Goals 2018


So it’s that time again to start looking looking at what I want to achieve in 2018. In 2017 I had ten goals and there’s lots of those I want to carrying on doing this year, but in terms of new goals I want to try and achieve the below.

1. Learn to ice skate (properly)

I can get round an ice rink without holding onto the edge ok, but I’m not that confident and I’m always worried children will grab on to me or the teenage boys will knock me over! Our new leisure centre including ice rink is opening in February so I’m going to sign up for some lessons. Once you’ve signed up you can use the rink for free at any other time so no excuse not to get some practice in!

2. Complete a 10k run

I’ve signed up to take part in my first 10k at the end of March so I need to get back into running after the winter lull. My parkruns should help me along and I’m hoping to extend the length of my runs in the evenings to increase my stamina.

3. Use Amazon less

Unfortunately Amazon is so convenient! We gave up our prime membership last year so there is less tying us to it. I have recently discovered Hive where you can buy books online and support local independent bookshops too. If there’s a third party seller on Amazon I will try and contact them direct to by-pass Amazon. You may ask what’s wrong with Amazon, but they have suffered controversy due to their tax arrangements as well as their treatment of workers.

4. Start bulk buying

In 2017 I pledged to use less plastic and in order to continue that I want to shop at bulk stores more. There is Bulk Market in Hackney which isn’t too far from me and As Nature Intended near my work. So neither very close to home but I think I could get a few things in my backpack.

5. See more of the UK

I have a trip to Norwich booked for my birthday in February and I’m visiting my friend in Bournemouth in the first weekend in January. I would also like to spend a weekend in Edinburgh in the summer. It’s so easy to travel by train in the UK (costs permitting) and there’s a few cities I’d like to tick off my list.

So there you have it. A shorter list than last year but I think these are all achievable.

What’s on your goal list for 2018? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

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Goals 2018

Goals 2017 – One Month Review

I wanted to write this post to give you an update on how I’m going with my goals, what’s working well, what isn’t and are there any changes I can make going forward.

If you haven’t read Goals for 2017 you can to see the reasons behind each goal.

1. Continue to jog/run

I have been jogging for 30 minutes three times a week consistently in January and I completed my first Parkrun of the year last Saturday in 40 mins 20 secs. I’ve found this goal easy to do as I feel the benefits from it straight away!

2. Take up yoga again

I have been doing my yogalates DVD once to twice a week, I would like is to be a little more regular but hey sometimes life gets in the way! I’ve got my yoga and vegan food event coming up in a couple of weeks so I’m really looking forward to that.

3. Eat more while foods

I think I’ve been doing pretty well with this. Since we’ve been getting our veg box I find I am planning each meal around what veg we can have rather than around the protein. I still probably have around one lazy meal a week but we haven’t had any takeaways this month.

4. Use less plastic

My real win for this has been the veg box as nothing comes in plastic, if there is any packaging it’s card and you return the box each time which is reused 10 times before  is recycled. I also have my eco cup which I have only used once as I’ve just been going without coffee rather than using takeaway cups. I find it difficult with supermarket shopping to find things not in plastic. I don’t have anywhere I can bulk buy beans/grains in my own containers so if anyone has any tips I’d greatly appreciate them.

5. Be more politically active

I attended my first protest of the year on Sunday which you can read about here. I would have loved to have attended to Womens’ March in London but unfortunately I was in Eastbourne that weekend and I couldn’t attend the emergency march on Downing Street on Monday as I was too tired from Sunday’s protest and I had to have some self care. I plan to attend my first Awakening event in March and I’m sure other events will come up throughout the year.

6. Support more independent shops and traders

Think I’ve done ok with this goal, although I have just been shopping everywhere less (both chains and independents) although when I have I have attempted to use independents. I’ve found a lovely Australian coffee shop near my work and I use the two independent coffee shops near home. I have only had one chain coffee and that was in Eastbourne after church on the Sunday, my cousin and I had tried two independent cafes first but they were both shut so we had to resort to Costa.

7. Continue No New Clothes and expand on it

I haven’t bought any new clothes. I went to a vintage kilo sale on Saturday and bought four items and then a jumper in a charity shop. I haven’t really bought anything else that I’ve needed to source although I have ordered some plates from Magpie who are an independent vegan operation, I had scoured the charity shops before Christmas for plates but the only ones that suited my needs came in huge 24 piece sets which I don’t have the room in my flat for.

8. Attend Church more regularly

I have been to church every Sunday I have been at home and I attended with my cousin while I was in Eastbourne. I am at my in-laws this weekend and I may try to attend on Saturday night depending on what time dinner is!

9. Watch less TV

This has been achieved with the help of American shows going on their mid-season breaks! We have been watching Twin Peaks on blu ray at one to two episodes a day but we have now completed that and the mid season breaks are over. We have a couple of episodes of Homeland on the planner and the DC programmes (Supergirl, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow) have been back on this week. I’m going to try to ration to one fiction and one non-fiction a day at most. I have been listening to more podcasts while cooking/running and travelling and watching more YouTube as well which is more concentrated on content I feel is of more value to me.

10. Continue to blog

I hope if you are a keen follower of the blog you have seen how active I have been in January! I’m planning about 3 blog posts into the future at the moment so I’ve got quite a few ideas bouncing around my head so I’m going nowhere for the foreseeable!

All in all I think I’m pretty much on track with all of my goals at the moment. Long may it continue!

How are you getting along with your own goals and resolutions? Let  me know on the comments.

Plumes x

Goals 2017 – One Month Review

Goals for 2017

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My challenge for 2016 was to buy no new clothes for a year which I completed pretty successfully. Thinking about 2017 there are a number of things I want to pursue so I wanted to write this post so I can check on my progress throughout the year.

1. Continue to jog/run

I completed Couch to 5k in the summer and then promptly stopped running. I restarted the programme in November and completed week 6 today (3 more weeks to go!) Once I’ve completed this time I want to continue running for 30 mins 3 times a week. I’ve felt my fitness improve so much over the past few weeks and along with the endorphin rush being out in the fresh air really clears my head and helps keep my mental health in check. My Brother and I have also spoken about taking part in parkrun together which I hope to start in February.

2. Take up yoga again

I have practiced yoga off and on for the past 10 years. I find it very relaxing and a gentle form of exercise although you definitely feel it the day after! I would like to practice yoga on the days I’m not running. I use dvds but would like to see if there’s a class local to me within walking distance. My Sister-in-law and I have signed up for yoga and vegan food evening in Hackney in February so I want to be back in the habit before this and hopefully take part in more events like this throughout the year.

3. Eat more wholefoods

Since I started running again I’ve also got my cooking mojo back and look forward to cooking food from scratch.  I want to eat less processed food like sausages/burgers and more beans, lentils and homemade meals. Combined with the exercise eating more vegetable based dishes has really made me feel good and I find I crave processed food less and less as time goes on.

4. Use less plastic

Through completing my no new clothes challenge I have seen people completing different challenges, one of the most popular being no plastic. Everything we buy seems to be covered in plastic these days so I want to actively try to reduce my consumption of it. One of the ways I want to do this (which links in with number 3) is to buy my fruit and veg from our local market rather than the supermarket. I also want to research what others have done to incorporate new plastic free habits into my routine.

5. Be more politically active

I have become a bit disillusioned with politic in 2016 with Brexit, Trump and the rise of the alt right. I have always exercised my democratic rights and contacted my MP on a number of occasions to voice my concerns over certain parliamentary votes and issues. I plan to continue to do this but also use other means such as protesting, demonstrating and campaigning for what I believe in. I took part in a number of events in 2016 and really enjoyed meeting with others to stand united. It is easy to sit around and moan when things don’t go your way but I want to do what is in my power and raise my voice. I am attending a protest at the end of January and spoke to a vegan group in December who hold regular protests who I hope to join with in the year.

6. Support more independent shops and traders

Connected to number 5, where you spend your money is a political act. I want to support and build relationships with independent traders rather than give my money to faceless multinationals. I have started drinking coffee in an independent coffee shop rather than my fave Starbucks and I will look to reduce my Amazon purchases. They are terribly convenient but I hope to scour etsy for my needs or look for third party companies on Amazon and contact them directly.

7. Continue no new clothes and expand on it

In 2016 I didn’t buy any new clothes, in 2017 I will relax this a bit and buy essentials such as underwear. I want to source any clothes and shoes purchases second hand first before I consider buying new versions. I want to sew and repair more and any clothes beyond repair I want to repurpose. I also want to extend my second hand purchases to more items that I buy either from charity or second hand/vintage shops or using sites such as freecycle and freegle.

8. Attend Church more regularly

As with yoga/mediation I find attending mass/praying helps me focus and think more positively. I also enjoy the sense of community and it gets me out of bed early on a Sunday! Since my in-laws have moved I haven’t attended mass when we are visiting them and I would like to try and do this as well.

9. Watch less TV

With all that I’ve got planned in the above points something has to give. I think there is a lot of great programmes being made, I just have to be more selective in the ones I watch and concentrate more on good quality drama rather than trashy reality! My Husband will be disappointed with this goal as we do watch a lot of TV together but there are many programmes I watch while he is gaming that I can cut out.

10. Continue to blog

I was going to leave it at 9, but 10 is a nicer round number! I took a break from blogging this year as I think I was putting too much pressure on myself, comparing my blog to other people’s and getting bogged down in number of views and followers. I’m glad I’ve come back to it and hope to continue. I wrote a blog a few years ago and gave up after a few months as I thought I had run out of things to say. I don’t think that’s an issue now as I am always thinking about what I’m going to blog next!

So those are my goals for 2017, I think they are achievable although I do think it means changing a few habits!

What do you want to accomplish in 2017? Have you set yourself any goals? Let me know in the comments

Plumes x

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Goals for 2017