I’ve found that disrupting your everyday routines with either a temporary or permanent change can be extremely helpful for reevaluating your ambitions and rekindling your motivation. Luckily enough for me, the last few weeks have been stuffed full with so much travelling I’ve had more than enough opportunity to consider my priorities. Now, sitting in Helsinki Airport in Finland on the verge of flying home, I feel that tingling urge to push forward with the things that are important to me that sometimes sets in after the disruption of routine: the feeling of determination.
A couple of posts back, I reviewed my 2018 goals which I made in January – most of them seem to be moving along well but some of the points on the list have definitely been feeling a little neglected. I thought that the coming two months before I head off to university could be a great time to put in the effort with my goals in the hope that I can establish routines that won’t fall apart so easily when I move in September.
Write lots – I have several writing projects I want to kickstart this summer, as well as the desire to grow this blog. I often find it easier to write blog posts rather than projects I’m working on privately, and this means that I have the tendency to procrastinate from some types of writing by writing other things. I guess that’s kind of productive, but I’d like to get over this hurdle.
Grow my blog – I don’t want blogging to fall by the wayside either though! I recently hit 1k blog followers and 3k Twitter followers and this has really inspired me to keep going. This summer I want to keep up a regular posting schedule, plan and write posts in advance and start reaching out to companies to collaborate.
Get back into a healthy lifestyle – a classic goal that everyone always seems to have, yet I’m a little gutted to have to be writing this one at this point. Since January I have made big steps forward on the exercise front (basketball, running, yoga) but illness and stress (and I guess travelling) have repeatedly pushed these health goals into the gutter. I want to start all these activities again, especially in the nicer weather!
Be in tune with my body – some of you know how stomach problems have been getting in my way for a while now, and although I’ve still got some tests to do it seems that it is a problem that might have to be managed through being mindful and experimental with what I’m eating – something that hasn’t been possible whilst travelling.
Spend time outside – hopefully the good weather is going to hold out for us in the UK as I want to spend time in the countryside, by the sea and hopefully go on a camping trip at some point.
Get stuff ready for university – I keep mentioning how I’m off to study in the autumn, and that’s going to require a little bit of organisation (and some new fairy lights of course). Don’t worry, I will be doing a few uni haul posts for all of you nosey people out there!
Set up my new bullet journal – I don’t know if anyone’s realised, but I haven’t done a bujo post since my May bullet journal setup post. That’s because I decided I wasn’t going to use one whilst abroad. But I do have a lot of planning posts in the works as I have a beautiful untouched journal ready for the start of the academic year. Can anyone guess the colour?
Get back into reading – this is a goal I set myself in January but haven’t satisfyingly fulfilled yet. I want to skim through a few books related to my university course, Sociology, and read a couple of novels before I leave home.
See friends – summer is the best time to meet up with friends as most people come home at some point during the summer months. I want to make lots of plans before I move to a different town and it’s harder to arrange things.
That’s it! Plenty to keep busy with I think. Have you set any goals this summer?
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