My Goals for 2021

2020 wasΒ a yearΒ to say the very least. January to March was truly the calm before the very unexpected storm. If anyone had told Emily at the end of 2019 what was to come in just a few months time, I’m sure I’d have laughed in your face.

Fast forward to January 2021 and I can say more safely than ever, that you truly never know what is around the corner. Take each day as it comes and live your life to its fullest. Although the current days may be boring and uneventful, we can be grateful for our health and the roofs over our heads.

In March 2020 I travelled to Krakow in Poland for a weekend, yes you read that right, in March 2020 I managed to fly abroad. The same March that saw lockdowns globally as the pandemic truly started to cause havoc. In the airport coming home, everyone was staring at the one man that was masked up with disposable gloves on thinking ‘is he for real? it’s not that serious!’. A couple of weeks later, I was working from home unable to leave the house apart from to go for a walk. Life can do a 360 quicker than I could ever have imagined.

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So what was the good, the bad and the ugly from 2020?

At the end of January I started my new job after moving home before Christmas, I managed to tour Auschwitz in Poland which was a historical sight I’d been meaning to visit for years. Covid entered our lives quite soon into the year and this meant normality as we knew it would stop for a very long time.

Our trip to South Korea had to be cancelled, our friends’ wedding couldn’t go ahead, we couldn’t enjoy summer as we normally would. Birthdays and other celebrations weren’t much different to every other day and life became very mundane and repetitive.

All of this in the grand scheme of things is extremely trivial. Lives have been lost, livelihoods lost, jobs lost. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to still be upset. It’s okay to be upset.

Heartbreakingly, I said goodbye to my dog of nearly 13 years which made the rest of 2020 that bit harder to cope with. I’ve enjoyed working from home, but I haven’t enjoyed my job if that makes sense? The positives are hard to find!

Did 2020 actually bring about any good?

  • I’m grateful January to March (ish) was relatively normal and carefree.
  • I travelled
  • I passed my driving test
  • I picked up more hobbies, i.e. reading, crafting
  • I’ve still seen family and friends when it’s been allowed
  • I’ve had a full time income and lived at home!
  • My boyfriend and I have saved a huge chunk of our house deposit

Despite the dark clouds, there has been some rays of light undoubtedly. I do hope 2021 sheds more light and hope for us all.

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Where am I headed in 2021?

I wasn’t going to make any resolutions or goals for this year because of the potential for them to be put on hold due to Covid. However, I then thought, why should I put my life on complete hold whilst we wait for this to blow over? So I set some goals I knew I could stick to.

  1. Start regular exercise 2-3 x a week
  2. Chill out more and not let stupid things stress me out
  3. Educate myself so I can have a more stable career
  4. Learn to cook more meals
  5. Spend less time on my phone

2021 is automatically off to a good start as we recently secured a little ginger kitten, who will be ready to come home at the end of January and we are SO excited. Stay tuned to see an introductory post to ginger George. We’re going to continue to save as much money as possible whilst living with my parents and take each day as it comes. I’m not going to plan too much because things are still very scary and we’re nowhere near normality yet.

I want to wish you all a healthy and happy new year. I hope 2021 brings good news for you all.

Until next time,

Emily x

 

 

 

 

Your Guide to Paperless Post [AD]

I’ve always been a sucker for a good greetings card. I enjoy getting people cards to celebrate the small and the big things in life; it shows you’ve thought about them and it’s nice to think that you’ve put a smile on someone’s face. I buy cards both in-store but also online too, from independent designers and card makers, which is why I was so excited when I was approached by Paperless Post.

Paperless Post have been around for 10 years so I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of them before, especially in today’s digital age.

“Customise online cards, invitation and flyers that reflect your personal style – for weddings, holidays, birthdays and other meaningful events”.

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May 2019 Review

Well hello to you. Welcome to the fifth instalment of my monthly reviews. WHERE IS MY LIFE GOING. I am genuinely going to sound like a broken record until the end of the year – blabbing about how quickly this year is going. I think when life is so hectic and go go go all the time, it’s hard to take a break and before you know it it’s the end of the month. I am mighty happy about that, because the end of the months brings with it payday. A very special day.

May has been a very beautiful and bright month. I spent most weekends back at home with my family which always make me feel refreshed and renewed. I had a lovely meal out with my mum at Middletons Steakhouse (drooling as we speak), a summery walk with my love and a big ole pasta bake. The small things really do make me smile. I had a trip to Rushden Lakes and gathered some final bits for mine and Lewis’s holiday to Spain soon – I haven’t had a beach holiday abroad since 2006 so this is well needed! It’s been a month of good food and laughs. I finally booked in to get my half sleeve finished, roll on August for some more ink. So how about those goals?

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8 Signs It’s Time To Quit Your Job

We’ve all been there. That wave of emotion that washes over us when we wake up – “I don’t want to go to work today”. This is normal and probably happens to most people on most days. However, where do we draw the line between just generally not having the get-up-and-go and genuinely dreading the day ahead; wishing you were anywhere else? That’s where today’s post comes in. From personal experience (and from a friendly recommendation to cover this topic), I wanted to compile my personal experience into one place to help you work out if it’s time to leave your current job.

We as humans are constantly changing and growing. Therefore, our surrounding environment needs to adapt with us to create a balanced lifestyle. That could mean more hours, better pay and a healthier working environment. Do you find yourself looking on Indeed “just out of curiosity”? If so, I hope this post helps you make a step in the right direction. Leaving a job should take careful consideration depending on the situation. Make sure you consider all routes before reaching your final decision.

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20 Date Ideas

Dates don’t have to be strictly for the lovebirds. They can be with friends or even family! However, more often than not, dates are typically associated with the romantic quarters of our lives; no matter what situation we’re in. It’s time to making a boring midweek evening fun and insert some zest into the weekends!

Dates are the perfect opportunity for conversation, laughter and fun. They don’t have to be wild and expensive to be treasured. Personally, no matter what my partner and I do, I love to keep everything! Train tickets, receipts, shells from the beach – you name it, it’s probably in my memory tin. Looking back at our relationship so far, we’ve had some really fun times – the activity doesn’t always matter, it’s the quality of the company. So I thought I’d compile 20 date ideas that vary across different budgets and seasons for you to have a choose from – some I’ve tried, some I’d like to try!

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March 2019 Review

Will I start each one of these being surprised at how fast the month has gone? Most probably, because I blinked and we’re nearly a quarter way into the year. WHAT! March has been quite an exciting month I believe, I’ve settled more into my job and it’s surprising how time flies when you spend 40 hours a week in an office.

Despite battling some homesickness, March has really been quite kind to me – 2019 overall has been a treat so far. Putting my month into words really helps to focus some attention on what is going well in my life. I think it’s so easy to be blind to all the good if we focus too much on the bad, but why should I be doing that when there’s more ups than downs?

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February in Review

It’s actually quite scary that 2 months of 2019 are gone already! Like I did for January, I wanted to take this opportunity to have a look at what I achieved over the month and what I perhaps could have done a bit better. March is right around the corner, so I’m hoping to keep up with some, if not all of my 2019 goals – which you can read here!

It’s actually quite enjoyable to sit down at the end of the month and have some accountability time. A chance to reflect, review and renew. It’s beneficial to track your own progression and achievements – so let’s get started!

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Chatty Tuesday: Experience with the pill (Loestrin 20)

As you may have noticed from the title of this post, I’m hoping to start a mini series off whereby every Tuesday I have a chat about more personal topics/life advice. To kick start this off, I wanted to holla at my fellow ladies who need to shut down the baby factory or calm those periods down.

I’m by no means a doctor, so all information gathered can be found online or comes from personal experience.

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January 2019 Review

I wasn’t planning on doing monthly review posts this year, but as I’m sat here on the last day of this busy month – I feel like I can confidently say I’ve achieved a heck of a lot and would love to share that with you all (she says to the small, but lovely crowd she has).

January 2019 was all about diving head first into full blown adulthood, however the diving board was rather high and meant I slapped like a piece of meat on the water. But I’ve surfaced well! Alive and telling the tale. So let’s see what I got up to….

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