Friday, June 22, 2012

Seven Things for Seven Days

Louise over at Sprinkle of Glitter came up with the idea of setting yourselves seven goals to achieve within the next seven days, and I think it's great. In fact, I have recently been doing a similar thing myself, but I hadn't thought to blog about it. I think setting goals can be really valuable and really help you to achieve the things you want to, instead of always putting them on the back-burner, as most of us do tend to do when we are too busy and life gets in the way.

Anyway, Louise has suggested that we bloggers join her in her weekly seven-day challenges (read her post here for full details), whether you would prefer to do them in just the seven days or across the space of a month. The idea is that you set your own challenges, and you'll have the support of other participating bloggers to help keep you plugging away and getting where you want to be!

The banner above was created by Louise for the challenge. If you want to participate, then you need to post this in your related blogpost, as well as commenting on Louise's blog to let her know you are taking part.
(To avoid confusion, this is not a picture of me, it's Louise!)

So, onto my Seven Things:

1. Crafty clothing customisation (check out the alliteration on that). I have been meaning to get on with this for ages, as I have a few items I just don't wear as they are, but they have got great potential as something else. I keep putting this off, as I'm afraid I'll ruin perfectly good pieces of clothing, but at the same time I'm really eager to get on and do it so I'll have some new things to wear! I must admit, I'm not the most skilled with the needle, let alone a sewing machine! But practice makes perfect! As well as actually creating some new pieces, I also aim to photograph the processes and share my 'success' with you via some blogposts.

2. Bake. I've been eating really healthily for the last goodness-knows-how-long, and I have no intention of giving that up, as I feel great for it. But I don't believe healthy eating means that you have to deprive yourself of little treats, and I keep seeing the most delicious-looking recipes scattered about the t'interweb that I am a little bit desperado to try. My oven is absolutely rubbish, which has been another reason why I've been a bit put off, but I'm going to go for it and again, will be posting about whatever treats I whip up!

3. Plan a home date. This was actually something Louise did as one of her previous 'Seven Things for Seven Days' goals, and I thought it was a really lovely idea. My Mr and I have been seriously trying to save some pennies of late, so it's not time to be splashing the cash on expensive dates. But it's so easy to fall into evenings at home with me online and him in front of the TV, and I think it's important to make that little bit of effort from time to time so that we can really enjoy each other's company. After next week, I'm going to have some time off work, so it's the perfect opportunity to plan some fun stuff and treats.

4. Take lots of photos. For a start, I 've got an absolute pile of posts lined up for you lovely lot, and it's only the lack of related photos that's slowing me town, particularly with my reviews and outfit posts (although lack of a tripod definitely doesn't help with the latter either!). My camera seems to be feeling a bit sorry for itself and will only take nice photos outside in natural light, which I sometimes struggle to find time for, but a shoot is definitely in order, and is already scheduled for tomorrow morning.

5. Claim back my PPI. I was one of those people who was unwittingly charged Payment Protection Insurance on two of my previous credit cards, and I keep forgetting to sit down and sort out the necessary paperwork to get it back. I'm not going to lie, I could do with some extra pennies right about now, so it's time to stop procrastinating and get on with it - it'll be worth it in the end!

6. Organise all my paperwork. Some of you may know that I teach English as a foreign language, and I have got an absolute stack of related paperwork to be sorting through, from homework and tests that need to be marked, to extra activities and supporting material. 

7. Be positive! I'm already trying to learn to turn any negative thoughts into positive ones, and not let them put a downer on my various days. I know that this one is not easily done, but it's something I intend to consciously work on a little bit every day, as I genuinely do feel much better when I am able to put a positive spin on things.

I'm giving myself until the end of June to press on and make some magic happen.
Please do leave me a comment below letting me know if you decide to join in with this, as I'd love to read your posts and see what little goals you have all set yourselves!
Also, don't forget to pop along to Louise's page and do the same.

Hope everyone's had a great week. Friday tomorrow!



  1. ha ha, i'm such a loser! i thought this was a picture of the lovely Alice from Shiny Pretty Things! woooow -- i'm pretty freakin' oblivious.
    but i think all of these ideas are SO great! i actually didn't know that you teach english as a second language -- maybe i ought to look into doing something like that, i'm actually an english education major right now!
    i've been setting myself little goals throughout the summer -- for my blog and for my personal well-being. so far, so good!


    1. Haha, I know, I saw - that's why I was sure to explain who it was in the post. Easily done though, if you're not familiar with Louise or her blog. So many faces to remember in the blogging world!
      Ahh, no - I was struggling with these seven goals, which is odd as usually I have loads at the ready. And now that I've written it, I've remembered a couple of others I had been meaning to mention. One was genuinely to try out some of the DIY beauty tricks on your page, as I have been meaning to for so long now and still haven't!!! I might see what ingredients I can get my hands on tomorrow and have a bitof a pampering weekend - good excuse!
      Hope you're well!
      Mel x

  2. Firstly - good shout on being clear that the photo is of Louise, I'm glad you were able to learn from my mistakes!
    Secondly, these sound like a pretty good set of things to try to achieve. I'm exactly the same with the photo taking one, I have so many ideas of things to write and yet I never seem to get around to taking the relevant photos...this afternoon might have to be the afternoon to change all that!
    And as for trying out Alexandra's DIY beauty tricks - do it! So far I've done the honey and aspirin mask twice and I love it - it really does make your skin so smooth!
    Thank you for all your advice and feedback about my blog layout :) I really don't want to get rid of my current layout as I just love it for being different and the way it looks but sometimes you've just gotta do what you've gotta do!!


    1. Hi Alice, thanks for visiting :)
      I really like your blog as it is too, the GFC tab thing is a shame!
      I definitely will try some of Alex's tips tomorrow! I'll let you know how they go.
      Mel x

  3. i have been doing this aswel and posting it on my blog :) really gets mer motivated

  4. Nice post. I was very appriciated on the post you have written. I enjoyed the information about Income Protection Insurance you are providing on your website. There's a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your information.


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