So I have a confession to make - I am a total, total stationery fiend. I also love writing things down - I know there are apps you can get that you can put your to do list, shopping list, appointments and everything into, but I like writing that stuff down! Not only that, I like having a different notepad for each. I am like a walking, talking Paperchase to be quite honest. So when I saw The Happiness Planner appearing on my Instagram, look - there was just no way I wasn't going to get it for myself okay? I don't care how much of a lifestyle blogger cliche that makes me - I can not WAIT to start filling this in.
I'm not going to do a review on it - at least not yet, as I've only just taken it out of the box, but I thought it would be a good segue into a post that I was thinking about doing. Rather than having New Years Resolutions, which I always end up breaking, this year I'm planning on having a set of teeny tiny monthly goals that HOPEFULLY I will stick to and which will eventually therefore end up culminating into essentially what I'd have as a 'resolution' anyway. There's a little space in the planner to write down your goals, but I thought I'd put them up on the blog as well and do a little recap at the end of the month too - y'know, so I can't just Tippex them out and pretend they never happened.
- Drink more water. In fact, do the Cameron Diaz thing and drink some water as soon as you wake up, and then drink regularly through the day. I'm not going to set myself a huge goal of like, 2 litres of water per day because that would be too difficult for me considering that I actually don't drink any water at the moment really and some days I will go to bed having exclusively drunk tea all day. I know, that's an awful thing to admit to but, there you go. So ANY water per day will be an improvement for me really.
- Pick a fitness class, sign up for it and then actually ATTEND. I know these are such generic goals, but honestly I need to start exercising. It's really struck me lately how much I am neglecting my future health by not taking advantage of having a body that CAN exercise right now, so my totally sedentary lifestyle needs to change. I'm not the kind of person who can jump straight into going to the gym 3 times a week though, so I think that going to one class per week for now is a step in the right direction.
- Go out for lunch and buy a morning coffee a MAXIMUM of once per week. This is a money saving goal, as I estimate that last year I probably spent a minimum of £50 per week buying myself breakfasts, coffees and lunches at work. I've stocked up on tupperware and I am going to be meal prepping my bum off this month. That's the plan, anyway.
- Open up a savings account and put £200 into it. Do NOT spend this money on clothes. I need to get real - I have a flat and a fricking wedding to save for now. There is no longer any excuse for me to spend all of my money every single month. SAVE SOME MONEY LAUREN.
So, those are my mini goals for this month! I'll do a little recap at the beginning of Feb to see if I managed to achieve them and you have my permission to hurl abuse at me on Twitter if I do not. What are your goals for this month?