Stretch Goals for 2021

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Hello!

I love goal setting, but it’s only in the last year or so that I’ve given myself the flexibility to adapt my goals when my interests or perspective change.

I’ve watched Hannah Witton make videos about ‘Stretch Goals’ for the last few months of the year and I thought I’d give it a go – a few of my goals are no longer relevant to me (and/or I was too optimistic about how long lockdown would go on for and how confident I’d feel in a post-covid world). So I’ve written a few adaptations to my original 2021 Goals and I’m going to see how far I can get by the end of the year!

Professional Goals:

The one I’ve still got left to do: Finish my portfolio website and Instagram

My New Stretch Goal: Start New Job Part 2! – my nine-month contract in my current job finishes at the end of the month and it’s time for something new. Not so much of a goal as a necessity but it takes me a little while to process big changes like a new job and this helps. And it’s exciting too!

Personal Goals:

The one I’ve still got left to do: Finish my first cosplay costume

My New Stretch Goal: Give handmade Christmas gifts – a nice combination of saving money and using all the craft supplies I’ve been collecting for 18 months. And it’s an excuse to work on lots of craft projects!

Home Goals:

The one I’ve still got left to do: wedding planning and saving!

My New Stretch Goal: Have a trip to Southampton with my fiancé – it’s where we met and we haven’t been back in ages – this year is our last anniversary before our wedding day and I think it’s the year to do something special.

‘Bucket List’ Goals: (I need to find a new name for this)

  1. Read 30 books (upped from my current goal of 25)
  2. Writing challenges – 45,000 words in September / 50,000 words in November
  3. Monthly date nights with my fiancé
  4. Get a tattoo
  5. Finish 1SE video

Even just writing these out, thinking about and evaluating my focus on these goals has been really refreshing and helped me feel more focused. Every time I look over my goals I feel like I’m learning on how to make smarter goals that are more beneficial to me in the long run.

I’m aware of how ‘hustle culture’ this makes me sound – working on goals in my own time outside of work, using words like ‘evaluating’ and always aiming for productivity, but actually my intention is the opposite. I want to be more mindful of how I spend my time – I’ve come to terms with expecting myself to be ‘productive’ for 16 hours a day isn’t healthy or beneficial for me or anyone around me, some I’m trying to maximise my efficiency so I make time to chill out, get enough sleep and do things I want to do as well! I’ve just started dance classes again and it’s an hour round trip to get there and back so I have to be more mindful with my time.

Having these stretch goals is a great way for me to figure out my priorities and plan out my time in the wisest way for me.

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

September Goals 2021

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Hello!

Although I can’t believe we’re 8 months through the year, we’ve arrived at my favourite month – my birthday month, the start of a new academic year and the time where I will always get excited about a new pencil case despite the fact I haven’t bought a new pencil case in years and I am never going back to school again.

(but the stationery hype is always real)

A new month means new monthly goals and August was generally good, but I’m really motivated for September – the big event I’m part of at work is on the 7th-8th so I’m excited for that (both because I think it’ll be a great event and because it’ll be over) and I’m turning 25 which feels oddly significant and has been on my mind for about 6 months since I got my letter about booking my smear test (which I did, don’t you worry!).

So here are my September mini goals:

Writing challenge – 45,000 words

My fourth writing challenge of the year in the run up to November’s NaNoWriMo – 1500 words a day, seems like a reasonable ask to me as long as I’m dedicated and manage my time. I really want to focus on writing original fiction rather than falling back into fanfiction like I usually do. But if I do, hey ho, it’s about having fun and enjoying writing rather than making it feel like a chore!

Cosplay costume work

I’ve been slowly working on this costume all year but I’m struggling at turning this bigger project into smaller achievable tasks and going from just about knowing how to use a sewing machine to making actual clothes. This month I’m going to buy part of the costume on Etsy and make another part, because I figure for my first cosplay costume, a balance of both is a fair place to start.

Wedding planning

As we creep closer to November and the wedding will be less than a year away, it’s starting to feel more and more real – I don’t even know what I have left to plan but also I feel like I have everything left to plan. This month I want to make a mood board of any of the decor I want to make myself, I want to think about designing our invites and planning what our wedding favours will be. These all feel like little things in comparison to the venue and the photographer but I think they’re going to take more than I expect!

Review Yearly Goals and make stretch goals

With only four months left in the year, I want to make time to evaluate my goals and see how I can adapt them to fit what I want now. There are a few goals that aren’t relevant to me anymore and there’s definitely time to squeeze in a little more before the end of the year. I might do a whole post on evaluating my goals and resetting them, because apparently I have to post all my goals online!

Project 333 Update

I started trying this Project 333 thing over the summer and I never quite made it down to 33 items, but I had a big sort and it’s made me think a lot about what I’m wearing, how adaptable my wardrobe is and how I want my clothes to work more cohesively together.

I think this will take a few more cycles to truly figure out how to make my wardrobe work with only 33 items (it’s meant to include jewellery and shoes but I think that’s potentially a bit excessive). But I can say for sure I’m excited about getting my cosy jumpers out again for sure!

Along with my recurring monthly goal of reading 2 books, putting money in savings and having a date night with my boy. My reading goal is very much on track with only one more until I reach my goal for the year, but then it’s just seeing how far I can get by the end of the year!

I’m looking forward to this month, I think there’s going to be lots of big changes this month and I’m kind of excited about them.

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

#plantybois

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Hello,

When I asked my fiancé what I should write a blog post about, he said gardening, which is actually a semi-sensible suggestion – he said I should talk about my gardening goals, I said I was better at ‘house planting’ (obviously a real word) and he said ‘yeah, house planting and gardening goals’.

Then he suggested the title should be #plantybois and I knew everything was okay, because there’s no way he could make a sensible suggestion without saying something unquestionably weird.

But I’ll go with it regardless!

I really wanted to have a garden full of homegrown veggies this year – tomatoes, courgettes, carrots, peppers, maybe even some herbs like thyme, rosemary and oregano.

That didn’t happen…

I had plans of digging up the existing plants around the border of the garden and replacing them with more manageable bedding plants and finding some cute garden furniture to put all my pots on so my garden was pretty. What happened is the astroturf managed to grow weeds and I spent £70 on two garden loungers for the decking.

I’m much better at house plants! My Monstera plant is flourishing and my fiancé is mildly concerned about the amount of new leaf tentacles it’s growing and I’ve got a bunch of plants that I bought when they were in teeny tiny pots and now they’re triple the size and I really need to pot them on but I haven’t got round to it yet.

Conclusion: inside plants – thriving, outside plants… alternating to between burning to a crisp and drowning thanks to the Great British Summer!

So here’s what I want to work on to prepare for the vegetable garden of dreams I’m going to have next summer (I’m manifesting, okay?).

  • Dig out the plants around the border of the garden – there’s a big old tree that’s try to grow that isn’t meant to be there so I don’t want it to knock out the wall (the wise words of my gardener Dad). I think I’ll wait till next summer to replace the bedding plants or I might see if I can get some slate or gravel to match the existing slate around the property.
  • Sort out the weeds – I really need to spray them with the weed killer and pull them all out but it sounds like a really boring job and I’m lazy. I have no other excuse.
  • Collect old plastic containers to start my vegetable collection next year – my dad always starts his tomatoes in his old milk cartons so if I’m using plastic containers I might as well find ways to repurpose them!
  • Find some furniture or beds to display or store my potted plants next summer – currently I just have an array of pots on the floor. Outdoor furniture is really expensive so it’s figuring out whether I can weather proof some indoor shelving, find something second hand on Facebook Marketplace or buy a drill and repurpose some old pallets or something.
  • More garden furniture – whilst our two loungers are lovely, it would be wonderful to have friends round and be able to spend time outside when the weather’s nice. I’d love to have a rattan sofa with a little table for summer evenings with ciders and card games (maybe even plugging in a lamp and staying out after dark!).

I like to think I’m a bit of a gardener but I’m still learning – the fact I got even a little tomato that didn’t grow to full size this year is very exciting for me, so I’m definitely going to try and do what I can in the Autumn to be ready for a more bountiful crop next summer!

All gardening tips and tricks are much appreciated.

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

August Goals 2021

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Hello!

I can’t believe it’s nearly August – my mind is basically blocked and doesn’t see passed July 31st and to be honest, I don’t think I’m ready in any way. But, with so little of the month left and no mental capacity to consider the next month, I think it’s forcing me to feel more present? Just taking one day at a time, and I can handle that right now.

But with a new month comes new goals – I love having projects and long term goals to work towards and making progress, so these are my focuses for August!

  1. Work on my online portfolio – I started making a website a little while ago and I need to actually finish it! I want to have a central place to post and update about all the things I’m doing in my professional life, so I need to work on some of those admin tasks.
  2. Cosplay costume work – this month, I’m going to make a jacket. I’ve got a jacket that I can adapt to fit the style I need and I’m going to get my craft on. I’m going to buy another part of my costume and I’ve got a plan to actually finish this in 2021, rather than the wishy washy goals I set earlier this year. Always learning!
  3. Wedding planning – my tasks for this month are to research and book any extra event specialists – as our wedding is on bonfire night we definitely need some fireworks! But I also need to figure out decorating the venue, any extra bits we need to hire, buy or make and little details like that!
  4. Find a dance class for September – as the schools have now broken up for the summer holidays, most dance schools in my area won’t be starting up again until the new academic year so I thought it would be a good window for me to figure out my finances and my schedule to actually be able to go! Having a class once or twice a week I think will be really good for me to actually do some exercise, maybe meet some people in the area and get back into dancing! I can’t wait.
  5. Get back into the job hunt – I’ve been given the end date for my current contract so I need to find another job! I’m hoping to start doing it all early so finishing my new website, revamping my CV and cover letters and things like that. I don’t want it to be a big panic when my contract actually ends, so hopefully being prepared can work in my favour!

Then my usual monthly goals of reading 2 books, putting money in my savings accounts and hopefully having a date night with my boy!

I’m feeling ready for summer, but then I remember I don’t get a ‘summer holiday’ and extra time to see friends or travel or anything, but the event I’m working on in my job is in September and it’s busy, but hopefully rewarding!

But for now, I have a weekend off and I’m going to make the most of it!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

July Goals ’21

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Hello!

Another month, another set of goals for me to focus on.

June didn’t go particularly well – I need to stop setting myself fitness goals because it doesn’t work, crafts shouldn’t be goals they should just be fun, and if I’m going to set craft or project goals, they need to be specific or I just won’t do them.

So with that in mind, here are my July goals:

People train for marathons, right? So I’m training for a writing project in November! I’m trying to come up with a new idea and my partner came up with a daily prompt list for me and I’m really excited about this project.

  • Cosplay work

So this was the project I was referring to! I haven’t done anything about this project really this year so in July I want to spend time planning it all out – figuring out how I’m going to make or buy each part of the costume and figuring out a path to actually finishing it!

  • Wedding planning

This month I don’t have a particular task to work on for the wedding, so it’ll be a little bit of browsing Pinterest for inspiration, wrapping up some loose ends on other tasks and looking ahead to what I need to go between now and the wedding in like 15 months. I feel like I’m too relaxed about it all to be honest.

  • Knit Weasley jumper

I’m not expecting to be able to knit a whole jumper in a month, but I can find a pattern and buy the wool I need and make a start but no way am I making a whole jumper in July. I just want to knit a jumper with an S in it and pretend that Julie Walter’s knitted it for me, okay?

I saw this on Hannah Witton‘s YouTube channel a couple of months ago and I really like the idea – the principle is having 33 items in your wardrobe for three month cycles. I’m going to try doing this for two months at first because I think July/August makes sense, then September-November, December-February then March-May. In moving house, I have much less space than I did before and I want to make the most of our space and see more value in my clothes so I’m going to at least try! If it doesn’t work, that’s fine too.

Then my recurring monthly goals of saving (which I’ve got into a good habit of doing on pay day, props to me), having a date night with my boy and reading 2 books!

The only thing I can think about right now is my partner coming back after being away for a month and that’s going to be the best part of July. But I’m excited for the weather to brighten up and spend more time outside, hopefully!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

mid-year goals check in!

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Hello!

The end of June always feels significant because we’re closer to the end of the year than the beginning so it’s the perfect time to check in on my goals for the year, adapt if necessary and document my progress!

Quick explanation: I split my goals into 4 categories, the first three are Professional, Personal and Home which all have three goals, then I have ‘bucket list’ style goals that are less progressive but still important to me. So let’s jump right in!

PROFESSIONAL GOALS:

  • Start my new job
  • Make a proper portfolio
  • Adapt a book into a screenplay (just for the experience)

Well, I’ve been working in my job for six months and looking how much progress I’ve made in that time is somewhat baffling! I’m actually really proud of myself and feel like I’ve properly put my foot on the first rung of the career ladder and I’m going to work hard to climb my way up.

And with the inspiration in the workplace, I’ve been making decent progress with my portfolio – I’ve been updating my instagram account whenever I do something new and worth documenting and I have been working on a new website which I will be launching at some point!

The screenplay I’m not so enthusiastic about writing at the moment – it feels very intimidating and I don’t know if the skills I would learn from it will serve me in the long run, but I might find the motivation and time to work on it later this year, so I’m leaving the goal where it is to evaluate how important it is to me.

PERSONAL GOALS:

  • Start a bookstagram account
  • Make a cosplay costume
  • Find a therapist

Yes, kinda, yes!

I’ve just hit 100 followers on my bookstagram account, I’ve bought the first part of my cosplay costume and I’m going to refocus on it soon, and I found a therapist! She’s brilliant and I love her and she’s about to go on a sabbatical, but I’m going to be okay. I still have ups and downs as anyone with mental illness does, but I’m much more self aware and I feel happier than I have in probably years.

HOME GOALS:

  • Put money in savings
  • Organise wedding according to monthly to do list tasks
  • Travel – pandemic allowing!

Also relatively positive progress! Saving took a few months to get off the ground because of the new job and moving house and life things, but I’m starting to get it all under control which I’m feeling really proud of. The wedding organisation is very much underway and travel isn’t really happening, but that’s not really down to any fault of my own – I’m hoping my partner and I can go on an English holiday this year and we’re often here, there and everywhere seeing our families and friends so we’re still seeing lots of people in a Covid safe way!

BUCKET LIST GOALS:

  • Read 25 books – I’m at 16 so far and goodreads tells me I’m 4 books ahead of schedule! If I had my way, I’d be reading 90% of the time so not worried about this goal.
  • 5 writing challenges – I’ve done 2 of 5 so far, the first one I achieved my word goal but the second one coincided with moving house and figuring out a new working from home set up, but at least I wrote something and that’s the important bit! Next challenge is 40,000 words in July and I’m looking forward to it actually!
  • Monthly date nights – we haven’t managed a single one so I’m scrapping this goal! We’ve spent lots of time together and that’s more important than an official ‘date’.
  • Limited spending – Uuummm… well… I’ve put money in savings and haven’t had to ask my parents to bail me out so could be doing better but not doing too badly either!
  • Find a dance class! – I have! I haven’t actually started yet but I’ve done the research and I’m going to figure out my finances to start going back to classes when term starts again in September.
  • Knit myself a Weasley jumper – I’ve found the pattern but I’m a little intimidated by it to be honest! This feels like more of a winter activity anyway!
  • 1 Second Everyday 2021 video – I’ve recorded a clip every single day so far!
  • Develop 5 year plan – Now that I’ve started work I feel like I both can and can’t plan for the future, but I started a new bullet journal a couple of months ago and made a new table.
  • Upkeep dentists/doctors appointments – I’ve registered in the area of our new house, had numerous doctors appointments, an x-ray and a CT scan! As soon as the dentists open again for appointments I’ll be booking myself in.
  • Learn more about sewing and adapting my clothes – I haven’t actually used my sewing machine since we moved, so I’m hoping to have at least one weekend with ZERO plans and then I can craft to my heart’s content.
  • Get a tattoo! – I’ve found a studio I like the look of in my new home town, now just to figure out the finances and get in touch.

I always do long posts when talking about goals. Maybe it’s a bit self indulgent but it means I check in with myself. I probably don’t need to publish it either but hey ho – it’s my blog!

I think the first step is setting goals, the second step is checking in and holding yourself accountable, and the third step (that I’m still working on) is being able to adapt your goals to match your current aspirations, rather than working on goals that are no longer important to you.

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

June Goals

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Hello!

Another month, another set of goals! I think the British public will very much enjoy June if it remains as beautifully sunny as it has been so far, but I for one am ready for a fresh start, some sun and a month focusing on my own mental wellbeing.

My partner is going on a work trip to Rome for a month so I’ll be spending most of the month on my own, whilst I’m a bit nervous about him going away for so long, I’m trying to frame it as an opportunity to work on myself and spend some time doing all my favourite things.

Last month wasn’t particularly successful in terms of my goals but I’m ready for a fresh start and a new boost of motivation! So here’s what I’m working on (and, thus, you can hold me accountable):

Hannah Witton’s #DearJune Instagram Challenge
I don’t know why, but I love doing ‘Dear June’ – it pushes me creatively, gives me some structure and routine and sometime’s I get affirmation by sometimes being shared onto Hannah Witton’s story. I made my first post yesterday and I’m really pleased with it so looking forward to this one!

Work on my cosplay costume
I’ve been really bad at this so far this year, but I think having more ‘me time’ will mean I spend more time on crafts again! I bought the first piece that I wanted for this cosplay so that’s given me a little more motivation to figure out how to do the rest. I’ll be seeing my sister at the weekend who is super talented at cosplay so hopefully I can get her advice on how to make certain parts of the outfit and it can be a bit of a summer project!

Wedding planning – cake!
As per my monthly wedding planning goals, this month I get to think about cake a lot (which is definitely not going to help the diet). I’ve got some ideas about the cake and how to make it subtly nerdy without being in your face ‘Pokemon themed wedding’ (we’re not having a Pokemon themed wedding).

I really liked this cake topper I spotted in our town centre the other week – with the subtle nod to Captain America and Harry Potter, but definitely need the wand to look a little less… limp?

Clothes sewing
I’m so determined to get back into crafting this month – I’ve been thinking about making bunting, facemasks, knitting and cross stitching but I just haven’t had the motivation to actually start them! I’m planning to pencil in some time in the evenings to get my sewing machine out and get back into it because I love making creative things that aren’t all digital.

Restart Couch to 5k
I’ve said this at least a hundred times this year, but summer seems to be when I have my ‘running’ moment – I did it last summer and though I spent about two months on week 2, I did actually consistently exercise three times a week and I’d love to get back to that! June is going to be my month and even if it’s just going for half hour walks three times a week, it’ll be more than I’m doing now!

And my rolling monthly goal to read 2 books is ongoing, I’ve already put money in my savings account which I’m feeling probably too smug about and so far the monthly date nights haven’t been very successful as we haven’t even managed one, so might scrap that one for this year!

It’s probably the good weather putting me in a good mood, but I’m excited to spend time reading in the garden (when I get some garden chairs), make something creative and hopefully feel a bit better in myself.

It’s looking like it’s going to be a good summer and I’m excited about it, so I’m rolling with it!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

May Goals

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Hello!

April really flew – between moving house, the country opening up a little bit to get to unessential shops and doing extra hours at work, I seem to have blinked and missed most of the month but I’m looking forward to things feeling a little more settled in May. Hopefully I’ll get more on top of my workload, I’m definitely going to spend lots of time with my fiancé before his five week work trip to Italy over June and maybe I’ll even figure out how to look after myself a little better.

How we’re this far into 2021 I’m really not sure, it’s going faster than I can keep track of but here are my May mini goals!

– Work on my portfolio: now that I’m in the professional working world, I want to make sure I keep my CV, portfolio and showreel up to date so that next time I apply for a job it doesn’t feel like a huge task! This month I want to spend time working on building a website that encompasses everything I would want to show off to a potential employer. I’ve been working on designing a website for a tech festival with work called Ox Tech Fest (yes, I’ll take the shameless plug) and I’m so proud of how this website has worked out and having worked with a graphic designer and a web developer, I feel like I have ideas for my own website. I’m sure I’ll share when I’m ready!

– Work on my cosplay costume: with April getting away from me and moving house and stuff, I didn’t get round to what I wanted to do for my Team Yell cosplay from Pokemon Sword and Shield – hopefully I’ll balance my time a bit better to get my sewing machine out this month!

– Wedding planning: next stage in the planning is to research music and entertainment and figure out what we want that part of our wedding to look like. I have absolutely no idea where to start with this other than my fiancé and I have started a Spotify playlist but I don’t think an aux cable is quite what most people have in mind for a wedding! Any recommendations welcome please!

– Research dance classes in the area: I may have left dancing behind after 15 years when I went to uni, but that doesn’t mean I’m completely prepared to give up! I never got the chance to find classes at the old house because out of the 18 months we lived there, approximately 13 of them were whilst the country was in a pandemic lockdown! I know things aren’t back to normal yet but I’d really like to find a dance class, meet some new people and do some exercise! I want to get my tap shoes back on!

– Go for walks three times a week: and with exercise in mind… I’ve noticed I’m starting to feel a bit agoraphobic at the moment; I’ve managed to find excuses over the last couple of months but feeling trapped in my own house is actually quite scary, so I want to push myself and get to know the new area we live in and actually get some fresh air. Even if at first it’s just walking to a park down the road and sitting with a book, it’s a start.

My recurring monthly goals haven’t been very successful – I wanted to make more effort to save money but moving house is really expensive, even if you’re only renting. I wanted to have date nights with my fiancé at least once a month but we haven’t managed it yet. And I wanted to read 2 books a month and I didn’t make it through anything in April (though I got ahead in other months so I’m still good on my 2021 goodreads challenge!). Realistically, date night’s just aren’t a priority right now and finances need to be flexible to allow for ‘real life’. I definitely want to get back into my reading habit though.

Things are feeling a little flat at the moment, so I’m trying to figure out what I need to do to feel a little brighter but it’s a work in progress – making an effort not to spend my lunch break at my desk is a good start!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

April Goals

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Hello!

Another month, another set of mini goals – with moving house in just over a week, I don’t feel like I’m ready to start any new goals yet but after we move, I’ll be ready for a new start and some more focus. Right now half of my life is in boxes and I’m looking forward to having the amount of stuff in our one bed house in our three bed house and having some more space!

So the first goal is to do all the admin and packing for moving house, but other than that – here are my five mini goals!

  • Writing challenge – 35,000 words – it’s Camp NaNoWriMo month so it’s time for another writing challenge! This month I’m aiming to start planning and writing a new original fiction project, which I haven’t done in a long time – it’s something very different for me and I’m looking forward to pushing myself creatively.
  • Cosplay work – I planned out the steps I need to take to make my first cosplay costume (Team Yell grunt from Pokemon Sword and Shield) and this month I’m going to make a denim jacket I have into a waistcoat, experiment with making armbands and find a skirt that I can potentially adapt if I need to.
  • Wedding planning – this months task is to contact the silk flower florist I met at a wedding fair last year. I have already sent her an email and now I need to figure out what I actually want and which flowers I want to replicate but I’m so excited to not have real flowers and be able to keep them – I said from the very beginning I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on flowers that would just die but the flowers at Indigo Blooms are beautiful. I didn’t even know they were fake. April is going to be very flowery.
  • Find pattern for knitted jumper – I’m really enjoying knitting right now and I really like oversized knitwear so… why not make my own, y’know? I don’t know if the pattern I’ve found is any good but I’m aiming for a Weasley esque initial jumper so it might take a couple of attempts to make one that actually looks good but I’m excited to try it.
  • Start Couch to 5k again – it will be the third time I’ve attempted Couch to 5k, but as the weather warms up and I move to a new town that feels a little safer than where I currently live, I really want to try and make running work again.

And my recurring monthly goals are to read 2 books, have a date night with my fiancé and put some money in savings.

I’m still figuring out balancing monthly goals with full time work and I think I’ve been relatively sensible with setting achievable goals whilst pushing myself to learn new things and develop in the ways I want to. But also on the other hand, I’ve been getting better at not feeling like a failure if I don’t ‘complete’ a goal because if I’m not prepared to put the work in, now isn’t the right time and that’s okay.

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

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March mini goals

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Hello!

Setting mini goals has been a way for me to keep myself focused and making progress for at least three years now, but in the last few months I’ve been really making sure that my monthly goals allow for consistent development from my yearly goals and already I’m seeing progress and it’s so motivating! Seeing a whole month of goals that I know I’ve solidly worked on makes me feel so good and so motivated to carry on!

To have 100% completed 3 tasks and half completed 2 tasks of my February mini goals, I know I made solid progress! I think, in part, vaguely planning my monthly goals for the year has made this easier because I can make sure I’m allotting enough time for each goal I want to achieve, but I know for a fact that I’m working really hard to make as much progress as I can too!

This is a combination of clever goal setting (knowing that I really want to achieve these goals, rather than feeling obliged to) and having the yearly/monthly/weekly goals and to do lists in place to hold myself accountable. I’m feeling so motivated right now and I can’t wait to jump right in to my March mini goals!

1. Start writing a book adaptation screenplay

I got a taste of screenplay writing for my dissertation last year and I very quickly discovered how much I enjoyed and how much more there was to learn about the art of the writing style. One of my potential dissertation topics was about book adaptations and my final dissertation was all about storytelling, so I thought writing an adaptation would be a good place to start to learn about the style without having to consider my own story as well.

This is just for personal use – I’m not claiming to be an experienced screenwriter and I’m definitely not writing any movie scripts to sell anytime soon. But this is a project I want to finish over the course of the year, so this is just the beginning.

2. Start my first cosplay costume

I’ve been banging on about cosplay for years, but this year I’m going to do it! Another goal that I want to achieve over the year rather than in just one month, but I want to spend this month planning it all – what I want to make, what I want to buy and how I can bring it all together.

I’m creating a Team Yell costume from Pokemon Sun and Moon (to go with my sister’s Marnie cosplay). I’m hoping this will really help me develop my sewing and learn about so many different kinds of crafting outside of clothes to make all the accessories. I think I’ll document some of the process on my TikTok if you’re interested!

3. March wedding tasks!

I said in my ‘how I planned my wedding planning’ post that I’d broken everything down and assigned tasks to each month and so far, it’s working relatively well!

My task for this month is to figure out what wedding insurance is and whether we need it, which I imagine will only take an afternoon really! I also need to finalise booking a photographer and videographer because I did a lot of research about it in February but it was all very overwhelming (and much more expensive than I thought it would be!) so hopefully I’ll be able to get that decision made this month.

4. Develop my 5 year plan

I don’t really like calling it a ‘plan’ because it’s definitely not certain enough to be a plan, but I have a spread in my bullet journal listing the next five years and goals and ideas for what I’d like to achieve in each of them. I’ve not looked at my 5 year plan since I last updated in 2020 (2020-2024) and I really need to start my 2021-2025 one, but that’s what this goal is for!

Rather than sticking with my 2019-2023 plan that I started in my 2019 journal, I like moving my 5 year plan through journals with me because I think it’s a much more realistic way of looking ahead for the next 5 years. In 2019 I never would have been able to predict that I would be where I am at the beginning of 2021 and it would have got really messy with crossing out and changing things, so I prefer the rolling approach.

5. Find somewhere new to live!

Although we have a lovely landlord on our one bed house, we’re ready to find something bigger and move somewhere more relevant to my work (if I ever get to work anywhere other than home). We are on a rolling contract in our current house, so we don’t have a deadline to find a new house by, but the time is right for us!

And to be clear; we’re still renting. We don’t have the savings for buying and we’re only 24 and 25 – I know people who are buying houses, but I don’t know a single one who’s saved every penny themselves and not had a rather large savings account from parents or grandparents. No shade, not judging anyone, just kind of fed up of being asked about it as someone who’s literally only just started their first career job – I have not got the income to have tens of thousands of pounds in savings!

And then my rolling monthly goals are:

  • Read 2 books
  • Put a certain amount of money in my savings account
  • Have a date night with le fiancé

I’ve had a good old ramble this month haven’t I? So I’ll keep the ending short and sweet – I love goal setting! Should I write a post about how I planned all of my monthly goals for the year?

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

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