Monday, 20 March 2017

2017: 3 Month Goal Review

As hard as it is to believe, we're getting on for nearly a quarter of the way through the year!
And while I say this every year, Christmas really does only feel like yesterday and I can't quite get my head around the fact it'll be April before we know it.
Back at the end of 2016 I wrote a post detailing my goals for the year ahead. I tried to aim for simple and achievable goals rather than the farfetched ones I usually set myself and never keep!
Here's how I'm getting on 3 months on:

Be Better With Money
Slowly but surely, I'm getting there though I still have a long way to go. I've tried to be a little more restrained with that I buy, but I'm no saint! I've started buying lunch less and assessing whether I truly need an item before throwing it in my basket, but I definitely think I've made a big improvement compared to how I used to be and my savings are thanking me for it. 

Think Less
I said in my original post that this would be the most difficult for me and that's definitely been the case; I mean how do you stop yourself being yourself?! I've made a few baby steps in the right direction, unfollowed a few people on social media that were getting me down, distanced myself from people who don't serve a purpose and tried to put things into perspective a little, but I've still spent too much time crying over things I can't change.

Keep Active
I'm still doing quite well with this one, obviously there is always room for improvement but I do make a conscious effort to keep moving wherever possible. I've always taken the stairs and parked as far away as possible, but I've also been going for short walks around the block of an evening when I have time, which has also helped with my digestion, so that's a bonus!

Less Phone, More Living
This one - amazingly I've actually come on leaps and bounds with! My Facebook use has halved and I've been making a conscious effort not to scroll social media before bed. I also go most of my work day without checking my phone now, only replying to texts when I get them or at lunch time. I thought this would be really difficult but the less I've used my phone the less I've actually wanted to.

Be Kind To Myself
This is also an ongoing thing, but I have tried hard to show myself some self care. I've been going to bed a little earlier (although not sleeping earlier which is my next goal!) and not pushing myself to do things if I don't want to do them. I've been burnt out before and it's not a good feeling so I try to give myself plenty of me-time, as well as doing things I enjoy. Lots of baths, lots of candles, you name it.

I'll update again in 3 months time when we're half way through the year (terrifying!)

How are you getting on with your goals/resolutions for the year?

Friday, 17 March 2017

Recent Purchases

Hi lovelies!
So this month was supposed to be a restrained one, in fact I thought I had been pretty restrained until it came to putting together this post! (as there are also obligatory purchases from the Fat Face sale that I haven't included!) 
I haven't bought a huge amount as I really am trying to be better with money, but these are a couple of the things I couldn't resist this month!

Books are something I very rarely splurge on as I tend to do most of my reading on my Kindle and I also tend to find when I've read a book once I don't usually read it again. Having said that, I've had my eye on all of these for the past few months and they do make lovely coffee table books.
I've already read How to Hygge which I loved - I picked it up in Waitrose when I popped to get a coffee as I follow Signe Johansen on Twitter and really like her self-deprecating and no nonsense attitude to life. The beautiful photography and delicious recipes are an added bonus!
Milk and Honey has also been on my list for months, I think everyone has seen Rupi Kaur's quotes popping up on Pinterest, and being an English graduate I absolutely adore her style of writing. Plus, when you're feeling at a bit of low ebb her words can definitely make you feel like you're not so alone. 
I bought The Little Book of Hygge from Amazon at the same time as Milk and Honey because I've had so many recommendations, and hygge is a concept I'm totally in love with. I haven't started on it yet but can't wait to get going!

These Clarks brogues were an impulse buy; I love Clarks footwear and buy most of my work shoes from there as they're so well made and durable. As a child I remember moping round Clarks being forced to buy boring school shoes, but they've really upped their game and I really think they're bang on trend now. Brogues are one of my favourite styles of shoes, and I didn't have a dark pair in my collection so these fit the bill perfectly, And as with all Clarks shoes - super comfortable!

I'm a bit of a hipster when it comes to vinyl and really do believe music sounds so much better on a record player! I totally fell in love with La La Land and the soundtrack was just the icing on the cake. The vinyl has been sold out for weeks because they released a limited edition blue version which is AMAZING; but from reading reviews the sound quality was said to be a bit scratchy so I chose to go with practicality and get it in standard black. Not as pretty, but sounds amazing.

Last but not least, I couldn't resist these gorgeous Steve Madden booties from TK Maxx. Though I definitely don't need any more boots of any kind, these are exactly the sort of thing I go for. They're also ridiculously comfortable which is ideal because I really don't have the energy for skyscraper heels these days! 

What do you think of my recent buys?

Monday, 13 March 2017

Kikki K Haul

Kikki K has to be one of my favourite sites when it comes to looking for stationery, diaries or cute, quirky pieces of Swedish design. I've bought quite a lot from there previously, and can never resist having a browse at the new collections. 
On my last visit I couldn't resist picking up this gorgeous glass cup & saucer from the Svenska Hem homeware range, I always seem to have far too many mugs on the go, but this individually hand made cup with gold foil lettering saying 'Create, Inspire, Dream, Breathe' is just my cup of tea (pun intended, sorry) 
Another of my favourite things is the book section as it's always filled with unusual books about mindfulness, goal-setting, inspiration and design; usually with beautiful covers too that make them just perfect for your coffee table. 
I picked up the two below - I'm always looking for home inspiration and it's obvious by now that I adore the Scandi style, but also I love reading books about positive thinking and goals and am always looking for ways to improve and get myself inspired!

What do you think of my haul?

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Practising Gratitude

When I'm having a bad time, I can often find it quite difficult to see the wood for the trees and instead find myself getting bogged down with small, inconsequential details that don't help in the long run.
This year I've been determined to change my mindset, and actually stick to it. Now, I'm not a Negative Nora by any stretch of the imagination, I can very easily find pleasures in the smallest of things, but I do overthink and blow things out of all proportion at times.

One of the best ways of counteracting that (I've found) is practising gratitude. Now, it's all terribly fashionable to be 'grateful' these days, but in all honesty, this small act really can do wonders for your mood. Jotting down a few small things you're grateful for in a day really can turn your day around and make you realise things aren't so bad after all.

The perfect first cup of tea of the morning, getting a parking space, someone paying you a compliment, being awake for both the sunrise and sunset, nabbing a bargain online - all these small things can mount up until you actually find yourself reframing your day and going to bed feeling like you've actually achieved something and you're not a total failure.

I've been trying to do 10 minutes of meditation before bed (I'm using the 'Headspace' app) and then once I'm suitably relaxed, I pop 3 things I'm grateful for into my Kikki K Thankful Journal. 
Admittedly I don't always find the time/remember, but when I do I feel positive and accomplished.

Another idea is writing down something good that's happened to you that week and popping it into a jar, then at the end of the year taking it out and reading them all - which I think is a lovely idea!

Do you find practising gratitude helps?
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