The past month has been really good. I thought it probably would be, because I always find I feel driven and excited in September, so I was pleased to find that it lived up to expectations. I wasn’t intending to dwell too long on it here – this post is supposed to be about October, after all – but now that I’m writing I do want to note a couple of the things I enjoyed:
- I attended my first blogging event (a lovely evening at Debenhams Norwich, where we were shown some of the new beauty releases and very kindly sent away with some bits to try).
- …I also attended my second blogging event, which was just yesterday! I hopped on a train to Leeds all by my little old self to go to the Bloggers Blog Awards; I was seriously nervous about this one, but it ended up being such a good day and went by so quickly. I loved meeting so many people I’ve spoken to online yet never met face to face before (special thank you to Amy for giving me a lift to the venue and being an all round gem!).
- I went on holiday. I haven’t been on a holiday style holiday (jeez, how many times can I use the word holiday in one bullet point?!) for so long, but I’ll be doing a couple of posts on it so for now I’ll just say it was a lovely time!
- September was my best month yet for UVs on Sophar So Good. The number itself is unimportant I guess and it’s so tiny it’s probably laughable, but in August my visitors actually fell below what they were in July, so I really wanted to get above July’s figure for September – and I did. Yay for small improvements!
I’m not too sad to wave goodbye to September though, because since landing back in the UK a few days ago I’ve been really itching to get cracking with the month ahead. It will be, I think, about taking pleasure in routine, finding balance, knuckling down, and, of course, enjoyment. Here are my plans for the month of October:
Sort my life out
Sorry to start with something so boring, but it’s an unfortunate reality of adulting; I’ve let a bit of personal admin pile up a bit since moving, being on holiday, etc, and I’m determined that this will be the month I get on top of it. I need to change banks, sort a parking permit, renew my car insurance, and all sorts of other dreadfully boring adult jobs. If anyone’s got any life admin hacks they’d care to share, chuck them my way because I suck at this kind of stuff…but I know I’ll feel so much better when it’s done!
Plan some trips
I’m plotting to squeeze 3 trips into the last few months of the year, and ideally I’d like to book them this month. I’ve already got a weekend in Hamburg booked for the start of November with my gal pal Maryrisa, and I’m hoping to get in one with another friend at the end of November and one with Rob too in December. Inexpensive city break recommendations anyone?
Make our flat somewhere we love being
I said in this post that I wanted to sort our new flat over the end of summer – and we did get everything we need, so the essentials are done and we can actually cook and wash and stuff. Now that it feels a whole lot more like home, I want to make it a lovely place to be over the winter months, somewhere that we’re excited to return to at the end of the day for more than just the fact it means not having to interact with the outside world (hard work). I’m looking to pick up a few throws, lamps, candles etc – you know the drill – as well as getting it all in order. At the moment I’m searching for a grey, white and yellow throw of some sort so hook a gal up if you see one!
Try some new recipes
I’ve gotten into a bit of a rut with cooking recently and feel like I’m eating the same thing a lot. It’s making me enjoy my vegan diet a lot less than I did a few months ago, so in October I want to find some new quick and easy midweek dinners to throw into our standard rotation – as well as perhaps some longer ones for weekends at home.
Pick up some good habits
I have a lot of bad habits. I snooze my alarm, I scroll Instagram in bed with barely-open eyes, I chuck things all over the floor when I get ready, and I never ever relax. They make me feel kind of crazy and flustered and very much not on top of things, so this month I’m looking to start doing little things in my day to day life – just things like not checking my phone just before bed, or actually picking my outfit the night before, or taking an hour to chill – with the aim of starting some habits that will make me feel more calm and in control. I’ll let you know how I get on!
Get back on top of my exercise routine
As I said in my post about gaining weight, I’ve been quite slack on the exercise front recently. The gym is one of my happy places, and I’ve been making it there far less than I am used to over the past couple of months. Most importantly though, I haven’t been pushing myself when I’m there, and it’s that, I think, that’s made the most difference. It means I haven’t had that wonderful moment when you’ve beaten your own previous best time or distance or weight and that’s something I really thrive on. This month I want to give it all I’ve got when I’m there and I honestly can’t wait.
Start making Sophar So Good what I want it to be
I love having my space on the Internet, but I don’t really like it all that much – yet. I have plans in my head for a bit of a revamp…I don’t think it’ll be anything noticeable this month, as I expect it’ll be behind the scenes while I work out what I want (which will undoubtedly take a long time because I’m tremendously indecisive), but work on it I shall. I’d also like to write about a few new topics that I’m really passionate about but that I’ve barely touched on before – hopefully it will be well-received, but we shall see!
And those were my plans for the month of October – with the burst of motivation I always get in autumn, I’m really feeling all things hard work and self-improvement right now. There will also be downtime though, because I might be coming out all guns blazing but part of it is about finding calm and content. Hopefully it will be a goodun!
What are your plans for October? Is there anything in particular you want to work towards, achieve or enjoy this month?