Goals for 2018 Update Post

A post shared by Rhiannon (@thoughtfulpigeon) on //www.instagram.com/embed.jsHey everyone, I can’t believe we’re already nearly half way through March! I said I’d do a quarterly update for my goals so this is a little late but I think it’s interesting to see how people are doing with their goals so hopefully you like reading about mine. I have to admit that some of them have definitely been more successful than others, though I don’t think I’ve done too badly overall and I’m definitely keeping to the same goals for the rest of the year.

For me goals are something to aim for but I tend to find that keeping them flexible is the best. Things in life change all the time so why not goals too? Sometimes it’s good to move the goalposts and give yourself a bit of extra time, as long as it’s not something that would have a negative impact on yourself or others, and the opposite can help too. I often find I work best to a deadline which has meant late nights finishing coursework but making little goals and deadlines in life for myself seems to have a similar effect.

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I now have a Facebook page!


You can find the Facebook page here.

I guess I’ve kind of had it for the past few days really but I wanted to do a post on here so if you want to follow me over there it’ll have all my blog, Instagram and Facebook updates in one place!

I am so far behind on starting this but I thought, with working on the look of the blog, it was the perfect time to actually start one. Hope to see some of you guys over there.

Find me on social media:

Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin’

I’m now on Facebook too! (I love being able to add that!)

Self Hosting a Blog

I feel like I’m a few steps behind with this, it’s something I’ve considered before but it seemed a lot of hassle. However, partly thanks to the fact WordPress now refuses to work on any of my internet browsers, I feel like it’s time to take the step, or at least seriously consider it and start taking the steps towards it. One big problem is, I’m not actually sure where to start with this!

I know a lot of you guys might already be self hosting your blogs so I thought I’d ask and see what you recommend. I’d like to be able to transfer everything over, I’m half tempted just to change to a premium account with WordPress to keep it all simple, and I know that’s a big pain. I also know that if I’m properly concentrating on my blog now it makes sense considering how little money it costs per month, or it can anyway, and how much of a difference it can apparently make when it comes to be taken seriously in the eyes of companies.

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Goals for 2018


I don’t tend to do New Years resolutions, there’s only so many times I can put learn to drive or get healthier before it feels a bit redundant really, but I do love setting goals. I don’t just do this at the beginning of the year, for me goals are something that I keep updating and altering. If something isn’t achievable then I alter it a bit so it is, or also if something is too easy I might up the goal a bit and see if I can achieve that.

Some of these goals are pretty short term and they’re all pretty all over the place. I guess I find it easiest to write goals when I have a mix of vague and long term and precise or short term goals. The combination means I have different things to focus on and some sort of become passive goals or background noise that just happen when I get into the habit of doing them.

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Looking Back at 2017

I feel I should start this post with a bit of an apology for the lack of posts the past week. I planned on doing daily posts for the Twelve Days of Christmas Ciate Calendar but it felt a bit forced and they’d be so short but I’m going to be doing them on my Instagram for the rest of the twelve days if you’re interested and then a final post on everything as a round up. Christmas always takes up more energy than I think it will so there’s been a lot of resting and a trip out to the Lush sales, the haul will be coming soon.

Everyone seems to be looking back at the highlights of 2017 and it got me thinking about the year. I have to say it definitely wasn’t the best year, a couple of the things that happened weren’t great at the time but did have positive longer term effects and I think I’ve ended 2017 more motivated than I started the year. I think that probably happens for everyone every year so maybe it’s me remembering differently.

So let’s begin the look back at 2017. I feel like there should be some wobbly effect on the screen and some kind of music like in TV series saying that.

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Blogmas 2017: Day 10!

Today was the first snow of this winter and we made the most of it! Our dog is nearly 14 and really shouldn’t get too excited but ended up running around like a puppy and I managed to make a snowman. I’ll be paying for it the next few days but totally worth it. We might be getting some more in the night but it’s probably just going to freeze so I’m crossing my fingers the road outside our house isn’t too bad as they never salt it and I have an appointment tomorrow I have to get to. Have you guys had any snow, either today or just this winter so far? Are you ever too old to make snowmen?

Onto the Marks and Spencer’s beauty advent calendar’s gift for today and it’s a small tube of Formula Innovate Radiance Reveal Peel which seems to be part of the Marks and Spencer’s Beauty range. It’s cruelty free and has the leaping bunny logo on it. This means that so far this year we’ve had more skin care than anything but this is a different kind of product and I’m intrigued by what it will do. It’s a 15ml tube and with the full sized one being 50ml and costing £17.50 I think it should be worth somewhere around £5. It’s definitely a fairly good sized sample so I’m looking forward to trying it and there’s quite a few uses from it.

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Might Be Taking a Bit of a Break

It’s a bit odd posting this as I’m not sure if there will actually be any difference on my blog as, for once, I was actually organised and have a few posts scheduled. But yesterday my Grandpa died, it hasn’t really sunk in yet so no idea how I’m going to react when it does and I might go quiet online for a bit. It’s odd, I know I’ve been lucky in that no one close to me has died since I was five or six and I was too young to really remember that too much so the next few weeks will be taking it as it comes probably. 

Hopefully I’ll be back blogging next week and there won’t be any difference, I actually really miss posting when I miss a post or week or whatever and I may have ended up buying more recently, not the best way of coping but I do have a lot of things to post about!

Anyway, this was just a quick post, I’ll stop before I ramble on too much. I started this with a plan of having this really good post but it’s just another short update for why I might not be psoting. I seem to be doing this a lot recently.

An Afternoon at Bletchley Park


I realised I don’t tend to do any of these kinds of blogs recently so as we visited Bletchley Park I thought I’d post about it. Last week, after the rush of the Bank Holiday, I went and visited Bletchley Park with my parents. It’s one of those places that I’ve always known about and we live about an hour away but none of us have ever been to so we decided to give it a visit. Given the amount of things to see there we thought we’d do two visits, or see what was there and then decide, and I am so glad that we went in thinking that as we saw about half of it and I was exhausted afterwards, I’ve only just recovered. One thing worth knowing before you go is that the tickets are valid for a full year and you can have as many visits as you want in that time. I can’t find that anywhere on the website so it was a nice surprise when we went and picked our tickets up.

Bletchley Park is a museum dedicated to the codebreakers from the second world war. They were based here, at its peak I think there were 9,000 people living and working in the complex, and it was all top secret. They broke the Enigma code that the Germans used to send messages to each other along with other codes used at the time, I think Enigma is probably the most famous. There’s a mix of standard museum style exhibitions, some of which are temporary and change, and quite a few blocks and rooms that have been restored and furnished as they were at the time.

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M.E. Myself and I: What Do You Do at Home?

It’s been a while since I wrote anything M.E. related but after a trip to relatives I thought this would be a good time. This question, along with ‘do you go out much?’ and ‘do you have any friends you go out with?’ are innocent enough questions, at least in this case they were, but they’re some of those that are so hard to answer when you’ve got a chronic illness. It doesn’t help that elderly relatives can forget they’ve asked so I’ve been asked repeatedly on the same day which doesn’t exactly help to just brush it off.

I guess that’s the thing, it’s harder to brush these off when you don’t actually so much. In everyday life I tend to think I’ve achieved quite a bit if I’ve managed to get my blog posts up for the week, gone for walks, done some volunteering and maybe get some jewellery making done. Looking at each day individually most of the time is spent what would probably be classed as ‘not doing much’ which translates to resting in chronic illness terms. It’s harder to feel like you’re acheiving something when you look at it like that and easy to forget how much improvement there has been over the past few years, even the last year or six months.

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Getting Motivated Again

Possibly a bit stereotypical with a field of wheat (or barley) but I like it and it has a link to the post, in a way.

To be honest the past three months have kind of gone in  a a bit of a  blur. With the operation and recovery I realised that recently I’ve lost some of the motivation I had. It started with the whole build up, feeling rubbish and then the four or five weeks where I was told not to do too much but it’s sort of stuck with me. I was so motivated, I have a list of posts I had planned to write and schedule for my recovery and I realised that I only ended up doing a few other them and then doing others instead and my whole organisation has fallen to the side. It’s not just my blog that it’s happened with but I know noticed I’d got down to 2 posts a week with not real schedule and it’s given me a bit of a kick up the backside to try and get my motivation back. 

There are a few ways I’ve found in the past that helped so I thought I’d do a post on it, we all go through patches like this so I thought it would be interesting to see if there are any of the things I do that you guys use to get back your motivation or if there’s anything you do that’s different that I’d never thought of. 

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