Friday, 9 May 2014

Mini May Goals

I think the first thing to achieving a goal is to say it out loud.

Or type it. Whichever! Generally, just put the idea out there & you're much more likely to actually try to do it. I've also seen a couple of other peoples goals floating about lately & I quite like seeing what people will be putting more effort into doing. I'm nosey like that.

1. Stop nibbling. May WILL be the month I finally grow my nails. It will. In fact, I've already kind of started. I have white tips, people! White tips! For someone that has chewed their nails since they were very young; it's kind of a big deal to have them longer than little stubs. I wrote this post last year, and although I did grow my nails - it didn't last very long. A stressful few months meant all nails came straight off, but I've had enough at looking at my weird, ugly stumps now. So I'm getting out the cuticle remover & nail file (my tactic for coping when I really want to nibble - file like a mad woman). Plus, I really want to experiment with some pretty Summer nail varnishes this year, so this little bit of sunshine is more than enough incentive!

2. Get creative. I picked up a Wreck This Journal a little while ago, and un-surprisingly to myself, I haven't touched it yet. I think my excuse for a lot far too many things in life, is that I 'just don't have the time,' when in reality I just haven't made the time. Being creative, in any way shape or form, is very important to me & I really want to get back into the swing of things, make some pretty art or even just blog more. It makes me feel happy & can be super relaxing, so I want to start allowing myself that time - guilt free - to get creating. 
3. Learn French. Okay, so obviously I don't intend on learning an entire language in a month, but I have been absolutely fascinated by the French language this past week - I blame 'Spiral' entirely (if you have Netflix & like crime thrillers, I highly recommend this. I haven't watched anything else since I started!) As a language nerd, I get a real joy from learning new languages, however I've never been particularly fussed for learning French, so I'm keen to just run with this new interest & see where it leads me! I've got my Coffee Break podcast (they're free and only fifteen minutes long each) & I may pick up some basic books to help me along. I imagine I will sound a lot like Joey for this month. 'Je de floop flee!'

4. Worry less. On the first day of this month, we took our little muffin (aka pet rat, Skye) to the vets for tumour removal. The whole process has been such a test of my patience, stress levels & trying to calm others down, while remaining calm myself. Thankfully, she is doing very well (probably better than we are!) even after pulling out her stitches to reveal quite a deep wound! So for the next few weeks I'm going to focus more on not letting things out of my control get to me. Worrying gets you nowhere but more upset, so I'm going to reach for a book (currently reading 'Half Bad' - ironically kind of like half Harry Potter, half Hunger Games, if you're into that kinda thing!), a sketchpad or maybe even Coffee Break to take my mind off whatever is bothering me!


Do you like setting goals? 
What do you hope to achieve this month?  
xo

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  1. I really need to stop biting my nails too :( most of the time I don't even realise I'm doing it anymore!

    'Half Bad' sounds right up my reading street. Definitely going to check it out. Thanks! :) I hope Skye is OK xx

    Katy | www.littlemisskaty.co.uk

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    1. Let's do it together! Hah! :) I'm surprised how quickly they've grown in just a week and they're so much nicer to look at. Just hope I can keep it up! :) filing as much as possible is the only thing that works for me. Any uneven-ness sets me straight off again!

      Definitely check out Half Bad; it's about white & black witches, but a bit more 'grown up' than Harry Potter. Really enjoying it so far :) xx

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  2. Good luck with your goals I can definitely relate to the need to stop worrying so much!

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    1. Thanks Andrea :) it's so important I think to try limit worrying, even though it's a lot easier said than done! Xx

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  3. You have to try French! This language is so beautiful ... I'm improving my french now too, but as you know, it's very hard.. Good luck :)
    http://bonfiremind.blogspot.com/

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    1. It is very lovely sounding :) but yes, very different from the Spanish & Italian structure I'm used to! Enjoying learning different bits and pieces though. Bonne chance! :) xx

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  4. Oooh, I quite enjoyed half bad, if you want something more gritty (read: ruder, scarier and significantly longer) try Red Moon by Benjamin Percy :)

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    1. I'm only half way through but really quite enjoying it! :) will definitely check that book out too though, thank you! Xx

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  5. Thank you for the heads-up on Spiral - it looks right up my street!

    If you're interested in learning French there's really good App called Duolingo which I would definitely recommend. I've been using it to try and brush up on my Italian - I studied it for a year at uni and forgot every single word when I left! It's free and has a really nice mix of listening, speaking and writing exercises :)

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    1. Once you get past the first series, it's all up from there! (It's good, but they just keep getting better - so stick with it!) & I will 100% download that app! The Coffee Break podcasts are really great if you learn through audio, but I do better with visuals, so thank you! :) xx

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  6. Oh cool, what other languages do you know? I've never been able to get my head around French but I'd love to give it another go. That book sounds amazing xxx
    La Lingua : Food, Life, Love, Travel, Friends, Italy

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    1. I studied Spanish through high school, sixth form & then my degree is in Spanish so it's definitely the language I know most of! But I also did a year of Italian, a year of Mandarin Chinese & a bit of Russian! I love starting languages, haha! It's just so exciting to me, to be able to communicate with people that speak different languages :) you should give the podcasts a go! Really fun (if you like that kinda thing! :)) xx

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  7. The wreck this journal is definitely worth having a play with, your post has reminded me of mine own and inspired me to write about it here if you are interested! Have a lovely weekend! xxx

    http://gingerbread-tea.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm so pleased! Thank you :) have a great weekend too xx

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  8. Ugh I really want the wreck this journal :( I'm so sad I don't have it. I can't buy things online yet.. so I'll have to wait :/
    Great goals!
    htpp://www.jaseyjade.blogspot.com

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  9. I studied French for four years (mind you, that was four years ago in high school) and have recently been trying to get my French brain working again so I'm definitely going to have to try those podcasts. Thanks for the recommendation! :)

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  10. I would like to try and believe in myself more by working hard at doing my final revision for my exams and I want to not doubt that my newly found knowledge will help me succeed. I'm not the best at some of my subjects but the more I work on my skills at answering exam questions, the better I can get, surely? :) I hope your goals are also achieved! Take Care :) x

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    1. That sounds like an awesome goal! I'm sure you'll do great, keep going & good luck! :) xx

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  11. I've been trying to learn French lately too- well I've had an interest in learning! Really need to get back to learning it
    Daniella x

    http;//daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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