Lifestyle

2018 Goals And 2017 Reflections…

So we made it? 2018. And I just felt like I was getting used to 2017. Last year I did this post so I thought we could see If I actually took my own advice (probably not) and lets see how 2017 actually turned out. Then I can let you all know my new goals for 2018.

So in 2017 I set out these goals:

  1.  To be healthier and happier
  2. To work hard
  3. Be helpful and kind
  4. Get fit
  5. Take things slowly and appreciate life more

So looking back at my goals I don’t think I did too badly. I mean I haven’t been the healthiest ever but I’ve not been the unhealthiest… maybe this is gonna be a goal for 2018 instead! I worked hard and managed to get through my 1st year of Nursing at University, which I am super proud of because doing this course isn’t just mentally draining it also gets physically draining as doing 12.5 hour shifts 3 times a week almost leads you to have no social life which is why a lot of people go to University to start with, the social aspect. But I do it because I do love the job and it is so rewarding.  Being helpful and kind goes into my job as a HCA and as a Nursing student. Now the get fit part… hmmm well I mean I’ve become better at running and ran my first 8 miles by myself the other week so I am very pleased with my progress in running, but I am yet to have formed abs… I have however taken things a lot slower this year and even though 2017 still went extremely fast I have so many amazing memories of the year! Here are just a few of the most amazing things I got to do this year!

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January – I joined the gym and worked really hard (for the first month…).

February – I went brunette, which I haven’t been for ages, about 3 years!!

March –  I had an amazing learning opportunity working with the community nurses who do so much!

April – I started my Youtube Channel! And also changed my hair again I wasn’t keen on the brown!

May – I started to run again!

June – I turned 19, whoop another year older!

July – I completed the end of my first year as a student Nurse!

August – I went to Venice for a wedding which was amazing!

September – I started my second year of nursing off with a bang!

October – Im super proud of all the halloween looks I created on my Youtube channel!

November – Bit of a sad one, but as this was a tough month for me getting through the month and days was an achievement in itself and Im proud to say Im still here!

December – I had the sweetest christmas with my family, my bunny made it through Christmas day but unfortunately did not make it through to the new year. RIP Ellie 29/12/17.

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So in order to start a fresh for the new year creating goals is a good way to be the new you.

So like last years post on my previous blog to here on WordPress, Im creating 5 goals for myself to try and achieve and maintain throughout 2018.

  1. I would love to feel more confident in my own skin and be happy with myself. I know this is similar to one of my goals last year but still It Is something I have always struggled with so would like to really try.
  2. Eat more natural and unprocessed foods. I know this one is stemming along the line of food and health much like last year, but instead of forcing myself to only eat a certain amount of calories each day eating a healthier range of foods tends to uplift my mood and so this is why it is yet another goal of mine as this should help me more with my anxiety that I have been struggling with. If I am able to control something It calms me down so the food I intake and really looking after my body and the nutrients that I put in will hopefully help with that.
  3. Improve on my running and keep going with it. With me running the Half Marathon in February I will still be running throughout till then, but I would love to continue running and perhaps even be able to complete a whole Marathon one day.
  4. Get to grips with my anxiety. This may seem a little personal but having struggled a lot lately Ive had to kick my butt into action and say enough is enough. Im fed up with being so anxious all the time and just want to be able to do things that sometimes I don’t have the confidence to do. We only get one life and I don’t want to be stuck behind just because Im too afraid or because I feel like I’m not good enough. I think by exercising and eating well I can hopefully manage this better, I would also like to try mindfulness as this has proven to help a lot of people like me too.
  5. Take every opportunity I can get. So at the age of 19 I still want to live my life to the fullest and of course sometimes I have my set backs and struggle on a normal day. So with life steaming along so fast I need to try everything I want to while I still can and live everyday like its my last. I know it may sound slightly morbid to some of you, but with the job Im in and what Im studying It really does make you feel like you need to live your life and be as happy as you can whilst you can do it! Because in life there are good moments and bad moments, whenever my time comes to go I would want to look back at my life and be happy with what I have achieved no matter what age I may be.

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I realise this has been a long post, but I hope that you all have had the most wonderful new year and celebrated it with a bang! Here’s to 2018!

Stay happy and be yourself,

Love Lucy x

Lifestyle

Some Good And Some Not So Good… Getting Through The Tough Days.

Hiya guys,

Firstly want to start off by saying I hope you’re all okay and are enjoying December so far! With christmas almost upon us I was slightly reluctant to write this post as I didn’t want to write any negative posts to keep up the christmas cheer.

So I kinda just wanted to have a little chat, as this is my little spot on the internet meaning I can’t write about anything I wish (obviously within reason haha!). But if you read my blog regularly in my ‘Red Puffa’ post a few weeks back you may have noticed that some crappy things have been happening in my life at the moment and I am still not ready to talk about what it is as such but I thought I would do a little post on how to get through some of the tough days life presents us with.

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1 – Surround yourself with amazing people…

So this is such a key thing. Being around friends and family who support you and listen to you is the most vital thing. I know some people who don’t speak to anyone about anything. But honestly talking to people helps. It doesn’t make you feel so alone in whatever you are struggling with! Plus if they really are your friends they will be there for you no matter what!

2 – Its okay to cry…

This one might be a bit much for people to handle, but we are all human so crying is just an emotion that we all go through and shouldn’t be ashamed of! I think once you realise that you don’t have to hold back your feelings and that crying is normal, by letting it out you actually feel better!

3 – Keep distracted…

People keep busy in different ways, but you just have to do whatever makes you happy and be selfish. Because at the end of the day if you’re  happy and doing things you love life is so much better! Just take the time for yourself to discover what makes you happy! For me its music so currently I’m getting back into music, my blog and my youtube! But for some others it might be going out with friends and things like that!

4 – Keep a journal…

So this is something Ive only recently started, but oh my has this helped me. Its a way of writing down all your thoughts and feelings without worrying if anyone will see them. Its completely your own space. For instance if you hate talking to people about certain things it can be your route to escape and talk about your feelings and write them down in a journal/diary. This actually really helps release any feelings that have been bottled up and I would recommend this to anyone going through any tough times or even on just the bad days, but don’t forget to write the good things as well! Someone once told me that for everything negative you should write something positive, which is a great way to think and keep you going on those rubbish days!

5 – Just be yourself…

This one may be a little broad, but my oh my is this an important one. If you can’t enjoy yourself then will you ever truly be happy those are my thoughts anyway. People who love you will except you for who you are and will love you for the way you are. The song ‘Just the way you are’ by Bruno Mars comes into mind in this point and it is so important!  Do not be afraid to be yourself EVER! Just do what you enjoy and be kind. Always be kind to others and treat them the way you would want to be treat.

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So to summarise this little post, just think about all the other good things in your life and don’t always focus on the negatives. And believe me I know this is a lot harder said than done and we have all been there. Breakdowns are nothing to be ashamed of and we all learn from them! Don’t be afraid to ask for help there are so many people that care about you and want you to be happy! And finally remember that they are NOT ALL BAD DAYS! We all have crappy days when we don’t think there is any point in things anymore, but what you need to remember is that the good days are there too!

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I hope you all enjoyed this post and that it wasn’t too sad! If you want similar posts like this then please give the post a little like!!

Stay happy and be yourself,

Love Lucy x