I do like a good list.
I make them quite frequently, sometimes just for the satisfaction of ticking things off, but also to help keep focus. Although I'm not a New Year's resolution person I do set myself small goals each year because I'm a big believer in self-motivation. I (with the help of others admittedly!) have managed to reach a couple of targets already this year and as 2014 starts to wind down I thought I'd make a little list to keep me going!
Before I begin a new list, I always like to boost my confidence by going through things I've done - it gets me all fired up and ready to tackle something new! So, this year I have achieved the following:
book the wedding
This was a big big one that has been in the making for about two years. After many tears, tantrums and moments of despair Jon and I have not only set a date but also found a venue that will provide the perfect backdrop for our wedding. Ten months from now I will be Mrs Dunne and am very excited! I'm plotting a series of posts about our planning as I love reading them on other blogs, so keep an eye out if that's something that interests you!
work full-time in London
This June I finally fulfilled a career goal by moving into a completely new department and fab office full of lovely ladies in Hatton Garden. I'm finally back to working in my favourite city in the world and genuinely enjoy going to work every day. It's surprising how much such a small adjustment affects your mood but we do spend most of our lives at work so it's only natural that if you're unhappy there it will spread out to the rest of your life, and I'm definitely feeling more settled and comfortable these days. It helps having Leather Lane market just outside our doors as well!
clean out the make up collection
It's very cathartic going through a big clear-out and this summer I threw away several carrier bags of old make up. I'm still whittling it down but all the old Barry M lipsticks have gone, as have several foundations I just couldn't get to work on me! I'm now restraining myself from buying any more until next year and trying to maintain the practice of only purchasing something new when something old runs out. Any tips for shopping the stash, anyone?
Before we bid farewell to 2014, I want to have achieved the following:
finish my reading list
I have a pile of books next to my bed and on our coffee table waiting to be read. I'm going to devote a few Sunday afternoons to curling up with a tea and clear the pile! First up is The Bone Season by David Mitchell, a favourite author of mine and a tome I've been coveting since its' release. Jon bought it for me as a little surprise last week when he went away to Belgium! I'm also experiencing my yearly yearning to re-read the Harry Potter series...
visit my sister in York
Slightly hampered by my inability to drive, but my sister has just begun university and I am intent on visiting her before the year is out. I've never ventured further north than Birmingham, to my shame. Apparently parts of Harry Potter were filmed there (The Shambles were used for Diagon Alley) so it's high time for a visit!
I have heaps but the major ones are: grow out my eyebrows, maintain my pared-back skin care routine, drink more water (always an issue when it gets colder!) and shift a few more pounds! I'm not doing a full on wedding diet as my current figure really suits my dress, but I would like to tone my arms and stomach before the big day. I'm making a conscious effort to eat healthily during the week and strip back the treats at weekends, although I can't quite give up my weekly Starbucks just yet. Oh and I also really, really need to get over my fear of hairdressers as my locks are crying out for a chop!
With two and a half months left of the year I think I should be able to complete these - here's hoping!
Are you a list-maker? How do you keep focus when it comes to personal goals?