There are few people in this world that inspire me every single week, but blogger babe Megan Ellaby is definitely one of them. Although our styles are pretty different, I still find inspiration in her outfits whether it be her use of layering, texture or print and I’m also hugely inspired by her outlook on life, and her work ethic.
Her recent post discussing seasonal goals has (surprise surprise) inspired me to make some seasonal goals of my own – six things I’d like to achieve by September this year. They’re a mixture of work goals, blogging goals and some more personal life based goals and I hope you guys will stick with me over the next 5 months to see how I get on.
So without further ado:
- Quit smoking. Yes I know, it’s a filthy habit and I low-key hate myself for it. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m really not a full on smoker, more of a ‘take it or leave it’ kind. I can go for months and even years without picking up a cigarette and then one day there will be an event, or a situation, or even like recently the good weather arrives and I end up taking it back up again. At 26 this really isn’t a good habit to have anymore and I want to start really looking after my body so it doesn’t catch up with me in later life.
- Get fit. I used to be SO fit – I was an Irish dancer for 10+ years, and over that time I also trained to dance competitively. Only 4 years ago I was dancing at least 6 days of the week as well as working out at the gym and I was so toned but I still hated my body. Once I quit, I did keep up with the gym but slowly over the past few years my lifestyle has become what can only be described as sedentary and I hate it. I sit at a desk 5 days of the week and most evenings/weekends I will be working on the blog too which of course involves a lot of sitting down. I want to get my old dancer body back and so when I move back into central London one of my top priorities is to either get a personal trainer or find some workout classes that I’m really inspired to go to so that I can get trim again. I have got a gym membership but I find it very difficult to motivate myself to work out on my own and I will always find an excuse not to go. This needs to stop!
- Be more creative. I love this blog, I love my Youtube channel and I love my Instagram but I don’t feel like I’m being creative enough with any of these platforms recently. This stems both from laziness and also a lack of time to really explore what I want to do. I work 9-5 alongside blogging so I essentially feel like I’m working 2 full time jobs at the moment alongside painting commissions for people and working on some content for my parents’ family business. I’ve essentially bitten off more than I can chew at the moment and I think I need to take a step back for a bit to let my creativity shine through again.
- Manage my time better. This kinda fits into the point above but I’m terrible at time management. I’m perpetually awful at getting up in the morning so everything turns into a total rush all the time, my evenings are frantic with me editing and writing and scheduling, I forever take on more than I can truly manage in an effort to push myself and achieve that feeling of success I want in my life but sometimes I think this can be more detrimental than helpful. I want to turn over a new leaf when we move and give myself a bit of a fresh start to get on top of things so I have at least one day of the week to myself to enjoy things and relax.
- Keep striving. This almost works against the top two points but one thing I want to make sure I do over the summer is continue striving for that success I want. When it comes to my blog especially, I know you only get out of it what you put in (I mean really that works for all aspects of life) and so I want to continue to work hard, to challenge myself and to reap the rewards. I’ve had the most successful start to any year blogging that I’ve ever had and as my blog approaches its 4th birthday I want to be able to celebrate with even bigger and better successes.
- Find happiness. I’m hoping this impending move back into central will be the fresh start that I so desperately need, but if it isn’t I really hope that by September I’ve found happiness. At the moment I’m at a very low point in my life and I’m scared that I’m going to be one of those people that can never truly find happiness. I love London, but I’m worried that it’s not actually for me. I don’t have much of a social life down here which I’m trying desperately to rectify, but I’m perpetually homesick and I really miss the North. I don’t know if moving home is the answer though as I’m not sure I’d be able to deal with small town life after living somewhere like London. I don’t know if London is to blame or if it’s my relationship or my work or my blog or what it is, but I hope by September I’ve figured it out and I’m on my way to feeling content and happy. Each New Year, rather than setting myself traditional resolutions I set a theme for the year or one major thing I want to achieve. Last year it was sorting out my anxiety and while it’s still an ongoing process and something that I’ve only really hammered out this year I’d still say I went a long way to achieving it. This year’s theme is happiness, but right now I’m possibly the unhappiest I’ve been for a good 10 years or so. This has to change.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this post with a bit of a difference! Let me know in the comments what your goals are for the summer, or if you have any advice for me to achieving mine.
A huge thank you to the very talented Rosie Newton for these photos too, we had an absolute blast shooting these last weekend and I think this set in particular are some of my favourites that I’ve ever created for this blog.
Mesh top: Runway | Crop: Forever 21 | Joggers: Trend Two | Trainers: Topshop
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