2016 GOALS | UPDATE

At the start of the year, I talked about my Plans and Goals for 2016 so here's an update on how I'm getting on with the goals I set for myself in that post.

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1. READ MORE

I've definitely achieved this one and I knew I would. Any uni student will know that studying leaves little time to read books of your own choice, especially in that final year. Since I finished uni in May I've constantly had a book on the go (currently reading Lolita) and have been reading my favourite magazines whenever I have any spare time. I'm absolutely loving having this extra time to read and I've discovered so many new authors recently.

2. BE MORE CONFIDENT IN MY SKILLS

I outlined three main ways that I could feel more confident in my writing: write more, read back my work and let others read it. I've taken steps for all three of these and have definitely been writing a lot more in the past few months. When I was at my internship at Kerrang! magazine I had a great opportunity to get feedback from several professional writers, which was so valuable. My lack of confidence showed here in that I was actually very surprised by how good the feedback was. I was told that my feature pitch was one of the best they'd seen from an intern and my album reviews were highly praised too. This gave me a huge confidence boost and I also took on board all the feedback I was given in order to improve.


3. IMPROVE MY PHOTOGRAPHY

This is an area I've made a bit of progress in, but not as much as I would have liked. Writing has been my main focus recently so I haven't been spending enough time on my photography to improve it a lot. I have been happier with my Instagram recently though, despite that stupid new algorithm! Next week, I'm going to spend one of my days off working on my photography and trying to take lovely photos for both this blog and my Instagram, so keep an eye out to see how that goes.

4. CHANGE MY OUTLOOK

This has been the hardest goal and the one with which my progress has been the least consistent. I go through phases of being very aware of my thought patterns and actively trying to make them more positive, then after a while I fall back into my old cynical habits. However, I have noticed that I'm generally more conscious about the way I think and often have a little word with myself when I'm getting upset or annoyed about something that's not actually that important. As cliche as it may be, I've been on the lookout for little postcards etc with nice quotes on them to put on the wall next to my desk. Paperchase do lovely ones for about 60p so I usually pick a few up each time I go in, and I now have a nice collection of reminders for myself.

I think I'm doing quite well with my goals so far, and this little check-up halfway through the year has spurred me on to start working harder on the things I've been neglecting. It's so important to assess your progress with things like this, and give yourself a pat on the back for your achievements. I'll do a final update at the end of the year, when hopefully I'll be happy with the changes I've made!

How are you getting on with your goals?

JUNE RECAP

June was a pretty crazy month, with lots of exciting stuff going on, so I just covered the major events here to stop the post being crazy long!

Blow Finnieston Salon Glasgow


My birthday was on the 12th and as it was a Sunday I decided to celebrate for the whole weekend. It definitely got off to a good start when I found out on the Friday that I had got a 2:1 for my degree! I was so happy, and after changing up my hair at the amazing Blow salon in Finnieston, I headed out for some celebratory drinks.

Maison De Moggy Edinburgh Ragdoll Cat Cafe


I spent the Saturday at one of my favourite places - the cat cafe in Edinburgh! As always, I had the best time cuddling the gorgeous kitties and hiding my cake from the very mischevious sphynx Elodie!

Birthday Dinner Glasgow Prezzo


I turned 22 on the 12th and spent the afternoon having tea and cake at Cup tearoom then had a lovely meal with Adam and my parents at Prezzo. Unfortunately I had tonsillitis and the symptoms started on my birthday so I wasn't feeling too great but I had a really nice birthday anyway, even though I had to spend all of the next two days in bed!

Kerrang Magazine Internship

The following week I was off to London on my own for my Kerrang! magazine internship, which was nerveracking and very exciting! I learned so much during my time there and all the staff at Kerrang! are so lovely - they gave me loads of great advice and I feel even more excited now to finally begin my journalism career.

Strathclyde University Graduation 2016


My graduation was at the end of the month and it was such a great way to bring my university life to an end. I has a brilliant day and thankfully the weather held up so there was plenty of opportunity to take nice photos, and there was also a photobooth which I can never resist! We then headed out for a nice dinner and drinks, and later I ended up dancing til 3am at the Cathouse, despite being massively overdressed for a Wednesday night there!

Big Ben London


This was definitely the best month of the year so far for me, as it was my first full month without any university stress and lots of exciting things were happening. I can't believe I'm now a graduate! Next month will be less eventful but I'll be spending a lot of time writing and looking for jobs, and I'm actually quite looking forward to just chilling out for a change!

What did you get up to this month?