Congratulations everyone – you survived January and the “blues” that come along with it. I hope you all had a good one?
I actually had a pretty good month overall. Our wedding photographer surprised us with the most beautiful wedding video that had me in tears! I was so happy and so grateful because I was desperate for a videographer but we couldn’t afford it, so for her to do that for us made me so thankful. I think I’ve watched it back a hundred times! Then on the flip side my other half got into an accident and wrote off his car, but no-one was injured and that’s the main thing. Hey ho – these things happen don’t they?
As usual it’s time for reflection on the previous month to see how well (or poorly) I did in sticking to or completing my goals. So lets revisit January and have a looksy!
Moving on to February.. I always find this to be a weird month and I’m never really that motivated. I’m not sure why. Maybe the January blues don’t sink in for me until around this time because Christmas is WELL and truly a thing of the past and any bank holidays and things to be excited for are in the distant future and feel like forever away.
I’ve had to really try and think of some goals for this month so I’ve kept it simple and focused on things that are achievable, but also beneficial. So here’s what I’ve got planned..
I always like to have a little buffer – you never know when an unexpected expense will crop up and January was a good example of this. We had to use a little of our savings to help Karne get a new car and I absolutely hate touching it. It makes me feel all dirty when I do, almost like I’ve done something wrong but it was unavoidable in this case! So I want to put back a little into to ease my guilt.
I recently painted the feature wall in the bedroom a really nice dark blue. I loved the burnt orange but it was pretty restrictive when it came to duvets and accessories and I love to add little touches to a room to personalise it. The dark blue makes it much easier to do this and the burnt orange stuff we already have goes well with it – it’s a nice industrial feel which is kind of what I’m going for. So I’d like to get a few bits for the room to finish it off and spice it up (get your mind out of the gutter!), y’know new bedspread, curtains and pillows and what-not.
This is much harder to do than I anticipated. I get a fair amount of traffic from my current methods (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc) but I feel like Pinterest is the key and I don’t really understand the methods for utilising it. I just pin stuff I like every now and then and never touch it again, but apparently it is a HUGE traffic driver and can really boost a blogs popularity and reach.
I’d really love to expand my horizons with my little corner of the internet so I’ve enrolled in a mini-course to help me wrap my head around it and hopefully I’ll see a gentle stream of new readers and subscribers!
I want to go through my drawer and get rid of anything that’s out of date or hasn’t been used in a while. You accumulate so much of the stuff over time and always hold onto it “just in case” when in reality, you will never touch it. So I’m going to take everything out and only keep the essentials. It’s going to be hard to part with some of it – because chances are it wasn’t cheap – but it’s necessary as part of a good spring clean and keeping everything hygienic. Plus I can’t remember the last time I actually went through it all so it’s definitely overdue!
I still struggle to take blog photos I’m totally happy with and have read up on hundreds of hints and tips blogs to try and get some insights. They all generally lead to the same conclusion – you need good lighting. Natural light tends to be best but unfortunately I don’t get a great deal of it because of the position of our house, so I’ll need a synthetic alternative. I have an Amazon voucher that’s crying out to be used so I’m going to look for some soft box lights and reflectors and get playing with them. If anyone has any recommendations it would be much appreciated!
Wishing you all a fantastic February and would love to hear your goals for the month too. ♡