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Hi! I'm Laura, a 23-year-old millennial girl discovering who I am by sharing my life experiences on my blog. You'll find me writing about me discovering my personal style, my growing wanderlust or giving any sort of style, uni or mental health advice.

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CHECKING IN ON MY 2019 GOALS

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How is it June already? Like honestly.. I don’t know where this year is going! We’re 6 months into 2019, which means we’re halfway there. It’s crazy to think that there are only 6 months of 2019 left considering how fast the year is going already. At the beginning of 2019 I wrote a blog post where I shared my personal goals for 2019. It’s always good to check in on your goals to see whether your goals are actually achievable, whether you need to readjust your goals or maybe you can start ticking goals off because you have finished them half way into the year already. While I sat myself goals at the beginning of 2019, I found it immensely important that my goals help me take better care of myself and become and grow as a (more confident) person. So today’s post is just about doing a little check up on my personal 2019 goals and maybe this will inspire to check in with your own goals too!




To not compare myself to others and not be so hard on myself

My first goal of 2019 was to not compare myself to others and not be too hard on myself. I am not going to lie. This goal I set myself is probably the hardest one to achieve. I only recently wrote a blog post about how I get out of the comparison trap I seem to be falling in over and over again. With the comparing also comes talking myself down. So even though I still struggle with comparing myself to others and being quite hard on myself, I have now found some ways to get myself out of that comparison trap. I knew it was not going to be easy to achieve this goal, but it’s one of those goals that you need to write down at some point. It needs to be written down to accept yourself, love yourself and become confident in your own body; which is the message I want to get out on my little corner of the Internet as well as in life in general.


To be appreciative of things

Trying not to compare yourself with others is hard, as you usually always tend to see the negatives in life. One of the first things I have changed this year is to start using a gratitude journal. Writing down the things that you are grateful for help you put things into perspective. Since January I have written down at least two to three things I am grateful for every day. It has really helped me be more happy and grateful for things in life that are so easy to take for granted, such as family time, having food, a home, being healthy. It’s easy to only look and live for the big goals and appreciate those, but the small goals are the ones that make your life feel whole really.

To create regular content on my blog and Instagram

My next goal in life was to start creating regular content on my blog again. Last year was a bit of a low year for me blog-wise. I felt stressed and burnt out from working on my dissertation and barely had any inspiration for new blog posts. This year I wanted to change things up again and fall back in love with blogging, which I thankfully have! I like to think I have posted pretty regular content on my blog and I definitely have posted regularly on Instagram. Both are starting to pay off, as I have now reached 5000 followers on my Instagram and my blog traffic is slowly going up again after having a bit of an ‘off’ blog year last year. I am proud of the content I am creating and working on becoming a better blogger, creating better content and writing content that you as a reader and I as a blogger like to enjoy to read.



To read 15 books this year

I set myself a goal on my Good Reads account to read 15 books this year. At the time this felt like such a huge deal as I basically stopped reading books for fun. I only really read a book when I was on holiday and I wanted to find joy back again in reading a book. When I was a child reading a book to me felt like watching a movie and I wanted to feel like that again, which is why I set myself that goal. I adapted my nighttime routine and try to read a couple of minutes before trying to fall asleep. This has now helped me read 7 books already, so I feel like I am actually doing quite a good job so far at accomplishing this goal. I have fallen back in love with reading again and I can’t wait to actually start reading my next one. If you’d like to keep up on my reading challenge or be friends and share tips on Good Reads, than find my account here.


To be happy, healthy and motivated

My last goal was to be happy, healthy and motivated. I feel like these three goals come hand in hand. If one of the three is out of balance, it affects the other two goals too. In January I got the news that I had to rewrite my dissertation, I was hard on myself and had put myself the goal to rewrite it as soon possible and finish it. So of course I had felt motivated to start of, but it got to the point where it started to affect my health. I have had constant headaches, migraines and back and neck pains since the end of March and it took me until halfway through May to realise why I felt this way. I had become so stressed by and obsessed with rewriting my dissertation and it affected my health. I was in horrible pain and it made me feel mentally unhappy too. That’s why I made up the balance again and have decided to put my happiness and being healthy in front of my goal to graduate before summer. It was a hard goal to shift for myself, but it was necessary, as I was really only hanging on by a thread.




So like as you can see I am not yet saying that I have achieved my goals for 2019, but I am definitely working on them. I am working on becoming a better person; I am working on loving myself and prioritising myself. It’s hard to prioritize your health or happiness above other goals and to work on yourself to eventually completely love yourself. However I am taking baby steps to be that person this year, and I am proud of myself for it.

What I'm wearing:
Weekday blazer, NA-KD tee, ASOS jeans, Rika bag, Adidas trainers, CĂ©line sunglasses

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