Today is the last day of January, well done everyone, we made it through. I’m not keen on the dark months and January after all the light and feasting of December is the one of the worst.I decided to change how I thought about goals in January and that helped a bit. I will confess that although I don’t feel bad about my lack of achievement, if January had a pass/fail, I would have probably failed.
Other stuff that happened in January, Ma was really ill and we reversed visiting schedules for a while at the beginning of the month, the littlest nephew can say Nic (he’s still working on the Aunty part but I don’t need the title!), Ma and I made an allotment plan which we are very excited about, I finally got a haircut, Ryan and I spoke to each other once a week (we haven’t been this communicative since he was 10!). I’m still employed!
So the goals for Jan were:
- Yoga for 30 days. More precise to say yoga for 10 days. Time to be real, I have to do yoga in my living room and I hate having to get my mat out every day and roll it back up, I’m thinking that there must be a way to get me over because when I do it, I enjoy it and it’s good for me.
- 10,000 steps a day. I didn’t get there very day but the aim was 310,000 steps for the month and I did that!
- Vitamins. I took a regular multi-vitamin, folic acid and vitamin D everyday, this was pretty easy, I bought them, I took them every night before bedtime, I didn’t have as many spots on my chin when I had PMT and while I’m not exactly bouncing with energy, I haven’t come down with anymore lurgies…
- Feet. I have lovely soft feet because I’ve been moisturising them 5 days out of 7.
- No spending in January. This was a complete fail, it started with buying Junipalooza tickets, then there was the £50-ish on gin. It was bad, I need to put my horns in next month. I did stick to my food budget though.
- Food prep and menu planning. I did it, I resented it on Sunday nights, but loved it Monday to Friday!
- Sort out. I did this and was surprised about how little there was to chuck out, my less clutter mantra is finally having an effect somewhere in my house!
So that was January but I did start the year with some aims too so a little update on that.
Reading – I’ve read 6 books this month. 2 off my TBR list. Others were pre-ordered with Christmas money or borrowed. The TBR list on the Kindle stands at 90 and the physical pile of books is 34 because I added a borrowed book to it. It’s like a compulsion my need for books!
Household budget – in January, I spent £20. I start February with £60, in the kitty and a list of things that I need to buy for the month!
Food Budget – I spent all of it! So I’m starting this Saturday with £60. Next month I’ll make more of an effort to track my spending
Saving – It’s weird because this account currently has money that I’m using as planned. And I want to keep it separate, so I’m throwing spare money into the pot and managed to throw about £20 in there, which shows me how much spare money I have when I don’t think about it.
Health – this is such a vague category but I have spent January looking after myself. I’ve started to use aromatherapy again to help me relax before bed and on my itchy scalp and yes, it may be all in my head but it seems to help so who cares. More conventionally, I committed to taking a multi vitamin every day and added folic acid and vitamin D to it and I can’t say that the vitamin D is having a massive effect but the folic acid seems to be helping my spotty chin, so I’m hopeful it’s helping my insides. I hit my step goals and I’ve checked in with the therapist for a bit of a tune up. Overall, I feel better than I have in January for a while and that I’m fitting my skin a bit better so all of that feels good.
My word for 2018 is grow and given how difficult I find January, I’m happy that I got through the month with sanity intact, got back into a working mindset and less SAD affected than usual.
So little goals for February.
Mind and Body
- 10,000 steps a day.
- Vitamins every day.
- Feet and Hands.
- Golden hour
- Stick to the spending budgets for food and household.
- Deep clean hall carpet
- Clean oven
- Put together the unit I bought at Christmas
- Curtains in the bedroom
Allotment (why is this the longest list?)
- plant the rhubarb crown
- dig up raspberries and the gooseberry at the end of the plot
- sort out the raspberry frames
- paint the shed
- cut the grass at the edges of the path
- order new raised beds
- build new raised beds
- fill the new raised beds with compost and top up the others
- sort out the sides of the current brassica bed
- create sections at top and sides of allotment for flowers
- clear that bed of broccoli and kale
- prep the buckets and boxes for carrots, radishes and mint
- put up and secure the cloche
- trip to the dump
- sort out sowing supplies and start sowing leeks etc