reflecting on February

Renovations

February has been a slow month for renovations. We have broken up all the things we want to accomplish with the house into phases – kinda like the MCU but not as cool – We are currently in phase one also known as the Pre Baby phase to kind of put back together the parts of the house that were removed during the beginning of the renovation, namely doors and curtains. 

We have spent the month chasing quotes for the skirting, architraves, door jams, and doors. We are hoping to get the ball rolling in March with finally getting things done, but we will just see how we go.

Reading

I honestly had the most intense reaction when I started A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas. I don’t know what it is about Nesta but man I am not a fan. Even though I love the series and the characters overall I did not enjoy reading from Nesta’s point of view!

baby

We ended February at 27 weeks pregnant. I think i’m feeling pretty good, thankfully. The long days at work are definitely tiring but they are also so rewarding and enjoyable that even though I am exhausted at the end of the day I can’t help but look forward to coming back the next!

I recently got my Glucose Tolerance Test which, for those who don’t know, is the Sugar tolerance test that is done to test for Diabetes and is done during week 26-28 of pregnancy to test for gestational diabetes. It takes 2 hours at the blood draw clinic. The clinicians take your first sample then you drink a very sweet drink, wait an hour, another sample taken, wait an hour and then your last sample. It was actually really nice to be able to go and sit in my car and head back into the clinic for my next draw, I was able to watch some YouTube and play some Animal Crossing. Really just living my best life.

life

Throughout the month I continued my obsession with Stardew Valley on the PC while also diving head first back into Animal Crossing which has been taking up a lot of my time. I’ve been patiently anticipating Taylor Swift’s release of fearless as well as discovering the world of digital bullet journalling. 

February Goal Update

Even though we have hit the half way point of March, I still feel it is important to reflect on the previous month and the goals I am working towards in 2020.

  1. becoming more actively vegetarian was something that I started off working really well towards in January, however, in February I definitely didn’t stick to it as well as I would have liked. Beginning the term and becoming busier is something I definitely struggle with when it comes to achieving me goals and it seems it has been no different with this. I am definitely going to make more of a conscious effort in the coming months.
  2. It is now the beginning of March and I am sitting at 22 completed books in 2020 so far leaving me 4 books ahead of schedule. Definitely on the right track.
  3. February was a really good month for workouts. I was definitely the most consistent I’ve been so far in both 2020 and 2019. I began playing basketball again which has definitely had a big impact on everything workout related.
  4. Still haven’t signed up for a fun run or started properly running. Better get onto that.
  5. I only purchased 2 books in February and read about 10 books in January, so I definitely stuck to buying less books that I read.
  6. Still working hard and saving money and still actively looking at houses. We’ve missed out on two seperate houses at auction, which is something that is really tough on me but we are still out there looking.

How are your 2020 goals going?

2019 Goal Review

2020 is roaring away and with that came some new goals, yet I had not forgotten about my 2019 goals that I worked on throughout the year. Looking back I think its important to look at what worked and what did not.

My first goal for 2019 was to read 45 books. I set this goal based on reading just under 45 book in 2018. My reading picked up significantly though -Yay! – and I ended up surpassing this goal and reading a total of 96 books.

I really wanted to focus ion hydration throughout the year as previously I was not very good at drinking water. I found throughout the year that while I was working I was able to drink the recommended 2L a day, as I carry a drink bottle with me all day. When I got home however or was not working I would forget to drink much at all. Even though it is not a goal for me in 2020 I do want to continue to improve on this.

Buy less books, boy I kept this one vague. I definitely purchased less books in 2019 than I did in 2018. 2018 was when I was really getting back into reading and wanted to grow my collection. Do I think I still purchased too many books… Yes. The lack of perimeters really made it easy for me to just keep buying books with minimal buying bans. I have definitely rectified this for 2020.

At the beginning of the year I set myself a savings goal. When I started 2019 I had some credit card debt I needed to pay off and a bad book buying habit. I am genuinely proud that I don’t have the credit card debt and I managed to meet the goal I set for myself. Here’s to finally getting my life together – at least a little.

my final goal revolved around following a night routine. This was one that just never stuck. The intention was to be off technology and either reading or just relaxing without a screen in front of me at night. It never really took.

Overall, the goals I set were mostly ones that were attainable and measurable – lets ignore the “buy less books” one here – I personally find this super important when setting goals as I find if they are more vague I am unable to really work towards anything. I will definitely take away things from my 2019 goals and am already using those things in achieving my 2020 goals.

How did you go with your 2019 goals?

August Goal Update

My goals have really fallen to the wayside these last couple of months, so in August I was really trying to get back into the swing of things. To be completely honestly I definitely wasn’t amazing at working towards an achieving my goals in August, but here is where I’m at.

  1. Read 45 books
    I am absolutely KILLIN’ this goal! So far in 2019 (I’m writing this in the first few days of September) I’ve read 65 books!
  2. Drink 2L of water a day
    I really fluctuate with this goal. Some days I am drinking so much water and somedays I’m lucky if I drink a litre, but I am trying to have water any time I feel hungry just incase I’m actually thirsty and don’t need the unnecessary snack (#shredforthewedding)
  3. Buy less books
    Utter and complete failure. I could not of failed more… (check out my August book haul to so the absolutely disaster that is this goal)
  4. Hit my savings goal
    I am super close to achieving this goal, hopefully next month I can say I have!
  5. Build and follow a night routine
    I’ve definitely been better at this. Aside from reading more and less screen time before bed. Honestly its an addiction at this point and I really need to work on it!

are you killing your 2019 goals?

Goal Update: June 2019

June was a busy month, however even when its super busy I really try to stay on track with my goals. Here’s how I’m going with achieving these goals…

  1. Read 45 books in 2019
    I am well on my way to achieving this! At the end of June I was siting at 31 books read this year. Which means that I am going to hopefully surpass my goal for the year.
  2. Drink 2L of water everyday
    By the end of June I was definitely getting better at this and I am hoping I can keep it up for the rest of the year.
  3. Buy Less books
    I was great at this in June! I only picked up a couple of graphic novels and 3 books for my overseas trip.
  4. Hit my savings goal
    We are back on the savings grind after our trip and I am already finding it so hard!
  5. Build and Follow a night routine
    This was all over the place in June, with more after work commitments I was getting to bed later and later and mostly just crashing when I got home

Fitness: Becoming More Accountable

Fitness and a healthy lifestyle… this is something I really want to improve upon in my life but its also what I struggle with the most.

This is how I plan to stay accountable. Each day from today until June 23rd I am going to post my work out here as well as a scale for how well I thought I did when it comes to diet (I have a crazy sweet tooth and sometimes it takes over). There will be rest days and days that I go out for dinner but I overall am hoping to have more good days.

Let the tracking begin!

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Goal Update: February 2019

So to recap my goals for 2019 are:
1. Read 45 Books
2. Drink 2L of water each day
3. Build and follow a night routine
4. Buy less books
5. Hit my savings goal
6. Take everything as it comes

So far, this is how I am tracking with them.

  1. as of the day I am writing this my current book count sits at

I really don’t like being one book behind schedule, it really stresses me out but I am hoping to catch back up in march.

2. I am still not perfect at this, but I feel like I’ve been doing better then I did in January. I’m back into the swing of work and always have a drink bottle with me at work to make sure I stay hydrated all day.

3. I’ve been really good about washing my face every night and making sure I am moisturising or using a body oil after I shower. I’m still working on kind of ‘slowing down’ before bed. So still a work in progress but definitely doing better than i have done and that’s what matters right?

4. I can’t say I’ve been buying less books, because lets me real, I haven’t. So I’ve decided to put myself on a book buying ban for March and April and potentially May. I’m hoping this will help me to read through the books I have as well as leading into my next goal of…

5. Hitting my savings goal. I am no where near it at the moment, but we are making our last rent payment this month and will be able to save for the next 9-12 months. Hopefully I can get there by December!

6. I think I have definitely been able to attempt to put this into practice over the last month. We are moving sooner than we planned, we’ve booked in the baptism and we are trying to finalise our trip on June. I do still need to work on stress being my initial reaction to things and stating that ‘I’m stressed’ as a response. Working through the things I can control and handing on the things I can’t.

Overall I think its been a pretty good month. I’ve also been working out more and started going back to yoga classes which I really enjoy. I do need to kick the Summer Roll addiction I’ve recently acquired, but come on, who doesn’t love a Summer Roll?

How have you gone with your goals in February?

Goal Wrap Up: January 2019

Back at the goal wrap up but focussing on new goals for 2019! YAY!

So my goals for 2019 are:

  1. Read at least 45 books
  2. Drink 2L of water a day
  3. Build and follow a night routine
  4. buy less books
  5. Hit my savings goal
  6. Take everything as it comes

Okay, lets jump into how I actually went with achieving them.

With reading at least 45 books I am currently sitting at…

I’m a bit behind schedule (as Goodreads is so kindly telling me) but I feel like that was bound to happen taking on the Throne of Glass series.

I managed to drink 2L of water a day at the start of the month, but since I’ve been back at work I’ve been finding it more difficult. I’ve definitely been drinking more water than I was before so baby steps.

Night routine… I’ve really started to focus on making sure I’m taking of my make up each night as well as using a body oil or moisturiser all over after my shower. I’ve also been pretty good at making sure I use a mask 2 times a week as well as working out as soon as I get home! Yay, now just to keep it up for another 11 months.

I definitely haven’t bought less books. Enough said.

I’m really working to pay off some credit card debt before I start saving so that I’m staying in the positives. Almost there!

I’m trying to not get as stressed about things work related and focus on enjoying every day. Slowly, slowly.

Overall I think it was a really positive month for my goals! Can’t wait to keep ip up in February.

How did you go with your 2019 goals in January?