The Science Museum in London currently has a pop up Pound shop which is fun and Toby brought me a little goody bag home from work the other day. Knowing me well, he mainly brought me stationary which was much appreciated. Amongst some cards and notebooks was a small wooden clipboard with a very funky geometric design which now sits proudly next to my computer at work. Intrigued by the makers, I googled them and found the website belonging to the makers, Ding Ding. The site is well worth a look if you are looking for some fun stationary.
Good evening friends, how are you? I don’t know about you but I’m definitely in the mood for a summer holiday. Although it’s been a bit rainy today, the sun has shone through and we are looking forward to even warmer days this week. Just in time for the strawberries and Pimms of Wimbledon season.
We haven’t got any plans for a summer holiday just yet as we are still waiting to move house and so plans need to wait for a while as we focus on that. Still, I’m not complaining.
Do you have any exciting summer plans ahead?
Have a great Monday,
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I’m a planner. Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll be able to tell you that I have a particular weakness for stationary which enables me to write lists, to-do notes or plan my time. So it may seem a natural progression when I confess that as well as planning my time, I also like to set goals. I usually spend some time at the start of each year setting goals for the next 12 months ahead. I don’t set new year resolutions as they tend to be things that I feel I have to do, or must do. Instead I like to set myself some challenges or goals that I actually want to achieve in the year!
But once you have set your goals, what then? I’ve read lots of articles and blog posts on goal setting but not too much on how to actually achieve them. For me it’s a two-step process. Setting the goal is just the first step. You then need to plan how you are going to achieve it and this can mean that you have to make some sacrifices or changes in your life. In order to explain myself more clearly, I’ve complied a list of my top three tips for achieving your goals.
1. Prioritise your goals.
If you are setting more than one goal, you need to decide which one is the most important to you and start to work on that first. It’s nearly impossible to work on several goals at once and so you might want to spread them out over the course of the year or whatever time you have allowed yourself. For example, last year I wanted to improve my health and fitness so decided I was going to address my diet and increase the amount of exercise I did each week. I knew that if I tried to tackle both of those things at once, it would become too much for me and I would be tempted to give up. So I decided to focus on my diet at first. I made some small, gradual changes and once they had become a part of my ordinary everyday life, I switched my focus a little and started to look at including more exercise into my week. I kept up with the diet changes as they were now a part of how I lived but was able to gradually increase the amount of exercise I did little by little. Trying to do both at once would have been unrealistic. Therefore I broke my goal down into smaller chunks so that it was more manageable.
2. Something’s gotta give.
In my experience, when you decide to work on something new, or have a goal to achieve, something else needs to go on the back burner in your life. I have lots of hobbies and interests that I like to pursue however I can’t focus on them all at once! Last year I was part of a community gospel choir and I loved it. This year however, I decided that I wanted to focus on my Masters degree and finish it off well. So, as sad as I was making the decision at the time, I decided to give up the choir for a while so that my MA could take priority one evening a week. I can always go back to choir once I’ve finished the MA, but if I really want to achieve the goal of completing my studies well, I need to sacrifice another interest for a while in order to do it.
3. Celebrate the small successes.
Sometimes when we are focussed on achieving a goal, we can spend so much time looking at the end product that we miss all of the little steps we take along the way to get there. This is true for me when I think about my running. I decided about two years ago that I wanted to start running so that I could participate in a 5k park run. I downloaded the NHS couch to 5k app and off I went. Sadly, I did not get on too well. I found it really tough to run even for 2 minutes at first and looking back, became my own worst enemy. Instead of focussing on each small step, such as running for 2 minutes and building up slowly to 3 or 4 minutes, I criticised myself for being unfit. It didn’t get me very far. Looking back, I should have celebrated when I ran for two minutes instead of sapping my motivation with negative thoughts. I picked up the running programme on and off over the next 12 months until about a month ago when I thought ‘ok, if I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it’. In short, I needed to prioritise this goal. I stopped going to the gym and decided to run in the park 3 times a week instead. I’m now up to running for 28 minutes! I’m not a fast runner by any means but I’m determined to celebrate every step that I’ve taken to get to this goal. I only have one week left on my training programme and then should be able to run for 30 minutes, after which I’ll do my first park run. It’s taken me a long time, but by prioritising the goal and putting something else on the back burner for a while (my spinning class at the gym), I’ve been able to make much more progress.
I hope that these tips have been useful for you. Leave me a comment below if you have any of your own thoughts to share on this topic.
As an interior designer, stylist and HGTV host, one would expect the home of Emily Henderson to be well curated, beautiful and inspiring. It is. A white base creates a sophisticated backdrop on which to house feature accents of navy, textured wood and gold. Interesting visual points are created with asymmetric ceiling mobiles and rather lovely bookshelves divided through the middle to create irregular quadrilaterals in which to display books and accessories. Need I continue? Take a peek for yourself.
Good evening friends, how are you? After saying that I was looking forward to a quieter week at work, last week turned out to be really busy! However, I managed to check off some important writing deadlines which was good (I’m currently doing some academic research), but it did mean that I wasn’t able to schedule posts as frequently as I usually do.
I have been enjoying reading other people’s blogs though and managed to snatch 5 minutes here and there to keep up with some of my favourite reads. I’ve also started following a few bloggers over on You Tube as they venture into vlogging. I’m following Rosalilium, Not Dressed as Lamb and more recently, Sew Over It. Take a look at their channels and let me know what you think. Do you follow any vloggers? I find it hard to find content on You Tube that I’m interested in to be honest. There seems to be a lot for teenagers and women in their early twenties but not so much for the 30+!
I have some more interiors inspiration scheduled for the blog this week and also some thoughts to share on the importance of being intentional when setting goals. I’m including the latter in my educate series as I’m hoping to grow that part of the blog a bit more. So be sure to check back in!
Have a good Monday,
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Good evening, how was your weekend? Mine was lovely as I got to see this amazing couple get married. How stunning is my friend H? Her husband’s speech was one of the most heart felt and funny groom’s speeches I’ve ever heard. It was a privilege to be there.
In other news, I’ve taken a step up in my running programme and am now trying to run three times a week in the park before going to work. I ran there for the first time last week and really enjoyed it. I’ve been getting a bit bored with my running recently and so a change of scenery was just what I needed.
I went to the Laura Ashley press show in the week too. I’ve had the opportunity to work with them recently and use some of their fabric to create a magnetic memo board. It was my first press show and I felt very privileged to see the Autumn Winter homeware and fashion that will be hitting the shops soon. Laura Ashley also has an exciting craft range coming out which I’m looking forward to trying out.
This coming week is a bit quieter for me at work which is nice as life has been pretty intense there over the past few months. I’m looking forward to a productive but slower paced work week!
What do you have coming up this week?
Have a good Monday,
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5 fitness apps via Career Girl Daily (I’m continuing with my running training and am only a few weeks away from my first park run now :) )
How to style your kitchen shelves via The Decorista.
Hand coloured photographs via A Beautiful Mess.
Enjoy! What are your plans this weekend? I’m off to Lancashire today as one of my oldest friends is getting married tomorrow. I can’t wait for her big day. Toby is away so I’m going by myself which should be interesting as I’m not sure I’ll know many people there. Still, it’s an opportunity to meet new people and I’m determined to make the most of having a hotel room to myself for two days. My suitcase will be full of nail varnish and magazines I expect.
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