I actually find it scary how quickly the time is flying in!

Christmas will be here before we know it. Apparently there’s a scientific theory why time seems to go faster as you get older. It’s something to do with your perception of the present time going more quickly because relatively there’s more time behind you, so a year is a smaller proportion of the total time you’ve lived through… I’m not sure, maybe something to do with Einstein, I think he said the higher you are from the earth’s surface, the faster time goes. So maybe it’s cause my bedroom is upstairs…! Though I never really paid attention in science (so probably not).

So my circumstances have changed somewhat again this month. By choice this time! I want to make sure I achieve some stuff during August so I’ve put together a wee list of goals for the month.

Publish my first vlog

I’ve toyed with the idea of vlogging on and off for a couple of years. Then I filmed a wee bit for our Edinburgh Blogger Conference video and thought never again! Partly because it took an insane amount of takes, and partly because I heard myself and I sound SO Scottish! I mean, I’ve realised before that I’m Scottish so it’s not that much of a surprise but, man, my accent is broad! Recently though I’ve been trying out mini vlogging on Instagram stories and I’m kinda thinking just go for it. Apart from anything it will help me develop my video editing skills. So watch this space – video coming soon!

Go on holiday

This may seem like an odd goal. But Mark and I had plans to go away this year and visit more places. Redundancy put a bit of a spanner in the works! Travelling is something I feel I really missed out on during my 20s. I’ve never inter-railed round Europe, I’ve never been to America, and while I’m not the type of person who regrets anything in my life, and no holidays has meant I’ve got to do other things (mainly buy more clothes and afford a car), I’d like to see more places. So I had a bit of a f**k it moment. From my redundancy I’ve not really taken any money out to properly treat myself so I thought, life’s short, let’s do it!

Complete a 30 day ab challenge and reduce my 5k time

I’ve got a couple of fitness goals for August. For the last couple of months I’ve been doing 30 day challenges with some of the other people my PT trains. This month it’s abs! I’m super determined to finish it. My tummy is my least favourite body part so I’d really like to see a difference. With my running, I only got back into it in March this year after being out injured for quite a few months and although I’ve been building back up I still haven’t managed to get back to my previous pace.

Learn how to use my camera properly

I took the plunge and bought myself a DSLR a few months ago. And I still haven’t moved away from the automatic settings. This is not why I bought myself the camera! So this month I want to get out, take more photos and learn how it works!

Have at least one hour tech-free each day

One of my 2017 goals was to stress less. Well, we’re more than half way through the year and it’s not really going too well to be honest. I’m a stress head. I worry about the day that will never come and I really struggle to switch off and chill out. So my plan for this month is to have at least one hour tech free a day. Switch my phone to aeroplane mode so I’m not distracted by notifications, put down the laptop and chill. Read a book or magazine, do some yoga, write or colour in. Something to relax. I’ll report back in September and let you know how that goes!

Set up some desk space

I’m currently sitting cross-legged on my bed writing this. My writing place varies between the sofa, the bed and the kitchen table. None of these are very comfy and since technically I’m going to be working from home with what I’m planning on doing next, a dedicated workspace is pretty much needed. I think I’ll be more productive if I’m not sitting with the tv on in the background too. So a trip to Ikea is on the cards. Although I’ve already picked out the desk and chair I want you can guarantee we’ll come away with a lot more than just that (plus a belly full of meatballs…)!Do you have any goals for the month?

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I’m so glad it’s the start of another year.

2016 was not a good year in general for the world but upon reflection in comparison to 2015 for me it was pretty good.

In terms of the goals I set for myself at the start of 2016 I think I’ve achieved all of them – I did blog slightly more than in 2015 and I saw more places, and more in Scotland. Mark took me to Skye in February for Valentines and we had a really fun trip, plus I got to see the fairy pools, they were pretty cool! We spent five days in Amsterdam in May. I’ve wanted to visit for a long time and it’s like nowhere I have been before. I’m not really sure what I was expecting, but the fact that you just walked into the Red Light district was unexpected! We walked a lot, we drank a lot of beer and ate a lot of pancakes and caramel waffles. I also moved in with Mark last year which was pretty cool, we spent a lot of time together anyway so this way just all my stuff is here with me.

My most important goal was to have more fun during 2016, and I definitely had fun during the last year. Mark and I went to lots of good gigs and had fun days out in Scotland. We spent a weekend in June glamping and climbed two Munros in one day, the first two Mark had climbed and four and five for me.

So, 2017 is going to a bit of a strange one for me. After eight and a half years of working for the same company I’m going to be getting made redundant at the end of February. While the thought of starting somewhere new is terrifying, I’m looking forward to it and seeing it as a really good opportunity to do something I’d like to do, hopefully something creative!

I’ve said before that I’m not one for resolutions but I like to set myself some goals for the year ahead, so here are my 2017 goals.

Eat more healthy. I consider myself to be fairly healthy to start with but I want to stop picking at food that is unhealthy and having wee slips that mean I over indulge. It seems that the key to achieving this is prep, prep, prep. Which probably means dedicating one of my weekend days to making food. I like cooking so I’m pretty sure this is doable.

Blog more often. I say this every year, but this year will be more about taking time to write and plan posts.

Stress less. I’m a worrier, and a pretty highly strung person. I can worry about the day that will never come. I also don’t really take a lot of time to relax. I feel a bit guilty about sitting doing nothing, however this year I’ll be doing more of this. I want to read more, take more baths and just spend some time relaxing. I’m also planning on having at least one night a week with no devices, I know I’ll not be the only person who’s capable of spending hours sitting on social media!

Get myself an awesome new job! Apart from the fact I’ll need to get a new job, I actually want one. I don’t really have plans to take any time off or be a lady of leisure for any length of time, I really think I would be bored if I didn’t work! My current job as a PA is good but I’m not looking to be a PA for someone else. For years I’ve been interested in web content/design and social media so I’m holding out for a job in that area. If anyone is recruiting…

There you have it, my totally achievable goals for this year. Have you set any resolutions or goals for this year? I’d love to hear them!

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