Life Balance Project: Week 12

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

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

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

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: 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 1

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

So Christmas and New Year passed in a blur and here we are ploughing through the first week of January. The first few days of January I found myself feeling really motivated! Maybe its the whole “New Year, new me” vibe. Did anyone else experience this? As I write this post I can feel that its starting to wear off but I’m impressed that this “New Year energy” lasted as long as it did!

My Life Balance Project posts have had a really positive response so on top of starting my January goals this week, I’ve also been thinking about the best way to document my progress. I’ve decided to post a weekly update every weekend. That way I can keep track of my progress and anyone who’s interested can see how I am doing. So strap in because there’s another 51 of these posts to come! 

Here is a quick reminder of my goals for January and the reasons behind them:

Well being: Attend yoga once a week

Before Christmas I started a yoga class but only managed 2 sessions before it finished for the holidays. I’m going to restart and go at least once a week. The issue with working shifts is that I can’t consistently attend exercise classes, groups etc. Luckily this class is at a yoga studio and there are many different classes so I should be able to attend once a week. It just won’t necessarily be the same class or instructor.

Relationships: Attend 2 meetups

I’m using meetup.com to meet new people and find clubs/activities that I enjoy. I have joined a lot of groups but the next step is actually getting out there and meeting up! I’m aiming to attend 2 meetups, bonus points if they are from different groups! After all, the more different meetups I go to the more people I will meet.

Personal Growth: Establish routines

I’m especially interested in making a night time routine that helps me get a good night sleep and be organised for the next day. I also hear a lot of good things about morning routines and waking up a couple of hours early to have time to focus on yourself. The problem with that is again I work shifts and my day shift start time is 6.30am, there is absolutely no way I’m getting up at 3am! Maybe I could make a morning routine for the days when I’m off or start later. I think the reason I want to make routines is I’m craving a bit of stability. I love my job but its the first time I’ve worked various day/night/weekend shifts and it messes with my head a bit. Often I forget what day it is and I would love a bit more order to my days.

Money: Sort out finances

This goal might sound a bit broad but basically I’m going to go through all my bank statements, cancel any subscriptions I don’t use and see if there’s a better current account I can switch to. I’m preparing myself and my bank account for the upcoming months goals.

Organisation: Try time blocking

I’ve read a lot of articles on Pinterest lately about time blocking and I really want to try it for myself. Maybe it can provide some of the order and routine that I’ve been craving?

This weeks progress

So what progress have I made this week? I have signed myself up for a yoga class on Monday. None of the classes were running this week so I’ve had to skip ahead to next week.

On Thursday I went to a meetup and had coffee and a lovely chat. On the subject of meetups, I’ve signed up for another 2. One is with the same group to go and have coffee and cake next week. You can never have too much coffee and cake in my opinion! The other is to go out for dinner with a different group at the end of the month. That would mean I’ve completed my goal of attending 2 meetups but why stop there? I’m going to see if I can double my target to 4 meetups. With being new to the area, going to different places and meeting new people can only be a good thing!

I haven’t started my night time routine yet. I’m still in the planning stages, deciding what is important for me and realistically what I can fit in. If you have a night time routine, do let me know in the comments. I love reading them, feel free to link a post if you have one about your evening routine.

I have written a very basic time blocking schedule for today and I’m doing my best to follow it. Today is an experiment and a first attempt so I won’t be posting it. Instead I’m going to use it to see what works for me and then implement what I’ve learnt into my second attempt.

Next week

Next week I am expecting more coffee and cake, a second attempt at time blocking and I’m going to have a good look at my bank statements… Yay. Maybe even more coffee and cake would make that job more appealing!

Take care,

Hayley x

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Life Balance Project: January

In my mind January is all about fresh starts. A new year, a blank slate, the first of 12 new months. This January is also the first month of my Life Balance Project. If you are wondering what on earth I’m talking about, I suggest going and reading this post first. Go ahead, this post can wait.

Ready? Ok, lets continue. My theme for my January goals is Fresh start. I’m hoping each goal will help get the year off to a good start. 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.

January Goals

Well being: Attend yoga once a week

Before Christmas I started a yoga class but only managed 2 sessions before it finished for the holidays. I’m going to restart and go at least once a week. The issue with working shifts is that I can’t consistently attend exercise classes, groups etc. Luckily this class is at a yoga studio and there are many different classes so I should be able to attend once a week. It just won’t necessarily be the same class or instructor.

Relationships: Attend 2 meetups

I’m using meetup.com to meet new people and find clubs/activities that I enjoy. I have joined a lot of groups but the next step is actually getting out there and meeting up! I’m aiming to attend 2 meetups, bonus points if they are from different groups! After all, the more different meetups I go to the more people I will meet.

Personal Growth: Establish routines

I’m especially interested in making a night time routine that helps me get a good night sleep and be organised for the next day. I also hear a lot of good things about morning routines and waking up a couple of hours early to have time to focus on yourself. The problem with that is again I work shifts and my day shift start time is 6.30am, there is absolutely no way I’m getting up at 3am! Maybe I could make a morning routine for the days when I’m off or start later. I think the reason I want to make routines is I’m craving a bit of stability. I love my job but its the first time I’ve worked various day/night/weekend shifts and it messes with my head a bit. Often I forget what day it is and I would love a bit more order to my days. If anyone has any tips to help me manage this, I would love to hear them =)

Money: Sort out finances

This goal might sound a bit broad but basically I’m going to go through all my bank statements, cancel any subscriptions I don’t use and see if there’s a better current account I can switch to. I’m preparing myself and my bank account for the upcoming months goals.

Organisation: Try time blocking

I’ve read a lot of articles on Pinterest lately about time blocking and I really want to try it for myself. Maybe it can provide some of the order and routine that I’ve been craving?

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

Take care,

Hayley x

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November Goals

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I love November. It’s the month of Bonfire Night, my birthday and the Coco Cola Christmas advert! Before I start talking about my goals for this month, if you haven’t read this post from last week which explains why and how I’ve moved to Yorkshire this week, I would go there first. Everyone caught up? Ok good, lets start!

Goals for November

Most of my goals this month are going to revolve around settling down and making roots in my new city. Moving away on your own is always a bit scary (although its the second time I’ve done it now!) so I think its important to try new things and get to know people as soon as possible.

  • Explore my new city and get settled in: I’m starting my new job next week so I have a few days to explore and settle in first.
  • Book a yoga class: My housemate/landlady gave me a leaflet for a yoga studio. She has been before and enjoyed it and kindly thought it might be a good place for me to meet new people. I have had a few yoga sessions in the past and I’m keen to start up again!
  • Join another exercise class: This is another part of “Operation meet new people and do new things” I discovered an exercise class where adults play playground games such as dodgeball, british bulldog and capture the flag in a local park, then go to the pub after. I’m liking the sound of that!
  • Meal prep: I’ve been trying out some recipes and having a go at mini meal preps during October (I’ll be posting about that soon!) Now that I’ve moved away and I’m going to be working long hours I want to get into meal prep properly!

I’m making that do for this month, its going to be a big one! What are your goals for November? Let me know below =)

Take care,

Hayley x

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Moving on

This post is a little different. I’m writing it on the spur of the moment, no planning or scheduling. Why? Because after a couple of months of planning, applying, scheming and dreaming, I’ve finally secured a job and somewhere to live! I’m moving back out of the family home and on to the next adventure in 4 days…

4 days?!

Its one of those things, for the last 10ish weeks I’ve been waiting. Waiting for interviews, waiting for the results of the interviews, waiting to hear back off agencies. Weeks and weeks of hanging around. Now suddenly its all systems go, exciting but also a little scary.

A quick back story for anyone who hasn’t read my previous posts. I’m a nanny. I spent 2 years working 250 miles away from home and living with the family I was working for. I returned home at the end of summer with plans to spend a few weeks at home, then move away again to work for another family. With 2 little changes. Firstly I wanted to be closer to my hometown and second I wanted to rent nearby instead of being a living in again. I decided on these changes as I wanted a better work/life balance. Finding the right job took me longer than I would have liked but at the same time I wanted to be sure it was the right fit. Finally I can get myself together and get going!

Planning and stuff

As you can imagine my do-to list is getting huge! There’s things to pack, addresses to change, registering at a different doctor/dentist etc. Some of my things are still packed in boxes from when I moved back home all those weeks ago. I always planned to move on soon so I only unpacked the essentials. Everything else is being sorted into bags or boxes but I’m pretty happy with how its going. I feel a lot more relaxed this time, I’ve done it once so I can do it again. Moving to a different city alone is a big deal but also an amazing adventure. I’ll have to write a post about it some time.

I’m planning to stick to my blogging schedule of Monday and Friday but in all the chaos of the last week or so (and also that I’ve had a horrible cold for the last few days) I’ve ran out of scheduled posts… Oops! I like to be at least a week ahead. I’m going to try to rectify that over the weekend but if my posting gets a little wobbly over the next couple of weeks, please bear with me!

So that’s everyone caught up on my news, have you got any to share? Let me know in the comments below =)

Take care,

Hayley x

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Autumn self care plan

 

Now that we are firmly into autumn, I thought it would be a good time to make a self care plan. The days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping and cough and colds season is on its way. Self care is important any time of the year but personally I think it becomes more important over autumn and winter for 3 reasons:

  1. Cough and colds season. Its that time of the year when everybody seems to be coming down with something.
  2. Shorter days and longer nights. When the days are shorter and the weather is miserable we are more likely to feel down. Please note am I talking about winter blues in general and not seasonal affective disorder (SAD) which requires treatment and support.
  3. Its cold! As the temperature drops, its time to make sure we are taking care of ourselves.

What can we do about it?

Stay warm

Firstly we can make sure we are staying warm. Adjust the heating so that it comes on just before you wake up. Wrap up warm when going outside. Cosy socks are great when the temperature drops at night, especially as body heat is lost quickest from the head and feet.

Eat well

Autumn is my favourite time of year. I love the smell of the air, the leaves changing colour and its the season of comfort food. Stews, casseroles, soup, I love them all! Its important to make sure we are getting enough nutrients and with a stew, soup or casserole you can throw pretty much any combination of protein, carbs and veg in and it will taste great. I recently bought a soup maker, so I’m experimenting with different recipes. I’ll post a few once I’ve got the hang of it!

Boost your immune system

This is something I discovered last year and it really worked for me. I work with children and used to be constantly picking up colds, coughs and flu, kids love to share… It used to start around this time of year and then I would be catching something on and off until the warmer weather arrived. Which in the UK is very unpredictable! Last year I was looking at ways to strengthen my immune system when I came across Sambucol black elderberry liquid. It helps support the immune system and it tastes really good too! I take two teaspoons a day for the first few days, then drop down to one teaspoon a day so that the bottle lasts longer. Apart from a couple of sniffles, I didn’t have any major colds, coughs or flu last year and I believe Sambucol was a part of that. I bought the pack of 3 below as that seemed to give the best value.

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Those are the three major things I am doing to help myself stay well over the colder months. Do you have a self care plan or any tips and tricks to stay well? Let me know below.

Take care,

Hayley x

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