Hey Hey Hey! It’s recap time, this time looking back over the winter months and the goals I set myself ‘cause I think we can safely say that spring is with us for good now. We’ve had day after day of glorious sunshine (albeit a little chilly in parts) so I thought now was the perfect time to reflect and take a look back over what I set out to do during winter. I’ve said it before and if you’ve been reading for some time then you’ll know these blogposts all too well, but for the newbies around here, firstly Hi! And secondly, I’m big on setting myself seasonal goals no matter how big or small they may seem, goals for my work life and goals for my social life and home life too, little things that keep me motivated throughout the season. I’ll be setting my new goals in the next couple of weeks, once I’ve figured out what the heck I’m wanting to achieve, but for now, let’s take a look back at the goals I set in November 2018.
So, first up I wanted to relax more. And yes I even joked about how non-relaxing setting myself that particular goal was…
However, I did specify that I wanted to “switch off a little more, I want to listen to classical music whilst reading a book or relaxing with a face mask and a meditation app, I want to find a little more zen in my life, something I've always been quite good at achieving but this year has been a little rocky in parts and hugely hectic for the most part. I'm going to set myself the very easy task of reading at least two books before March (pathetic I know) and I'm going to work out which classical artists I truly love and whether this meditating malarky is for me... Watch this space.“
So firstly I can safely say that I have smashed my two books before March goal as I’ve read 5 books already this year and I’m well on my way through number six too which is seriously great for me! Would you like another book club blog post soon where I chat through the books I’ve read? That would be fun. I’m hoping to read 12 books in 12 months and I’m chuffed that I’m well on my way with that.
I’ve been listening to lots of different genres of music lately which I’m loving. Classical is a constant love of mine, especially when it comes to relaxing but I’m yet to work out exactly who I love but I must say that jazz is also having a rather relaxing affect on me too. I am totally in love with Chet Baker, that man makes me swoon! And, meditation, now thats not for me, although I am making a conscious effort to not look at my phone for an hour before bed and for the first hour when I wake up, it’s embarrassingly tricky, but I’m trying so hard!
Next on my list for things I want to achieve was all about my clothing line Saturday By Megan Ellaby and how I wanted to “develop the brand into something bigger, something I know it can be” this is still ongoing as is to be expected. Having my own clothing line has been such an incredible journey so far and an achievement like no other. It’s been the biggest learning curve ever and I’m still getting used to just how damn slow everything is. It’s been hard to hand over things to other people, especially as I’ve been running my own show for the past 6.5years. But I’m getting there and whilst things are slow, I’m so passionate about this project, about fit, colour and quality and I want every single detail to be perfect. I would say I’ve achieved this goal as I’m always learning and always working to develop the brand, however just a little slower than I’d imagined. We launched the Ultimate Saturday knit which has since sold out, absolutely AMAZING and totally mind blowing stuff! And we’ve been working on a summer collection and getting a head start of AW19 too, so watch this space everybody, it’s going to be a fun year!
Next was to start my own podcast… Now hasn’t that gone well HA!
Whilst this is a goal unachieved, it’s still potentially something I’d like to get involved with at some point, the time and the subject just has to be right. I don’t want to get into it without a clear idea of what we are and who we want to be so for now I imagine this goal will remain unachieved until we get the groundwork in place.
I also wanted to get some more tattoos, something that is also unachieved. However, I’m hoping to change that come June where I’m going to be heading to Brighton to hopefully add two more designs to my limbs. I’ll of course share the whole thang with you either on here or on my YouTube channel or perhaps even both, so once again, stay tuned.
I wanted to book a holiday, I still want to book a holiday but realistically this isn’t going to happen I don’t think. We have bigger fish to fry this year and bigger things we need to spend on. George is launching Jimmy’s 2:0, we’re moving house, I’m developing Saturday and we have a few city breaks coming up towards the end of the year so for now that will very much do. I’m still desperate to lie on a beach for a week and do absolutely nothing except read, eat and drink margaritas but alas 2020 will be the year for that I am sure.
Throughout last year I learnt so much about sustainability particularly after watching Stacey Dooley’s Fashion’s Dirty Secret which shocked me no end! Since then I’ve vowed to buy less and style more and I can safely say that is exactly what I’ve done. I’ve shopped a hell of a lot less than ever before and I’ve enjoyed reworking pieces within my wardrobe for different occasions and different seasons and working hard to create interesting content using pieces you’ve seen before. It’s actually been really fun and even though at times I’ve felt a bit down in the dumps about what’s hanging in my wardrobe and whilst I’ve still treated myself to the odd piece here and there, it’s much less than in previous seasons and I think if we all shopped a bit less it could make a huge difference.
Back in November I wrote this “And finally, my ultimate goal is to stay true to myself, this season and forever more! As I've already said this year has been a bit of a messy one. I've been thrown off kilter more times than I care to mention, cried through feeling lost in myself too many times and wobbled my way through 8 out of 12 months of 2018” I think this is such an important goal to carry through with us whatever the season. I mentioned in my recent blog post about being self employed in your twenties how I’ve really struggled with this, particularly throughout December-February, but I’m feeling much better now. I’ve given myself a good shake up, with the help of my friends and family and I’m just “doing me” and trying to pay no attention to those who may want to ruin that. It’s a work in progress for sure but your messages and feedback on that post make it all the more easy to overcome it, so thank you, from the bottom of my heart!
And before I wrap this up I must must MUST highlight this spring get up of mine, one I'm absolutely LOVING wearing! I picked up this skirt in Topshop after falling head over heels for the colour combination, the print and the pleated detailing. As you know, this style of skirt isn't something I wear all too much and it's always been something I've shied away from deeming it something that didn't suit me. However, during winter I experimented a little more with hemlines and I found that I really enjoyed wearing longer length skirts, particularly when paired with my trusty knee boots. Knee boots combined with a side split really allows a piece such as the midi/maxi skirt feel that little more like me and not like a walking lump of fabric...
I also chose to pair the skirt with a complimenting pink cropped polo shirt which I feel again, allows this look to feel a lot more like me with a good dose of boyish vibes. The combination of the feminine skirt with the masculine cropped top is something I'm finding so inspiring and therefore have been opting for this look time and time again. The skirt also looks totally bad ass when paired with a white Tee and trainer combo too.
So there we have a little look back over the past few months and the goals I set out to achieve along with a rather cracking spring get up. Looking back at these goals, they were slightly more personal than usual which was nice, I was clearly needing a few months to work on myself wasn’t I. I think throughout summer I’m going to work at developing me some more but with some hefty work goals thrown in for good measure. See you in a couple of weeks to update you on my summer goals but for now, I’d love to hear what your biggest winter achievement was.