2014 Resolutions: May Update

It's the start of a new month and that means a new 2014 resolutions post! Here's how I got on in April...
  1. Blog at least every other day. I was better at this than I was last month, but it's still not quite perfectly back on track as I foolishly forgot to schedule a load of posts before I went on holiday in the middle of the month. But I've been much better since coming back from holiday so hopefully will be up to speed again this month.
  2. Run a 5K. I have signed up to do the Colour Run on 1st June with a group of people from work - immensely excited about this as it sounds awesome!
  3. Buy a flat with Nick. Potentially some exciting news on this front - Nick's grandparents are getting rid of the house they rent out in south east London and have asked if we want it. We probably wouldn't move until the autumn, and I need to see it first, but if we could get it that would be amazing.
  4. Perfect my skincare and everyday make-up routines. Progress, albeit slowly - I think I have cracked my evening skincare routine (with a few tweaks to come once I run out of certain products), but I still feel like my morning routine is missing something. The make-up needs sorting out as well, just because I haven't yet got the perfect foundation and concealer matches, but that might be one to save for next month.
  5. Use up a net balance of 30 beauty products. I managed to get rid of lots of stuff that had been hanging around - and destroyed an entire Sunday newspaper plus supplements in the proces. I haven't counted up yet but hopefully I should have cut the stash down a lot.
  6. Read at least 50 books. At the time of writing I was up to 16 books this year, mainly because I read two when I was on holiday (plus finishing the book I was reading when I went away and reading most of another one), so I'm on track to reach the goal.
  7. Take more photographs that aren't just for blogging. Bit mixed to be honest
  8. Watch all the TV series I started but haven't finished. Big fat fail on this one this month I'm afraid - mainly because I got distracted by RuPaul's Drag Race on Netflix (which is awesome by the way). However as I'm not going to be going out much this month I'm hoping that will help me to make progress on this.
  9. Wear the clothes I already own regularly and only buy new stuff when I need it. I actually didn't buy much new stuff this month apart from some pyjamas and a dress in Primark, but equally I'm aware it's getting to be a bit out of control and I need to nip it in the bud, stat.
  10. Eat more healthily. I am doing better at eating more healthy snacks through my Graze box and taking bananas/cereal bars to work, as well as remembering to drink more water. I've also now totally cut out sugar in my coffee after giving it up for Lent, so whilst it's not perfect it's getting there.
  11. Learn to drive. I have finally signed up for lessons and will be starting them in the next few weeks! I'm nervous as haven't been in a car for almost ten years, but I'm also looking forward to (hopefully) finally being able to drive - it'll make going to Cornwall and visiting my family so much easier.
  12. Finish writing my novel. This is one time when waking up stupidly early in the morning is working to my advantage - I'm doing half an hour a day of writing first thing, and also taking advantage of the opportunity to take photographs and do some work for my blog. It's slow progress, but it's getting there.
  13. Go to at least one blogging event. I've been to two blogging events this year already but don't have any more planned - so if any knows of any good ones please let me know!
So how did I get on with my goals for April?
  1. Take at least one photo every day and put it on Instagram. The photo a day I mostly managed (apart from one or two); the Instagramming - not so much. Again lack of internet whilst on holiday was my reasoning for that, and then I just fell out of the habit. But it has inspired me to keep taking and posting more pictures.
  2. Cull my beauty product stash. As mentioned above I got rid of a lot of my old nail varnishes last month so have made a serious dent in the beauty product stash. I still have a few things to clear out so will probably do another Give and Make Up box this month, or add a few bits to my blog sale.
  3. Get my clothes ready for spring. I've put the new buttons on my coat, and am reshuffling my wardrobe to get my spring outfits ready. Now all I need is good weather to wear them :)
Last but not least, my goals for May - there is a bit of a theme this month as you'll see:
  1. Not spending any money unnecessarily. With the new mortgage rules and the fact that I am just plain poor at the moment, I am trying to not spend any money I don't need to this month. I will talk about this a bit more in an upcoming post but essentially this means no clothes, no beauty products, and no days out I have to pay for. The only money I can spend will be money I earn through selling things.
  2. Wear a different outfit every day. I might be buying far too many new clothes, but I'm not actually wearing the ones I've already got - I tend to just lapse into a uniform . So, with that in mind, I'm going to go through my wardrobe and try to wear a different outfit every day, plus taking pictures of what I'm wearing and putting them on Instagram.
  3. Finish my clearout. I have some bits of clothing that I'm trying to get rid of, so have put some things on eBay (take a look here!). I've also got a few CDs left over that I didn't get rid of in my last clearout so will put those into Musicmagpie at the weekend.
Do you have any goals for May?

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