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Sunshine and Setting Goals

Haven’t we been wined and dined with some lovely weather this week? Well, while I try and enjoy the scorching sun, after 10 minutes of being outside I’m reminded of how much this warmer season and I don’t get on. It’s a love-hate relationship. I can’t help but laugh when I read weather-laced anecdotes or comments, it’s just so bloody British.

This week has been a quiet one really, but it also seemed to breeze by. Perhaps it was the weather, but I’ve felt slightly lethargic and sluggish this week. So, aside from work, I’ve spent most of the week lounging around. Therefore, for this digest I’ll be sharing some of my musings of the weeks and goals for the months ahead:

Reflecting

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I’m going to say it, how are we over half-way through the year? Now we’re officially over half-way through 2018, many of us are reflecting on the goals we have and haven’t achieved over the past six months. This can be both useful and disheartening, and it can be easy to become discouraged. For instance, how many of us entered 2018 with aΒ  ‘this is going to be my year’ mentality, only to see that nothing has really changed?

One of my goals was to ‘travel more’. Have I travelled? Well, I visited Rome last month. But aside from hopping on the coach from Liverpool to Leeds, I haven’t seen much else of the world. I’ve accepted that travelling the world isn’t realistic at this time in my life. Nevertheless, I am planning on doing a spot of gallivanting after my degree and fulfil my all-consuming wanderlust.

To ensure I can make this possible, I am setting myself a monthly savings goals. Therefore, although I may not be eating sushi in Japan or scuba-diving in Fiji anytime soon, I can still work towards my future goal. There’s no doubt that some of our yearly goals are broad and unrealistic. However, by making a plan and setting intentions, hopefully, I will have saved up enough money to tick off them dream destinations. I guess overall it’s important to take a more realistic approach: step back and think, what do I need to do to achieve this? Setting specific monthly goals becomes easier, and thus less stressful, to work towards.

Furthermore, another (more achievable) goal for 2018 was to read 50 books:

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I’m just under my goal so all in all, I’m quite happy. I know I’m a few years late to the party but I’m currently reading Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and I’ve pretty much been reading it with a smile on my face the entire time. IT IS SO CUTE.

In terms of my health and fitness goals, I’m overall quite content with the routine I’m in. I head to the gym or do a home workout in the morning which sets me up perfectly for the day ahead. I rarely workout in the evening, but do you prefer working out in the AM or PM?

July Goals

So, what are some of my goals for July?

Considering this blog is only a month old, I’m still working towards expanding my audience and improving my content. This month I’m hoping to continue posting a few times a week. So far, I’ve been doing pretty well at posting consistently and have enjoyed every minute of it. However, I have a burning fear of ‘writer’s block’ coming along and shattering my ability to conjure up new post ideas. But for now, I’m hoping to publish 2-3 posts a week and I’d love to hit 50 followers by the end of the month.

Does anyone else get bored with the same gym or workout routine? In my June Goals, I discussed how I was aiming for 2-3 strength training sessions and 2-3 cardio/HIIT sessions a week. While this has been going swimmingly, repeating the same exercises has been somewhat demotivating. So, this month I want to experiment and attend new classes to boost my motivation.

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Hard work pays off

This week I received my results from my second year at uni and THIS GIRL GOT A 2:1! One of my intentions for the year was to focus on university and avoid procrastination at all cost. I felt a little discouraged around Spring time after receiving a lower mark than I hoped for. However, this is what motivated me to focus. Last semester was academically exhausting; my days scheduled entirely around revision, with the odd snack break scheduled in here and there. Now, however, I’m over the moon. Roll on 3 more carefree months of summer before embarking on my year abroad.

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Hitting 1K

So the other day I hit 1K on Instagram?Β It’s coming up to three months since I started actively posting and I’m struggling to comprehend how pictures of my breakfast have gained me 1K followers. While I’m by no means a professional chef, it’s pretty food-dedicated right now. For the most part, my feed reflects my oats addiction, so if you’re missing out on this exciting aspect of my life, give me a follow! In October I’m hoping to switch up the food-posts and share some snaps of my time in Madrid.

 

Links I’ve Been Loving

  • Does anyone else feel 10x smarter when they listen to a podcast? Well after listening toΒ The Food Medic’s weekly podcasts by Hazel, I’ve been feeling just that. The last episode was a No-Nonsense Guide to Skincare and it highlighted how a lot of us are buying expensive products when, in reality, our skin doesn’t really need it (guilty).
  • Bethany Ellen recently shared this post on why ‘Being An Introvert is Ok’ and discusses finding a balance between alone time and socialising. As a fellow introvert, I couldn’t agree more with this post.
  • I found this posts by Flipping Through The Pages really useful! She shared ‘10 Things Your Blog Needs If You Are a New Blogger (or not)’ and it definitely came in handy when I was setting up my blog.
  • Goodreads! I’ve already babbled on in previous posts about how this site has enhanced my life, but this week I’ve added an array of intriguing reads to my TBR list.

Posts This Week:

June Wrap Up – Books I’ve Read This Month

Book Blogger A-Z Survey

Also, be sure to check out Little Things 1 if you haven’t already!

What are some of your July goals?

Another chatty post over! Thanks for reading and until the next post,

Evie x.

37 Comments

  1. betterthangoodenough123 betterthangoodenough123

    Great post and congratulations on the progress you’ve made so far in achieving your goals. Your blog looks terrific for only being one month old!
    Joan Senio
    kindness-compassion-and-coaching.com
    @joansenio1

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah thank you so much! I still have a long way to go but I’m loving it so far! 😊

  2. Congratulations on your grades and hitting 1k!! I wish I’d saved through uni so I could travel when I was done, that sounds like such a great plan. Future Sophie will be living vicariously through your instagram posts. I love mixing up workout every once in a while. I’m a runner so I don’t do ‘other’ workouts that often so it’s amazing when I find something new that I love x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah thank you so much! Haha fingers crossed it all goes to plan! Yeah I find that switching up your workout every now and then helps keep up your motivation and keeps it fun – I need to start running more! Thanks for reading x

  3. Love the post and I wish you tons of luck with your goals <3

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! 😊

  4. You put some great goals ahead of you. I really hope that you’ll be able to achieve them all and even more. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah thank you so much. Fingers crossed! X

  5. I’ve been feeling a little sluggish recently too and its definitely down to the weather, even though I love it! Congrats on the 2:1 girl thats amazing, and good luck with your goals!
    Sophie – https://sophiehearts.net x

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yeah the weather definitely has a part to play. Not going to complain though! Thank you! πŸ’–

  6. Totally relate to you feeling lethargic, I’ve been coming home from work and getting straight into my bed all week! Definitely think the hot weather is to blame! We complain all year long it’s too cold and as soon as we get nice weather we can’t cope haha! I also feel like this year is just whizzing past too, I can’t believe Christmas is only 5 months away! Great post!

    – Georgia Anne
    http://www.georgiaanne.co.uk

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Glad I’m not alone! Haha I know, I can’t help but complain no matter what the weather’s like. I know! Ah Christmas is my favourite time of year, it’s crazy how this year is flying by. Thanks for reading x

  7. abbiejadewanders abbiejadewanders

    Well done for hitting 1k on instagram, it is such a hard platform to grow! Best of luck with saving – I know how hard that can be! I’m even later to the party as I am yet to read Simon vs. the homosapiens agenda, I think an Amazon book order is needed. Thankyou for sharing πŸ™‚

    abbiejadewanders.co.uk

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah thank you, it’s definitely a struggle, especially over summer with so many sales and spontaneous trips, but it will be worth it! Yess you need to read it – I finished it last night and I couldn’t recommend it more! Thanks for reading x

  8. Love this & the pictures of your bullet journal, need motivation to start mine back up! Also adore the Instagram page, always having a look when i’m struggling for meal ideas πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thanks girl! I’ve been loving bullet jounalling lately, feel 10x more organised! Ah thank you 😘

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! You too! X

  9. I love that you’re reflecting on the little things. These make a big difference! It’s great that you got to travel! Everyone should visit the world if possible. We’ll get to where we want eventually – we just need to work towards it. Good luck with your goals for July! Doing the same exercise does get demotivating – that’s why people have different workout sets every day. Have a great July!

    Nancy β™₯ exquisitely.me

  10. geniussr geniussr

    Congratulation for hitting 1K on your IG.. loved reading your July goals and happy that you are progressing…❀️

    http://www.geniusenough.com

  11. Hi Evie, I loved your post. 😊 I’ve been trying to stick to some writing and workout goals this year and while I’ve stuck to those, I’ve not gotten as far with the goals I set myself in terms of my social anxiety. Still, there’s always the next six months. 😊

    I wish you luck with your goals for this year. Hopefully, you’re enjoying your English course.

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thanks! It’s good to hear your progressing with your goals as well, but yeah of course it can be hard to achieve everything but don’t be discouraged! Exactly! Thank you so much, I’m loving my course so far! Thanks for reading 😊

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah thank you! X

  12. Congratulations on hitting 1K on Instagram! for only a month blogging, it just goes to show time doesn’t matter in the blogging world, you’re a brilliant writer and should be proud of what you have achieved!

    Alys / alysgeorge.blogspot.co.uk

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah this is such a lovely comment, thank you so much! I’ve loved it so far and can’t wait to continue! X

  13. Goodluck on your goals this month! And congrats on hitting 1k on IG!! Always look forward to your food photos! πŸ™‚ they all look lovely and delicious!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you so much! Glad you enjoy them! 😊 x

  14. Best of luck with your July Goals! Mine are to complete my work experience with a clear idea of whether I’d want to continue with it and to plan and write more blog content. Thanks for sharing x

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Thank you! Ah good luck with your work experience, and summer is the perfect time to start writing more! Thanks for reading x

  15. Oh my gosh, I just finished Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda two days ago! I really want to watch the movie now! I made it my goal to read 100 books this year and I’ve only completed about 25. I definitely overestimated how many books I could read in a year. 1K on Instagram is such an amazing achievement! Well done!

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah same! The ending was so adorable, the film is meant to be amazing too. Haha I was going to make that my target but thought it might have been a tad unrealistic. 25 is impressive though! Thank you so much! x

  16. Honestly I can’t believe how fast this year has gone, it’s insane and terrifying! I’ve seen the movie Love Simon but the book is currently on my Amazon wishlist, I’ve way too many books in my reading pile to justify buying another! Oops! Congratulations again on the 2:1 and 1k on instagram, they’re both amazing achievements and I wish you all the luck for your July goals too! x

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Ah I finished the book and I need to see the film asap! Haha, I have so many books waiting to be read but I still end up buying more. Thank you so much! Thanks for reading x

  17. I agree that setting yourself more realist goals and more attainable ones make you a lot more motivated to achieve them. Well done on trying to save for a month! That’s a good step and congrats on 1k followers! x

    • eviejayne eviejayne

      Yeah 100%! Ah thank you! And thanks for reading x

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