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ACHIEVABLE GOALS FOR 2018

30 Dec 2017

Previous years I have tried the whole 'new year, new me' approach. I would begin the year excited and full of optimism, sure that the following year I would improve myself in all aspects of my life. Turns out that's pretty darn difficult to do. I would wake up on New Year's day with a raging hangover and feel so disappointed in myself for sleeping in 'til noon even though I made a promise to myself that I would get up every day before 9am.

As January would slip away I became more and more angry with myself for still being the same old me. Still not a morning person, still a serial procrastinator, still hate reading and still so flaky with my blog.

 I have well and truly learned my lesson so this year I am not making any 'resolutions' I know neither my life nor I am going to change in 2018 unless I win the lotto or something which would be very much welcomed!  

There are however some small things I want to aim to achieve in 2018. I think it's always good to have some small goals to aim for to keep you focused so here are a few of mine.

1. Save more money 

I wouldn't say I'm a big spender but I do want to start saving more for my future and important things, spending less on frivolous things like makeup and shoes. I'm not saying I won't be buying any make-up or shoes in 2018 because let's face it, I definitely will. But maybe I don't need another red lipstick exactly like one I already have, Y'know what I mean?

2. Be more grateful

I want to be more consciously grateful. I want to really think about it or even write it down, whether that's here on my blog or in a diary, I am not too sure yet. It's no secret that life can be a b*tch sometimes and we can easily get bogged down by the daily grind so I think it's important to take note of all the good stuff in life and take a moment to be grateful.

3. Travel more

I don't necessarily mean travel abroad more, although that would be amazing if I could! I just mean to venture further afield at weekends than my local city or park. I want to go on more road trips, go on different walks, visit new beaches and just see more of Ireland. Even if I could just spend one day a month outside my county that would be great. 

4. Spend less time on my phone

I am definitely guilty of coming home from work and spending ages scrolling aimlessly through my phone. Sometimes I can hop in to bed only to spend up to an hour looking at my phone before going to sleep. I see this as one of my worst habits so I would really love if I could gradually cut it down in 2018.

5. Do more meaningful things

On Christmas day this year, I spent 5 hours making a 3d puzzle of the Eiffel Tower, I found this to be a much better way to spend my time than watching TV or looking at my phone like I've already talked about because when it was done I felt like I had accomplished something. I know this is a very small example but that feeling of accomplishment was so good and I really want to feel it more in 2018. So instead of being passive and doing nothing, I'm going to try and do something more often. Whether it be to create content for my blog, bake, take up a new hobby or sport, create something, help out somewhere, I want to be doing things that result in me feeling proud.

6. Go for more walks

Not only do I want to go on more walks for my own sake as a form of exercise I want to do it for my dogs sakes. Nicky and Lily love nothing more than to see me rattling their leads and I love them so much that I want to make sure they are living happy lives and getting all the exercise they need so I really want to up the amount I bring them for walks and not let a little drizzle stop me. 

7. Take better care of myself 

In 2018 I want to take better care of myself in general. I want to be good with my skincare, invest in things that work. I'm also really concerned with my dental care, I need to floss every day but I'm so bad at doing this. I want to eat as healthy as possible and try to avoid takeaway food altogether. If I can continue to avoid the doctor in 2018, as I have done most of my life so far, I will be pretty happy.

8. Drink more water

So this should probably have been put in with the last point really but '7' felt like a weird number for a list! I am terrible for forgetting to drink water. I find myself with a headache and feeling tired and it's usually because I have drunk barely any water that day so I'm going to try to change this in 2018. 

So there we have it, some small things I would like to do in 2018. Wish me luck in achieving them! 

Finally, I just want to wish anyone who reads this a wonderful 2018. I hope it's filled with love, happiness and good health. Happy New Year my loves. 

Sinéad x

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WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS CHRISTMAS

12 Dec 2017

After the snow this morning I am well and truly in the Christmas spirit. I'm even finding myself singing along to Christmas songs around the house! Some years I'm not too bothered but It's safe to say I'm really looking forward to Christmas this year. I thought I would write a little list of all the things I am looking forward to this Christmas season. 

Christmas Parties

My work Christmas party is next Saturday night and I am so looking forward to getting all dressed up and going out for a lovely meal, drinks and dancing with my colleagues and friends. It's always such a fun and festive night complete with singing chefs, Christmas dinner, mince pies, prosecco and dancing the night away to 'Fairytale of New York'. I could share my outfit and make-up details on here if you guys are interested? Let me know in the comments!

Food, Food & More Food

Where do I start when it comes to food?! Christmas is a right of passage to eat all the food and not feel guilty. From the tubs of roses to the Christmas dinner itself everything is so delicious and I am really looking forward to indulging. Lucky for me I don't have to make the dinner, thank God as that seems like far too much pressure. I would like to contribute a bit more this year though and maybe make a starter. Let me know in the comments of some good Christmas starters.

Time off to Relax

I think anyone who is working really appreciates the Christmas break. I'm hopefully going to have the whole week off so I am really looking forward to spending time at home with my family relaxing and not having to worry about any responsibilities. I feel like Christmas time is the only time of the year you can switch off and do nothing because that's what it is for!

Giving Gifts

This is so cliche I know but I really do prefer giving gifts than receiving them. I can just buy myself whatever I want so getting gifts doesn't excite me that much (I am appreciative none the less though!) I just love the feeling of seeing a smile on someones face when you get them something. I have pretty much all my presents bought and wrapped now waiting to be opened!

Playing Games

Christmas is literally the only time of the year that I get together with my whole family, we enjoy each others company and play games. From making jigsaws and playing board games with my nieces and nephew to having a midnight game of cards and a glass of wine with my parents and siblings. It's so nice to sit down together, put our phones away and do something fun.

Eeeep writing this has made me even more excited for Christmas. Less than two weeks to go now! I can hardly believe it.

I would love to know how you spend your Christmas holidays? What is it that you are really looking forward to? Let me know in the comments down below.

Sinéad x
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HOW I GET IN THE FESTIVE SPIRIT

5 Dec 2017

Happy December my loves! I can't quite believe we're in the final month of 2017, seriously, was this not the fastest year of your life?

Every year it feels like the Christmas festivities start earlier and earlier, I mean this year they were talking about Christmas on November 1st! I have to say, I don't agree with this. I think it makes Christmas drag on too long and I honestly get bored of it. So I try not to even think about Christmas until December and then I dive right in to full-on Christmas mode because let's face it - it is the most wonderful time of the year!

I thought I would share with you some of the ways I get into the festive spirit and make myself feel all 'Christmassy' 

Play Christmas music

One of the first things I do is play Christmas music. This doesn't take much effort on my part because work has changed the radio station to Christmas FM on December 1st. Therefore I spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week listening to festive tunes. I'm loving it so far as it's really making me get in the spirit but I sure won't be playing it at home or in the car too as I think that might be a little overkill!

Wear a Christmas jumper

Something else I do to mark the beginning of Christmas is wear my Christmas jumper. I adore Christmas/wintery jumpers and you will probably catch me wearing one most days in December. When I wear one or see someone wear one I just feel like 'yup it's officially Christmas' I also got myself some new Christmas earring in Penneys today complete with snowflakes, candy canes, reindeers, Christmas trees and more! they're adorbs.

Burn festive candles

I love a good scented candle anytime of the year but there is something about Christmas scents that give me the warm fuzzies. I feel like they give a much more festive atmosphere to the house. My all-time favourite would have to be cinnamon. To be honest I start burning them at Halloween!

Put up decorations

Speaking of making the house more festive, putting up decorations is an obvious one! We don't have our tree up just yet, will probably put it up at the weekend. I have got some small decorations up though, like mantle garlands and little ornaments. They help to remind me that Christmas is well and truly on its way!

Visit the Christmas Market

If there is a Christmas market in a city near you, you should definitely visit it! The one in Galway isn't the biggest or most exciting in the world. But the gorgeous lights, delicious food and the smell of mulled wine are enough to put anyone in the spirit. It really is so magical, almost makes me feel like a kid again!

Take a kid to see Santa

I know this may not be doable for everyone, y'know, if you're not close to any kids I wouldn't recommend stealing one to do it. But I'm lucky enough to have 3 nieces and 1 nephew. They are a big part of my Christmas as their excitement for it makes it so much more special. There is nothing quite like taking a kid to visit Santa or even see just to see some lights being turned on. Their excitement really is infectious. 
I hope this list inspires you if you're finding it a little bit difficult to get in the festive spirit.

Do let me know in the comments what it is you like to do during the lead up to Christmas that makes you feel all Christmassy!

I hope you are all having the most wonderful December so far and it's going as magically as possible for you!
Sinéad x
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