The January Roundup


We’re finally in February – the past month has honestly felt like a whole year in itself, but weirdly I’ve been enjoying the slow pace of time, it feels like I’ve been living every day to its fullest! I’ve decided to do a regular monthly roundup on the blog about how I felt about the past month, major (fun and exciting) things that I’ve done – minus sitting in a pile of uni readings writing essays and generally just reflecting on the past month and setting myself small achievable goals for the next month ahead.

I’ve definitely started the year with a bang with all the stuff that’s been happening in January. To be fair January is always the most busiest and hectic month of all as there’s SO much to just catch up on and planning yourself for the year ahead. January has been a month where I started setting myself realistic small goals and milestones for myself that I have successfully managed to tick some off and figured out what kind of headspace I wanted to be in for the year ahead of me.

I’ve decided I’m going to keep a journal in a scrapbook type for the WHOLE year and just fill my journals pages with polaroids from that day, little cards and notes and write about that day to its fullest. I am a very creative person (not to blow my own trumpet or anything) and I like reflecting that into my journals and scrapbooks. During the summer of twenty-seventeen – how weird that we now call that last year, still seems so odd – I’ve kept a summer travel journal from June to mid August and stopped when I came back to London from my summer holiday. I was actually very proud of myself for journaling nearly everyday of my summer holiday, whether that was when I was at my grandmas house or on a sandy beach. I documented nearly every day of my summer holiday and travels with polaroids and postcards from the places I visited. I really enjoyed doing that and filling that notebook in and decided I will do one for 2018 too and just doodle, write, draw and stick whatever I feel like inside and that will be my whole year in a journal.

Blogging wise, I think I have been pretty consistent for the first half of the month and then didn’t have much time to post or write as uni got in the way, but I found that taking loads of pictures when it’s a sunny day and then bulk writing posts definitely helps with being organised with blogging. Throughout January I’ve been creating and putting out content that I have been thoroughly enjoying myself along with planning some for future posts.

I’d say university was one of the reasons as to why I was super busy in January as I had 5 deadlines (with two of it being essay writing) to meet. It was very stressful and tiring with days of reading about boring philosophical views and what not and then writing a 1500 word essay on it was just not fun at all. I had to give out two presentations, which if you know me is my biggest nightmare of all time, but hey it was actually okay and apparently I do enjoy talking in front of a class full of people even though the nerves and anxiety kicks in beforehand. I’ve definitely stepped out my comfort zone many many times since I started uni which I am very happy and proud about.

Enough that I rambled on about the past month and now onto the February goals that I have set for myself and hopefully will achieve as well, as the days pass by. These goals aren’t massive things but small and realistic things that I know I will do this month.

– Read two books; I set myself this goal last month as well and I successfully did read 2 books and hoping I’ll get through two more books this month. This is actually a goal I set myself for every month, so by the end of the year I would have read more than 25 books in total. Obviously I will be sharing the books I’ve read in a blog post and doing a little review on it as you guys enjoyed reading my previous BOOK REVIEW post.

– Blog consistently and come up with unique blog post ideas; no surprise that blogging consistently is on my monthly goal list again. However this month and obviously for the rest of the year, I want to come up with different and unique blog post ideas that other bloggers haven’t done yet which will be challenging but I’m determined to at least come up with 2 new ideas.

– Meet uni deadlines; this month I only have 2 deadlines to meet which is just amazing after having 5 last month. As I only have 2 deadlines for this month I will be making a start on the later essays/reports that are due in, in March and April which will hopefully get me to be more organised and stress free in later months.

– Explore 2 London spots; I am so lucky to be able to call London the city I live in and there are tonnes of things to do in London on a sunny day which gets me even more excited for spring and summer – well hello sunshine and all the pretty flowers – (!!!) There’s many touristic activities to do in London, however one of my absolute favourite thing to do is to explore all the hidden gems on this beautiful city that I live in such as the cute cobbled streets and independent cafes! I’ve already got some stuff planned out for a London day out but I’m making it my goal to explore two London spots this month whether that’s a new area that I’ve never been to, or a place that I already know.

This is my January roundup and some goals that I have set myself for February, hope you enjoyed reading this post and comment down below what is one goal that you have set yourself for this month?

Ayse Merve! x


77 responses to “The January Roundup”

  1. Jessica & James says:

    You’ve had such a successful month and good luck to meeting your goals this month. Reading a new book and travel more (which we have just come back from) was a goal for Feb! Thanks fo sharing!

    Great post and tips! I write a lot how I speak and sometimes it doesn’t always come out grammatically correct but I’m learning haha! Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James | /

  2. I love your journal idea. I’ve started a journal too and I love it. It’s so therapeutic!

  3. Emily May says:

    I’m doing the same kind of journal thing, it’s so fun! I hope to travel more too and well done with achieving your goals this month! Good luck in February! X

  4. connxvi says:

    This month i have planned all my blog posts so i’m hoping that it’ll work and i’ll be consistent and post wednesday and sunday!

  5. Angie M. says:

    My February goals include so much stuff! It’s going to be a very productive month. On the things I can mention, write more content for my blog, organize my schedule, commit to my reading list, get back to my workout routine! And so on. Great post (:

  6. Lynn says:

    I love London! I kind of wish I lived there too! Good luck with all of your goals! Blogging consistently should definitely be one of my goals too! Have a wonderful week!

  7. Sounds like it’s been a pretty positive month for you despite the deadlines! Well done for doing the presentations, they freak me the hell out too it’s just so nerve-wracking! Good luck with your deadlines and goals this month, I’m sure it’ll go to plan with a bit of hard work which it sounds like you have nailed 🙂 Jealous of your chance to hang out in cute little London cafes too!
    Alice Xx

  8. hebahpervaiz says:

    I’d love to live in London!! Well done on achieving your goal for reading; I wish I had more time for it!

  9. Lindsey says:

    Lovely post! Good luck with all the uni deadlines – that was me last year and glad it is over! A journal for the year sounds so rewarding – I hope it’s as fun as you make it sound!

  10. Lisa's Notebook says:

    Congrats on achieving so much in January, and kudos on public speaking, one of my worst nightmares! I’ve just started a bullet journal for the first time, not sure how that’s going to go 😉 best of luck with your February goals xx

    Lisa |

  11. Sounds like you had a really positive January! I hope February is just as good for you. I never really noticed that January was going slowly, even though EVERYONE was saying it. Personally, I thought it went quite fast. January was a pretty crappy month for me. Blog wise and work wise and goals wise, I hit everything I wanted to hit but personally, it was rubbish. So I’m hoping to make up for that in Feb 🙂 xx

  12. Gemma Louise says:

    I used to feel so productive when I met my uni deadlines early, it’s such a relief! x

  13. Corinne and Kirsty says:

    Your february goals are great! Mine are quite similar! I just moved back in London but haven’t visited a lot since! Wanna do it together?! 😉 xx corinne

  14. glowsteady says:

    I love goal and reflection posts like this. I wish I was creative enough to do a full year review scrapbook kind of thing like you’ve mentioned here. I’m a big fan of setting smaller goals too. You achieve loads without even realising! x


  15. Dalindcy Koolhoven says:

    I know right January was THE LONGEST month.. I really like your scrapbook idea, I actually started doing similar in January. It’s just a journal I write in and I also glue in tickets of places I’ve been to, pictures, that sort of thing. I think our future selves will thank us for doing that!

  16. I loved that roundup and oh yes January was a busy one! I hope all your deadlines will go well 🙂
    Lea, xx

  17. Sounds like you had a great January! Good luck with the goals you’ve set yourself I hope you manage to reach them! & wow! I’d love to live in London/nearby so I could explore in my spare time, I absolutely love visiting London even the fact it gets so busy doesn’t bother me too much as it’s such a lovely place to be!

    Jess xx

  18. I LOVE the idea of doing a scrapbook!
    I did one last year for our wedding and they are so nice to look back on!
    And you’re totally right by the way, January was like a whole year to itself haha!
    Lovely read!

    R x

  19. Lupe says:

    The goal of reading two books is something I can get behind. I always wanna read more but am picky about what I do read. Good luck in college, you got this ayse 🤗

  20. I love your pictures! Holding up the universe was a great book! 🙂

  21. BeingChloe says:

    I definitely need to work on taking blog photos in bulk! It’s so difficult with the short days to take pictures when I want to!

  22. Aw mannn, I am jealous at the fact that you’re living in London. I went to London often but still, I have so many places and cafes to check out yet! Our February goals are almost similar except that I don’t go to uni anymore but still, I have work deadlines to catch up on *rolls eyes*. Anyway, all the best to you for this month! 🙂 x

  23. Bookinggoodread says:

    I am so disorganised I hardly ever plan, I keep saying I need to work on this. Maybe setting myself monthly goals might help, am sure you will do well with your goals this month. My only real goal for this month is to catch up with my Netgalley requests. X

    Emma x

  24. Lena Dee says:

    I love seeing others reflection posts! It’s so wonderful that you were able to attain so much for January. It’s lovely when you’re intrinsically rewarded for your hard work. Best of luck moving forward! I know you’ll ace those deadlines 😘

    xx Lena |

  25. Lily says:

    I love the goals you set yourself 🙂 I agree, January really feels like a long month especially due to planning out what we hope to achieve in the new year. Right now I’m feeling so motivated for the new year and hopefully I’ll accomplish everything I have planned! Good luck with school and all your plans for the year 🙂

  26. Wow, sounds like you have had a great month! Hope February is just a good for you!x

    Francesca | EverythingChessie 🌿

  27. hudapervez says:

    Those are some amazing goals, I really hope you can achieve them!
    I like the challenge of coming up with blogposts no one has ever done before, I wanna give that a try aswell! 💗

  28. Ahhhh, I really love this. I don’t normally read ’roundups’ but yours was so interesting.

    I have started journaling a bit more, and you have reminded me to do it tonight! For me, it’s not just to remember things but it’s to get the thoughts out of my head. I guess mine is more of a diary. Less creative. But I like to add some manifestations in it too.

    Two books a month, 25 a year! SUCH a good idea! I don’t know how you can do that whilst at uni, so a massive applause to you.

    How do you think of unique blog posts? I also want my blogs to stand out and can’t seem to think of many ideas 🙁

    Kara <3

  29. Wishing you all the luck in the world with your goals darling, I’m more than sure you’ll achieve everything you put your mind too. Thank you for sharing 🌸✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x |

  30. CarlyTamara says:

    I love the journal idea. I have just started my own and I’m already finding it really good for my mind!

    Carly x

  31. Chloe says:

    Wow two books in one month is impressive!! I set myself the goal of 12 this year, so one every month but I’m already on my third!! Reading is so therapeutic! I also really want to visit London this year for my birthday, you’re so lucky to live there! Love your photography as well!

    Tintsofautumn xx

  32. Kelly says:

    This is such a good idea! This month my goals are to read 4 books as well as visit somewhere I’ve never been to before.

  33. January was full of deadlines from me as well! Definitely not the perks of being a student haha xx

  34. Alys George says:

    So I’m officially jealous right now, I would love to live in London! I also love the idea of starting a journal!

    Alys /

  35. Chloe says:

    That fig candle looks lovely!

    Hope you reach your goals ☺️

    Chloe x

  36. Ashleigh says:

    I loved that you shared your goals. London is definately one of my favorite places

  37. pinarrawlins says:

    These are some great goals. I love your journal scrapbook idea!

    Pinar |

  38. Tami Nieto says:

    I have a different set of Uni goals, that mostly involve getting enrolled in and making sure my kids have care while I’m studying and all the logistical nightmares that come around when you have children and everything else! I appreciate your attention to your education! It only gets more difficult as you age and especially when you add children to the mix. You have very bold goals and that is wonderful! Often when you dream big and set things to do that are more than you think you can you are so much more productive as those goals are important to you. I appreciate this post! Thank you.

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