So we finally made it to the second month of 2018! January seemed to go on for bloody ages! …that being said, I think I was one of the only people that really enjoyed January. I started off the year hangover in Paris with my boyfriend after celebrating NYE there, so I didn’t really hit the ground running with 2018. However, I feel like it was perfect for me having a few days to chill out without any ‘New Year, New Me’ pressure, because as soon as the holiday over, I switched to kick-ass mode and felt fully motivated to set (and stick to) my January goals.
I didn’t bother making any New Year’s Resolutions because a year is such a long time. Instead I decided at the beginning of every month, I would set myself smaller, easier goals to reach during that month. Before writing this post, I had a look back in my journal at my January goals:
drink more water
get my blog up and running
read more books
get into a groove with working out/going to the gym
…and when I looked over them I was actually proud of myself for reaching every single one of my goals! The water drinking goal was something I definitely wanted to crack, so I bit the bullet and bought myself a Hydrate M8 – yes they’re a little on the pricey side… but they’re amazing quality and the timings on them really motivates you to drink throughout the day! The blog goal.. well clearly I achieved that one because you’re reading it right this second! (yey!!!) & although I’m not a gym bunny quite yet, I have been going a lot more often than I was and I will keep working on that to get to where I want to be.
Like I said, I know most people didn’t exactly adore January (let’s be honest, it’s all the cold weather and dark nights without Christmas to look forward to) so… I’m going to share with you some of my tips and little goals on how to make your February a ‘FABruary!’
Alongside my February goals, I’ll be doing these ‘little victories’ just to add a little sparkle to the month. Have a look at the tips, and, if you want, write them down somewhere safe and come back to them throughout the month. That way you can force yourself to do them, and I assure you, you’ll be doing metaphorical cartwheels (or literal, depending on your flexibility) once you’ve achieved them!
don’t judge a book by its cover… literally – read a book… but pick a book that you wouldn’t usually choose by looking at it. I know I’m guilty of this – I’d heard ‘The Book of Dust’ by Philip Pullman was a good read, but as soon as I saw the cover, I thought ‘na, not for me’ but this Feb, I’m going to stop being so cover-judgey and read it.
buy yourself a bunch of flowers – who ever said that flowers were meant to be bought for you by someone else? I love buying myself flowers, even if they’re just reduced ones in the supermarket when I’m doing my weekly shop. They brighten up the house and make you feel all lovely.
have some more me-time – this is so important! I think sometimes, people get so caught up in making plans and being productive, that they forget to make any time for themselves. Sometimes, the most productive thing you can do, is nothing. It’s important to have some down time – read a book, have a bath or just watch sex & the city episodes back to back. Anything you want that will give your mind a chance to recoup so that you’re ready to be kick-ass again when you need to be.
compliment someone – complimenting someone makes me feel just as good as the recipient of the compliment! It’s so nice to speak positively to others, and make someone smile. If you see someone with a nice coat, or smells amazing – tell them! who cares if you don’t know them? In a world where there seems to be quite a bit too much negativity, it’s a nice feeling to be able to share positivity.
do something out of your comfort zone – this one is up to you… to one person this could mean going outside without make up on – whereas to another person it could mean doing a bungee jump. I haven’t decided what mine is going to be yet (possibly something to do with running – I hate running). One thing I do know is, doing something new can be so scary, but once you’ve done it, it’s not new anymore – therefore no longer scary! And it feels sooo good once you’ve done it!
arrange to meet up with someone you’re lost touch with – go for a coffee, a glass of wine or just a quick catch up with someone you no longer speak to. I’m sure we’ve all got people in our past that we’ve lost touch with for whatever reason, and I bet whoever you’re thinking about would love to hear from you and meet for a catch up.