2014 Resolutions: February Update

As you may remember, at the beginning of January I posted about my New Year's resolutions for 2014, which included my goals for the year and some smaller targets I wanted to achieve in January. It's now February and so I thought I'd post an update on what I've achieved so far and what my aims are for this month.

Let's start with the big stuff - my goals for the year:
  1. Blog at least every other day. So far, I've managed to stick to this. Scheduling is definitely working for me, I've been loads better at having writing blitzes and taking photos at weekends then scheduling posts throughout the week.
  2. Run a 5K. I've signed up for a 5K for British Heart Foundation in August and am going to start Parkrun next month. I'm currently able to do 10 minutes at an 8 minute/km pace on the treadmill which I'm quite happy with but hoping to get faster before the race.
  3. Buy a flat with N. This is on hold as we are still saving, but we're now thinking we might stay in our current flat a bit longer and look for something we can do up ourselves. Having looked at what's out there it's definitely doable though - I saw a perfect flat today but just a shame we don't have the money right now!
  4. Perfect my skincare and everyday make-up routines. This is very much still a work in progress, but it is improving. I wrote a post about my current skincare routine for the #2014BloggerChallenge and so far that's working pretty well, altough I want to keep it going for a few more weeks (or until I run out of something) before changing things. I may also start doing a monthly post on what's going on with my skin if people would find that useful or interesting.
  5. Use up a net balance of 30 beauty products. At the time of writing I'd bought seven beauty products this year and got rid of 10, so I'm reasonably on track to do this. That said, all the lovely new products *cough*Narsissist palette*cough* are weakening my resolve!
  6. Read at least 50 books. So far I've read three - The Pickwick Papers for my Charles Dickens Challenge, The Thirteenth Tale and Death Comes to Pemberley (which I reviewed here).
  7. Take more photographs that aren't just for blogging.
  8. Watch all the TV series I started but haven't finished. This is going OK so far; I've watched the first and second series of Heroes and have the third and fourth on order from Amazon, and lots of stuff on my Lovefilm watchlist, so I'm getting there!
  9. Wear the clothes I already own regularly and only buy new stuff when I need it. I admit to completely failing at this so far - I've bought four dresses, a jumper, a shirt and two pairs of shoes in January alone! But equally I am getting better at wearing what I've got and trying new outfit combinations.
  10. Eat more healthily. This has been a bit mixed; I'm currently giving up tea and coffee at work and replacing it with herbal tea, and trying to eat more fruit and vegetables, but I know our diet still isn't great a lot of the time so I think I might have to start using stealth tactics...
  11. Learn to drive. I've ordered a new driving licence and will hopefully book lessons this month. We currently don't have any weekend plans for a couple of months so I'm hoping with the longer days I can start to get out there.
  12. Finish writing my novel. I've made a bit more progress on this in terms of redrafting and refining things but it's going slowly because blogging is taking up a lot of my time. But I'm going to try and put aside a couple of hours a week to work on this as well in the hope it might help to pick up, as I've found the more I work on something the easier it gets.
  13. Go to at least one blogging event. I've done this one already! I went to the Domestic Sluttery blogging event earlier this month, which was absolutely brilliant. DS is one of my favourite blogs and it was a bit of a star-struck moment to meet the writers 'in the flesh', but I learned a lot and met some lovely people.
And three specific resolutions for January:
  1. Go to the gym at least twice a week. I have to admit I didn't manage to do this because my gym was so ridiculously busy this month - every time I went all the machines were packed, so I decided to switch to a run once a week and things like going for a walk at lunch to try and keep my fitness levels up. But I will be back in the gym in February as hopefully it'll be a lot quieter.
  2. Not go to bed wearing my make-up once all month. I have to admit I didn't quite manage this as I had a couple of late nights when I was out for friends' birthdays etc, but I did much, much better than I have previously and I think it's definitely helping my skin as I'm getting far fewer breakouts.
  3. Try at least one new recipe. I did actually manage to do this last week when N was away and made Bloody Mary baked beans from one of my favourite cookery books, Jo Pratt's In the Mood for Food (available from Amazon here). I know it's not much but it was a really great quick dinner and made me realise how much I've missed cooking, so am hoping to try and do more cooking with these types of quick and easy recipes and expand my repertoire a bit in the next few months.
So, let's move on to my February goals:
  1.  Finish watching Firefly. I might have to start this again as I was watching it in October/November, got halfway through it and then started watching other things, but I'd like to get it finished if I can as it's only 13 episodes (even though I wish it was more!).
  2. Go to Parkrun at least twice. For those who don't know Parkrun is a free 5K running session that takes place in parks around the UK - there's no time limit, it's just you against the clock, and I'm hoping it'll help me with training for my 5K in August.
  3. Shoot, edit and post my first YouTube video. I've been wanting to start doing YouTube videos for ages but haven't yet plucked up the courage to give it a go. However as I've now got my tripod on order I'm going to try this when it comes, although I haven't decided what my first video will be about yet - if you have any ideas let me know!
Did you set yourself any goals for January? How did you get on? And do you have anything you want to achieve this month?

1 comment:

  1. The NARSissist palette is the devil incarnate. The only thing that's helped me resist its charm is the fact that it's not sold where I live.

    Have fun with your February goals! I really need to give Firefly a go.