Sitting out in the garden on this gloriously sunny Sunday afternoon, I got to thinking about all of the things that I want to do this year. So I figured why not write down all of my plans as a sort of ‘Summer Goals for 2018’ blog post, so that I can look back at the end of the season and see what progress I’ve made. I know we’re technically already in Summer, but I find writing these sorts of things down gives me more motivation towards personal achievements and I mean, what’s more satisfying than being able to tick things off on a list? (it’s the little things in life, y’know)…
The first goal on my list is a simple one- read more! I used to love reading but never seem to find the time these days. I even did an amazon order of about 10 books a few months ago and they have remained sad and unread in the box ever since. I always think summer is a good time for reading, so I plan to take a few books on holiday to get me started and hopefully that’ll get me back into it and I’ll start making more time for reading at home.
Slightly connected to reading more, I’d also like to get back into photography. I used to play around a lot with my DSLR when I was at uni, and I picked up a lovely little Olympus Trip film camera in a local charity shop and was also given an Olympus OM-1 by my uncle around the same time, both of which I hardly put down that summer. I love the thrill of picking up developed photos and looking through them and I find photography a really inspiring hobby. Thinking about it, I have 2 undeveloped rolls of film in my bedside table right now and I can’t actually remember what’s on them- exciting! Even more exciting, my boyfriend Dave and I are going to be photographing a friend’s wedding in August this year (ahh!) It’s a big challenge because it’s is something neither of us have done before, but I think it’s amazing because not only will I get to see my first friend getting married, I’ll also have the honour of being her wedding photographer!
The next goal is a big one for me, and I know it will be more difficult to achieve as it has been an ongoing struggle for years now. Basically, I’d really like to figure out my body- in particular my stomach and my relationship with food. Growing up I was always a skinny child and although I enjoyed food, I never really thought about it. Things changed through my teenage years and now food seems to constantly be at the forefront of my mind. This is because for a long time I’ve been suffering from severe bloating and it seems like no matter what I do nothing seems to work. For a while I thought the problem was either wheat or gluten, because the bloating always seemed to be worse if I ate things like bread, cereals, cakes and pasta (which are some of my favourite foods- typical). So I tried eating gluten-free for a long time, but it didn’t seem to fix the problem. My doctor told me it sounds like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), despite the fact I’d not been experiencing many symptoms other than a bloated stomach, so a few months ago I took on the challenge of the FODMAP diet – for those of you who might not have heard of it, there’s basically a TON of ‘high fodmap’ foods that you have to cut out (including most dairy foods, a lot of fruits, veggies and wheat). I gave this 100%, spent a fortune on recipe books and free-from foods and put a lot of time and effort into research and making meals from scratch. But even after 8 weeks of elimination, I was still experiencing bloating, which as you can imagine was super frustrating. I could go on about this topic forever, but basically I just haven’t properly figured out yet what’s causing my body to make me look like a heavily pregnant woman pretty much every day. It’s something I’d really like to tackle so I don’t have to spend another year battling with my tummy!
Another body-related goal is sorting out my skin. For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my post back in April about my visit to the dermatologist, who told me I have a combination of skin problems including Perioral Dermatitis, Acne and Rosacea (lovely, I know!) It’s a long story leading up to that appointment (please let me know in the comments if you’d be interested in knowing more about this!) but I’m currently on a 6 month course of antibiotics and I am literally not allowed to use anything other than water on my face – currently on 6 weeks makeup/cleanser/moisturiser free!! I’m seeing improvement but really hope that by the end of the course of antibiotics my skin has sorted itself out and I can find a skincare routine that works for me, making sure that it doesn’t come back.
My next goal is to write and blog more. I’m setting myself a target of one blog post per week because even though I really enjoy doing this, I’m terrible when it comes to organising myself and making the time to sit down and write. Right now for example, I have outfit photos that I took weeks ago and am really excited to share but I just haven’t written about them yet! So yeah, this is a time-management one for me and a personal goal to keep it up.
Lastly, I couldn’t have a list of Summer Goals without mentioning- travel! I love travelling and I’d definitely like to visit more places, with some of the biggest goals on my list being the USA and Japan, but even just exploring more of this country with little weekends away would be nice. I’m already working on this goal because I’m off to Turkey next weekend with my boyfriend, my brother and his girlfriend, which I’m really looking forward to! We all went to Berlin together for Christmas last year and it was one of my favourite holidays, so I know this is going to be a good ‘un. The only downside is I won’t be able to drink any alcohol because of the antibiotics I’m on for my skin (please please let there be mocktails!) and I’ll be hiding away in the shade most of the time because these tablets make your skin sensitive to sunlight (although this doesn’t change much being a Casper skin-toned redhead) I’m always torn between saving money for the future to go towards buying a house and spending money on travelling and holidays, but I think it’s important to have a balance. I’d really love to be able to afford a house where me and Dave can live together in the near future, but for now I’m looking forward to the adventures!
What about you – any goals for this summer? The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and everything feels just that little bit more positive, so what are you waiting for- go for it!