Well, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do this, but after putting a poll out on Twitter and Instagram the overall consensus was YES. December was a pretty bad month for me. I got an incredibly awful head cold which affected my ears, nose, throat and (obviously) my head. I got weakness of the body, a horrendous cough that made me sound like I smoked 60 cigarettes a day, and the awful other symptoms of a cold. This lasted for about two weeks where I did absolutely nothing. No writing, no reading for the first week as I found it super hard to concentrate on anything but sleep. Then as I slowly got better I slowly started to introduce some work back into my life.
What Did I Accomplish?
This month was basically spent recovering from illness. So, I accomplished nothing, which in itself is a miracle because I am usually always on the go. I have re-worked my schedule so that I can have more relaxing time, more reading time AND regular workouts.
While I am still getting up early. It’s not 4:30 am early. I’ve allowed myself an extra hour in bed which seems to be working for me. I’ve put writing days in and workout days in, and they’re on different days. I’ve set alarms on my phone to help me keep track of time so I don’t get lost in the sea of words I am creating.
Plus, I treated myself to some pretty awesome planners. I got the Powersheets 2018 The Intentional Goal Planner from Cultivate What Matters. Going through these pages I've learnt a few things about myself and found a cool new way to plan, and note down my messy thoughts. Unfortunately, these are all sold out now, but if you want to check them out go here. I'll be picking up another set next December! The six-month planner is still available and comes in cool colours.
The second one I treated myself to was the Always Fully Booked 2018 Planner. It's actually always been a dream of mine to create a planner for book lovers but since finding this one I know it's going to be the exact thing I need to keep myself, and my book reviews, in check. Super excited for this one to land on my doorstep. I'll so a story/live unboxing of it when it arrives to head over to Instagram and follow Littlenovelist93 if you want to see those.
Nothing significant really happened this month.
So this month was a whirlwind. I had one unintentional break and an intentional break over Christmas. Both were a welcome relief from my brain. In fact, when I (finally) got back into writing, on my first day I managed to write over 1000 words which was incredible.
Egyptian Curse is with Beta's and I am super excited to get those back, end of January time. Missing Prince is currently being looked over by a friend, AND I am writing a new beginning. Chapter One is being written and is new fresh content, then the original chapter one is being pushed back a bit to make the story more interesting and add in a bit of information I have left out.
Meal planning kind of went out of the window. I really need to stick to planning meals out on a Saturday morning/evening for when we do the food shop on a Sunday. I'd like to include more healthy lunches in, so, if you have any quick and easy recipes that are good for taking to work - let me know!
Bullet Journaling. At the beginning of the year, I started to bullet journal but I found myself getting bored with having to create all the pages for a weekly spread and so that went out of the window after about 8 months. I now have the Powersheets, the Always Fully Booked 2018 Planner and a Leuchtturm1917 dotted journal and a weekly desk planner for all my needs. Powersheets are for goals, Always Fully Booked is for a planner, the desk jotter planner is for me to write down what I am doing each day on my desk as that's where I go each morning first of all, and then the Leuchtturm1917 is my blog, Instagram and Facebook posting schedule.
That's my month in review. If there is anything you think I should add to these posts - drop a note in the comments.
I am already considering adding a "best moments" and "worst moments" section in the post. What are your thoughts?