Wow, I can’t believe I’m 4 months into my 30before30 list!
Despite feeling a little apprehensive about doing this post, I was nicely surprised that I’ve actually made some real progress on my list, which is so exciting.
I think sometimes we can spend so much time looking to the next thing, that we forget just how much we’ve done and where we’ve come from. I know I’m certainly guilty of this recently, as I’ve been giving myself such a hard time for not being where I thought I would, but then I realise that slow progress is still progress.
So, just where am I at with this list….
Started a Business
As you may have seen I was made redundant in January as the company I worked for went into liquidation. However, rather than let this get me down I took it as an opportunity to start my own business and do something that I’m really passionate about. So keep your eyes peeled for more information about that.
Took Up Piano Lessons
This was a childhood hobby that I wanted to get back to and I’m so happy to have found a local piano teacher, as well as find some amazing beginners apps and YT channels.
I’m very lucky that I have our old family piano in the house so that I can practice whenever the mood strikes me. If you want to pick it up I would highly recommend the following free apps/channels;
Piano Tutorial Easy on YouTube
Learn Flower Arranging
As mentioned in my original 30before30 post, this is something that I just wanted to get better at as I adore putting colourful flowers around the house.
I have booked onto a one day workshop with a local floral stylist Jennie from Quintessentially Wild. As you can see from her website, Jennie’s arrangements are simply stunning and I’m so excited to spend the day with her learning about flowers and the most beautiful way to arrange them.
Thanks to the amazing platform Help As and When, I have been able to help out so many people locally.
Traditionally volunteering can take so long to get started when you’re doing it for a big charity or cause, there’s so much paperwork and red tape. But there are so many people who just need help in the local area.
I have not only helped someone start their blog, but also helped a lovely lady declutter and organise her dressing room.
If you want to help people out locally and share your knowledge or skills I would highly recommend getting on there and seeing how you can help.
Well, I’ve definitely done far more than last year, so that’s a bonus, but due to my financial situation, I’ve not been going to any classes at the moment. Which is something I’m really missing, as I find I really benefit from classes as the teachers can help ensure I’m in the right position for each pose. I’ve been avidly following Cat Meffan and Yoga with Adrienne, so I would highly recommend those channels for doing yoga workouts at home.
Fingers crossed, I’m hoping to get back to one class a week by June.
Stop Taking Life So Seriously
I laughed when I read this back as I can honestly say I took life too seriously at the beginning of the year due to everything that happened with losing my job etc. However, due to a more laid-back lifestyle, eating properly and doing more yoga I feel far more chilled out and starting to give myself a good talking when I get worked up about things.
It has also massively helped to have friends and family to talk to, as they can definitely make you realise when you’re blowing things out of proportion.
Go Abroad at Least Twice
I’m halfway through this, as myself and my partner ventured to Madrid for his birthday in March and spent four days devouring all the incredible food.
If you go to Madrid I would highly recommend the Airbnb experience of the Traditional Madrid Tapas Tour. We ate and drank so much, it was beyond dreamy.
We’ve now booked Marseille for September and can’t wait to get some sunshine on our skin and more delicious food in our bellies.
Buy Less Make More
This had to happen due to my financial situation, but I’ve actually loved trying to be more resourceful and considered about the things I buy.
I haven’t bought any new clothes or shoes for 4 months, which is amazing, and I have enjoyed trying to make things rather than buy them.
I’ll keep you all updated on how this goes.
Find a Blog Photographer
Thanks to the Help As And When platform I was able to find a blog photographer called Stuart who has helped me create some fresh new images for my blog posts.
I’m so grateful to Stuart for giving me his time, plus it’s nice that I can now say he’s a firm friend.
I hope my update has entertained or inspired, and as always I’d love to hear of any other suggestions I should add to my list, or where you’re at with yours.