Monday, 1 August 2016

My 2016 goals - Under Review

Hello and happy August! As we enter my favourite month of the year (except for December because of my crazy Christmas obsession) I'm feeling reflective on how 2016 has panned out and the goals I set myself at the start of the year. Logically, perhaps this post should have made an appearance at the 6 month mark of the year, but in true Charlotte fashion, some of my goals have taken a little longer to get into action than planned. If you haven't seen my original post where I mention my resolutions and hopes for 2016, you can read that HERE before this one! I was eager to look back at what I had written in my January post and see how well I've done in achieving my own personal milestones and I feel quite proud of everything I've managed to do!! With anxiety, it's not always the case that I can achieve everything I hope to but I'm so glad that most of the things I mentioned back at the start of the year, have come into fruition; baby steps are *fingers crossed* going to start equalling bigger achievements!

Now this was possibly my most challenging yet most necessary goal for 2016 and I'm so pleased to say it's happening! Woohoo! I started my driving lessons (albeit very nervously) in June after coming home from university from the summer and have been having two lessons a week for the majority of the time since then. I can't say it's been a complete walk in the park, but when anxiety is involved, nothing ever is right!? Despite the ups and downs, on the whole I've been feeling super proud of my progress and have my theory test booked for the beginning of September! HOW SCARY. I'm feeling quite positive about driving right now which deffo comes down to having a calm and positive instructor so if everyone can PLS cross their fingers for my theory test I would be forever grateful. If you have any tips on the best way to revise for it please let me know too!

Now this might seem like the most mundane goal ever but trust me, it was very needed. I've been making a huge conscious effort to get on the drinking (more) water bandwagon and I can really notice the difference in my skin. As we all know by now, I have hugely problem skin and since coming off the pill earlier this year that was initially helping my spot situation, water has been my lifesaver in terms of restoring my skin back to a healthier and more glowy looking state. My skin is by no means perfect but I'm loving the effect water is having on it! 

This is the main 2016 goal I've struggled with and I'm happy to hold my hands up and say it's not been the biggest success. In my original post I said I was hoping to be a little more spontaneous and really get into *seizing the moment* but it's just not really turned out that way. Since being home for summer I have done some really fun things but equally, there have been times when I really wish I had pushed myself to do a little more and this is definitely something I want to work on for the remainder of the year. August is a super fun month and I'm really excited for it so hopefully it will bring some opportunities for spontaneity and chances for me to challenge my anxiety fully.

Hurrah! A goal I can say I'm just about to complete! This resolution was a big step for me because of my horrendous fear of flying BUT, sure enough, in two weeks time Scott and I will be in Amsterdam hopefully having the best time exploring what looks like the most beautiful city and eating lots of waffles. Amsterdam is somewhere I've wanted to visit for the longest time and armed with my list of recommendations, I'm totally ready to face my flying fear and go abroad for the first time in years. I'm aware the flight to Amsterdam is a mere 60 minutes BUT when finding the whole travel experience, from the airport, flight itself, luggage collection etc an utterly terrifying thought, I'm really proud that I've made the decision to go! If you have any tips that help you nervous flyers out there please let me know, and Amsterdam recommendations will be welcomed with open arms! 

This is another goal I'm pleased to say has been mostly successful!! I've struggled with my skin for a long time now and I think sticking to the same products in a regimented and consistent routine has done my complexion the world of good! It's by no means perfect but shoutout to the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel and the Pixi Glow Tonic for helping me along the way. LIFESAVERS. I've done numerous skincare posts in the past couple of months so check out my blog archive if you're interested in the other products that have been keeping my skin under control recently! Having a job and some extra money whilst not having uni expenses has really helped in being able to fund slightly more expensive skincare goodies and I'm super happy about that because I just adore buying skincare! I know price doesn't always equate to a good product and there are some amazing skincare saviours on the high street but recently I really have been loving my slightly more luxurious products that I'm just dreading running out. Sigh. 

So that's it! My 2016 goals mid-way review done! I had sort of pushed the original post to the back of my mind for fear of what I had written in January and having the disappointment of not achieving all the things I had hoped for but I'm so pleasantly surprised that a lot of my goals have become reality! PS. Stay tuned on Charlotte's Web in August for ALL THE EXCITING THINGS like birthdays, my Amsterdam trip and outfit shots on my new 50mm lens! You can also follow my YT channel HERE for lots of new vlogs! 
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