December Goals

I can't believe I'm saying this but happy December everyone! Where has this year vanished to? Not that I'm going to complain too much as December is one of my favourite times of the year - comfy jumpers, films days on the sofa and Christmas drinks galore (both the hot and the boozey variety).

My November goals didn't go quite to plan. There wasn't two blog posts a week and I only went to the gym once however, I didn't spend as much as I usually do and I certainly took the time and effort for self-care. I've been asking myself why I succeeded on some accounts and not others and I think I've worked it out. Setting myself goals to do something a specific number of times made it easy for me to feel as though I had failed. As soon as I didn't write that second weekly post or I was too busy to make that gym class I felt defeated. This meant that in the following weeks I didn't have the incentive to stick to these goals as they'd already, in my mind, not worked out. Whereas, my goals to do something more or to take the time to do something seemed easier because there was no set measurements to meet. So whilst my November goals didn't go the way I'd envisioned, I've learnt something from them and that's what's really important. But anyway, let's crack on...

December goals...

1) Embrace winter fashion and get out of my comfort zone
I've noticed that since leaving university and entering the world of work I have become a lot less explorative with fashion. Maybe this is because I like to have 'workwear' and 'weekend-wear' and more recently I've wanted to spend my weekend either in pj's or comfy baggy clothes. This month I want to push myself out of this new found comfort zone and get back to the old me - bright & garish prints galore. To kick this off I've treated myself to a holographic pleated skirt from boohoo! I'm slightly scared to wear it but I know once I do it'll make me feel like the sassy queen I know I am. I mean JUST LOOK AT IT!

2) Keep up that self-care!
I've been doing well upping my self-care - whether it be having a facemask and a bath, going to getting my nails done or just taking a day to myself. I felt the benefit of doing this throughout November and want to continue with the practice

3) Keep up momentum with my crochet blanket
I started crocheting the cosy stripe blanket designed by the amazing Attic24 several months ago, aiming to have it complete for Winter time. Getting kittens definately halted the process of this, but this week I picked up my hook and yarn and got back to it! I forgot just how much it relaxes me and how wonderful it is to see something slowly start to take shape! Plus, it's starting to get pretty chilly up here in Newcastle and I'm in need of a good thick blanket to keep me toasty!

4) Don't feel pressured to work on my blog or guilty if I don't
As I said at the beginning of this post, setting myself a target of 2 posts a week (I know it's really not a lot) was a bit too much for me as my work life / volunteering life / personal life is very busy and complicated at the moment. I still want to try and post more regularly and to make sure that I don't neglect it but I also don't want to beat myself up if I just don't get chance. This blog is meant to be a fun and creative outlet, I don't want to have any negative feelings surrounding it. If I don't have time/chance to write a post I need to accept that it's not the end of the world and that sometimes life can get in the way of things.

5) Stop binge eating
I've recently gotten into the terrible habit of getting home and binging on snacks, only to then go and cook tea and (of course) help myself to seconds. I know this isn't the end of the world, especially since me and Josh's vegan diet means we aren't the most unhealthy people. But I found myself feeling sick and bloated last night (definitely down to the 2 helpings of 3 bean chilli and nearly a whole tub of houmous with rice cakes, followed by dark chocolate) and I really don't fancy that feeling becoming a recurring thing. It's winter and I want all of the stodgy goodness we all crave (mashed potatoes, pasta, yasssss) but if I'm not hungry then I need to stop myself from just eating for the sake of it.

Gosh I've been rambling! Plenty of goals this month, let's see how I manage this time round!

Do you have any goals for December? Let me know in the comments section below!

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