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March Goals

March Goals

March has come around so quickly! I feel like it’s almost summer already 🙂 This week I’m moving out of York and back to Leicestershire, which is sad because I love living in York and in this house with James. But I have so much planned for March. James and I are going on a road trip to Scotland, I’m going to visit my friend in Southampton and I’m going on holiday with my family – I have a lot to look forward to!

This month is about carrying on with the things I’ve already been doing, rather than having brand new aims. I want to keep on working on my sewing – I have so many big plans and ideas, I don’t know how I’m going to squeeze them all in! I’m so excited to share them with you on the blog 🙂 I also want to make some more progress on my masters applications, since I’ve been finding it quite a slow process and I’m aware that time is passing quicker than I want it to! I aim to start job searching again – it would be great to have something lined up for April or June.

March will be the month of a new blog design for Jessthetics! This is something I’ve been talking about on here for ages so I’m really excited that it’s finally going to happen. Stay tuned!

It’s going to be a busy month, but a lot of fun! Do you have any goals for March?

My giveaway finished on Friday, and the winner was Miriam (@littlemissmim81) from twitter. Congratulations Miriam!

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February Goals

february goals

This month has come too quickly. I don’t feel ready for January to be over! This month will be the last of my short internship in York, which is sad. It has been so nice living in York again, and living with James especially. Most likely, I will move back in with my parents in March. I love my childhood home and being close to my family (and my beautiful bunny) but James and the rest of my friends are so far away from Leicestershire! That leads me to my first February goal…

1. I want to make the most of this month! It’s a gloomy time of year but I’m determined to go on a day trip, do a lot of vegan baking, take a lot of baths and sew myself a couple of skirts as well as hang out with the lovely people around me whilst I’m in York.

2. My second goal is to have a go at lifestyle photography. I enjoy taking photos for the blog and taking photos on holiday but I don’t have any photographs of everyday life. It’s just not something I ever think to photograph, and it’s harder than taking photos of the things I make! It would be lovely to end this month with a handful of personal images to go into that album I’ve been meaning to make…

I’ve been a little unsure about my “monthly goals” blog posts of late. I love reading other people’s and recapping on what I’ve done each month makes me more productive. As Socrates would say, the unexamined life isn’t worth living! However, not all of my goals fit within a monthly time-scale or are completely under my control (“get a good job” and “get into a masters course” have been monthly goals for a while now…) and I don’t want to set myself up for failure or start creating goals just for the sake of it. That said, I think my current goals are positive and achievable and I’m excited to get stuck into February! I have been busy organising my first blog giveaway, and I think you’re going to love it!

Have you got any February goals?

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New Years Resolutions

2014 resolutions
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! I genuinely watched a documentary from 2010 today and thought “oh, it’s only two years old.” How was 2010 now four years ago?!? I’m very excited for the new year, and I thought I’d share some of my plans and goals with you.

Resolutions

Improve my blog. This is something I’m always trying to do, but the new year gives me some extra motivation. I want to get better at photography (it’s soo much harder than it looks!) and redesign my blog layout (I know how I want it to look, I’m just not sure how to achieve it. I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time!)
Read more. At the moment, I only read books on holiday, and there are so many books I want to read! Even if I just start reading on Sundays or for fifteen minutes before bed, that would be an improvement.
Sew more. I was really pleased with the sewing I did last year and I want to build on that this year. I have so many ideas, but dungarees and a midi skater skirt are high on the list!
Run regularly. Again, I was pleased with the running that I did last year but I want to improve on that this year and make running a part of my routine. I’ve learnt that my biggest problem is being over-ambitious. it’s better for me to do a slow short run twice a week than to run too much and injure myself!

Goals…

I aim to get accepted into a Masters programme to start in September.
I am to spend the first half of the year working hard to raise money for my degree and for travelling.
I aim to spend a month or two of summer travelling. I’d love to assist in wildlife conservation – the plight of African elephants is particularly concerning. James and I would also love to see Berlin and India, so they’re (very exciting) possibilities!

Do you have any goals and resolutions for 2014? I’d love to hear them. I have a feeling 2014 is going to be a good year 🙂

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November Goals

November

November is a fun month. Maybe not as fun as December or October, but it’s up there! I love being able to sit under a blanket inside with a cup of tea as the rain pitter patters on my roof. And the cold weather gives me a good reason to wear my favourite furry coats and dark lipstick all the time. I’m still working on a couple of goals from last month, so my aims for December are short and sweet!

1. Organise my photos. These days, I take a lot of photos and the ones that I don’t post on the blog usually end up sitting on my computer feeling unloved. I love looking through photo albums, and it would be so sad if I didn’t have any from this part of my life. I am going to organise my photos, print lots off, create photo albums and put photos in frames. It’s going to take me a long time, but hopefully it will be a lot of fun!

2. Start christmas present planning. I love making some homemade gifts for Christmas, and it saves money! Making gifts is worthwhile but it takes a lot of time, so I’m going to start planing now. How crazy is that? I’m talking about Christmas already!

Do you have any November goals?

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October Goals

october goals

1. My first goal is to have a fantastic halloween. Halloween has always been my favourite holiday. I don’t really know why, but it’s just so exciting! I love the dressing up, I love the pumpkins and I love the spookiness. I’ve always been into ouija boards, scary films and The Adams Family, and halloween is the perfect opportunity to let my inner goth out. October is halloween month, and this year I want to give it its proper treatment. I’m going to gradually decorate the house with spooky surprises (sorry Mum and Dad..) bake lots of spooky goodies and count down to halloween with my favourite scary films and tv programmes. I’m going to make my own day and evening halloween costumes (oh yes, this will be a two-costume day) and I’m very excited that I’m going to be reunited with my gorgeous uni friends for halloween weekend who I miss ever so much!

2. Research my masters course. At the moment, my plan is to start a masters in Environmental Studies this time next year. Now that October has rolled around I need to start researching and writing my statement of purpose, but also deciding where I want to apply and start visiting universities!

3. Pretty up my room. Last month my goal was to sort out and donate / sell my things. This month, my goal is to make my space feel more homely. I’m hoping to order some photos, hang some art on my walls and DIY a couple of pieces of furniture or decoration.

4. Work on my blog design! I’ve had this blog layout for a while now, and whilst I like it there are a lot of things I’ve been meaning to change-up for a while now. I’m going to concentrate on getting those things done this month 🙂

I am still working on the ongoing task of searching for a job or an internship, but who knows how long I’ll be working towards that goal, so I’m not going to give it its own separate number. What are your goals for this month? Are you as excited for halloween as I am?

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September Goals

September GoalsI have been inspired by Chiaki and Kaylah to start doing monthly goals on the blog. Autumn is the season for starting new things, and even though I’m not starting a new school / university year, it’s still nice to have things to work on!

1. Find a job / internship. This goal is my main priority, for obvious reasons. It isn’t entirely under my control, but I’m going to spend September putting out as many applications as possible, and working on my application writing and interview techniques.

2. Sort through all my things, and sell or donate the things I don’t want. This is a mammoth task, but I know I’ll feel better when my life is purged of the things that I don’t need. (And I know my parents will be pleased too, haha.)

3. Start three big craft projects. I’ve been planning these in my mind for a while, so I can’t wait to actually get started. I also can’t wait to share them with you when I’m done (although they’re going to remain a secret until then!)

4. Develop a more healthy daily routine. I mean, I’ve been gradually improving but I am prone to a lie in and a family bag of sensations, like, everyday. I want to cut down on snacking, exercise three or four times a week, get up at a reasonable time everyday and read before bed instead of browsing the internet (apparently the light from screens confuses your brain into being awake which makes it hard to get to sleep.) I’m hoping that this will make me feel more energised throughout my day.

I’m very excited to start September! Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year. Do you have any goals for the month? I’d love to see them!