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

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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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Life Balance Project: February

January has passed in a blur! I’m so pleased with how the first month of my Life Balance Project went. I attended 7 meetups in the month, far exceeding my goal of 2. Things didn’t go as well with my goal to regularly attend a yoga class. A random injury and my ever changing work schedule held me back but I did learn that a home practice works better for me. Thank you for the youtube channel suggestions, I’m working through them. Also in January I tried my hand at time blocking and made an evening routine that I can follow wherever I am. Moving on to February!

Life Balance Project February

My theme for February is Making Time. Life is manic and all too often we forget to make time for the important things, family, friends, looking after ourselves etc. This month my goals will be centered around making time for myself and others. 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.

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! 

So there are my 5 goals for February. 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

Lets stay in touch

My Evening Routine

One of my January goals as part of my Life Balance Project is to create an evening routine. The issue with this is my work schedule is different every week, some nights I’m at home and others I’m sleeping at work. I need to create a routine that can work no matter where I am. Which definitely complicates things! In the end though, I’ve come up with something that seems to be working for me. The routine I follow if I’m sleeping at work is shorter than if I’m at home. It uses the parts of the routine that I can follow no matter where I am. This helps me keep a sense of normality even though I’m not at home in my own bed. When I am at home there are other activities that I add in.

Evening routine when not at home

  • Get into pajamas and brush teeth: This hopefully signals to my brain that its time to wind down and get ready for bed.
  • Use lavender spray: I have a bottle of lavender spray which smells amazing and helps me relax. I spray it on my wrists and neck as well as my pajamas. I also think the fact that its a familiar smell helps me relax when I’m not at home.
  • Set alarm and put phone down: I try to avoid screens for half an hour before bed so once I’ve set my alarm, I put my phone to one side.
  • Read in bed: The last thing I do is lie in bed reading my book. This helps me switch off and sometimes helps me fall asleep faster.

Evening routine when I am at home

I still do the steps above but at home I can add in some extras. Sometimes I start off my routine by having a soak in the bath. Other times I’ll put on a face mask or apply different creams and moisturizers. The main thing I do differently when I’m at home is I use my acupressure mat. I find it really relaxes my muscles. I normally read while I’m on my mat, two birds and one stone. In the future though, I might experiment with using it for meditation time. You can read my honest review of acupressure mats here

My evening routine might not seem like much but it gets me in the right frame of mind and helps me doze off. Since I started the routine about a week ago, I’ve definitely been falling asleep faster.

Do you have an evening routine? What do you include in yours? Let me know in the comments below =)

Take care,

Hayley x

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