Life Balance Project: April

My theme for April is Refresh. My goals this month will focus on refreshing and revamping some of the changes I have already made. The deeper into this project I get, the more I’m starting to understand what works for me and what I want to achieve. So as I enter the fourth month of my Life Balance Project I am going to reassess some of the goals I have already achieved, as well as making new goals for the future. Below is a quick reminder of the 5 aspects of my life that I base my goals on.

  • Well being Goals and activities that improve my sense of well being. For example, goals focused around routines, yoga, meditation and self care.
  • Relationships My friends and family are so important to me. However this section will include meeting new people as well as strengthening the bonds I already have.
  • Personal Growth Developing habits or skills that will help me grow as a person.
  • Money Unfortunately it does make the world go around. These goals will revolve around budgeting and continuing to save for a house deposit.
  • Organisation These goals will focus on organising myself and my time better.

April Goals

Well being: Track my mood and things that may affect it

It feels like lately I’ve been a bit all over the place. My mood has been up and down, not necessarily bad but feeling unmotivated/stuck. For the month of April I’m going to track my mood and also things that may affect it such as sleep, healthy eating, exercise etc. I’m going to make a spread in my bullet journal and take a few minutes a day to fill it in.

Relationships: Try a new meetup or activity to meet new people

Its no secret that I love my meetups! When I set myself the goal of going to two meetups in January I honestly thought I might struggle. I surprised myself and ended up attending 7 different meetups over the month. I still go to meet ups but it tends to be with the same group. My goal for April is to try something new by either attending a new meetup group or trying an activity I haven’t tried before. As long as I meet new people, I don’t mind which! 

Personal Growth: 30 before 30 list

Next November I turn 30. Eeek! The last few years I’ve really worked on pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Its done wonders for my anxiety, unfortunately you have to face fear to move past it… I wish I could go back 10 years and tell myself that! I feel calmer, stronger and more confident than I ever have before but I know I can do more. I’m going to write a list of 30 things I want to do before I turn 30. That gives me just over a year and a half go tick as much off as possible. They won’t all be big things, some will be smaller, silly things. I just hope I can think of 30 things! Suggestions are welcome =)

Money: Review and revamp budget

Ugh budgeting. Boring but necessary. If anyone knows a way to make it more interesting, do let me know! I’m going to review my budget and see what needs changing and where I can make more savings.

Organisation: Sort photos/files on phone and computer

In March I organised my physical clutter. For April I’m moving on to digital clutter. Files/photos/downloads etc. I’m hoping to go through everything and better organise whatever I decide to keep. 

So there are my 5 goals for April. I’ll be updating my progress on here and twitter so feel free to follow along! Do you have goals for the month? Let me know what they are in the comments below =)

Take care,

Hayley x

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My Spring Capsule Wardrobe

Its beginning to feel a lot like spring around here. The sun is out, daffodils and bluebells are blooming and I even spotted a couple of lambs today! I’ve been really looking forward to making and sharing my Spring Capsule Wardrobe as part of my March goals for my Life Balance Project

Before I get into it I want to add the same disclaimer from my first capsule wardrobe post. This will not be your typical capsule wardrobe post with stunning photos of gorgeous clothes that look like they have been lifted straight out of London Fashion Week. Sorry to disappoint, my fashion photography skills and general dress sense are not (and never will be…) up to that level. But before everyone closes their browser windows, here are 3 reasons to stay:

  • If you have considered building a capsule wardrobe yourself but don’t know where to start. Maybe you have looked into it before but got confused or discouraged with how many pieces of clothing you are allowed or articles that say you must have a black pencil skirt. Speaking from personal experience there…
  • If you want to see how a capsule wardrobe can work in day to day life. Because there isn’t a set formula that will work for everyone. What works for you will depend on your job/hobbies and what you get up to in an average week. I can show you what I have done but that doesn’t mean it would work for you, its all about tweaking it for your individual lifestyle.
  • If you are reading right now thinking “What is a capsule wardrobe???” I’ll do my best to explain, bear with me.

What is a capsule wardrobe?

A capsule wardrobe is when you narrow down your clothing choices to just pieces that fit, are good quality and most importantly, that your love wearing. At some point everyone has stood in front of a stuffed wardrobe and said “I have nothing to wear!” or worn the same few outfits over and over while ignoring all the other options. Sometimes too many options can feel paralyzing, there is such thing as too much choice. A capsule wardrobe takes the stress out of getting dressed because instead of choosing from 30 tops, (some which don’t fit and some which still have tags on that make you feel guilty every time you look at them…) you are choosing from a handful of tops that you like and know definitely fit.

I first came across the idea of a capsule wardrobe while reading about Project 333. The idea behind Project 333 is that you choose 33 pieces of clothing/shoes/accessories (not including underwear, pajamas or gym clothes) to wear for that season, 3 months. Head to the website linked above for more information. I loved the idea of sorting through all my clothes and keeping only items that I loved and that I knew I would wear that season. Don’t worry, clothes for other seasons are packed away for later, not binned! The system I use these days for my capsule wardrobe is based loosely around Project 333. I only keep what I love and know I will wear that season but I don’t stick to the number 33. My last capsule wardrobe started with 24 pieces in October and ended this week with 28 pieces. I added some thicker jumpers and a warmer coat to get me through the winter months. Also I had to replace 2 pairs of jeans that both got holey knees in the same week (?!) but apart from that my capsule wardrobe remained the same from October-March. I didn’t feel the need to make a new capsule for winter, in England the Autumn/Winter months are very similar. In other words, cold and wet! Here’s a quick run through of my Spring Capsule Wardrobe. Remember the disclaimer about my photography skills…

My Spring Capsule Wardrobe

  • 3 pairs of jeans
  • 2 pairs of denim shorts
  • 1 pair black leggings
  • 1 tartan skirt
  • 2 long sleeve tops
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 2 longer dressier tops to wear with black leggings
  • 5 vest tops
  • 1 black leather jacket
  • 1 blue hoody
  • 1 thicker coat/jacket
  • 3 pair of shoes. Sketchers, sandals and boots.   
  • 1 rucksack
  • 1 black over shoulder bag

Taking stock

This capsule feels a lot brighter than my last. A lot more colour and not as much blue and navy. I have 27 pieces in total and hopefully I’m covering all weathers. Spring in England can mean anything from snow to glorious sunshine! The other thing I should make clear is that this is just my day to day wardrobe. In the other side of my wardrobe I have a small selection of smarter clothes for interviews and a couple of dresses for parties, weddings, christenings etc. I don’t count these because I so rarely wear them but I need them for special occasions. Also I’m lucky that I wear my everyday clothes to work and don’t need a separate work wardrobe.

So that’s my Spring Capsule Wardrobe. Do you have a capsule wardrobe or would you consider it? Let me know in the comments.

Take care,

Hayley x

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Life Balance Project: Week 12

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I’ve tried really hard this week to be more organised. It was tricky because it’s also been a really busy week but I feel more “with it” than I have the last couple of weeks. Next week I’m hoping to do even better as I’m not working Weds-Friday so I can put some real time into blogging. At least that’s the plan, watch this space! Anyway, moving on, below is a quick reminder of my goals for March.

March Goals

Well being: Have a spa day

Both my Mam’s birthday and Mothers Day fall in March so I’m planning to book us a spa day as a treat. My ever changing work schedule could scupper this goal, so if we don’t manage to go to the spa in March itself, I’ll at least book it for a later date.

Relationships: Reconnect with old friends

Since I moved cities for work, I don’t see my old friends as much as I used to. This month I want to make sure to spend some time with them.

Personal Growth: Make my Spring Capsule Wardrobe

Its actually sad how much I’ve been looking forward to this goal! My Autumn Capsule Wardrobe lasted me through winter with the addition of a couple of thicker jumpers. Now I’m going to reassess what worked, what didn’t and make my spring capsule wardrobe!

Money: Start working on an extra source of income

The days and times that I work change constantly but when I’m working during the week I have a gap in the middle of the day. I’ve decided to set up as a dog walker to give myself some extra security… and because I love dogs and can’t have one of my own right now. It’s a work in progress but I’m really hoping it will take off. Time will tell!

Organisation: Spring clean and declutter

I’m going to declutter and thoroughly spring clean my room! Anything that I don’t need or never use will be going!  

This weeks progress

I’m starting to wrap up my goals for March now. I’ve already decluttered, I’ve had two catch ups with friends that I haven’t seen in a while and my Spring Capsule Wardrobe is about done. A full post of that is coming soon!

In other news, the spa stay is finally booked, we are going at the beginning of April. My Dad is paying for it for my Mam’s birthday and my brother and I are buying her a treatment for Mother’s Day. It will be great to spend some quality time, just the two of us.

I’m still trying to advertise my dog walking services but no luck yet. I know that getting my first couple of clients will be the hardest bit so I’m trying not to get disheartened. I have an advert going out in a local magazine and I’ve been putting flyers through letter boxes. Hopefully it’ll start to take off soon!

How are your goals for March going? Let me know in the comments below =)

Take care,

Hayley x

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Life Balance Project: Week 11

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The last week has gone by in a bit of a blur. I definitely need to get more organised in day to day life. I might have to change next months Organisation goal to focus on that! Anyway, moving on, below is a quick reminder of my goals for March.

March Goals

Well being: Have a spa day

Both my Mam’s birthday and Mothers Day fall in March so I’m planning to book us a spa day as a treat. My ever changing work schedule could scupper this goal, so if we don’t manage to go to the spa in March itself, I’ll at least book it for a later date.

Relationships: Reconnect with old friends

Since I moved cities for work, I don’t see my old friends as much as I used to. This month I want to make sure to spend some time with them.

Personal Growth: Make my Spring Capsule Wardrobe

Its actually sad how much I’ve been looking forward to this goal! My Autumn Capsule Wardrobe lasted me through winter with the addition of a couple of thicker jumpers. Now I’m going to reassess what worked, what didn’t and make my spring capsule wardrobe!

Money: Start working on an extra source of income

The days and times that I work change constantly but when I’m working during the week I have a gap in the middle of the day. I’ve decided to set up as a dog walker to give myself some extra security… and because I love dogs and can’t have one of my own right now. It’s a work in progress but I’m really hoping it will take off. Time will tell!

Organisation: Spring clean and declutter

I’m going to declutter and thoroughly spring clean my room! Anything that I don’t need or never use will be going!  

This weeks progress

Decluttering is just about done. Last week I changed up my room and this week I’ve been going through drawers and little bits I missed. Is there anything more satisfying than a neat and tidy room?

My dad has announced that he will pay for me and my Mam to have a couple of nights away in a spa but that I need to organise it. Result! It isn’t booked yet but I’ve narrowed it down to a couple of places. Also because of our work schedules, we will now be going in April but I’m going to book it this month.

I’ve had a lovely weekend with an old friend catching up over dinner and drinks. I’m also promising myself that I won’t wait so long before doing this again! 

My Spring Capsule Wardrobe is well underway. This week my trusty blue winter coat fell to bits, so I’ve found a replacement. I hope it lasts as long as my other one, I’d had it at least 5/6 years! A post going through my spring capsule is coming soon =)

I’ve still posting flyers and trying to advertise my dog walking services. I haven’t had any success yet but I’m hoping it will take off soon.

Here’s hoping!

Take care,

Hayley x

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Life Balance Project: Week 10

If you are thinking “What on earth is a Life Balance Project?” Please read this post before continuing.

But wait, what happened to week 9? Well the honest answer is I focused so much on posting my Life Balance Project goals for March that I completely forgot about that week’s update until half way through the next week. Whoops! Maybe I should change my Organisation goal for the month to concentrate and get my shit together manage my time and weekly tasks better. Or maybe that can be one of next months goals. Anyway, moving on, below is a quick reminder of my goals for March.

March Goals

Well being: Have a spa day

Both my Mam’s birthday and Mothers Day fall in March so I’m planning to book us a spa day as a treat. My ever changing work schedule could scupper this goal, so if we don’t manage to go to the spa in March itself, I’ll at least book it for a later date.

Relationships: Reconnect with old friends

Since I moved cities for work, I don’t see my old friends as much as I used to. This month I want to make sure to spend some time with them.

Personal Growth: Make my Spring Capsule Wardrobe

Its actually sad how much I’ve been looking forward to this goal! My Autumn Capsule Wardrobe lasted me through winter with the addition of a couple of thicker jumpers. Now I’m going to reassess what worked, what didn’t and make my spring capsule wardrobe!

Money: Start working on an extra source of income

The days and times that I work change constantly but when I’m working during the week I have a gap in the middle of the day. I’ve decided to set up as a dog walker to give myself some extra security… and because I love dogs and can’t have one of my own right now. It’s a work in progress but I’m really hoping it will take off. Time will tell!

Organisation: Spring clean and declutter

I’m going to declutter and thoroughly spring clean my room! Anything that I don’t need or never use will be going!  

This weeks progress

Starting at the top, I’ve been comparing a lot of spa days and overnight stays but haven’t booked one yet. As its going to be a birthday/mother’s day present I’m trying to gauge which my mam would like the best. She knows we are going to do a spa trip but I’m going to surprise her with where we are going. No pressure to pick a great place then! If anyone has any recommendations for reasonably priced spa days around Yorkshire or Northumberland, do let me know below.

I’m in the planning stages of catching up with an old friend. Hopefully this will be happening towards the end of March, when our schedules line up!   

At the end of February/beginning of March we had a few days of gloriously sunny, warm weather. Inspired to start designing my spring capsule wardrobe I very optimistically packed away all of my thick jumpers… It was snowing all day yesterday. The jumpers have been unpacked and I’m back where I started! I’m going choose a couple of my favourite jumpers to stay in my spring capsule because you never know what British weather is going to do next!

I ordered some flyers to hand out advertising my dog walking services. I’ve split my local area into sections and I’m posting my flyers through letter boxes, one section at a time. No takers yet but its still early days!

I had a big clean of my room the other day and moved a few things around to make it look tidier. I filled one bag for charity and another bag of rubbish and my room feels a lot bigger now! I still have a few drawers to sort out but I’m really happy with the results!

How are your goals for March going? Let me know below =)

Take care,

Hayley x

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Life Balance Project: March

For me February was a month of making time for the things that I say I’m going to do but I’m always “too busy”. I tackled emails and budgets and finally attempted meditation (work in progress). I made time to catch up with friends and family and spent a lovely weekend in a log cabin. Overall I’m pleased with how the month went. On to March!

My theme for March is Hello Spring. For me March symbolizes new beginnings, refreshing and revitalizing. For that reason my goals this month focus around refreshing myself, my belongings and my relationships. Below is a quick reminder of the 5 aspects of my life that I will be setting goals for.  

  • Well being Goals and activities that improve my sense of well being. For example, goals focused around routines, yoga, meditation and self care.
  • Relationships My friends and family are so important to me. However this section will include meeting new people as well as strengthening the bonds I already have.
  • Personal Growth Developing habits or skills that will help me grow as a person.
  • Money Unfortunately it does make the world go around. These goals will revolve around budgeting and continuing to save for a house deposit.
  • Organisation These goals will focus on organising myself and my time better.

March Goals

Well being: Have a spa day

Both my Mam’s birthday and Mothers Day fall in March so I’m planning to book us a spa day as a treat. My ever changing work schedule could scupper this goal, so if we don’t manage to go to the spa in March itself, I’ll at least book it for a later date.

Relationships: Reconnect with old friends

Since I moved cities for work, I don’t see my old friends as much as I used to. This month I want to make sure to spend some time with them.

Personal Growth: Make my Spring Capsule Wardrobe

Its actually sad how much I’ve been looking forward to this goal! My Autumn Capsule Wardrobe lasted me through winter with the addition of a couple of thicker jumpers. Now I’m going to reassess what worked, what didn’t and make my spring capsule wardrobe!

Money: Start working on an extra source of income

The days and times that I work change constantly but when I’m working during the week I have a gap in the middle of the day. I’ve decided to set up as a dog walker to give myself some extra security… and because I love dogs and can’t have one of my own right now. It’s a work in progress but I’m really hoping it will take off. Time will tell!

Organisation: Spring clean and declutter

I’m going to declutter and thoroughly spring clean my room! Anything that I don’t need or never use will be going!  

So there are my 5 goals for March. I’ll be updating my progress on here and twitter so feel free to follow along! Do you have goals for the month? Let me know what they are in the comments below =)

Take care,

Hayley x

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Life Balance Project: Week 8

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This post is late and should have landed at the weekend, sorry about that! Its been a bit of a mad week both at home and at work and I let things slip. Must try harder! Below is a reminder of my goals for February.

Well being: Make a self care plan

I know self care is really important but do I normally make time for it? Erm, no but I know I’m not the only one guilty of that! It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and self care becomes the thing that you’re going to do later. Problem is later never comes! I want to make a self care plan and actually follow it.

Relationships: Plan a get together with a friend

Its always great to have a catch up with a friend. Sometimes it’s another thing that will get done “later”. My relationship goal for February is to actually make the plans and catch up with a friend. 

Personal Growth: Start a meditation practice

I keep hearing how powerful and calming meditation can be. Its something that I haven’t really tried before because I’m busy and I’ll do it “later”. There’s a real pattern emerging in this post isn’t there? I was inspired to make meditation a goal for February when I read this quote: 

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” – Zen Proverb 

Money: Establish a budget

Its time to get serious about my finances. The big goal way in the future is to buy a house. I have some savings but I need to grow them and I figured the best way to start is to be clear about whats coming in and whats going out. I started tracking my spending after Christmas, now I need to put a budget in place.

Organisation: Clear emails

Its one of those jobs that I put off because its so monotonous but is there anything more satisfying than an empty inbox? I have 3 email accounts so it may take a while but I know I’ll be so happy when its done! 

This weeks Progress

I’ve been trying to work out the best way to make myself a self care plan. In the end I decided to do it in list form, I love making lists! I’ve made a daily self care list, the plan is to tick as many things off as I can everyday. Some of the things on my list are common sense things that we should do everyday anyway. They are important for our well being but can be overlooked, even though we know it will make us feel worse later on. For example, everyone has skipped a meal before even though we know the dip in blood sugar will make us feel crappy later on.

Daily self care

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat balanced meals regularly (no skipping!)
  • Bath/shower
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Make time to do nothing
  • Read
  • Go outside
  • Reach 10,000 steps on fitbit
  • Drink chamomile tea
  • Do something creative
  • Spend time with friends/family

I’ve already reached my goals to clear my emails and plan a get together with a friend. Actually I’ve had a few catch ups this month with both friends and family, its been lovely! I said in last weeks update that I was going to try shower meditation. What is shower meditation? The photo below from Pinterest explains.

I loved the idea of shower meditation but I definitely need more practice! I keep forgetting to do it or I’ll forget mid shower what I’m supposed to be visualizing! That said I do think its a great idea and I’m going to stick with it.

The goal I’ve struggled the most with this month is making a budget. A lot of my main expenses can’t be reduced, for example rent and petrol. Since I started my capsule wardrobe I rarely buy clothes so budgeting for clothes/shoes etc seems pointless. In the end I decided to set a budget for two specific areas of spending. I now have a monthly grocery budget of £100 (including toiletries such as toothpaste, deodorant or shower gel) and a monthly “meetup” budget of £50. Lately I’ve been loving attending different meetups and meeting friends for coffee but the cost soon adds up. Taking a quick look through my bank statement for January, I realized I’d spent almost £150 going to meetups that month! That did include a spa afternoon but going forward I’m going to try to keep the cost down.

Are you wrapping up your goals for the month? Let me know how its going in the comments below =)

Take care,

Hayley x

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Life Balance Project: Week 7

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Its been a bright and surprisingly warm week, the hottest Valentines Day for 15 years according to the news! When this post is published I’ll be in a log cabin for the weekend with my family. I can’t remember the last time me, my parents and my brother all went away together so I’ve been looking forward to this for weeks! Its been a manic week at work so it feels well deserved. I’ve still been trying to focus on my monthly goals whenever I get a chance. Here is a reminder of my goals for February.

Well being: Make a self care plan

I know self care is really important but do I normally make time for it? Erm, no but I know I’m not the only one guilty of that! It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and self care becomes the thing that you’re going to do later. Problem is later never comes! I want to make a self care plan and actually follow it.

Relationships: Plan a get together with a friend

Its always great to have a catch up with a friend. Sometimes it’s another thing that will get done “later”. My relationship goal for February is to actually make the plans and catch up with a friend. 

Personal Growth: Start a meditation practice

I keep hearing how powerful and calming meditation can be. Its something that I haven’t really tried before because I’m busy and I’ll do it “later”. There’s a real pattern emerging in this post isn’t there? I was inspired to make meditation a goal for February when I read this quote: 

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” – Zen Proverb 

Money: Establish a budget

Its time to get serious about my finances. The big goal way in the future is to buy a house. I have some savings but I need to grow them and I figured the best way to start is to be clear about whats coming in and whats going out. I started tracking my spending after Christmas, now I need to put a budget in place.

Organisation: Clear emails

Its one of those jobs that I put off because its so monotonous but is there anything more satisfying than an empty inbox? I have 3 email accounts so it may take a while but I know I’ll be so happy when its done! 

This weeks progress

My self care plan is starting to come together. I have a good idea of the kind of activities help me relax and what doesn’t! I’m also going to add in things that help me sleep better, eat better and socialize. We underestimate sometimes how important those 3 things can be to our well being.

I had my catch up with a friend last week and this weekend its a catch up with my family. I’m also planning a get together with another friend for later in the month. Its been a long time since we last met up so I’m looking forward to that.

I haven’t started meditating yet but I have been looking at different types of meditation. I always assumed meditation was sitting cross legged, trying not to think about anything but now I realize there are different ways. In the next week I’m going to try shower meditation, I can’t say I’m too busy when I’ll be showering anyway!

I’m still putting together my budget. Its the first time I’ve really made one so its a work in progress at the moment! I finally finished clearing out my emails. With 3 email accounts it took a while and more emails come every day. Now that I’ve cleared the backlog, I should be able to stay on top of it…

Here’s hoping!

Take care,

Hayley x

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Life Balance Project: Week 6

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This week has been taken over with tackling my email accounts and reading a lot about self care and meditation. Its also been a cold, wet and windy week. When the weather is rubbish I find it harder to stay motivated. I don’t know why seeing as none of my goals are based outside! But anyway I battled through, here is a reminder of my February goals.

Well being: Make a self care plan

I know self care is really important but do I normally make time for it? Erm, no but I know I’m not the only one guilty of that! It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and self care becomes the thing that you’re going to do later. Problem is later never comes! I want to make a self care plan and actually follow it.

Relationships: Plan a get together with a friend

Its always great to have a catch up with a friend. Sometimes it’s another thing that will get done “later”. My relationship goal for February is to actually make the plans and catch up with a friend. 

Personal Growth: Start a meditation practice

I keep hearing how powerful and calming meditation can be. Its something that I haven’t really tried before because I’m busy and I’ll do it “later”. There’s a real pattern emerging in this post isn’t there? I was inspired to make meditation a goal for February when I read this quote: 

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” – Zen Proverb 

Money: Establish a budget

Its time to get serious about my finances. The big goal way in the future is to buy a house. I have some savings but I need to grow them and I figured the best way to start is to be clear about whats coming in and whats going out. I started tracking my spending after Christmas, now I need to put a budget in place.

Organisation: Clear emails

Its one of those jobs that I put off because its so monotonous but is there anything more satisfying than an empty inbox? I have 3 email accounts so it may take a while but I know I’ll be so happy when its done! 

This weeks progress

Lets start with self care. As I already mentioned I’ve been doing a lot of reading about self care plans and routines. I love reading blog posts about well being and self development, does that count as a hobby? Anyway, I dove into all these self care blog posts expecting the burst of inspiration I usually get after falling down the Pinterest rabbit hole. Everyone knows the feeling of going on Pinterest for a “quick look” and emerging 2 hours later with a list of things to try/make/eat/visit right? Instead I found myself getting muddled by all the conflicting opinions of what self care is and isn’t. Posts stating “This is how you’ve been doing self care wrong” and “5 things people always get wrong about self care.” I exited the Pinterest rabbit hole feeling confused and overwhelmed and decided to step back for a few days. Then weirdly on Thursday, Bexa from Hello Bexa posted this amazing blog post about self care which cut through all the clutter and stated;

“Self care is whatever you need it to be in order to bring some calmness and clarity into your world”

Exactly! I realize now that in the same way I adapted my evening routine to fit around my ever changing work schedule, I need a self care plan that fits around my life too. That is my top priority for next week. Thanks for getting me back on track Bexa! 

I had a get together with a friend this week. We went out for coffee, cake and chat, my 3 favourite things beginning with C! I’m also planning another get together with a friend I haven’t seen for a long time so I’ve got my relationship goal for February covered!

I’m still in the research/pinterest rabbit hole stage for my meditation and budget goals. I spent a lot of time clearing emails and unsubscribing from newsletters I don’t need. I still have more to do, the fun thing about emails is they never stop but I’ll get there in end!

How are your goals for February going? Let me know in the comments below =)

Take care,

Hayley x

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Life Balance Project: Week 5

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This week January drew to a close and I started my goals for February. I’m pleased with my progress on my January goals, here is a quick round up.

Well being: Attend yoga once a week

I did eventually get to a yoga class but my goal of going once a week was dashed before January had even got going. A silly injury and then leaving it too late to book a space in the class meant that I missed two weeks straight away. I really enjoy yoga and I am still going to go to classes when I can. Moving forward though, I’m going to start doing a home yoga practice. That way it doesn’t matter what shifts or days I’m doing at work, I can fit it around me.

Relationships: Attend 2 meetups

On Thursday I attended my 7th meetup of the month, an afternoon of games at a local board games cafe. Honestly I would never have believed at the beginning of the month that I would go to so many meetups in January! I enjoyed all of them and will continue to sign up to any that catch my eye. I’m already going to a spa afternoon and a climbing lesson next weekend. So basically I’m going to get all pampered and relaxed on Saturday… and then cover myself in bruises on Sunday! 

Personal Growth: Establish routines

I’ve found an evening routine that seems to be working for me. It took me a while! The issue I had was that my work schedule is different every week, some nights I’m at home and others I’m sleeping at work. I needed to create a routine that would work no matter where I am. I think I’ve found it, you can read the post here.

Money: Sort out finances

I canceled all the subscriptions I wasn’t using but in the end I decided not to swap banks as I’m happy where I am and I couldn’t find a new account worth switching to.

Organisation: Try time blocking

I tried a few different methods of time blocking, you can read the whole post here.

February Goals

Well being: Make a self care plan

I know self care is really important but do I normally make time for it? Erm, no but I know I’m not the only one guilty of that! It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and self care becomes the thing that you’re going to do later. Problem is later never comes! I want to make a self care plan and actually follow it.

Relationships: Plan a get together with a friend

Its always great to have a catch up with a friend. Sometimes it’s another thing that will get done “later”. My relationship goal for February is to actually make the plans and catch up with a friend. 

Personal Growth: Start a meditation practice

I keep hearing how powerful and calming meditation can be. Its something that I haven’t really tried before because I’m busy and I’ll do it “later”. There’s a real pattern emerging in this post isn’t there? I was inspired to make meditation a goal for February when I read this quote: 

“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” – Zen Proverb 

Money: Establish a budget

Its time to get serious about my finances. The big goal way in the future is to buy a house. I have some savings but I need to grow them and I figured the best way to start is to be clear about whats coming in and whats going out. I started tracking my spending after Christmas, now I need to put a budget in place.

Organisation: Clear emails

Its one of those jobs that I put off because its so monotonous but is there anything more satisfying than an empty inbox? I have 3 email accounts so it may take a while but I know I’ll be so happy when its done! 

This weeks progress

We are only 3 days into February so I haven’t got much to report yet. I’ve been doing a lot of research into self care plans, making a budget and meditation but that’s as far as I’ve got. I’ve also made a start at clearing my email inboxes but I have a lot of work to do!

What are you working on this week? Let me know in the comments below =)

Take care,

Hayley x

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