2018 Goals Round Up #2

Each month I’ve decided to keep myself accountable for those goals/resolutions I made at the beginning of the year. I may also add some monthly goals that I will check up in next month.

1) Try a new baking recipe at least once a month – I have two recipe books to choose from, so this seems very doable. Since I have lots of other hobbies I like to spend time on, aiming for at least one a month should be doable.

I’ve stuck to two food posts this month! The first is the Chocolate Cupcake recipe, which I made into heart shapes for Valentine’s. The second is the Petri Dish Jellies, which requires no baking, but lots of arranging. Both were from my Nerdy Nummies cookbook again!

2) (Re)Learn new songs on the piano – You may notice there’s no number here. My aim is to learn at least one, I really need to get my rusty piano skills back up to scratch.

Did nothing again. There’s so many songs I’ve forgotten though, that I think I’m going to change this to relearn a few old songs, as that seems more plausible

3) (Re)Learn new songs on the ukulele – I actually learnt one new song in 2017, but I want to learn more. I really love playing the ukulele and singing along, as terrible as my singing voice is..

I can still do a few songs on the ukulele, but again, for now, we’re going to focus on relearning some of the old songs and getting them back up to scratch. For now anyway.

4) Practice photography more – Again, just a vague goal. But I want to take more photos, maybe do more challenges. I want to continue learning more. I don’t doubt I will take more photos this year though.

There weren’t really any photo excurions this month, but I did get to mess around with taking close ups of photos which I still find fun. I need to find my user manual though before I try tackle manual mode.

5) Complete Duolingo course in Japanese – I’ve already started a few weeks back, and it’s been so much fun. Here’s hoping I don’t lose motivation over the year.

Still going strong.

6) Do some sort of exercise at least twice a week – running, dance cardio, strength, yoga, just something damn it! Come on Angela, just do it!

Again, the minimum I’ve done this past month was 3 times a week. I wasn’t feeling my best for that week, so I just stuck with changing up some yoga flows. I want to get back into doing some more higher-intensity workouts though as I’m feeling better now.

7) Learn more hairstyles than just a ponytail – I don’t do much with my hair, I just don’t know what to do with it. I need to try some of the many pins I have.

Uh, beyond pinning stuff, I haven’t done much. I did get a curler this past month though and played a bit with it.

8) Continue trying more makeup looks  similar to my previous goal, I want to learn to do more with my makeup. Especially with my eyes. It’s fun to play with!

I always love doing this. I bought quite a few more products this past month, so I was able to play around more.

9) Try more DIY’s, maybe make a scrapbook, or home decor – I did the travel wall last year, and I’d like to do more! Pinterest will be very helpful with this goal.

I did the element jars, which was pretty easy and fun. I do have a few projects on the go, of varying difficulty in terms of DIY, but I’m trying not to set a certain deadline on them as I don’t want to stress myself out. I’m pretty excited for them though! Some are looking good, while others could be better.

10) Go on holiday overseas – We have plans for Japan which seems like it’ll go through. If something happens though, I hope we still get to go overseas at least once this year.

Stay tuned for Japan shenanigans in May.

11) Go on holiday within New Zealand – I always like to say travel locally, so hopefully we can do more of that this year!

Awww. We had to cancel our upcoming trip to Taupo, because I misjudged how much leave I have. It’s not enough for a week to Taupo and then the two weeks to Japan. I am more keen for Japan, and also we’ve paid for flights, so I had to prioritise. Maybe towards the end of the year we can do a spring/summer trip to somewhere.

12) Keep my journals and planners up to date – I have quite a few journals. One to keep track of my budget, my daily thoughts journal, and my blogging planner. I want to continue to keep them up to date.

Yep.

13) Complete a colouring book – I have so many, and none are even close to being finished. Maybe I can finish my small one..

Haha, nope. I’m going to focus on doing my music related goals next month, but maybe the month after I’ll set some more time to colour.

14) Read 30 books – My 2017 Reading challenge was set to 20 books, I finished that and more, so I think I can set my goal a little higher this year! 

I only read one book this month. It was just tough to get through, not that it was boring, but it was a lot for me to take in. Here’s hoping next month, I fly through some more lighter books!

15) Watch 15 movies – I mean new ones, not rewatching ones I’ve seen before. 15 is already a lot, but it seems doable.

Surprisingly we’ve watched quite a lot of movies. More so than usual. There was The Room (which required me devoting a post to my thoughts about it), When We First Met (a cute but predictable romcom), and Blades of Glory (Rory put it on and I hadn’t seen it before, again predictable, but funny). All three are new movies I’ve seen, so I’m doing really well on this!

16) Continue blogging everyday – I love blogging, and having a post up everyday has been so much fun for me. Here’s hoping I can keep this up for 2018!

Yep.

17) Do more collaborations with fellow bloggers – I did a few collabs in 2017, and I’d love to do more ?

Yes! I have kept to my one collab a month. This month, I did a baking one with Anni! I do have one in the works with Sarah (but shh, spoilers), and I have others I’m thinking about too.

Actually, I have one in mind, but it requires sending a package to each other. You know those youtube videos where people try food from another country? I thought it would be fun to do that. To send a care package of sorts with lots of classic foods (sweets, savoury, etc) from your home country. So I would send you stuff from NZ, and vice versa, then we can do a post about it. If that appeals to me, let me know in the comments or on my Contact page!

18) Reach 5000 followers!  I mean, I never thought I’d get over 2000 by the end of 2017, so why not aim high right? Even if I fall short, it’ll still be more followers than I would have imagined I’d get to! 

We’re nearly up to 2800, so at this rate, 5000 may be doable!

That’s all my goals currently! I want to focus on practicing on my music skills a bit more next month, as I’ve been ignoring those completely these past two months.

How have you been going with your monthly/yearly goals?

Angela.

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2018 Goals Round Up #1

Each month I’ve decided to keep myself accountable for those goals/resolutions I made at the beginning of the year. I may also add some monthly goals that I will check up in next month.

1) Try a new baking recipe at least once a month – I have two recipe books to choose from, so this seems very doable. Since I have lots of other hobbies I like to spend time on, aiming for at least one a month should be doable.

I’ve tried two new recipes this past month! Star Constellation Cookies and Smart Cookies. Both from Nerdy Nummies.

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smart cookie

I also have done some baking with older recipes. Like the Apple Cinnamon muffins and Blueberry Crumble muffins. Because I love baking, also I recommend both recipes as they’re delicious!

2) Learn new songs on the piano – You may notice there’s no number here. My aim is to learn at least one, I really need to get my rusty piano skills back up to scratch.

Haha, nope. I have played occasionally, but I’m practising old songs first, trying to get them back up to scratch.

3) Learn new songs on the ukulele – I actually learnt one new song in 2017, but I want to learn more. I really love playing the ukulele and singing along, as terrible as my singing voice is..

You know, I haven’t even touched my ukulele this month..

4) Practice photography more – Again, just a vague goal. But I want to take more photos, maybe do more challenges. I want to continue learning more. I don’t doubt I will take more photos this year though.

I have gone on a few photo excursions this month! Also, I enjoy creating flatlay photos for the blog. I’m getting full use from my DSLR, and I’m definitely learning.

5) Complete Duolingo course in Japanese – I’ve already started a few weeks back, and it’s been so much fun. Here’s hoping I don’t lose motivation over the year.

I have been doing really well on this! I’ve gotten past learning Hiragana and Katakana, and now I’m just revising over and over trying to hammer it into my head. We even bought little workbooks to help us learn how to write it.

6) Do some sort of exercise at least twice a week – running, dance cardio, strength, yoga, just something damn it! Come on Angela, just do it!

I have consistently exercised at least 3 times a week this past month! Most weeks I’ve done 4-5, with 3 being the least. Those are really good stats for me! I alternate between arm & shoulders, core & cardio, lower body and legs, and sometimes yoga. I’ve been trying some basic yoga videos, and I’ve learnt that I’m really not flexible. These are all home workouts. Youtube is an amazing place.

7) Learn more hairstyles than just a ponytail I don’t do much with my hair, I just don’t know what to do with it. I need to try some of the many pins I have.

Instead of a ponytail, sometimes I do a bun. Not a very good one, it’s very messy, but I could say that’s on purpose. I once tried two buns, but I don’t know how I feel about that. I’ve been also trying to get better at braiding. I normally just do the ends of my hair, but I want to try french braiding. So some progress there. I tried a few Pinterest tutorials but I was so lost.

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8) Continue trying more makeup looks  similar to my previous goal, I want to learn to do more with my makeup. Especially with my eyes. It’s fun to play with!

I’ve been doing quite a few of these! I’m planning on dedicating a post to some of my favourite looks I’ve made these past few months. I’m still learning what to do, but I’m having fun experimenting.

9) Try more DIY’s, maybe make a scrapbook, or home decor – I did the travel wall last year, and I’d like to do more! Pinterest will be very helpful with this goal.

I shared my scrapbook I made, but that was a few years ago. I’ve got a few of these lined up. One is coming up tomorrow about what I did with my little craft jars!

scrapbook 1

10) Go on holiday overseas We have plans for Japan which seems like it’ll go through. If something happens though, I hope we still get to go overseas at least once this year.

Japan is on the way! We have bought tickets and booked places to stay! Now I’m just looking at activities, transportation and all the fun stuff.

11) Go on holiday within New Zealand – I always like to say travel locally, so hopefully we can do more of that this year!

We’ve booked a little stay at a resort in Taupo in March for our first wedding anniversary! They’ve got natural hot pools there, so it should be a fun time!

12) Keep my journals and planners up to date I have quite a few journals. One to keep track of my budget, my daily thoughts journal, and my blogging planner. I want to continue to keep them up to date.

Mostly I’ve been good with this. The latest it takes me to update my notebooks is on the weekend when it comes to keeping track of budgets.

13) Complete a colouring book – I have so many, and none are even close to being finished. Maybe I can finish my small one..

Haven’t even looked at them this month…

14) Read 30 books My 2017 Reading challenge was set to 20 books, I finished that and more, so I think I can set my goal a little higher this year! 

I’ve read four books already! I’m so happy with how I’m going with these. It also helps that all four books have been so entertaining so far. I’ve read Playing For Keeps, The Hate U Give, Talking As Fast As I Can and One of Us is Lying.

15) Watch 15 moviesI mean new ones, not rewatching ones I’ve seen before. 15 is already a lot, but it seems doable.

I’ve rewatched a few Harry Potter movies over the festive season. But we did go to the cinema and watch The Greatest Showman. I watched Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist on Netflix the other day, which was fun. Nothing mindblowing though. I also watched Don Jon, which was silly and fun, because New Jersey accents strongly remind me of Jersey Shore.  So that means I’ve watched 2 new movies so far this year. Should I do random little movie reviews, like with the books I read? Maybe.

16) Continue blogging everyday – I love blogging, and having a post up everyday has been so much fun for me. Here’s hoping I can keep this up for 2018!

Yep! Have had a post go up everyday this month!

17) Do more collaborations with fellow bloggers I did a few collabs in 2017, and I’d love to do more ?

I have done one already! With the lovely Pamela again. This time we shared some book recommendations with you all! I hope to do one at least every month!

18) Reach 5000 followers!  I mean, I never thought I’d get over 2000 by the end of 2017, so why not aim high right? Even if I fall short, it’ll still be more followers than I would have imagined I’d get to! 

At the beginning of January I was at around 2200, now at the end of January I’ve just passed 2500. That’s insane! Maybe 5000 isn’t an unreachable amount after all?..

That’s all my goals currently! I have no monthly goals or plans for next month, I think these are enough to focus on for now.

How have you been going with your monthly/yearly goals?

Angela.

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Hello 2018! (500th Post)

What better way to start off a brand new year than with my 500th post! Good lord I write a lot. Anyway, it’s 2018! So I wanted to make a post saying hello to the new year, and maybe making some goals and plans. Otherwise called, New Year’s Resolutions. I have never been great at this, but if I blog about them, maybe I’ll do better this time around.

To make things more fun, I’m going to make 18 goals for 2018.

  1. Try a new baking recipe at least once a month – I have two recipe books to choose from, so this seems very doable. Since I have lots of other hobbies I like to spend time on, aiming for at least one a month should be doable.
  2. Learn new songs on the piano – You may notice there’s no number here. My aim is to learn at least one, I really need to get my rusty piano skills back up to scratch
  3. Learn new songs on the ukulele – I actually learnt one new song in 2017, but I want to learn more. I really love playing the ukulele and singing along, as terrible as my singing voice is..
  4. Practice photography more – Again, just a vague goal. But I want to take more photos, maybe do more challenges. I want to continue learning more. I don’t doubt I will take more photos this year though.
  5. Complete Duolingo course in Japanese – I’ve already started a few weeks back, and it’s been so much fun. Here’s hoping I don’t lose motivation over the year.
  6. Do some sort of exercise at least twice a week – running, dance cardio, strength, yoga, just something damn it! Come on Angela, just do it!
  7. Learn more hairstyles than just a ponytail – I don’t do much with my hair, I just don’t know what to do with it. I need to try some of the many pins I have.
  8. Continue trying more makeup looks – similar to my previous goal, I want to learn to do more with my makeup. Especially with my eyes. It’s fun to play with!
  9. Try more DIY’s, maybe make a scrapbook, or home decor – I did the travel wall last year, and I’d like to do more! Pinterest will be very helpful with this goal.
  10. Go on holiday overseas – We have plans for Japan which seems like it’ll go through. If something happens though, I hope we still get to go overseas at least once this year.
  11. Go on holiday within New Zealand – I always like to say travel locally, so hopefully we can do more of that this year!
  12. Keep my journals and planners up to date – I have quite a few journals. One to keep track of my budget, my daily thoughts journal, and my blogging planner. I want to continue to keep them up to date.
  13. Complete a colouring book – I have so many, and none are even close to being finished. Maybe I can finish my small one..
  14. Read 30 books – My 2017 Reading challenge was set to 20 books, I finished that and more, so I think I can set my goal a little higher this year! 
  15. Watch 15 movies – I mean new ones, not rewatching ones I’ve seen before. 15 is already a lot, but it seems doable.
  16. Continue blogging everyday – I love blogging, and having a post up everyday has been so much fun for me. Here’s hoping I can keep this up for 2018!
  17. Do more collaborations with fellow bloggers – I did a few collabs in 2017, and I’d love to do more 😀
  18. Reach 5000 followers! – I mean, I never thought I’d get over 2000 by the end of 2017, so why not aim high right? Even if I fall short, it’ll still be more followers than I would have imagined I’d get to! 

That last one is just wishful thinking on my part. Otherwise I think all of these are doable, they just require constant work and motivation. I plan to blog about how I’m getting on with these throughout the year to hopefully keep me on track 🙂

Angela.

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