5 Goals for Spring

Spring Goals Glasgow Blogger | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Spring Goals Glasgow Blogger | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Apparently, it’s spring now.

Although a quick peek at the snow falling outside my window says otherwise. It was going so well – the daylight hours were getting longer, daffodils were starting to appear and the sun was trying it’s very best to shine – but now the snow is back, and I’m bloody freezing. Maybe one day I’ll be able to start a blog post without talking about the weather, but today is not that day.

Anyway, when the first of April rolled around I was more than ready for a fresh month, and a new quarter of the year, to begin. 2018 has been a pretty good year – especially in comparison to last year – but the end of March was really difficult and it kind of floored me. I took a couple of weeks to pull my thoughts together and recharge, so now I’m feeling a lot more like myself again and have started to get back into the swing of things once again.

With that in mind, I wanted to do a bit of forward thinking about what I want to achieve in the next quarter of the year and set some goals for the season ahead. I like setting myself goals, because they give me some much-needed direction and focus, as well as giving me something to look back on and benchmark my progress against.

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Find Focus

I have this really bad habit of giving myself way too much to do when I don’t have enough time, and it’s time that stopped. Whenever I have an idea of something I want to do, I get really impatient and just want to get it done there and then – leaving me a little bit frazzled. I want to spend the next few months really nurturing what I’m already doing before moving on to the next thing because I think I’ve got a pretty good set up just now.
The perfect example of my impatience is my latest launch, Blog and Beyond. Blog and Beyond is a brand new website that I’ve set up as a collaborative resource for bloggers of all sizes, covering absolutely everything to do with running a blog, getting to grips with social media, working with brands and building your skills. It had been on the cards for a while, but I told myself I wasn’t going to launch it until the summer so that I had less coursework in the mix. Lo and behold, that didn’t happen, and here we are.
I’m really damn proud of it though, and I’m so glad to finally have it out in the world. I’ve had some amazing people contribute articles to the site already, and can’t wait to see how it grows in the future.

Finish my HND

I’m set to finish my HND this June and will hopefully be getting the grades I need to get into university. I just need to pass this year to secure my place at my first choice of university, which I think is doable, but the run-up to the end of the year can be a bit stressful.
The next big deadline I have is in a couple of weeks, so I should probably stop ignoring it, really. I’ve got to that point where I kind of just want it to be over so that I can move onto the next stage and get closer to finally finishing my degree. I’ve been studying for five years now – after dropping out halfway through my first degree – and I think I have roughly another three years to go. It’ll fly by, but like I said, I’m impatient. 

Get Saving

I used to be absolutely terrible with money. It was spent before it came in my bank account, I blew through my savings in shocking fashion and built up quite a bill on my credit card – but that’s changing. It’s only been in the last year or so that I’ve got a grip on my finances, and I paid off my credit card for good at the end of last year, so now I want to focus on building up my savings again for those inevitable big purchases… like a house and toys for my future pets.

I get a bit obsessive sometimes, and when I’m in a saving mindset I really go for it, so I think I’ll manage this okay over the next few months. The main reasoning behind making this my goal is that, although I’m good at saving when I try, I have bought a car this year, and at the start of this week I bought myself an iMac, so my savings are looking a little worse for wear now.

I have set myself an actual amount to reach in the next few months, and I’d really like to have £2000 in my savings account by the time my birthday rolls around in July, if not more. I’ve actually ticked off all of the “big” purchases I wanted to make at this point in my life, so now the big goal is really saving for a deposit so that I’m ready to go in the next few years.

Spring Goals Glasgow Blogger | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog
Spring Goals Glasgow Blogger | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Lift heavier

I think this year will be remembered as the year I fell in love with the gym. I’m not quite sure what happened, but my attitude and approach to exercise flipped and suddenly I love it. It’s less about the numbers on the scale or only seeing the things I can’t do – instead, it’s about seeing how far I’ve come and pushing myself to improve.

When I started my current training programme with AG Fitness Training at the start of this year I really struggled with a lot of the weights, thanks to my dodgy shoulder. I could barely lift a 15kg bar and the thought of bench press was enough to send me running. For a good few weeks I struggled through, and at the start of February, I started to see real progress.

I can now deadlift two-thirds of my bodyweight and squat half, which blows my mind. Upper body is still really difficult and I don’t see much progress there, but that’s to be expected with my injuries. By the time June comes to an end, I’d love to be able to deadlift and squat 50-60kg, but I have no idea how realistic that is – so we’ll see how it goes.

Making self-care a priority

And finally, with everything that’s going on right now, I want to make sure that I remember to take time for myself. Recharging is important, not just for me, but for me to show up for the people around me. I need to get better at taking breaks and stepping away from my work for a bit, so that’s something I’m really going to work on for the next few months, wherever I can.

I had a really down period at the end of March and my head was all over the place, so I want to try to avoid that as much as possible. I want to keep my space tidy – which always helps me clear my head – eat better, prioritise sleep and be a little bit nicer to myself.

Part of this involves cutting down on my phone time, which I am getting better at, but I’m still spending a lot of dead time scrolling through Instagram and looking at videos of cats on Reddit. I’ll get there, one day.

What do you want to achieve this season?

Photos by Claire White