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