Hey everyone! Happy Sunday and welcome to another blog post!
For today I wanted to do a bit of an open reflection of the week that's just gone by and share some of my thoughts and feelings of how it went, my goals for the week, what I achieved, what I could have done better etc. - a journal entry I guess you could say?
So the week started off a little unsteady as I had a doctors appointment first thing on Monday (don't worry, everything is absolutely fine) and had a test done which was very uncomfortable and surprisingly painful. Though it was over very quickly and the nurse was lovely, I left feeling quite drained and tired and it didn't set me up well for the day.
Note-to-future-self: Make doctors appointments in the afternoon/evening.
By Tuesday I was feeling much better and even woke up early to get to the gym by 6:30am and smashed out a HIIT workout before I got ready to go to work. Though I don't always get to the gym in the mornings I do have to say that working out 'before your day starts' feels incredible because not only do you get your body moving but you also feel a sense of achievement which then sets you up amazingly for the rest of the day. I definitely want to try and make more of an effort to go to the gym before work and make it become a regular habit.
My main goals this past week (not work-related) were to:
- focus on sticking to my workout schedule
- complete 2 coffee paintings
- complete one mandala design
- complete one blog post
- complete some illustrations for Local Wolves
- create and upload a Youtube video
As of now (Saturday) I have managed to tick off three out of five of those tasks with just the Local Wolves illustrations and Youtube video left to complete - a solid effort i'd say! I've definitely learned to be more realistic when setting myself goals for the week as I talked about in my 'Getting Things Done + Achieving Small Goals' blog post. This week I definitely practiced that and even achieved more than what I initially set out to do.
By mid-week I things were going really good both work-wise and personally BUT I do have to say that one big change I want to make for this week is to reduce the amount of takeaway coffee's I buy. I've been really aware of how expensive it can get and for the past few weeks I have limited it to one maybe two a week but this week I think I had a total of 4 which doesn't sound like a lot but it really does add up! That's going to be a focus that I want to carry over to next week - no more takeaway coffees! Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE coffee, not for it's caffeine but I genuinely enjoy the taste and the whole feeling of enjoying a hot capuccinno with a sprinkle of cinnamon and chocolate on top - YUM! But recently i've realised that my body doesn't really respond well to it and so over the past few weeks i've been seeing how my body responds with coffee and without and I definitely feel much better when I don't have it as often. Sad times I know but i'm not going to eliminate it all round. I'm thinking it could become a weekly indulgence of sorts and that way i'll really savour it instead of chugging it down. Long gone are the days when i'd have 2-3 cups a day! But hey, if it's better for my health then that's what needs to be done! Also by this time in the week I felt like I was on track with my goals and that was really motivating me to keep up and get them all done.
Friday came round and it was such a wonderful day for so many reasons. Firstly, I got 2 shoutouts at work for reaching a huge milestone and also for being active on one of our work groups which felt really good and I felt really proud. After work I had convinced myself not to go to the gym but at the last moment I changed my mind and told myself at least to go for a short 3km jog/run. Well. that 3km turned into a full on 5km in about 26 minutes which is my fastest time! I was listening to this awesome album called 'Pop Goes Punk' and was totally in the zone, running at around 10-10.4 km/h which I had never done before! It's crazy what you can achieve when you change your mindset and get 'in the zone'. This just goes to show that sometimes, pushing yourself to do the things you don't want to do can actually end up in you achieving more than you thought you ever could :)
Overall i've had a fantastic week full of lots of accomplishments both personally and professionally and goals achieved. Yes there were some down moments/days but you know what? That's part of life and I feel like without those down days we wouldn't fully appreciate the good times in our life. I feel like this has been a bit of a scatty blog post but i'm going to post it anyways because the more you do something, the better you will get at it and so this is just a stepping stone on the path of my blogging journey.
Hope you have all had a fantastic weekend and here's to a fantastic week ahead!
- Meg x