If you read my post about my New Year Resolutions, you will of seen that I wanted to take it more slowly this year. I want to take time to focus on one thing at a time rather than doing a million things at once.
I’m a sucker for taking on lots of things at once, because I can handle it, however afterwards I just crash out. This year I’m trying to learn from my mistakes.
December of last year was one of the busiest months ever for me. As much as I was loving it, there were moments when I was genuinely confused over what day it was. Everything started to blend in to one. I was like a mad woman.
I don’t want this anymore. When you’re that busy you lose sight of what’s important. You can’t prioritise properly, as your mind is never fully focused. Which brings me on to January, and why I had a break from my blog.
January started off amazing. We had a fabulous night on New Years Eve, a really fresh New Years Day out, then I travelled down to London for a couple of days.
I love London, and go down quite regularly. This time our trip was to go and see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. We had waited over 15 months since booking the tickets to see the performance.
The show was spectacular, and so magical. How they created live magic on stage was amazing. We saw Part 1 and 2 on the same day, so we were totally submerged in the magic.
We strolled around Covent Garden, Carnaby Street, Regent Street, and stayed by St Paul’s Cathedral. It was a lovely start to the new year, and gave us chance to have fun and relax before a “full-on” month started.
The main thing that was hanging over me in January was an exam that I had to sit for work. It was right at the end of the month, it was at an external venue, and was 2 hours, 15 minutes long. I felt like I was back in University or High School.
I was the youngest in our team sitting the exam, so was the closest in age to the last exam we all sat. This was added pressure in itself to me. At times, it wasn’t an advantage, as I hated exams at school. At one point during my GCSE’s I sat an exam in a separate room to the main hall, as I just couldn’t focus in those conditions.
I shut myself off in January. Staying later at work to revise, and revising at home. My beloved Netflix had to be turned off, I didn’t go to any events. Other than my husband’s and sister’s birthdays I didn’t go out.
I fully focused on the one task at hand, revising. I stopped writing, even though I was working on other blog things behind the scenes. Still planning ideas, and shooting now and then. But I didn’t want my mind consumed with anything else other than revising.
All that being said, even though I had a city break, and sat an exam, the month of January felt relaxed and manageable. Going forward I really want to learn from this.
I want to remember that only taking on a few things at once, doesn’t mean you’re not working hard enough, it means you can fully commit yourself. Knowing that I can now achieve my best when I’m not thinking of a million things, and truly applying myself, is something that will stick with me.
What will be, will be, with the exam results. I only know that I did my best, so that sits well with me.
Going Forward & Learning From This
Going forward now, I want to take each month as it comes. Whatever the new months bring, I’ll assess my time and see where my mind needs to be.
I found my time so much easier to manage. My mind was clear.
I need to manage my time well because my new priority in life is my Odeon Limitless card. Ok, you know I’m joking, but I’m being a little bit serious. I love going to the cinema, and now I can go whenever I like for no extra cost than my monthly Direct Debits. The best investment I’ll ever make.
I wanted to give you all this life update, as I was so active on my blog towards the end of last year, and then all of a sudden, I stopped writing.
The break was much needed though, as it gave me time to think about what I want to do with my blog, the content I want to create, and the goals I want to achieve this year.
Let’s go onward and upwards each month. Remember to look after yourselves, and focus on what’s important in the present.
Have you ever had a mindset change like this? Can you resonate with anything I’m writing about? I hope so.
Scarf – Zara. Bag – Topshop. Jeans – Primark. Shoes – Converse.
Images shot by Allie Davies – Tie Dye Eyes.