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10 New Year’s Goals | Ideas To Pursue In 2020 | Collaboration With Sophie’s Corner

Happy *almost* New Year!

The prospect of a new year invites time to reflect and set goals. I sat down with myself (and my bullet journal) a few weeks ago and starting listing things I wanted to do in 2020. It would be unrealistic for me to set more than five goals for myself I have managed to cut it down! Today’s post is a collaboration with Sophie’s Corner. As she only started blogging back in August this will be her first collaboration which is very exciting! We have both written 5 goals and some of them are quite similar (great minds think alike) and I thought they would be great inspiration for your new year’s resolutions if you don’t yet have any. After reading this post I would really recommend you go and check out Sophie’s beautiful Instagram or take a look at her wonderful writings on her blog!

  • Create a revision timetable and stick to it

My mock GSCE exams are in April so I would like to create a revision timetable so that I can revise. In the past I have attempted this and then not really kept up with it so I would like to try again and then stick to it religiously so that I get the best grades possible for my mocks.
  • Grow my blog

I started my blog in August and the main focus was getting some content on there, writing blog posts etc. But now I would like to grow my blog’s audience and try to invest a little more time into it. Blogging is something I would like to do in the future so I am going to be focusing more on trying to increase my readers.
  • Limit screen time

I think I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t like my phone; a quick scroll through Instagram, replying to messages, checking my emails, clicking through Snapchat. I wouldn’t say that I overuse it but I would still like to try cutting down the time I spend on it. I will do this gradually.
So, in January, I will start off by limiting my time to 50 mins per day, then in February in will be 45 mins and so on. This means that by the end of the year I will hopefully satisfied with the time I spend on it!
  • Do one kind thing per day for other people

I always aim to do this anyway but I thought that I’d make it into a real goal so that I am even more keen to do it! I love doing random acts of kindness and it makes me feel so happy when other people are happy! I have written 31 good deeds and put them in a jar so that for each day in January I can pick out a good deed and carry it out that day. Then I will do the same for February and so on.
  • Get a specific number of hours of sleep every night

I think it would make me much healthier to have consistent sleeping patterns, especially as I already wake up super early every day!

  • Work my way to sugar-free

The way I’m going to work this goal is by gradually cutting out sugar as the year goes along. In January I’m aiming to do one day a week without sugar. Then in February it would step up to two days. If I cut out sugar immediately then I would get cravings and probably flop. My friend is going sugar-free from Christmas to Easter so I won’t be doing this alone!

  • Daily journal

This is a traditional new years goal but I really think that I’ll be able to do it. In the end of 2019 I did daily journal and I felt it really cleansing. I did enjoy doing meditation for a time but it’s a very expensive habit so journalling is the next best thing. I know that I won’t be able to journal every single day but just when I can.

  • Read 100 books

Reading is one of my favourite hobbies (I don’t know if it beats blogging?) so this one will be easy for me. I managed it last year and the summer is my prime time for reading so I’m not going to force myself to finish a book every 3 days because I’ll be able to catch up in the holidays.

  • Collaborate with other bloggers a lot more often

In the beginning of last year I did a lot of collaborations and towards the end as well. However in the middle of the year it was lacking so this year I’d like to be more consistent.

  • Become a RAKtivist

Becoming a RAKtivist and performing random acts of kindness is such a lovely new year’s goal. Most of the goals I previously mentioned are based around my personal growth, but to bring happiness to another person is a really special idea. I have already signed up on the website and soon after writing this post I’m going to print of the kindness calendar for January!

Have you set any goals for 2020? What did you achieve last year?

Thank you so much for reading. I look forward to reading your responses in the comments below!

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Peppermint Cream Inspired Chocolate Cupcakes

One Sunday afternoon I decided to do an experimental recipe and it went surprisingly well! This is the first festive bake of the year and I’m really excited for you to try it out for yourself. As always my Instagram DM’s are open for you to send me photos of your recreations! I really enjoy seeing the twists you put on my recipes – especially with the decoration! These cupcakes are plain in decoration but full in flavour. It would be a great idea to crush a candy cane and sprinkle that on top – but I didn’t have any candy canes when I was making these!

Ingredients:

4oz self-raising flour

2oz cocoa powder

4oz caster sugar

2oz brown sugar (this gives the cakes a brownie-like texture but if the classic cupcake is more to your taste then add another 2oz of caster sugar instead)

6oz margarine or unsalted butter

3 eggs

For the icing:

2oz icing sugar

1tsp of peppermint extract

Method:

  • Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Pro tip: use a spoon to break up the ingredients and then use an electric whisk to make it light and fluffy.
  • Preheat the oven to 160C (if you preheat the oven before you start mixing your ingredients you are wasting energy and throwing away money!)
  • While your oven is preheating spoon the cake mixture evenly into 24 cupcake cases.  This recipe is easy to divide if you want to make more or less!

  • Place your cupcakes in the oven. Let them cook for 10-15 minutes. The less time you leave them in the gooey-er they are!
  • As the cupcakes cool you can prepare the icing. Combine 2oz on icing sugar (roughly – we didn’t measure exactly) and a few drops of water. Once you have the right consistency add your peppermint extract. Don’t use too much as it may taste like toothpaste!
  • Using a knife spread the icing on to your cupcakes. If you do want to add decorations then make sure you do so before the icing sets. Otherwise they will not stick on!

Because I am so forgetful I completely didn’t take photos of the decorating process. It’s not too impressive anyways – but I thought you were due an explanation as to why you won’t be able to see the final result! Thank you all so much for reading this recipe. If you get any time with some little ones this holiday then I do recommend you make these with them. They’re super simple and very hard to bodge up! You may also get creative with the decorations.

Do you enjoy the combination of mint and chocolate? What is your favourite festive treat to bake?

Only two days left until Christmas now! I hope that you really enjoy yourself – whether you celebrate the occasion or not. I won’t be posting on Christmas day (even though it is my usual upload day) because I want to spend some time with my family. Though I would like to wish you a merry Christmas all the same!

Many blessings,

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The Commercialisation Of Christmas

Christmas is all about money these days. Before we begin I’d like to mention that I’m not a Christian – more of an atheist – though I still think that it is important to remember the reason for the season. Most of you will have done the Nativity plays when you were in primary school. It’s really important to educate people, especially young children, as to why some nations celebrate this occasion. Supposedly, this time 2019 years ago, Jesus was born. You might not believe in Him as a miracle maker (neither do I). What you must understand, however, is that He is a symbol for hope. That is why Christian nations believe Christmas a time of community. It’s not about celebrating the birth of a baby, but to celebrate the birth of hope. Everybody should be welcome at Christmas. That’s why schools support charities such as Save The Children, because some kids won’t be getting presents this year, or a warm fire to sit by. I can’t bear seeing the commercialisation of a season that is meant to be interpreted as a time where money shouldn’t matter – and everyone is equal.

Don’t get me wrong, I love making Christmas content for you. I’d just like everyone to take a step back and remember why we celebrate this occasion in the first place 🙂

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