along, so I'm going to cut down the number of goals for the next month ~


• Have a ridiculously awesome pancake day.
Shrove Tuesday is one of my favourite days.. there isn't much to brighten your days this time of year, so the thought of eating delicious pancakes all day is something that keeps me going until Spring. Plus, as an exciting extra treat for you guys, I'm holding a pancake hamper giveaway! Have you entered yet?

• Get out more.
The weather has been epecially awful the past couple of months - videos of the destruction in Devon had me feeling very glad that I live in Bristol now! - and that on top of everything else has made me pretty reluctant to go outside. I need to be more sociable, and even just going down the road to a nice cafe will be good for me!

• Be more creative.
As I mentioned up there, my sketchbook diary didn't happen. And while I could sit here and feel guilty about it, it's better to find a solution. So, I've come up with loads of drawing prompts (one for every day for the next 2 and a half months in fact) which I'll be sharing here tomorrow so that you can play along with me! Keep your eyes peeled for #BLCreativePrompts on Twitter & Instagram too! FUN!

• Be more active on the blogging scene.
I've been way more motivated with my blog this month, and I'm really happy with how it's going. I've started being a bit more active on my social media platforms too (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest) so now I need to go to more bloggy stuff in real actual life, which is something I often avoid due to feeling too anxious! I'm off to the Briz Blog Meet on Sunday, and have a couple more events later in the month.

• Wardrobe clear out ready for Spring/Summer.
I keep looking over at my clothes rail and, while the 15 year old goth inside me would love it, seeing all the black makes me a bit sad. I've already sorted out a bunch of things I never really wear (including a lot of shoes) which will be for sale very soon! Keep your eyes peeled. I'm hoping by the end of the month I'll be able to pull my summer dresses out from hibernation too. 

So those are my goals for what I like to think of as the first month of Spring! I've found having two overall resolutions for the year, and then breaking them down into smaller goals (and adding a few fun ones!) for each month has made everything seem more within my reach! 

At the end of March, I'll recap on how I've done with these, and ramble on about things I'd like to achieve in April!

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  1. I'm having a wardrobe clearout this March too, with the help of my lovely mum coming to visit (she doesn't know about this yet, oops!). Gives you the perfect excuse to give everything a refresh and 'bat out the cobwebs'!! Love these posts T xx

  2. I love your goals for March and you've inspired me to maybe do a blog post on my goals for the month! It's lovely to look back and see if you've achieved what you set for yourself! Hope you have the bestest pancake day Lyzi :)


    Sade xo

  3. I think it's great how well your February goals went. :) Pancake day in March sounds like your best goal yet, haha!

    Good luck!

  4. It's such a good idea to have mini goals, well done on achieving so many in Feb! Good luck for March :)

  5. I don't eat meat a huge amount, and when I do I always go for responsibly sourced.
    As for jobs? Always a tricky one - I've hated so many jobs and only now (at the age of nearly 34!) found something I actually love and it's something I had never considered before!

  6. Love this post. I'm forever writing daily and weekly lists of things to do, but maybe I should start setting myself little monthly targets too - makes things more realistic! xx

  7. they all sound like great goals, good luck with them!
    especially the wardrobe clear out, i had one recently and it feels so good!

  8. It seems like only yesterday I read your post about goals for February, time really flies by. But I love reading these lists you make, so inspiring!

  9. So I've just stumbled across your blog and I absolutely love it! I love your idea of having mini monthly goals, and I agree with some of your March ones - I certainly need to stop letting the awful weather stop me from going out!
    Love reading you stuff!
    Tanya x x x

  10. this was such an inspiring post, a perfect end of the month motivator to actually get myself organised and do the things I have been meaning to for a while - thank you!
    I also had a listen to your song on soundcloud and it was beautiful, you are one talented lady x

  11. I will do a wardrobe spring clean too.

  12. I'm slowly clearing out my wardrobe for spring/summer but finding ebay a tad bit of a pain but any extra money and less clutter is certainly a good thing. Regarding the job search I hope you manage to find something. It's difficult finding a job with decent hours these days. I've only ever worked in retail which has it's ups and downs. I'm pretty anxious so when I first started at 18 I used to get nervous seeing queues of people at the tills etc... but a few years on retail has actually helped calm down those feelings. They say if you do something you're fearful of everyday it starts to become second nature which is true from my experience. I think it's hard to land the perfect job straight up, it's sort of like a stepping stone process. You'll definitely find what you're looking for one day though!

  13. The monthly goals idea is something I really like! I also find it interesting to read of your struggles - best of luck to you!

    Nicola //

  14. I love this post- i really should follow your example and write some mini goals too:) xxx

  15. Like I said for your February goals, yay for little goals! I am enjoying these months goals.

    Jes | Naturally Jes

  16. I really like the idea of setting little monthly goals! Definitely gonna try this, and good luck with yours too. x

    PS: I also decided to make a scrap book as a new years resolution - going well so far.

    Georgina | headintheclouds

  17. Your goals are lovely and I think you are very brave in the way you are working towards being healthier and fighting your demons. Also 'In Watermelon Sugar' is just about the best title for a book I have ever seen. I must get a copy

  18. Thank you so much for your anxiety post! I just started getting anxiety this year and you're right it helps loads to just talk to people :) xx

  19. Good luck with your monthly goals! I have just set up my own and I find they really make me feel motivated to succeed. I hope that yours have the same effect for you! I wish you all the success and am looking forward to seeing what you get up to this month. :) xx

  20. I really like your idea of mini monthly goals. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed when I think of how much I wish I was accomplishing or would like to achieve this year. This is a good reminder that little steps in the right direction are less scary and will eventually get you there. Good luck accomplishing your goals!


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