Goals for 2019

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A new year has approached, and might I add, very quickly. Thus, thousands of people post their New Year’s resolutions in the hope that the year ahead will hold a somewhat better version of themselves. The 1st of January marks a clean slate for everyone, an excuse to change their lives or habits. For me, I want to set myself some goals – ones that are reasonable, and that I can work towards achieving. At the end of the year, I will review this post, and update you all on what goals I achieved and how things may have changed from now.

1. I want to find full-time employment.

This may not be my “dream job”, but I have to start somewhere. I just want to find something that I can be excited to start, and know that it will give me the valuable experience needed for my future career.

2. Read more and regularly.

I need to get into the habit of picking up my books and actually spending some time on them. I love reading, when I get myself into it. With other distractions, it can be easy to forget about reading.

3. Move out.

This is dependant on my situation, but I would at least like to be financially ready to start finding my own place by the end of the year.

4. Blog more and improve my skills in blogging.

I really want to make sure that I work on my blog more. I have had a lot of long breaks recently, which is great, but I feel like I need to spend more time on it.

5. Visit more places in the UK.

There are so many places that I want to go. I would really love to start visiting more places in the UK.

6. Stop worrying about the future.

I always get anxious about things that haven’t happened yet. The fear of the unknown. I would really like to try more to overcome my fears of this.

7. Start a new hobby or join a club.

Even if it doesn’t last all year, I would like to do one of these things in order to discover new interests.

8. Keep up fitness.

I would hate to see myself give up on the gym or exercise. 2018 was a great year for my fitness, so I would love to keep this up. Even if I miss a week, I would like to continue to exercise regularly.

9. Keep up my skincare routine.

Sometimes, I forget to follow my routine out of laziness – I want to try and keep my skin looking healthy – also drink more water!

10. Cut down on sugary drinks and food.

I have already started doing this, and I am really happy about it. However, I would like to cut down on a little more sugar this year.

 

So far, that’s it! It may not be a list filled with massive goals, but I like to stick to realistic goals. I have given myself one or two big goals – but I think that’s enough. Small steps.

What are your goals? I find that most of mine are similar each year, but I really would like to live in my own place by the end of the year!

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Career talk: every career I have ever wanted to do.

A career: the purpose of our existence. The end goal that will give us a sense of accomplishment and fulfilment. We are taught to think about our career goals, and think about how we will achieve them. It has become the main focus of life from a very young age. As a result, we spend our lives stressing and worrying about what we want to do for the rest of our lives, being pressured to know just what we want to do. What do we like? What are we good at?

“Focus on your strengths” , “pick a career and stick to it”, “work hard in school and you will achieve your goals.” This is what we have been told all of our lives.

But what if we just really do not know what we want to do? Or what if our natural abilities and talents lie within a different area of work – one that we aren’t that interested in, or one that we realise isn’t what it’s made out to be. That’s the position I find myself in now. I have already recently graduated from university with a degree in English, and I am currently working part-time and applying for countless amounts of jobs. I spend hours doing career quizzes, writing down what I like and dislike in a job, working hard to understand myself and who I want to be as a person. Each time finding myself more lost than ever. 

I love to write, but do I just prefer it as a hobby? I love reading and analysing literature, but that’s not a job, is it? Teach, that’s what I’ll do. But then am I outgoing enough? Will I enjoy it? These are the questions I ask myself each time I try to think of my career goals. It’s because I have been conditioned to believe that there is one career out there for me and one alone. I must enjoy it and I must be good at it. However, that’s not what reality is. What if in fact, we are meant for many careers – at different points in our lives. Not just one forever. Or what if we are just meant to work to earn money, in any job, and use our talents and interests elsewhere? 


Here’s a list of every role I ever wanted to do and be:

  1. A Fashion Designer. When I was around ten years old, maybe even younger, I always dreamed of owning my own store and designing my own clothes. I loved to draw and create new things, so this was something that I knew I wanted to do. I drew designs in books and had a whole sketch pad full of them. But then, I got older, and realised that my passion was not realistic in the tough industry of fashion. 
  2. A Teacher. During the time that I wanted to be a fashion designer, I also wanted to be a teacher. I admired the teachers in my school and loved how they were able to decorate their classroom with lovely displays, and teach lots of interesting subjects. I also loved the idea of ticking everyone’s name off on the register. I even made my own at home and would pretend that I was a teacher myself – dragging my poor siblings into it and making them do work. To this day I still consider the profession, but as we get older we realise that a career isn’t always meant to be our dream job, but they can come close to it. I think teaching is still up there with professions I would still like to try.
  3. An Architect. After discovering The Sims, and loving it, I realised that I wanted to design houses as a job when I got older. I would draw plans of houses and would love building cool designs and finding ways to make the houses better. Then, I would create them on The Sims. I knew it was my dream job. To be honest, it still is. During my A Levels, I studied two Art & Design subjects and tried to see what I had to do in order to become an architect for myself. Unfortunately, you had to be really good at maths to even get a place. So that was one of my dreams crushed. And one I believe that I would really have enjoyed. Maybe the reality wouldn’t have been as cool as I thought it was…who knows? I still love watching Grand Designs and creating my own buildings on The Sims – and that’s good enough for me.
  4. An Archaeologist. I used to love watching Time Team with my mum growing up. Sometimes it bored me, but other times I would be so interested in the things they discovered. I have always loved history and being in a job that involves working with real pieces of history was something that I knew I would love to do. Of course, this dream job wasn’t a big dream of mine, just one that I considered while I was at school. I still think about a job in history now. My degree in English focused on a lot of history, even public history: I wrote another blog about the memoirs of a person who was born in the 1800s. I loved every second of writing about his life for all to read. A job in public history is still something I would be interested in doing – but jobs like that are few and far between, unfortunately.
  5. A Magazine Editor/ Full-Time Writer. Ok. So this has been my ultimate dream job since I watched 13 Going on 30 and The Devil Wears Prada. I have read the I heart Paris, and I heart New York books by Lindsey Kelk, and dreamed of being a writer for a glamorous publication. I wanted to write about beauty, fashion, travel, books, and relationships, all while being paid for it and having my own sparkly office. Yes, this is still a massive dream of mine – but it also isn’t realistic. The magazine industry isn’t as thriving as it once was, now that digital has taken over. All the routes into this kind of job are very competitive, and you have to either have to work for free at an internship – which not everyone can afford, since it will most likely have to be in London (pretty much all magazine companies are), or you have to be so lucky to know someone who works there. I do not. I know that there are smaller publications to gain experience from, but even with this experience, it seems like the magazine industry is just too competitive to even get a full-time job in. Now, you have to settle for freelance work with the possibility of waiting weeks to get paid. I just think that, for now, blogging fulfills some of my passions for writing. Anyway, I would have to move to London to get anywhere near the success that I want in this type of profession. Right now, that just isn’t something I can do. Maybe in the future, once I have found a different way to earn a steady income, then I may chase my dreams of becoming a full-time writer in London (Or I may realise that the cost of living just isn’t worth it – paying more than double the rent for a small room or flat that’s not even in the centre? I don’t think so).

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  6. Author. Similar to my dream of being a magazine editor and writer, I have always thought of writing my own book and having it published. This is definitely something I can still do, in the comfort of my own home and in my spare time. The only problem is, it can take years to write the perfect book – and whether it sells enough to become a full-time author is a different question. Nonetheless, coming to terms with the fact that I may have to keep my dream of being a writer as a hobby or part-time commitment, while fulfilling a different career, has given me a little more comfort. I have now realised that I can still be a writer, while also working in a different career or job until I “make it” – if that ever happens.

In conclusion, I have realised that we can be many things throughout life. In my case, I can write, draw, design, and fulfill all of my interests and passions in my spare time. I do not need to do them in a job. If I happen to find myself in a career that does allow me to do these things, then that will be perfect, but for now, I just need to realise that I don’t have to get my career right the first time. I can change and try new things. We all can!

I really hope you enjoyed reading this. If you have any comments about careers or what you wanted to be growing up, then please let me know below! xo

 

January Skincare Routine: PIXI Skintreats

January: a time for change – and new skincare products!

For Christmas, I was thankful to be gifted with some new skincare treats. This included a lot of PIXI Skintreats products – I have been using them ever since. Now, I am in love!

So, I have decided to show you all what products I use and when I use them, while also giving you all a little review too! (Just so you know, all thoughts are my own and this is not a sponsored post! Just showing my love for these products!)

Cleansing my skin

Once per week, I like to use a face mask or sheet mask on my skin. I tend to mix it up a little to try new products. Recently, I have bought the PIXI Glow Mud Mask which I have been using to help my skin look and feel great. So far, this works the same as the Glow Mud Cleanser, giving my skin a lovely and healthy glow. It isn’t a thick mask, but you can build it up if you like. You just leave it to dry, and then rinse! In my opinion, this dries very quickly, so it’s great if you don’t have much time on your hands.

The Glow Mud Cleanser contains an active exfoliant to reveal a lovely healthy glow. Trust me, this works well. Upon using this on the first go, I really could see the results. I also believe that it has seemed to help my mild blemishes a little, and has reduced any scarring left behind. I find that this type of exfoliator works better than any harsh scrubs, which tend to cause irritation, causing more blemishes. I use this roughly once or twice per week, massaging onto my face and neck, and washing off using a muslin cloth soaked in warm water (note: avoid the eye area when using this product).

I use the Rose Cream Cleanser every day when I am not using my Glow cleanser. I use this by applying a small amount over my face and neck in a circular motion. I then wash off using a muslin cloth soaked in warm water. This helps to keep my skin happy and nourished. I find that this cleanser really helps to calm my skin and does not irritate it like some cleansers can. The cleanser contains rose, avocado, chamomile, and aloe vera to soothe and nourish (as stated on the back of the product). As with most of my PIXI skin products, I only own the travel sizes. Therefore, I will definitely need to purchase myself the full-sized products – particularly the cleansers!

After Cleansing

After I have cleansed my skin, I wipe the PIXI Glow Tonic over my face and neck using a cotton pad. I use this roughly twice a week, or when I feel like my skin needs a little extra exfoliation and glow. On other days, I mostly use the PIXI Rose Tonic in order to keep my skin calm and nourished. Afterwards, I moisturise using my current favourite moisturiser and/or serum. At the moment, I have been using the PIXI Rose Flash Balm, which is great and can also be used to prime skin as well as a face mask!

In addition to these products, I will use the Vitamin Wakeup Mist, or the Rose Water & Green Tea Makeup Fixing Mist, in order to add a little moisture and boost my complexion. These are also used before and after I apply my makeup, depending on what I need. I find that they both work well, but my favourite is the Rose Water & Green Tea Makeup Fixing Mist, as it tightens my pores and leaves my skin glowing and fresh – which also leaves my makeup looking perfect for hours and hours! I find that the Vitamin Wakeup Mist leaves a dewier finish than the Rose Water spray, which can leave my skin looking slightly shiny over time. However, I do have oily skin, so this would work great if yours is dry!

And that’s that! I don’t like to have a very time-consuming skincare routine, but I also do not like to compromise on keeping my skin feeling cleansed and healthy. These products are quick and easy to use and really show results very fast.

What are your favourite products? Have you used any of these? Please let me know in the comments below.