Wow, what an amazing month October was! I really enjoyed writing down my monthly goals and found myself actually pushing myself just that little bit harder and having something to aim for, rather than just a “weekly to-do” list.
One of the biggest highlights for me was moving my blog across from Blogger to WordPress. My aim was to get a new layout and I could have stayed with Blogger but with all the issues I was having I thought what the heck, let’s do this! And here we are, with a wonderful new layout which I absolutely love and the cutest header I could have hoped for. I also want to say a huge thank to to everyone who has taken the time to read or leave a comment on my blog posts, it really does mean the world to me.
I think I was less active on Social Media which I feel really bad about. My bloggers report would probably say “must try harder!” and this is something I hope to change going through November and concentrate on the platforms that I know work well for me, not try to do every single one. I’ve made some really great friends on social media but I haven’t been in touch nowhere near enough, I can only put it down to me just wanting to curl up under a blanket every evening and fall asleep, blimey what must you think of me!
I managed to save some money by not buying any unnecessary purchases, including coffees. Not only did making my own cups of coffee mean I had more pennies in the piggy bank but it gave me some extra time to do other things I enjoy because I wasn’t standing in a queue for ages waiting to be served. However, I did treat myself to a hot chocolate a few days ago when I met up with a friend I’d not seen for a while, so we had great fun having a catch up with what was happening in each others lives.
Yay for Halloween! I never thought I’d hear myself saying that but I honestly enjoyed it this year. The build up to it was great fun as I’d got some Halloween candles and pumpkin fairy lights which I’d had on nearly every night for two weeks. I managed to watch 3 films, Hocus Pocus, Sabrina and the film Halloween, yes I know, I’m pretty amazed at myself. I never thought I’d be able to do this because of my fear of masks, especially after last year when I got freaked out by two people dressed up for the occasion while I was in a book shop. So ever since then I’ve been taking small steps to help try to get over my fear, even down to being able to hold a plastic mask in a shop was a huge deal for me.
I’ve been really loving Autumn so far and Adrian and I have been for a couple of walks in our local woods collecting leaves and conkers, just for fun. It’s been great to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, instead of being stuck indoors all the time. I also felt inspired to get my baking things out, not that I’m any kind of expert but I managed to make two batches of nutmeg and cinnamon muffins and oh my word not only did they taste so delicious but the house smelt like a dream! Ok, so I didn’t manage to make homemade cards as I’d planned but I baked cakes instead.
My bedroom and office space are both looking really good after I added some finishing touches to them to make them look a bit more girly. The fairy lights, cushions, throws, pots and candles all go to making them feel like it’s my own personal space. Even just making the bed everyday and not leaving it until I come home has made me feel more organised.
Well on to Novembers Goals:-
Write up my Christmas Blog Posts
I’ve planned what posts I’m going to write and when they are going to be published, but I’d like to be well in advance and have them all written up and scheduled so I can enjoy Christmas with the family. It also means I can change things around at the last minute if I get the sudden desire to write another post.
Plan A Giveaway
I’m coming up to a year since I first started blogging, so I’d like to plan a giveaway to say thank you to everyone who has supported me during that time.
Attend the Christmas Light Switch on
I can’t believe I’m even saying this, where has this last year gone? Literally 10 minutes up the road from me at the end of November the local town will be turning on their Christmas lights, there will also be food and entertainment which I am really looking forward to!
I have got all of the main presents for people but I just need to get a few extra stocking fillers and a few smaller gifts that I have to send through the post. Next I want to get the food shopping done and all those little extras that make Christmas special, so it will just leave the fresh items to pick up nearer the day.
Celebrate Adrian’s birthday
Adrian’s birthday is on the 24th November and he is the most difficult person to buy for, I’m sure he won’t mind me saying that! We’ll most probably have a meal out with the family or a small house party, either way I need to sort something out. Oh, and I also need to buy him a card, or maybe I could make him one!
This is one of my weaknesses! I am going to make a conscious effort to be a bit more active on at least Twitter and Instagram, so whether that’s joining in more Twitter Chats or setting time aside each day to go on and not only reply to someones else’s post but also tweet/post myself. I’m actually a very chatty person in real life, so if I put as much effort into social media as I do chatting in real life, you’d be fed up with me by December!
Sort out my scarf drawer
This may sound a bazaar one but I have an awful lot of scarves and it’s been something I’ve been meaning to do for ages, everywhere else is super organised now except this one drawer. I can never find the scarf I want as at the moment the contents of this drawer look like a pile of washing!
Yes, this was on last months list of goals so this month I am going to do some more baking as I thoroughly enjoyed making those muffins so maybe this time I’ll be a bit more adventurous, and I will make a start on those homemade cards for friends and family!
Let’s see how I get on during November. Have you set yourself any goals for this month?