February Goals | Novel Writing & My Etsy Shop

A New Year can be very daunting for all of us. All of this goal-setting can be very overwhelming; I don’t think any of you are failures for already giving up! That’s why I don’t do it. I introduce new habits whenever I think that I need them! For example, I am now working on the plank position. I started by doing it for 30 seconds every morning and night but now I’m bumping it up to a minute. I keep fit because it makes me feel better – the physical results are just a side-effect!

However, setting resolutions can be an attractive idea. That’s why I thought it could be interesting to do a ‘February Goals’ post! Just because the New Year hype is over doesn’t mean that we can’t still be challenging ourselves day-to-day.

Write 5000 words on my novel 

To all of the authors out there, I know 5000 doesn’t seem a lot. But we’ve got to start somewhere and small goals are really the only way for me! Don’t expect this novel to published anywhere soon. No doubt it will be another draft I am too insecure to share with anyone.

Read 100 pages a day

Towards the end of last year I was focusing a lot on other hobbies, so reading wasn’t in the forefront of my mind. Now that school has started again it feels more necessary to be reading a lot! Fiction also helps me develop ideas for my own books.

Sell my first scrunchies!

I’ve been working on an Etsy shop for a little while. Though everything I have the products and the website, I don’t have the packaging. This month I’d like to work on that and hopefully post my first order. Etsy isn’t something I want to do in the long run – I just thought it would be a good way to fundraise for GirlGuides! And if I somehow found the time then I’d make stickers too. I’ll link the shop here. All purchases are much appreciated! 

Do you set monthly goals? Have you kept up with the New Year’s resolutions you set?

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7 Places & Countries I’d Love To Visit

Inspired by my good blogging friend Arabella (Sparks Of Ara) I’ve decided to share with 7 places I’d love to visit! As much as I love travelling, I’ve hardly been outside of Europe. Today’s post is going to be a little insight into my life goals. I’m very fortunate to be able to dream about where I want to go in life. I have friends that don’t have the money to go on holiday so I do feel really privileged to have experienced the things I have. Sometimes I can get carried away by ‘dreams’ and ‘wants’. Like any ambitious teenager, once I’ve finished university I’d love to go around the world! It’s been on my bucket-list since I can remember. If you have been/live in anywhere I mention in the post then I would love to chat about it!

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Norway

Arabella chose this one too, but I think that Norway is such a wonderful country. It would be great to see the Northern Lights and have a little biking trip around all of the cute villages. However it would be a pricey ordeal so I don’t know how long it will be until I get to this one!

Provence, France

I’ve visited France twice, but always in the North. I’d love to venture South into the lavender fields of Provence! It is a very picturesque landscape and everything looks so stripped back and tranquil. 

New Zealand

Imagine if I could visit every continent before I die (possibly excluding Antarctica)? If I was to visit Oceania it would be to see the sights of New Zealand. My dad has a friend over there so it would be possible to have accommodation free 😅 I’m not as intrigued by Australia but seeing a performance in the Opera house would be stunning!

Japan

Full of huge stationery shops, wonderful nature and the birth place of Pokèmon – I wonder why I don’t live there already? Recently there has been a surge of people on social media visiting Japan and I’d just like to hop on the bandwagon. It is also home to the world’s biggest stationary store. I could spend by days flicking through art paper and trying out pens!

Morocco

I can’t handle heat but I would love to visit Africa all the same. A few people I know have visited Morocco for a holiday. I wouldn’t go for the culture but more of a ‘kick back and relax’ sort of destination. 

Canada

Learning French does me a favour because a lot of the world speaks it, even in Canada. If I could only visit one city out of the whole country I would go to Quebec. Or Toronto. I suppose I’d have to look into it more! 

Rio De Janeiro 

The only continent I’ve missed off this list is South America! Rio is a really lively and interesting place. It’s a hotspot for tourists and full of culture. I’ll have to improve my Portuguese before I even think about going though! I don’t know a word in Portuguese (other than the ones in the Twilight novels 😂)

Do you have a travel bucket list? What is the favourite place you’ve visited (even if it’s in the same country that you live in)?

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Focus Of The Year | Lykke

In this new year I would like to bring a focus. I see ‘words of the year’ all over social media and thought it would be a good idea to try it out for myself. The word for 2020 is Lykke, the Danish word for happiness. As one of my new years goals is to become a RAKtivist I thought it would be appropriate to use a word that would tie in with the idea of kindness. A RAKtivist is a person who commonly displays random acts of kindness. You can sign up on the Random Acts Of Kindness website and get a free calendar for each month. It is quite unrealistic for me to aim to do one random act of kindness a day but doing it sometimes is better than nothing.

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Being happy was something I didn’t get much of last year. I had a phase through the autumn wherein I was demotivated not only to blog but to simply wake up. I was building up to the new school year and expected it to be great but it felt so mundane. Luckily a spark was reignited and I managed to get back on my regular schedule before the new year began. Doing the second-a-day challenge gave me a great sense of gratitude for the little things. And being grateful brings me happiness.

Nothing will ever be perfect. I used to think there was a way to have an unflawed life but that was a foolish notion. Now I have lived through enough new years to know what I should expect from myself. I do have my new year’s goals coming on Friday if you’d like to have a look at them.

Happiness is that feeling that comes over you when you know life is good and you can’t help but smile. Happiness is a sense of well-being, joy, or contentment. When people are successful, or safe, or lucky, they feel happiness.

My main aim for 2020 is to spend less time dwelling on what could be, living in the moment and feeling lykke. You will be the witnesses to see if that happens!

Thank you for sticking by me through the years. I can’t believe that I’m entering my third year of blogging. And if it wasn’t for you, I’d probably be sitting on the sofa staring into space. 

Best wishes for the new year,

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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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5 Films I Want To Watch This Christmas | My Christmas Watchlist

On a Saturday evening I much prefer to curl up with a book than watch films – though I’m sure that’s no surprise to you! However, when Christmas comes around I do tend to be watching more telly. I watch the same Christmas films every year which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense because I still haven’t watched all of the classics. Today’s post is a list of Christmas films I really want to watch this year! You’ll be ashamed by the amount of American films I haven’t watched 😂

Miracle On 34th Street

It’s on the shelf but still wrapped in its plastic film! I’ve heard many good things about this one so it’s a priority for this year. If it wasn’t for my long to-do list, I’d definitely go and watch it now.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

I don’t know if I should class this as a Halloween or Christmas film! I’m still putting it on my watchlist for this month though. So many of my friends have watched it that I feel a bit left out! It’ll be interesting to see what the hype is all about.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Some of you will definitely be shocked by this, but I’ve just never seen The Grinch! I have a brief understanding of the story line, though there is more festivity in watching the whole of it!

Love Actually

Rom-coms might be my all-time my favourite genre of films, though I’ve never watched one of the most iconic rom-coms of all time! I’m quite disappointed within myself, though not for much longer. I’ll try my best to watch this film soon!

Frozen II

Can you believe that Frozen was released 5 years ago? It seems like yesterday. I’m going to see this sequel next week and I’m quite excited for it. Though you may not class it as a Christmas film, all the snow and ice definitely has wintery vibes for me. Sequels are always disappointing, but it’s a children’s film so I will find enjoyment in it anyways!

That’s it for my Christmas watch list! I don’t think that I will have time for any more than five so I’m leaving it at that. You will find me rewatching all the Nativity’s at some point though!

What is your favourite Christmas film? Do you have a watchlist this year?

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