March Goals

February kinda sucked so I’m curious to see if I actually hit any of my goals. Karne went into the hospital for his stem cell transplant so I’ve been pretty bummed out. Hopefully, this is the final uphill struggle and we can start to see a bright cancer-free future. Keep everything crossed people!

Anyway, March is the month that I was brought into the world it must be a good one right?

♡ Put Some Money Away ♡ 

I didn’t put any money away but I did pay off a couple of store cards that I’ve had floating around! So that makes me feel better because it’s one less thing I need to pay for. It’s unlikely I’ll be able to save anything this month because March is expensive. My car tax, car insurance, service and MOT come up all at once which is a bitch. But y’know.. life.

♡ Redecorate The Bedroom ♡

I painted the feature wall in the bedroom a dark blue like I wanted to. I do really like it but I kinda miss the orange. I’m really indecisive when it comes to stuff like this and flick back and forth. We bought some new curtains which now fit window and it transformed the room! I almost feel like painting the wall wasn’t necessary. We also found this awesome copper industrial light which looks amazing so I think it’s just a case of finding the final touches that make it come together. I’d check out Iconic Lights if you’re after really nice lights that don’t cost the earth. you’ll thank me later!

♡ Drive More Traffic to my Blog ♡ 

I have been lacking when it comes to keeping up with posts and what not. But given my personal circumstances, I think I can be forgiven for it. I’ve had other priorities and it’s been a very tiring and stressful few weeks. When you’re tired and stressed you can’t really get yourself into the right frame of mind to sit and write about anything. All I want to do is just want to take a bath, read a book and relax a little.

I did sign up to tailwind and I’ve been quite surprised with the results. My follower count on Pinterest has increased and as I’m pinning my posts in the tribes they are getting shared and more people are being driven to the blog. I only have the free trial version at the moment but I can see a pretty good improvement already so I think I’ll save up and invest in the full version to maximum my blogs potential!

♡ Makeup Clear Out ♡

Yup, did that. I knew I’d be really stingy when it came to getting ridding some of it.. because that sh*t costs money. But it was well overdue and you’re not really supposed to have stuff that’s a couple of years old. It’s gross. But if everyone is being completely honest they don’t throw away a mascara that’s 6 months old. They think “meh” and use it anyway until it’s dry as a bone. I think I got rid of about a third of the stuff I had. Mainly liquid lipsticks because I tend to go for similar shades and it seemed pointless having tonnes of what was ultimately the same thing.

♡ Invest in Some Lighting ♡

I spent some time trying to find something that was small, compact but would do the job. There isn’t really a lot of room for huge softbox lights and I wanted something that had convenience but also worked really well. So I checked out ring lights and numerous other things that are recommended by bloggers and eventually found the NEEWER Photography 126 LED Studio Lighting Kit. I figured if I didn’t like it I could always send it back and it was only £29 so was quite a bargain!

It extends to a pretty good height too which makes it great for flatlays (if I can ever perfect those buggers). It’s gonna take some time to play with it and figure out what works best but I’m confident it’s going to help out with my blog photography and I can start to use more of my own images.

So again, not a bad turn out. I didn’t set the bar too high because I knew I’d be preoccupied and busy with other things. A little disappointed I wasn’t able to save some money but I think that’s going to be a recurring thing because money is literally all I think about. I’m ticking over on how to save it, how I can cut back in places, how we’re going to pay for this, how I’m going to pay for that. It’s just a constant concern so if I can make sure I give myself a little buffer it should help to ease that and quiet my brain a little.

I’m not shooting for the stars this month either – everything that’s going on kinda rolls into March as well so again they’re just simple things that I’ve been intending to do and haven’t got around to yet.

SELL ON EBAY

Every. Penny. Counts. Things are going be tight with our diminished income and whatnot so I’m going to put some stuff I have been holding onto and sell them on eBay for some extra pocket money. Things like bags, clothes, shoes I haven’t worn in forever. Usually, I would donate them without hesitation but it really will help us out.
Most of the stuff I have in mind is some of the expensive bags or shoes that I don’t use/wear anymore because they’re leather but kept because of how much they were. It just seems a waste, so they got to go!

LEARN TO CROCHET

This could be tricky.. because crochet instructions are like reading another language. But I want to learn to do something creative and some stuff you can do with one of those needles and some yarn is pretty impressive. I want something where I can sit down and get stuck into it. Plus it’ll be nice to have something to show for it at the end!

I’m positive I’ve said something like this before.. but finding a hobby or a skill you really enjoy seems to be one of those things that can take a while to find.

BRING KARNE HOME

I don’t have any control over this as we’re at the mercy of his biology and how he recovers. But I miss him horrendously and the best Birthday present I could ask for is for him to come home.

I’ve been seeing a video on Facebook where the guy neglects his wife because he works all the time. She wants to go to brunch the next day and he’s like “yeah whatever” and goes off to work. She dies that day in a horrible car accident and he comes home to see a card telling him she’s pregnant and can’t wait for their brunch date. He’s crying because he realised how much he loved her and now he’ll never see her again.

I didn’t have the same reaction as everyone else seemed to because I already know what that’s like. In a way. Our separation isn’t permanent but we’re in a situation that has caused very painful and real conversations about life and death. And we’ve really had to consider what life would be like without the other.
As a result, we make sure every day the other know just how important they are and even the smallest gestures don’t go unnoticed in this house. What I’m trying to say is, don’t wait for something horrible to happen before you realise how lucky you are. Remember it every day because I can’t wait for my other half to come home just so I can ask him how his damn day was and what he wants for dinner. Haha.

REACH OUT TO BRANDS

Scary but worth a try. I feel my blog is too small or my following isn’t big enough for me to reach out to brands. I’m part of a few Facebook groups where these questions get asked a lot and they’re always told to go for it. “Don’t ask, don’t get” as they say. So I’m going to compile myself a letter/email and send it out to a few I’d love to work with. Hopefully, I’ll get a positive response and who knows.. it could be the best thing I do! Fingers crossed.

INCREASE TWITTER FOLLOWING

I don’t really spend a huge amount of time on Twitter. I don’t really have anything interesting to say or talk about that I can update people with very few hours. Honestly, where do people find the time? But social media is really important if you have a blog and I’m learning as I go along. There is a huge amount of support for bloggers on Twitter (old and new). The community really seems to come together there. I’d like to try and be more active and increase my 931 followers to 1000 by the end of March. I hit the 2k goal on Instagram so I don’t think I’m aiming too high!

So that’s about all I have planned for March. Did you hit your goals? How was your month? Did you do anything interesting.. maybe you have a Valentine’s day story to share? Let me know in the comment below!

Until next time ♡

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7 Comments

  1. 1st March 2018 / 5:47 pm

    Cheering Karne on from here! ❤️❤️ I really want to start saving but really tough on my income and with my bills. I have sold items on eBay before and it feels great to just get rid of stuff I don’t need and get paid for it!
    Nicolette | https://nicolette.co/

  2. 1st March 2018 / 6:22 pm

    Hi I really like your blog. Hoping Karne recovers quickly, it must be so tough on you to be separated. Good luck with your March goals – I love how honest you were about reflecting on your February goals. I’ll follow you on Twitter – I love the platform but I use it for B2B client stuff not so much blogging.

  3. 2nd March 2018 / 12:13 pm

    I love your goals! I have been selling some stuff on eBay too! It’s a good way of having a clear out! xx

  4. Daniela
    2nd March 2018 / 6:00 pm

    Look at you killing it with your goals, girl! You’re going to crush them!

  5. 2nd March 2018 / 8:37 pm

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    You can achieve a lot with just one or two lights so it may be a great investment. Good luck with your goals!

    – Tia | http://www.filtercrave.co

  6. 3rd March 2018 / 7:37 am

    What a great set of goals for the month of March. Keep moving forward and you’ll accomplish all of them. I absolutely think you should begin reaching out to brands!