Monday, October 09, 2017

Exercise : Weekly Change Challenge 1

It's week 1, day 1 of my Weekly Change Challenge, and I've chosen Exercise to focus on as it's one thing I am typically rubbish it. I have a good metabolism and am naturally small, so I've never struggled with  my weight and have never 'had' to exercise.

I am not a fan of the gym and can't afford at the moment to sign up to a load of classes. I go to yoga when I can, which is definitely not as frequent as I'd like, and I then struggle to discipline myself to do anything at home. I also have a mini me who wants to share my yoga mat when I get it out at home... anyway, I have decided enough is enough. No more excuses. I need to exercise. I am finding myself increasingly lethargic, sleeping lots, unmotivated and not as productive as I'd like.

So this morning, I did snooze through 30 minutes of alarms, but I got up at 6am and put on my workout top before I could really think about it and I set a timer for 15 minutes and did whatever I could think of that would class as exercise - stretching, sit ups, running on the spot, jumping jacks and a few rounds of Sun Salutations.

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It's much more movement than I would usually do before 7am - typically I'd been curled up on the sofa with a coffee searching blogs and social media convincing myself it's research for work....

I now need to find a 15 minute workout on YouTube to follow so I've got a bit more structure, but I am so pleased I stuck to it and got out of bed and did something. I won't post here every day, I'll catch up at the end of the week probably, but I will be posting updates on Instagram if you want to come follow over there.

Any tips for workouts or discipline or whatever much appreciated!

Saturday, October 07, 2017

My Mini Weekly Change Challenge

Following on from my last post I have started looking at the changes I want to make and how best to incorporate them. I have tried making big changes all at once, and I have tried the baby steps approach. Neither have stuck or made the impression I want, so I am going for a middle ground.

I have made a list of the changes I want to incorporate or just give a try, and I will tackle one every week, a kind of all-in commitment to one small change each week using this blog for accountability. Maybe others might want to join in too, which would be GREAT, and we can all help each other along.

I did think aboout leaving it until the new year, but I am keen to get started now, and see some change. So here we go....I will be starting my first challenge on Monday. Let me know if you're with me!

For the first week (next week!) I will be starting with Exercise. I plan to make sure I do at least 15 minutes of proper exercise every day, Monday to Sunday. After this, I will put all changes in a 'hat' and pick one out every sunday for the following week.

Here is my list of changes:
  1. Exercise
  2. Drink 6 glasses of water
  3.  Meditate
  4. Yoga
  5. Skincare Routine
  6. Tooth Care
  7. Eat Breakfast
  8. Eat 5 a day
  9. Journal
  10. Show gratitude
  11. Take a photo
  12. Read a book
  13. Blog
  14. No coffee
  15. No alcohol
  16. Declutter
  17. Dress up
  18. Put make up on
  19. 15000 steps
  20. Track spending
  21. Try a new recipe
  22. Pack a lunch
  23. Practice the ukulele
  24. Stitch
  25. Housework
  26. Doodle
  27. Bed at 9pm
  28. Up at 5am
  29. No iPhone in bed
  30. Comment on a blog
  31. Make my bed
  32. Take vitamins
  33. Keep bedroom tidy
  34. Open & sort letters
  35.  Eat a healthy dinner
  36. Clothes ready before bed
  37. Affirmations 
  38. Accounts 
  39. Update website
Got anything to add? Let me know.

I'm excited to get started, just need to decide what exercise to do....

Thursday, September 07, 2017

In pursuit of joy

Hello Stranger. I know! I know! I've missed you too.

It has been SUCH a long time. I've started a few blogs but none have stuck, and I always come back to my old favourite. I do enjoy looking back through my old posts, although it is a little worrying that I'm not that much further along in the organised-ness department.....

I feel like I have a huge amount to say as a catch up post, but no real idea where to start.

Why have I come back to this blog?
Because I want to start writing more, I want to get back into blogging and this is a safe space for me to ramble about whatever I want. In theory it should be easy for me to find something to say fairly regularly if I can say whatever I want to.

I've had a bit of an ephiphany recently regading life goals and dreams and I wanted to write it somewhere. To see it in writing. There are so many people sharing stuff online and a lot of it has helped me recently, I thought that I could add my view and story and if it helps one person in any way then I'm paying it forward.

I've become a bit of a self-help junkie, I have read a LOT of self-help books, listened to podcasts, read blog posts, articles, followed pinterest boards, printed out booklets, followed plans, found challenges all in pursuit of defining my life purpose, my big goal, finding my why, being happy, finding joy, being organised, more productive.... you get the point.

And I've noticed that I've spent so much time thinking, planning, pondering, wondering that I haven't achieved anything. Nothing has changed. I'm still the same, I feel no closer to finding my life's purpose. I don't feel like I have a massive gift I need to give to the world. My house is still in need of a good de-cluttering session. And I still have a lot to learn.

BUT I have realised this doesn't matter.

What matters is that I am here. I have a great family, I have my own business, I have friends, I have a house. I don't need to have a big goal, I get so sucked into planning for a future that may or may not happen that I don't DO - I don't take action and I feel I'm missing opportunities for fun and excitement right now.

I don't keep my house in the manner it deserves to be kept, so that we enjoy being here. I don't spend enough quality time with my family playing with little miss or date nights with hubby. I don't see my friends as much as I'd like. I don't put the effort into my business that it deserves. I don't spend enough time looking after myself, eating properly, exercising and laughing.

So I am not going to worry about setting big goals. If anything that the last 3 years have shown me is that things can change, and they can change so quickly. What I wanted 3 years ago, 5 years ago, 1 year ago isn't necessarily what I want now! What I like now, I may not like in 6 months, 3 years, 10 years time. And that is ok. But I am fed up of wishing that things were different now, they aren't going to change overnight. It is going to take time and effort and I want to enjoy the journey.

I am going to enjoy my time from now on, to what I want and see where it leads. Not make excuses, say yes to things I want to do, say no to things I don't. To take chances. To dress up. To see people. To try things. To do. To take action. Play. Laugh. Be happy.

I'm not saying I won't set goals or plan, but they will be smaller and more focused.

Are you a big goal person or are you enjoying the journey? Or doing both? For me letting go of the feeling I need to have a big goal has given me a huge sense of relief, but who knows, maybe 3 years down the line this will all change again. 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

BuJo update

I'm 2 weeks into using my bullet journal and although I haven't been using it religiously, I have been generally keeping it updated and referring back to it. More so than any previous diary/calendar/planner I have tried. There are lots of things I like about it. And some I would like to change. Luckily the beauty of the bullet journal means I can change it!To some extent.

Here's a quick update.

My contents page is being updated with lists & details as they are entered. 

This is one of the things I'm not so keen on. Because the notebook is used in a linear way things aren't grouped, so not all of January's journal days are together. If I fill a page and want to add more - for example, blogs to read - I need to use a separate page later on in the notebook which can lead to duplicating info. It can also be hard to quickly find stuff - and this is only 2 weeks on.... What will it be like when the notebook is full?

I've had to re-write my 100 actions as some were too much to do in 15 minutes and not focused on my actual goal. Instead of ripping out the page I've just paper clipped another list on top. 

I like the month to view pages, but really want to have February's ready to add dates to rather than having another diary to update.

I added a 'week to view' page layout for the first week, where I can add a bit of planning detail for the week ahead. my issue then is that I am duplicating information again in the daily journal pages. Which are starting to get a bit messy.... :-/

For the second week I created a '2 days per page' layout for the week ahead, with space for planning, and to add my daily journal notes. When I remembered to! This has worked a lot better for me, but doesn't really take into account the flexibility intended for the bullet journal.

I want to have everything in one place and I do love the idea of the bullet journal, but I am beginning to feel that soon it is going to start getting too complicated to find the information I need. It already takes me a while to find my monthly trackers....

I have been thinking that maybe a planner would be better for me - to have all the dated information in one section, and able to keep lists etc in another section. But I have found planners (in particular Filofax binders) difficult to write in with the binder being too bulky and the writing space to small. Until I discovered the Filofax Clipbook. I haven't yet purchased one as I decided I wanted to give my little notebook a fair run at it... but I keep thinking about it. It seems to lie flat, it's a good A5 size, I can use the principle of the BuJo, with the addition of being able to take out and add sheets of paper easily. I just need to decide whether to go for it or not.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

2016 - the year of the BuJo

Hello dear blog. It's been a while. I'm not going to patronise with apologies and excuses, just say that I am back, and hoping to stay in touch. 

As ever, I am still in the never ending pursuit of organising my house, my work, my life. I have decided that 2016 WILL be the year I do this. 

I have signed up to a little challenge (we all know I love a challenge) the 100 days goals by The Business Bakery ( where we set a goal or two that we can achieve in 100 days. There is a wonderful Facebook group with lots of people all doing the same which is so far proving to be very encouraging. 

In order to keep track of my goals, I have set up a Bullet Journal - my BuJo. So far I love it. And wanted to document what I did for future reference, and in case it does help anyone else out too. So here goes.

I am a bit of a wannabe perfectionist, I really want to be one, but often fall short. So I get annoyed if I make a mistake in my 'good' notebooks. Step 1 of creating my BuJo was to have two notebooks. One for making notes and scribbles, things I just want to get out of my head, and one as my proper journal. Guess which is which.... 

The Angry notebook was one I found in the house, so wasn't purchased especially for this, the message on the front is purely accidental. I am not angry. All the time.

First I printed out a year to show 2016 calendar for the inside cover. This one I got from

Next comes the contents pages. (I will try to rotate the images, but for now getting them in this post is more important. Bear with!) I left 2 pages for indexing. 

To remind me what I'm doing & for a bit of colour, I printed out the 100 Day Goal logo and a little quite from the workbook and stuck it in. 

Then I made a note of what my goals are, in the form of a mini mind map. 

Then I started writing down my 100 actions to take over the next 100 days to reach my goals. As I have 2 goals, I have 2 sets of actions. 

Now it's time for the journal part. The recommended layout on is to create a month to view page, weekly pages then daily journal pages. Here's January's month to view. 

In keeping with monthly views, I then set up a daily habit tracker. To mark off my daily tasks. This is likely to grow as the months go on, but I wanted to make sure I keep to it for now. Baby steps and all that...

As the first was a Friday, and I like to think of Monday as being the first day of the week, I didn't set up a weekly plan yet, I'll do that on Sunday. I'm just straight in to the journal pages. All this entails is writing the date, not even on a new page just below the previous entry, and making some notes on things I need to do, progress made etc. 

So far, so good. And if I can keep this enthusiasm going, I'll be fine! 

If you have a bullet journal and find anything that particularly works for you, please do share! See you again soon. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Change is good

My original plan for February was to get my walk-in wardrobe organised. This would include sorting through my clothes, jewellery & make up to help my morning routine and laundry putting away go a bit more smoothly. 

However, after a bit of thought this has become a very different project. The main gist is still to get my clothes etc sorted, BUT while on my mission to give everything a home and make stuff easy to put away, I discovered that a part of it is also not having a space that piles of clothes can be easily left. In my case - the wardrobe floor! Another side of is is in trying to keep my living room tidy the main 'sticking point' is Evie's toys being all the place. I don't really mind, but she has to get everything out and nothing really has it's own home and I think for my own sanity moving forward I need to get this sorted. So what I've decided is that I will exchange my large walk-in wardrobe for a smaller (hopefully more organised) wardrobe in our bedroom and will make Evie an absolutely wonderful playroom where she can make as much mess as she wants without mummy and daddy getting too concerned about it. I feel that this means I have officially grown up.

So February has been a bit if a wash out so far organising wise, but I've done a lot of planning. Sadly not a huge amount of blogging, mainly as I haven't had anything to really say.

I have been getting on with some odd bits her and there and have got a lots of projects lined up. I do also have a few more interesting blog posts in mind too. But I am saving them until I have time to write them properly and take some nice photos to really do the justice and start pushing this blog. 

My living room at the moment is black and grey. We did have some green accents, but they were all moved out to make way for Christmas decorations and haven't made their way back in yet. I have now decided I want to bring in yellow to add some colour ready for spring. Though, as my luck would have it, I appear to be ahead of the colour trends - at least that's what I am telling myself - and cannot find yellow accessories anywhere! Not to worry though, I will be doing some making so I'll have some lovely original accessories. 

Now I'm off to build sme wardrobes....

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Losing my way

I've done it again! Got all sucked in by life and distracted away from my organising. Once again I feel that not a single space in the house is right. The kitchen is as close as it can be until I get a chance to decorate. But everywhere the just a mess. Or has someing that needs doing before I'll be happy with it. 

Because of this I have gotten a bit lapse at getting on. So this morning I decided to try to grab a bit of control again and got stuck back in to my morning routine. I wasn't up at quite the time I had hoped, but I did all of the cleaning tasks on it and felt better for it.

I haven't blogged for a while because I just haven't had the time, or inclination if I am perfectly honest! But here I am. I've managed to sneak 10 minutes while Evie has a late afternoon nap (yes, I will pay for this later!) 

My new plan is to print out my daily cleaning tasks, and put them somewhere I will see them. This might be a few places, until it becomes routine. Doing the laundry every day had become routine, so I know it CAN happen, I just need to be a bit more focused. The evenings are getting lighter & will, hopefully, be warming up soon which tends to bring a bit of positivity with it. Until that happens I need to do it myself. 

Once I have mastered the daily tasks, I will do a weekly list, then monthly and so on. This should build into my cleaning schedule. 

Right - I'm off to do it. And maybe tidy my bedroom so at least one space is tidy!!!!