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Monday, 2 November 2015

Hello November!

I refuse to make clichéd comments about how time is flying. Refuse. However is is now November and I'm quite liking the little habit I seem to be getting into of setting myself some goals at the start of each month, and looking back over the ones from the previous month (you can see October's post here).
Hello November! Converse In Autumn Leaves
So, without further ado, here is a round-up of my success with my goals from October...
See friends: I set myself the target of seeing friends at least twice in October and I managed this nicely - including a bit of a night out with a few friends from school, Afternoon Tea with some other friends, and a catch-up walk with another friend. I also went down to Sheffield for Halloween weekend to visit my friends from Uni, most of whom I hadn't seen in going on two years which is shameful.
Afternoon Tea
• Transfer things to my new laptop: This one is in progress. I've backed everything from my old laptop up onto cloud storage (which took two weeks, no exaggeration!) but have yet to actually move stuff across onto the new one. I feel like I've made a good start, though...
• Throw some more things away: Yeah. I don't think I did this. What can I say? I'm a terrible person. I do need to have a good clear-out thought so I'll be carrying this one over to November!
Start thinking about Christmas: Well, I made a spreadsheet with a list of people I need to shop for and also a list of people to send cards to, I consider that a good start for October! I'm usually on board with anything I can make a spreadsheet for...

So all in all, I don't feel like I did too badly in October; I've also been making good use of my gym membership and have been swimming three or four times each week, as well as managing a couple of nice walks. Excitingly, there's the possibility of a paid role (one or two days per week) coming out of a voluntary position I've had for almost a year, working with young people with eating disorders. I'm not 100% certain yet on where that's going to go but the potential is exciting! I've also been doing some extra hours at my paid job in an office/admin role which has made a nice change.... And I gave blood, which is something I've been meaning to do for ages but have never got round to til now. So I'm quite pleased with myself for that one! Heading into November I'm setting myself a few more goals:
Renew gym membership & keep going regularly: Fairly self-explanatory, this one! My gym offers a six-week membership which includes access to the gym & pool for less than £30 which is an absolute bargain - as long as I go regularly! Since I don't start work til 3pm most days, I really have no excuse, and I have been feeling really good through October when I've been swimming a few times a week. It's ace seeing my fitness improve! I'm aiming to continue going at least three times a week as this is easily achievable for me.
Start Christmas shopping: This is a big commitment for me as I hate Christmas until mid-December at the earliest, but I feel like I need to get organised this year. I haven't really got any gifts planned yet but I'm putting together a few gift guides over the next week or so - as much for my own inspiration as for anyone else's! So hopefully, by the end of the month, I'll have at least a few gifts purchased. I have a penfriend in Sweden so hers will need to be posted fairly early!
Have a clothing clear-out: My wardrobe is overflowing and as much as I try to blame my Mum (we do share a wardrobe; she has six inches on the left and the rest is my stuff...), that's unfair and I need to have a clear-out. There's stuff in there that I've worn once, six years ago, and am clearly never going to wear again - it needs to go! Anything donate-able, I'll be taking to the charity shop - anything else can go straight in the bin.
Have a general clear-out: See last month's uncompleted goals - I have way too much stuff and some of it has to go. It's probably time to accept I'm never going to read all these magazines (I only bought them for the freebies, let's be honest!) and just get rid.
How did you get on with your goals in October? Are you setting yourself any this month? I'd love to hear what you've got planned, as well as any tips for achieving your goals!



  1. I don't read magazines too, although I bought them a lot when was younger. Goals posts is always good motivation, I write them sometimes too, so I'm going to write for November today or tomorrow. If you want, we can to follow each other on bloglovin! Just follow me here and I'll follow you back! ♥ https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/anna-alina-3947784

  2. Wow well you have made a great start, I am the same I like to do targets at the beginning of the month aswell as tick lists.
    may I suggest a book called "the life changing magic of tidying up"- Marie Kondo, I know it may sound like crud. I thought this myself also, BUT when I read it I also looked on youtube for things for inspiration and I have cleared out loads ( still more to do ) But making that start is the first step I have a blog post about it here if you would like a peek ? - http://wp.me/p6TIu1-a6

    I look forward to Hearing from you, have a Lovely November x

  3. Nice post!! I always start thinking about Christimas from the first day of November :D

  4. I am quite proud that as yet I havent bought a single item for Christmas, that said, next month I will be a big ball of stress x

  5. You did a great job last month and all you new goals are definitely achievable!!! sounds like you have your life all put together Jess!! Keep going!! :D

  6. I need to transfer things from my laptop too and its going to be quite a task!! xxx

  7. We're going to start our Christmas shopping now too to make it easier, I hate when the shops are packed in December and you're panicking trying to buy nice things for people!

  8. This month I'm keeping my goals pretty simple -- preparing for the arrival of my first child! :-D I'd love to get some posts written up ahead of time for after the baby arrives, and of course I need to have everything ready for the baby girl's arrival!


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