Hey Hey Hey!
Another new week is here and with that it's got me thinking about the future, and more specifically what I'd like to achieve throughout the winter months.
I really love setting myself goals every season, it's a really great way for me to evaluate what I've achieved so far, where I see this whole thing going and where I'd like to be in a couple of months time. I'd really urge you to have a little think about those things and perhaps set yourself some too? It's a nice way to guide me and the decisions I have to make every day and allows me to stay focused, much more so than the dreaded New Years Resolutions (although I am partial to those too)
I've set myself goals now for a whole year and I really adore reading back over what I set out to achieve and whether I actually achieved it once that season was up. You can take a look at them using the links at the end of the post if you so wish?
So it's cold again... Great! I love the colder months I have to say but don't deal all to well when being cold, GO FIGURE! I love layering, so I think thats has a lot to do with my love for winter, however, aside from that it can be a down right miserable time of year. So with the inevitable mood change on the horizon, it got me thinking about what I'd REALLY like to achieve this winter, and I've actually rather shocked myself as there is very little to do with work up in here.
And whilst work will ALWAYS be a priority to me, I think it's nice to set myself some life achievement goals instead, some much needed me time, some new additions (not a baby!!) and perhaps a new place to call home?
Make A House A Home.
So we’re finally moving! We moved into our beautiful city centre flat two years ago now and whilst it’s been a beautiful place to live, to learn, to grow and to be with the one I love, it’s time to say goodbye, to discover new areas and to get some much needed space.
I’ll be back with more news about the move very soon but until then let’s just say I’d like to have made a house a home come spring. I have the whole of winter, not to mention Christmas to move into our new space and to make our new home feel like ours. I’m really excited for this next chapter and to create something really beautiful with our new space. Stay tuned for much, much more on the ole interior and moving lark. Eeeeek!
Get A Puppy
With the new found space we FINALLY have room for an addition to our family and we’re hoping to bring home a sausage dog puppy early next year, OH MY GOD!
I honestly cannot believe this could be happening to me, it’s been a dream of mine since I was 14 to actually own a sausage dog, which you’ll know if you’ve been following me since the beginning, I mean it’s in my twitter bio for crying out loud.
I really hope to be introducing you to our new baby very soon and that won’t just be a winter goal achieved but practically a lifelong dream!
Take a Holiday
I mentioned in my summer goals catch up post that we didn’t have time for a good old fashioned break in the sun this year. Whilst I was here there and everywhere and travelling each month, there’s nothing quite like sitting back, with phones firmly switched off and out of offices ON, and sunning yourself for 7 days. I hope we can fit in a little holiday of such in the new year, once everything’s settled with the new place of course, now that would be utterly perfect. I’d love to hear if you have any destinations that are perfect for lapping up some winter sun, do throw them my way if you do.
However, as much as I would truly love to get away, this isn’t something I’ll be too disappointed about if we don’t achieve it, who knows, moving into our new place could be all the holiday we need.
Read More Blogs
When I started my blog almost 5 years ago now (yeah I can’t believe it’s been that long either!) I was completely and utterly consumed by blogs. I read style and lifestyle blogs daily, at any opportunity I could. I loved them and that was part of the reason for starting my own.
Life happened and I got busier and my love for reading blogs was taken up by creating content and well, Instagram I guess.
Lately I’ve fallen in love with reading blogs all over again and I wish for this love to continue. I have a few firm faves that I’m reading on the weekly and sometimes even daily and I’m completely and utterly loving it. Not only are these ladies incredible writers and stylists but they’re continually inspiring my own work and that in itself is a huge deal!
I was a huge advocate for commenting on blogs if I enjoyed a piece, in my mind it was all about credit where credit is due and “how can I expect people to leave me love for posts I’ve worked so hard on, if I don’t do the same on those I’ve enjoyed?” So I’m reading, commenting and sharing more blogs than ever and I’m truly and utterly loving it. I urge you to all do the same, go share some love for your favourite blogs, you have no idea how much that means to the writer.
Similarly do let me know which blogs you love to read as I’d love to add them to my reading list.
So yeah, through the winter months I want to continue my rekindled love for reading blogs and continue to share them with you lovely lot too.
Host A HUGE Dinner Party
From our beautiful flat in the centre came my love for hosting. I adore having people round for dinner, drinks, parties or chilled nights in, I just love hosting! I get a real buzz from looking after people in the comfort of my own home and really can't wait to have the excuse when we leave this flat (HELLO farewell party) and when we move into our new place. I'd REALLY love to challenge myself to host a dinner party for as many guests as we can fit around our not-yet-bought dining room table, now if that's not adulting I don't know what is!?
Something I'm really quite proud about from the summer months was my commitment to training at the gym. I think I have finally broken down the wall that stopped me feeling confident about heading to the gym for a good ole sweat session. It's all down to my personal trainer Kaif who is totally wonderful at tailoring one hour sessions to suit me or even both George and myself in one session.
I can already see the changes in my body, I feel stronger and fitter than I have in a long time and I'm LOVING it! I find myself getting excited and looking forward to my training sessions with Kaif, and thats something I NEVER EVER thought I would say.
I want to continue to train with Kaif and to get stronger than ever before. I want to get to summer and feel completely at home in my own skin, something I've never truly felt before. I know I can get there and I'm excited for the journey.
Expand My Creativity By Working With Creatives
This summer has been a real eye opener when it comes to working relationships and the dependency this job requires on other people. I've learnt SO much this year and I'm SO excited to be working with some all new creatives to increase my pool of wonderful photographers in the Manchester area. It's been so fun reconnecting with old friends again such as Michaela and Portia and working with new creatives such as Jack and Kyle all of which have something completely new and fresh to offer to meganellaby.com and it is SO exciting!
I can't wait to explore this some more throughout the colder months and hopefully bring to you something new and exciting too! With this and with the expansion of photographers I am able to work with, I'm hoping to FINALLY be able to start posting three times a week, something I've wanted to do for the past year but didn't have the resources to do so. Currently I post every Tuesday and Thursday but would love to throw in an extra post on a Sunday, would that suit you guys? Let me know which day you think would be best. I'm SO excited to be able to share more.
I just realised I said that all my winter goals were personal goals rather than work but that last one crept in there, I just couldn't help myself... Sorry about that! But there we have it, seven rather realistic goals for me to try and achieve throughout winter, I'll be back recapping over what I was able to achieve in the spring time, although that seems like a million years away right now, I'm sure it'll be here before we know it... But first, CHRISTMAS!
Do let me know if you're into setting yourself seasonal goals too? I find them to be much more achievable and motivating then setting goals at the beginning of the year, they leave me feeling pumped up and ready to go and I hope they do the same for you too.