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February 2018 goals

Lise —  February 1, 2018 — 27 Comments

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Was there any goals I didn’t achieve from the month before? Yes, there was a few. I haven’t really done updates on my goals before but here goes. This list will be a mix of updates on old goals, and adding in some new goals for this month.

Exercise more. Did I? No, not really. With my mom being on holiday, I had to help my dad with his work and delivering packages and all that jazz so I have barely had time for anything at all this month. Hoping to succeed on that in February. Might be getting a work out buddy so that could help with actually getting to the gym and being motivated.

Get back into reading. As with working out, I didn’t really have time for reading either. I usually read in the evenings but my days have been so long so I pretty much fell asleep very soon after getting in bed. It’s great that I got to sleep but I would have also liked to getting some reading done. Hoping I’ll be able to do more of that in February. I really want to re-read the Metro series, so I suppose that will be my starting point.

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Apply for a bachelor’s program. I was studying English literature and language but it just didn’t feel right, the subjects weren’t really my thing, and the second year was mostly about Norwegian grammar for some reason, so I wanted to try something new. I found one for International communication and translation and that’s more up my alley. I really hope I will be accepted to study that because I really need to get a degree in something. It’s also in a city hours away from home so that will be nice to get away from everything.

Use up leftovers more often. I tend to forget about leftovers both in the freezer and in the fridge and I need to break that habit. It’s better for the environment, and for my wallet if I’m able to use it all up instead of having it go bad and then throwing it out afterwards.

Get better at planning. I haven’t been good at planning at all over the past few months and that definitely needs to change. I need to think ahead, save, plan and utilize everything I have to make my life better and less stressful.

And that’s pretty much it. I’m sure there are others things I want to achieve too but I can’t put them down in words at this moment. What are your goals for this month? 

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January 2018 goals

Lise —  January 4, 2018 — 21 Comments

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Continue exercising. I’ve been doing good in December, going to the gym regularly so I hope I will be able to keep it up going into the new year. 2018 is going to be my best year when it comes to exercise and taking care of myself.

Ditch the new years resolutions. I never keep them, I only get upset when I fail so I figure it is better to just ditch them overall so I can do things in my own time. Facing failure when it’s not necessary really drains you of energy too so I feel like that is an even better argument for ditching them.

Only spend money on necessities. Maybe treat myself on special occasions when I feel like deserve something extra. I have not been good at doing a low-buy period, mostly because it was Christmas and I spent so much money on gifts. But I  hope that it will get better in January or February.

Get back into reading. I was reading way too much in October and November and in December I didn’t really touch a book at all. I was feeling so drained and needed a break but I really hope I will get back into it ASAP, I miss sitting down to read in the evenings.

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Decide on what to study. I really want to go back to uni and I found a bachelor degree for international communication and interpretation/translation and that is right up my alley. Hoping I will end up applying for that. I just need to really decide what I want to do with my life. The bachelor degree also includes one obligatory year spent in a foreign country (England in my case) so that is a huge plus.

Try new things. I rarely do that, I just stick to what I know and never try anything new. I don’t know what I would do but I want to stop saying no if I’m asked to do something new, within reasonable boundaries of course.

Spend money on experiences. Along with a low-buy period, I would rather spend money on experiences than things. I really want to travel more, or just get to experience new places, new food and new people. I haven’t traveled in years now and I’m eager to do so.

 

What are your goals for January? Are you doing New years resolutions?

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December goals

Lise —  December 2, 2017 — 4 Comments

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Finish reading these:

Those that are crossed out were on my list for the previous month and are now finished.

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • The golden orb by Douglas Niles
  • The war of the worlds by H.G Wells
  • The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Dunwich Horror by H.P Lovecraft
  • The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen
  • This Crowded Earth by Robert Bloch
  • The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The players of Gilean by various authors
  • The book of dragons by Edith Nesbit
  • The land that time forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The old curiousity shop by Charles Dickens
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Winterheim by Douglas Niles

 

Actually finish Christmas shopping. I’m awful at procrastinating and year after year I find myself somewhat prepared for the holidays but there’s always a present or two that I end up forgetting to purchase. It’s so annoying because I only seem to remember when there is very little time left to get it done.

Keep up with exercising. I have been exercising regularly, or well, an hour of fairly intense exercise about two times a week for the past month and I can already feel that I have more energy for things. I just hope I can switch some of my diet with lower calorie options too to help boost a possible weight loss. It will be difficult to pull off during the Christmas holidays but I will try my best. The only day I won’t restrict myself is Christmas eve.

Sending the Christmas cards I’ve written for family and blog friends. With our post office being closed for a bit and me having to buy a new car because mine had rusted to death, I’ve had to postpone sending out cards for a bit, but hopefully I will be able to do so as soon as I get my next paycheck on December 12th.

Continue my low-buy period. I have been better at not spending money on unnecessary things or too much food. My wallet is happy and so am I so it’s a good thing. It also gives me a push into using up everything I have already instead of constantly buying new things. Better for me and better for the environment.

What are your goals for December?

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November goals

Lise —  November 1, 2017 — 12 Comments

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Finish reading these:

Those that are crossed out were on my list for the previous month and are now finished.

  • Death from a top hat by Clayton Rawson
  • The nature of the universe by Fred Hoyle
  • Saturn by Ben Bova
  • Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Invisible Man by H.G Wells
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • Anthem by Ayn Rand
  • When the sleeper wakes by H.G Wells
  • The messenger by Douglas Niles
  • The time machine by H.G Wells
  • The body snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The golden orb by Douglas Niles
  • The war of the worlds by H.G Wells
  • The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The players of Gilean by various authors

I feel like my lists just get longer and longer with each month, and I think I make a comment about that each month too. It feels good to read so much though.  I wanted to read at least five books a month and I have been successful so far.

Attend more events that interest me. My anxiety has always held me back and I have missed out on many cool things, like lectures about the universe or an arts and crafts weekend at the closest library.. Or Christmas markets when that time comes. I don’t want to be too scared to go anymore so I need to make a conscious effort to go through with it.

Get better at talking about myself. When I attended a CV and job application workshop I realized just how bad I am at talking about myself and figuring out what kind of good qualities I have. A little bit of confidence is important when applying for jobs and I have none.

Exercise more. The past month I got horribly ill and haven’t had any energy to exercise at all. It’s not easy to do anything when a cold/flu just hits you like a damned train and knocks you out for over a week. Hopefully I can start going on more walks now that my lungs and throat are clearing up and I won’t end up coughing whenever the temperature shifts a little bit.

Wear more comfy socks. I usually walk around barefoot at home and I always feel like I’m freezing, so I need to make an effort to actually put on all of the cute, fuzzy socks that I have lying around. I also have a lot of knee highs that I need to wear more often. I never thought wearing socks would be something I needed to change about my life.

Think twice about make up before buying it. Just because I think something is a good idea there and then, doesn’t mean it will be the day after. I’ve bought so many things that I end up just using once and never again. I’m usually good when it comes to everything else but not when it comes to make up. There are more times when I don’t wear make up than when I do so I honestly don’t need as much as I purchase.

 

What are your goals for the month? 

 

 

 

 

September goals

Lise —  September 4, 2017 — 13 Comments

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Some goals will carry over from the previous month, some will be updated and some will be new. I feel like it’s really nice to have goals like these to keep yourself motivated throughout the month. The only unfortunate thing is that sometimes time moves by so fast that you’ll barely even get to finish any of your goals.

Finish reading what is on my currently reading list on Goodreads. I have finished some, added new ones, retired some. I’m really indecisive when it comes to reading, and finishing books. Any book titles with a strikethrough have been finished and most likely mentioned in my latest “What I read in…” post.

  • Hannibal by Mirko Jelusich
  • The Calling by David Gaider
  • Daughter of the Drow by Elaine Cunningham
  • Stars above by Marissa Meyer
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • A Warriors Journey by Paul Thompson and Tonya Cook
  • The masked empire by Patrick Weekes ( a re-read)
  • Last Flight by Liane Merciel

Do well in this work program I have been assigned to. I was contacted by a work counselling company that wanted to help me to find a job suited to my health needs. I’m really happy because I get financial compensation while doing this too. One step closer to a new job! I just have to make sure to do enough activities to complete it all.

Work out more. I started out well in August, then life took over, my brother’s wedding stress made things a bit difficult.. But I need to try to go back to what was.. Which was working out at least 4 times a week.

Be better at staying organized. I love creating new systems for myself when it comes to storage, taking notes, plan my time and so on. Sadly I also abandon new systems just as fast as I start using them.. I need to think of something universal.

Spend even less than what I’m doing now. I don’t think there is anything wrong with spending less and saving more. Though I think it’s kind of stupid that you work for an expendable income, but lord help you if you ever want to actually use that money..

Get better at drawing on a winged liner. I just suck at it. Really bad.. Need to fix that asap! I keep seeing pictures of people with perfect wings and it upsets me that I can’t do it too.

Do you have any goals for September? Tell me about them! 

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