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Showing posts with label goals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label goals. Show all posts

Monday, 12 January 2015

A creative year

winter brittany shutters

My time without the internet has been less traumatic than anticipated, if I'm honest. I had a chance to see my family, to recharge my batteries, and to think a lot about what I wanted from the next year of my life. I tend to get very existential towards the end of the year, what with my birthday and new year falling so close together. Plus, surrounded by the intense, frosty beauty of midwinter Brittany, I can't help but contemplate the world and my place in it.

I've got a lot planned for this year, and I'm going to share just a few of my ideas here, so you guys can hold me accountable, and then you get to look at some of the photos I took while I was visiting my Dad:

Food:

1. Make a new recipe we’ve never tried before, every single week.
2. Eat cheaply and healthily for the rest of the week.
3. Make lunch and take it to work.

Exercise:

1. Start Pilates – all of my doctors tell me I have to, so I should probably at least give it a go.
2. Go swimming with Dan every single week. Decide which day is best.
3. Attend these ‘back strengthening classes’ the hospital has decided to make me do. Eek!

Creativity:

1. Finish all of my currently unfinished poems (as of the beginning of the year).
2. Collect poems together into small book. Perhaps make it into a poetry zine of sorts and sell it? If not, think of something else to do with them.
3. Write at least three complete songs, and record demos of them.
4. Take a self portrait of me and Dan every single month. Be creative.
5. Buy a proper black fineliner, dig out my watercolours and watercolour paper to do some illustrations.
6. Make the picture-wall for our flat.

Blog-related stuff:

1. Work ahead with blog posts so I am not writing and publishing and photo editing all on one day.
2. Post at least twice a week.
4. Participate in all the networking bits and bobs! Make friends!

Being a functional human being:

1. Remember people’s birthdays and send them cards.
2. Actually collect all of my friends’ postal addresses into one single place. I think they call this an ‘address book’ but it’s been such a long time since I’ve had one that I can’t be sure.

Being magnificent:

1. Wear more glitter.
2. Bother to do my eyeliner more often.
3. Go on adventures, at home and on holiday.
4. Be kind to everyone (including myself).
5. Wear the best clothes.
6. Make time for self-care.
7. Work towards having a job I really love.

So, those are my main goals. I'm hoping that this year is a really meaningful one, with plenty of magic and lots of memories. Winter is always really tough for me, but I'm going to work hard to make it to spring and get a lot of important shizzle done. I feel like I've been out of the blogging loop for so long now - am I doing alright? How are you getting along with your new year goals so far?

frosty morning france
sea glass collection
nutella breakfast tea
winter boat party time
delicate silhouette sunset
moonbeams in winter

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

An Autumnal day out in London

Brr. It's bloody cold here in London right now. Luckily, I relish autumnal weather because it gives me an excuse to wear layers and dress from head to toe in colours like mustard, burgundy and leaf green.
ginger london girl
Every year at the beginning of Autumn, I make myself some little goals. I think it's a throwback to my school days, and the feeling of a fresh start happening in September. I don't think I'll ever shake that feeling of September being the start of something.
autumn outings london
Since we're half way through Autumn now, instead of telling you my goals, I'll tell you what I've achieved. I'd like to know what you guys have achieved too. It could be anything, big or small. Let's celebrate success!

Things I have achieved so far this Autumn
- Got a permanent job in an online content team for a well known print publication.
- Went to the Holocaust exhibition at the Imperial War Museum with Dan and sparked some interesting conversations between him and his family about his ancestors.
- Dressed as an Axolotl Princess for Hallowe'en.
- Hosted two parties
- Did lots of housework
- Wore plenty of autumnal outfits
- Did a lot of writing.

girl in wind london
autumn outfits cold weather
I'm off to Budapest for a long weekend the day after tomorrow. I'm pretty excited! I've been before, but it was a school trip and I may not have been paying as much attention to my surroundings as I could have been...!
So guys, let me know what you've achieved this autumn, and we can all feel very congratulatory together. Or have a look at what I was up to last autumn!
Coat and Dress - Topshop
Necklace - Tatty Devine
Tights - New Look
Socks - I DON'T KNOW! I'VE OWNED THEM FOREVER. MAYBE H&M?
Shoes - Office 

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

2013 is going to be my year.

goals for 2013

It's no secret that 2012 was a difficult year for me. I've struggled with my health; with a career path I didn't enjoy; and subsequently with unemployment. For this reason and many others, I am determined to make 2013 different. I'm going to share a few things I'm looking forward to this year, as well as some personal goals, because I'm more likely to accomplish them if everyone on the internet knows about them! (At least, that's the aim!) Don't worry though, I'll sprinkle this post heavily, with photos
of Hemingway playing in the snow.

ginger cat in the snow

What's coming up in 2013?

- More employment - I've got a temporary job until March, but I need to find something more!
- More MUSIC! There's going to be plenty of musical activity this year.
- I'm getting married in July!
- Then of course there's the honeymoon! I love to travel
- Hopefully, we'll be moving house! Another chance to nest!


snow kitten

My Goals for 2013

- Turn this blog project into something I'm really proud of.
- Do something creative every day.
- Do something for my fitness every day.
- Experiment with a new recipe every week.

goofy cat
Oh, and to finish, here's a picture of Hemingway being super excited about the snow... Perhaps TOO excited there, Hemity!
Thankyou for reading about my goals for 2013. What are you looking forward to this year?

Friday, 5 October 2012

My Autumn Goals!

Recently, I've been looking at beautiful Autumnal pictures on lots of American blogs. Usually, they depict pumpkin patches, hearty mugs of spiced "apple cider" (Or just "apple juice" to English people such as myself!) and plenty of crispy dried leaves. Whilst these are beautiful, they don't really depict my personal experience of Autumn, which looks more like this:

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Which is dramatic, but not in a sunset maple leaf kind of way! London becomes miserable and rainy in the Autumn, and stays that way until the Spring. People get angrier, and fringes get plastered to furrowed brows by the wind and the rain. To combat this mood, I've decided to sample as many Autumnal treats as I can get my hands on! First on the list, was the most incredible toasted cheese sandwich (or "grilled cheese" as the Americans call it!)in London!

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I bought this beauty from a stall in Borough Market, called Kappacasein. Borough Market has more delectable food stalls than I could hope to review on my blog, but this is definitely a good place to start. This sandwich was fairly expensive at £5, but it was more than worth it. Two slices of artisan bread encasing a mountain of cheese are pressed inside a large grill until the cheese starts to ooze from the sides. At this point, the person behind the stall opens the sandwich and scoops a generous helping of a finely chopped onions and herbs on, followed by even more cheese. This photo does not do justice to the amount of cheese involved in this sandwich. Finally, the extra cheese is allowed to melt, before the whole thing is wrapped in greaseproof paper and napkins.
I wandered along the Southbank, devouring this beauty. I can see why it has been featured on so many blogs before mine. It must be tasted to be believed! Borough Market is very close to London Bridge Station and can be reached via the 35 and 40 buses, among others.
Sampling sandwiches is not my only goal for this Autumn; there are others! Here's my list!

Candy's List of Autumn Goals!

- Get a job! Earn money! (Especially if I want to keep eating £5 sandwiches!)
- Try a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
- Decide how my novel is going to end.
- Write a good ol' portion of it.
- Get paid to make music.
- Start thinking about button pins for Robin!
- Write several blog posts every week!
- Send all the save-the-dates for the wedding.
- Volunteer at the library
- Re-read the first book in The Cornish Trilogy by Robertson Davies.

Music-wise, there's an Autumnal gig coming up as part of the Royal Horticultural Society's Harvest Festival. I'll be singing with Robin Grey, and there will be all sorts of fun Autumny activities including cider-tasting. (REAL cider, not just apple juice!) More info about this event is available here, but the more the merrier, so you should totes come!

To conclude, here's a picture of Hemingway, reclining in his lovely cute, Autumnal way.

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So what are your Autumn Goals? x