End of Year Goals

I don’t want to jump on the old ‘how the devil is it October already’ bandwagon but I sort of am doing anyway because I cannot believe that it is now only about three months from my birthday again already. I mean there’s a lot to do between now and then including Mr D’s birthday, a holiday (or two) and of course, dare I say it, Christmas.

The past few weeks I have nose dived into Autumn full force – I have the cutest munchkin Pumpkin on the side unit in the kitchen, my favourite ‘Vanilla Suede’ Scentsy melts have been burning regularly and I even treated myself to a new jumper from ‘& Other Stories’ last week.

It was 70% off and I had a £5 Gift Card to spend to so…

But despite the fact that I am well and truly knee deep in Autumn right now (I’m not even exaggerating now the leaves have started to fall), I’m also trying to cling on to the tiny remnants of Summer in my life too … possibly because I’m hopefully jetting away before Christmas and possibly because I don’t feel ready for the end of another year.

I don’t feel accomplished enough.

Don’t get me wrong, I know I have achieved a hell of a lot this year and I am on target to over achieve my expectations in some areas (#BloggersBlogAwards I’m talking about you now) but for some reason I don’t feel as though that is enough.

Although I probably don’t realise it at the time, I’m working at achieving the goals I set myself at the start of the year every single day. Writing this post is a step towards them, posting a new picture on Instagram is a step towards them… things that have become part of my nature.

So I’ve decided to set myself a few ‘mini’ goals to focus on over the next 82 days which I hope will allow me to finish the year feeling pretty darn epic!

GO OFF GRID … This links nicely in with my post a few days ago about ‘turning off‘ because since I disabled my notifications and started to focus on the life in front of me a little as opposed to life online, life has felt so much simpler and straight forward. 

But I want to get out more over the next few months, to explore more and see more. Paul & I have a National Trust Membership that is crying out to be used so I am hoping to get to a few sites close to home over the next few months if we can.

Who knows, I might even take some time-off when we head away!

BE MORE ME … Did you manage to catch my ‘better blogger manifesto‘? Aside from the fact that the photos are a-maz-ing (Mr D is so good), this is possibly my favourite post of the year because it was so natural for me to write and in it I promised to ‘stop trying to find my niche and roll with it’ more instead.

This is something that I really want to work at over the next few months, I have some fantastic ideas for the future of HarmonyBlaze (say hello to recipes, workouts and more YouTube content) and I really need to get focused on putting them out there!

Recently I have been having more fun creating content than I have for a long time, showing more of the real me online as opposed to the ‘Insta’ perfect version and I hope you guys have been enjoying reading it too.

EMBRACE IT … Autumn & Winter that is. I want to enjoy all the Pumpkin and Gingerbread Spiced gorgeousness that life has to offer, I want to take one too many Lush baths and cake on all the Glamglow masks I can find. 

This Winter I am going to give up living in denial of the colder months.

I might even attempt to make that amazing looking Joe Wicks Sweet Potato Cottage pie that has been stalking me online!

PRACTICE SELF-CARE … Sound the honesty alarm because I’m about to drop a bombshell of a confession. Although I am pretty darn good at writing about self-care, well-being and health, I’m not always that good at practising it.

In fact I would go so far as to say I’m crap at it, especially in Winter.

So this year I don’t want to give up on myself. I’ve been a yo-yo deter for as long as I can remember, I’ve suffered with body image & confidence issues since I was at Primary School and I’ve always wanted to do something about it. Every Summer I start to get to a stage where I feel as though I am ‘OK’ with myself, with who I am and what I look like and then every Autumn I press the self-destruct button (which may as well be chip shaped) and end up back at square one.

I want to keep working hard in the gym, continue to build my strength and my shape, I want to fuel myself on foods that are full of goodness and finish the year feeling amazing instead.

I’m now vary aware that this post has become pretty mammoth and I’m at risk of boring you all to death so I’m going to wrap it up here. I guess the point I wanted to make (and there actually is one) is that although the year is flying by at warp speed, there is still time left to make shit happen in your life. The goals I have set for myself are not epic nor will they hard to incorporate into my every day life. 

But they might just give me that extra push that I need to keep pushing until December 31st.

What do you still want to achieve this year? 
Let me know below and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though x


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