Hey loves! Can someone please explain to me how it’s already July?! I feel like this year has only just started – tell me that’s not just me! Because we are now half way through the year, I thought I would jump on here and share my mid-year life update and goals for the rest of 2019.
I can’t believe the first 6 months of 2019 has been and gone – excuse me but what?! So much has happened since the New Year and part of me still can’t quite believe how much my life has changed.
If you don’t know by now (how?!), Angus and I got engaged on Christmas Eve and are in the midst of planning our wedding (you can see the first wedding post here!). I also started my first teaching job in January which means I have officially been working there and teaching for 6 months now!! This time last year, I had no idea if I was even going to be doing a PGCE, and now, here I am having just finished my first year teaching and half way through my PGCE (I’m doing it part-time).
I also left my job at the department store in March – that was a bit of a leap of faith as I wanted to fully commit to my teaching career but working those long hours and being on my feet all day way made that very difficult. Even though I had cut down to just one day a week, it was still taking up more energy than I had to give and leaving really was the best decision I’ve made. Financially, it wasn’t adding that much to my bank balance with just 8 hours a week (minimum wage problems!) and because of that I couldn’t take on more hours teaching. Since leaving, I have been able to work almost full time as a teacher which is something that I never thought I would be able to do! I am now having a much-needed break over summer before I am back again in September.
I thought it would be nice to share some of my goals for July; I’ve found that because I’ve put so much into my work, my personal and blog goals have taken a back-seat and I’m not ok with that. My health definitely needs to be my priority this month; my plan is to get into a healthy routine which I can continue when I go back to work in September.
- Walk everyday – I’m starting off small! My aim over the summer is to take at least a 10 min walk every day and slowly build up my stamina again. I can’t jump back into intense gym sessions and exercise classes because it makes me too ill, but I can start off slowly and build it up. This also means that I can get some fresh air everyday which is so important for me when I’m at home all the time!
- Meal plan and stick to it – I am very good at creating a meal plan, but I am not very good at sticking to it. Usually this is because I am ill, or we haven’t got the right food in and I just give up. So, I need to get back to being ultra-organised and do a weekly food shop to buy all the food an ingredients we need for the meals that I want to cook. I also want to get back into batch-cooking because this helps me so much when I’m struggling with my energy.
- Read ‘Just Eat It’ – this is a book all about intuitive eating and I think it is going to help me so much when it comes to my food and diet. I need to get a handle on my diet, especially to help with me PCOS, but I don’t want to fall back into that obsessive, food-tracking mindset. I really think that intuitive eating could be the answer!
- PLAN – when you have a chronic illness to contend with, it is so important to plan your life, otherwise you end up doing too much or, doing too little. I used to be so good at planning my week, making sure there was plenty of time to rest but recently, I have neglected that part. I have recently bought a Happy Planner which is helping me do this again, and I can decorate it which is perfect for when I’m feeling overwhelmed and stressed! I need to start planning my meals, exercise, cleaning, blogging and work and having it all in a planner will help me to organise my mind a bit more.
- Post regularly on my blog and Instagram – you might have noticed my latest posts on Instagram, if not, go and check them out! I love blogging and when I neglect it, I do feel myself slipping away a little bit. I lose my focus and I start to feel quite down. Blogging is my hobby and I want to incorporate it into my day-to-day life much more. It’s my outlet, and when I have stuff going on health-wise, blogging helps me process it more easily.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my mid-year life update and goals! I’d love to hear about your goals and to-do lists for July! If you haven’t set any goals for the rest of the year, go and check out my latest Instagram post to find out why you should! And if you have any tips as to how to meal plan or clean with a chronic illness, please share them in the comments!
Until next time,