I cannot express my excitement that October is here! It’s officially my favourite time of the year (halloween, bonfire night, dark cosy nights, big chunky scarves, dark lipstick, jumpers, boots, CHRISTMAS, ahhhhhhhhh I could go on and on).
This got me thinking about the goals I set myself at the beginning of the year, (which feels like 5 mins ago btw?!?!) and what I want to achieve by the end of the year. For the first time ever, genuinely… ever, I’ve actually put effort into fulfilling my goals/resolutions for longer than just the month of January! So I thought this would be a great time, with the year slowly coming to an end to sit down with my list and actually see where I’m succeeding, and where I need to put extra effort in for the last 3 months!
<3 Ditch the make-up wipes
So my first yearly goal was to put more effort into my skincare, aaaaand, not to start on a bad note or anything…. buuuuut, yeah I didn’t ditch the make-up wipes. I mean, on the odd occasion when I feel like a little pamper I’ll dust off my micellar water and toner and give the wipes a rest for the night, but that is definitely just on the odd occasion, so let’s just say I’m still working on this one.
<3 Be more organised
This one, thankfully, I was a lot better at! When writing my goals I was a third year student and my aim to be more organised really really really helped me. I actually took note of all of my deadlines and wrote them down, my diary became my best friend. I planned exactly when I was going to go to the library and what deadline I’d work on while I was there, I even made little checklists of the amount of words I wanted to complete at each library session (ticking a box at every 100 words is actually really motivating!!).
<3 Do more things out of my comfort zone
This was my biggest goal this year, as an anxious person I tend to automatically say no to anything that makes me feel the slightest bit uncomfortable, which obviously can result in me holding myself back to things that could be amazing. 2017 has been the biggest year for me ever, I’ve done some amazing things that 17/18 year old me would never have even dreamt of doing and I swear my comfort zone has been so far out of sight for the majority of the year. In my 2017 goals blog post from the beginning of the year I spoke about how I had been to London for a blogging event and I had a weeks work experience in London with Heat Magazine lined up, since then I completed the work experience and I’ve also completed another week in London with Fabulous Magazine, both times tackling the underground alone in rush hour! I’ve completed a week in Newcastle with the marketing department of Fenwick and I also graduated from uni! (Which – when I started uni I said hands down 100% I would never go to my graduation because the thought of getting up on stage in front of all those people knocked me sick to my stomach and the thought of sitting in a packed room made me feel panicky). During one of my sessions of CBT at the beginning of this year my therapist taught me when I was feeling worried about a situation to close my eyes and imagine it going absolutely perfectly, imagine every single thing going absolutely amazing, imagine exactly how it would feel and challenge my immediate instinct of imaging everything that could go wrong, I think that really really stuck with me and helped me with everything I’ve done this year, if you’re a panicky person like me try it, I promise it works more than you think it will.
<3 Drink more water
Okay so this is a halfy halfy one, I’ve not drank more water, but I have drank a HELL of a lot more diluted juice. Which is probably not as good but I was the type of person who could go all day without drinking anything, but now I constantly carry my water bottle with me and I find it sooooo much easier drinking diluted juice rather than water, I’ve also found it really helps having one of those bottles with the straw in, it goes down so much easier and faster and you can get them super cheap from Primark!
This has been another major turning point for me, to think I only re-joined the gym in January is crazy because I have officially got the bug! I never in a million years thought I’d be the type of person who would enjoy going to the gym, or miss it when I don’t go a day, but I have, and I swear I spend more money on gym clothes than I do normal clothes! I initially set myself the goal of going to the gym 3 times a week, but I’ve been seeing a personal trainer once a week since March which has really helped boost my confidence at the gym, and then, depending on work, I go most other days! I’ve also just started BusyBeeFitness Ultimate Body Guide exercise plan so I’ll keep you updated on how I get on with that! Exercising so much and enjoying feeling myself getting stronger and fitter has completely shifted my mindset on how I view myself. I no longer strive to be stick thin, I’ve learnt that I am probably never going to have a thigh gap, I’ll always have chunky thighs and I’ll never be a size 6 but that’s okay. I care more about being happy and confident in myself, about not comparing my figure to other girls figures and about accepting that this is my body and not being able to fit into a size 8 pair of jeans makes absolutely no difference to who I am as a person. I’m still lightyears away from being totally body confident but this year was the first year I’ve ever walked round on holiday without a big T-shirt or shorts on to cover up which I never imagined I would so I know I will get there eventually!
<3 Read more
This is another one that I’m still working on, I annoy myself because I love reading so much, but I always tend to finish a book then wait months before picking up another! I believe that one of the best feelings in the world is getting in to a good book and just becoming completely immersed in the characters and the storyline and looking forward to getting into bed to read it! So far this year I’ve loved Everything Everything (better than the movie), The One Plus One, and Billy & Me, if you have any recommendations on good books please do let me know!
<3 Blog More
I took some time away from blogging during my finally months of uni due to having a hefty workload and after that I really struggled getting back in to the swing of writing, I felt un-inspired on the beauty blogging front, but felt that because I started off as primarily a beauty blog, and the fact my blog is called Steal the BEAUTY, I had to do more beauty posts than anything else. However, I’ve decided recently that this blog is my blog and I can write about whatever the hell I want to write about! Whether it be a make-up post, fashion post, lifestyle post, baking post, whatever I want to write about I can because this is my space (hahaha not literally… I wish this was MySpace) and I can do whatever I want with it! So I finally feel like I’ve got my blogging mo-jo back and it feels good!
I think that writing down my goals this year really helped me to stick to them, that, and the fact that I actually gave myself realistic achievable goals for once!
Thanks for reading,