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Reflecting on my 2020 goals and setting new ones for 2021

In a weird way, I’m struggling with 2020 coming to an end, as it feels like it was such a waste of time and that nothing was achieved… so I thought reflecting back a bit might help me shift my perspective. Plus, there’s always a new day, a new week, a new month, or a new year to set and achieve your goals!

I don’t exactly go back and read my old posts, so I although of course I remember what my goals were for last year, I haven’t read the post properly since I published it… so this feels a little strange delving back to what I thought 2020 would be like, pre-covid but let’s see what I said!

2020 goals… did I acheive them?

1. Write more.
I said in my 2020 New Years post that “I want 2020 to be the year I develop as a writer and a blogger.” Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t stick to writing as often as I would have liked, especially towards the end of the year… but I think in the grand scheme of things, I did pretty well!

2020 was a hectic year for me… I continued to go to work throughout all the lockdowns we had in the UK, and as a big part of my job involves sourcing PPE… you can imagine how the first half of the year was for me! Despite this, I created a blogging schedule and tried to set aside time for writing as much as possible.

So, did I acheive this goal? I’m gonna say yes!

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2. Read more.
Back in January 2020 I said that “my collection of books keeps growing and I owe it to them to get them read! I’d like to finally make sure I set aside time in the evening to read, instead of sitting on my phone.”

I will admit here, that many of my physical books have remained untouched since then, save the exception of perhaps 1 or 2. I feel embarrassed but as I said, the year was a crazy one!

It wasn’t a total failure on the reading front though… in 2020 I discovered audiobooks! So whilst I haven’t really read a physical book, I have listened to a fair few. Still not as many as I would have liked but… have I acheived this goal? I’m still going to go with a yes, but with the aim to try a bit harder again in 2021.

3. Worry less.
“I worry far, FAR, too much and frankly, I need to chill out a little. I’ll never not be a worrier I don’t think, but it’d be nice to learn to try and just let things go a bit more.”

Oh wow, I had no idea what was yet to come, did I?!

I didn’t specify in my last post, as a I don’t really talk about my mental health that much online, but it’s a lot more complicated for me that “I just worry too much”. I have stuggled with anxiety and panic attacks for most of my life, so it was never as simple as just “worry less”… Then the world was hit with a pandemic and we all faced a whole new level of stress and anxiety.

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I had wanted to start getting therapy in 2020, which was going to take a lot of guts as it was… but to go to a GP in the midst of Covid early in the year, was another level entirely. I also felt like I wouldn’t be taken seriously, as we were ALL scared. However, by August/September, my MH was really suffering. I could write a whole other post on it all, and I probably will later on in the year, but for the sake of getting to the point for now: I finally started seeing a counsellor in September.

So whilst I can’t actually say that I worried less, counselling is helping me understand and manage my anxiety in a way that to be honest, I didn’t think was possible. So did I acheive this goal? Too right I did.

4. Walk 1000 miles.
“Country Walking Magazine do this every year now, but this is the first year I’m giving it a proper go.”

Well… I did do a lot of walking in 2020 but when things got crazy at work at the height of Covid… I couldn’t be bothered to write my miles down and keep track. So whilst I was walking way more than I would have before, even walking to and from work in the spring and summer… I can’t really say I achieved this one without feeling like a fraud.

I am going to try again in 2021 though, so watch this space!

5. Get a dog.
“Now that we’re in a bigger house, and can actually be home more, this WILL be the year we get a dog. It’s not even an option anymore, I need a pup in my life!”

Ok, if you follow my blog and socials then you know I had this goal in the bag! We contacted a lovely breeder in January and were approved for a boy puppy, ready to come home mid-March. The timing ending up being absolutely perfect and Reggie was waiting at home for me after work, the week that the UK went in to lockdown. He was an absolute blessing at a time of such uncertainty and I’ve written many posts about him since!

Reggie and I heading towards 2021 with hope and positivity!

6. Look after my health. & 7. Drink more water.
“As I’m getting older, I’m realising that I take my health a little for granted perhaps, so I would like to work on that this year and well in to the future.”

Another thing the pandemic made many of us realise, I think, is the importance of our health. As I’d said in my 2020 post, I wanted to take better care of myself anyway but I really only recentlt realised just how lucky I am to be healthy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m by no means the world’s healthiest person… in fact, I’ve piled on weight in the last few years and spent many nights comforting eating at home. I am, however, a lot more conscience now: I drink more water, I eat more fruit and veg, I try to get plenty of fresh air and of course I’m also now taking care of my mental health too.

So did I acheive this goal? I’m saying yes, although I’ve got plenty of room for improvement.

8. Get organised.
“My biggest challenge of all, and to be honest, probably my resolution every year since I was old enough to need to be organised for myself… I am not organised, plain and simple. I buy a diary every year and never use it, I double book myself constantly, I’m always late and just generally never prepared. It’s time to improve – I won’t say it’s time to change, because to be honest I don’t think I ever will, but I can at least TRY to be more organised!”

I might as well just leave this year for a goal in 2021… I can’t really think of any examples of me being particularly more organised in 2020… then again it’s not like I had any plans to stick to! Did I acheive this? I’ll say no if I’m being honest with myself, seeing as my diaries and planners went near enough untouched yet again.

I signed off my 2020 post saying “I’m already off to a good start, so I feel like this year could really be a good one!” which I think now is a tad amusing… so many of us vowed that 2020 would be our year and really… well it just wasn’t, was it?

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Perhaps 2021 will be different! I’m not holding out for any overnight miracles, however the new year does bring some hope with it at least. Here are my goals for this year:

1. Take up more opportunies.

Reflecting on 2020 has made me really miss a lot of things, but also realise how many things I’d passed up on pre-covid, taking time and freedom for granted. Little things, like not being bothered to go out fot a drink, or being too nervous to try new things. This year, and beyond, it’s my goal not too pass up these opportunities… they say you only regret the things you don’t do, and I’m starting to understand that now!

2. Follow a proper skincare routine (and stick to it)

I will openly admit that I really don’t understand skincare, beyond washing my face and using a bit of toner and moisturiser. I keep trying to get in to a decent skincare routine, but becuase I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing I end up not keeping up with it.

My mum recently got me the Caroline Hirons book, so I’m trying to understand it all more and actually look after my skin once and for all.

3. Start a business.

I recently started candle making and having enjoyed it so much that I’d like to eventually pursue selling them and starting a business. I’m in no rush to do it, as I’d like to just enjoy it as a hobby for myself for now, and I also feel like I need to get it perfect before I sell. That all being said, I’d like to start this year – even if it’s December 31st!

4. Continue to work on my mental health

Finally starting to see a counsellor at 28 years old, has been a HUGE turning point for me – I can’t even begin to explain how tough it was to ask for the help I needed after so long. I’m already seeing such a difference, so this year I am going to carry on working on this and looking after my mind. I’d like to write more about my experience too, so watch this space if that’s something that will interest you.

5. Document the year

I often forget to appreciate the little things, or take photos, or write down my feelings. This year, I want to take it all in and remember it. I’ve already started mini daily vlogs and you can expect to see a lot more “journal” style blog posts on here too!

Carrying over from 2020…

Seeing as I didn’t quite acheive everything that I wanted to last year, there’s a few things that I’m going to try again with, or just carry on doing.

  • Walk 1000 miles
  • Read more
  • Look after my health
  • Be more organised

So there we go! 2021…. let’s do this. What are your goals for this year? Let me know in comments.

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Hallotober Blogger’s Tag – Halloween Q&A

Happy Halloween week! I’ve been neglecting my blog slightly this month, but what better way to get back in to it with a tag. This is my first one, so I’m super excited to be involved – especially as it’s Halloween related. So thank you Ellie for the tag, do check out her post too!

First up, here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link to their post.
  • Put the rules at the beginning.
  • You can use the tag image somewhere in the post.
  • Answer the 13 questions.
  • Tag 13 people to do the tag.
  • Delete question 13, add a new question of your own.

Let’s get to it!

What’s your favourite thing about October?

This month is definitely my favourite, I’m not sure I could pick just one thing. The colours of the leaves turning, the crispness in the air as the weather starts to cool down, the colour of the sunset skies as the darker days creep in. There’s something magical about October, for sure.

Are you a big celebrator of Halloween?

Definitely! I try to do something every year, as it’s my favourite holiday.

What’s your favourite horror movie?

Again, I struggle to just pick one. Although I would have to say… the first Saw movie has a special place in my heart – it’s the first horror that really stuck with me. It was showing late one night on TV, before I had my own DVD collection, so I stayed up. I was definitely too young and it really scared me at the time. I love the story line and I’m a bit of a sucker for gore in movies.

Would you rather a cosy night watching horrors or a big night out in a costume?

I definitely like a mix of both, I think it depends what kind of mood I’m in. As I write this, I’d prefer a cosy night in.

Which has been your most favourite costume to date?

I had a party a few years ago and dressed as a devil. The dress was an Ann Summers number that I wouldn’t dream of squeezing in to now, but it’s my make up that I’m most proud of!

Bobbing for apples or pin the hat on the witch?

I’ll go with pin the hat on the witch because putting my face in water terrifies me.

How do you celebrate Halloween?

It varies each year, but usually I’ll put some decorations up at home, carve a few pumpkins and watch horror movies. Depending on the day it falls on and other commitments, I’ll have a night out with friends in fancy dress too.

What’s your least favourite horror?

Most modern paranormal focused films… I prefer something that’s more believable because then it’s actually scary.

Do you have a favourite trick or treating memory?

Maybe not a favourite one, but an amusing one all the same! I’ve only actually been trick or treating once… when I was growing up, we lived in the middle of nowhere and there wasn’t anywhere to trick or treat. In my first year of secondary school, we’d moved somewhere much more built up so my mum let me go out with a friend. I was so excited to finally go… only to be chased home by older kids! Although I’m a lover of horror and Halloween, I’m also a bit of a wimp, so I didn’t want to go back out after that!

What’s your favourite thing about Halloween?

Although I am a self confessed wimp, I love scaring other people – is that really mean?! I love the colours and imagery associated with Halloween as well, particularly pumpkins for some reason.

Scary costume or silly costume?

Scary all the way!

What’s your favourite Halloween candy?

I don’t think you can get it in the UK but candy corn! If I ever actually find some here then I will need to stock up, for sure.

What’s the best face you have carved into a pumpkin?

This one!

I hope you enjoyed reading my answers as much as I enjoyed answering them, happy Halloween!

THE QUESTIONS

  1. What’s your favourite thing about October?
  2. Are you a big celebrator of Halloween?
  3. What’s your favourite horror movie?
  4. Would you rather a cosy night watching horrors or a big night out in a costume?
  5. Which has been your most favourite costume to date?
  6. Bobbing for apples or pin the hat on the witch?
  7. How do you celebrate Halloween?
  8. What’s your least favourite horror?
  9. Do you have a favourite trick or treating memory?
  10. What’s your favourite thing about Halloween?
  11. Scary costume or silly costume?
  12. What’s your favourite Halloween candy?
  13. Do you decorate your home for Halloween?

I’ll be tagging my 13 bloggers on twitter and Instagram, so keep your eyes peeled!

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The LadyBossBlogger Course Gave Me a New Love For Blogging

Hello everyone and welcome back! In this post I’m going to share with you my final thoughts on the LadyBossBlogger course* that I have been taking, and the amazing results I’ve had so far.

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I mentioned previously that I have been really stuck in a rut lately with my blog and wasn’t sure how to really move forward, or how to succeed. Then I started the LadyBossBlogger* course, How To Start A Money Making Blog and can honestly say I have found a whole new love for my blog.

Elaine Rau‘s course starts from the very beginning, so I was able to completely refresh my mindset and discover my “why”, as well as reconsider my niche (take the quiz if you’re not sure what you want yours to be!).

Before LadyBossBlogger, I was just aimlessly writing and not really considering who my audience is, or what they might want to hear. These are all topics that are covered in the first 25% of the course*, so I think that reflects just how much there is to learn.

“If you’re writing blog posts without a defined goal of what you’re trying to accomplish, you’re tossing work in to the wind hoping something will stick.”

This is exactly what I was doing before this course! I’m now looking forward to implementing what I have learnt when I write my future posts, rather than racking my brains on what I feel like writing about week to week.

What I particularly appreciated throughout the course*, was Elaine’s honesty in sharing all of her knowledge in every aspect of blogging. I think it would be easy for someone to keep all of this to themselves, but Elaine has shared everything she knows in order to help others succeed.

Elaine encourages you from lesson one in a way that feels personal, helping you to figure out what kind of blogger you are. Then on top of that, she helps you to figure out your strengths and how to utilise them, as well as the resources to help you with what you need to improve on. For example, those of us that are more in to the writing side of things but not the design – Canva is your friend. I can definitely vouch for this!

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I wasn’t focused on any of these things before now but seeing as I’ve already noticed an increase in my blog traffic, I’m incredibly excited to move forward and continuing putting all of the great lessons from this course* in to practice.

Some more key points I have learnt during the course* are:

  • It’s important to read other people’s blogs but also use them as research too – Elaine suggests some of the top bloggers in the most profitable niches, so I’ve also found some great new bloggers to follow!
  • You should be solving a problem or answering a question for your readers
  • Blogging is more than just writing a great post
  • You can supplement your blog with a YouTube video and/or podcast – something I definitely want to explore in the near future
  • Don’t be afraid to reach out to brands!
  • Celebrate the milestones – all of the little ones, not just the big ones
  • There is no such thing as an oversaturated niche
  • Try your best and give it your all, the worst thing you can do is nothing!
  • It’s ok if you want to explore more than one niche (phew!) …but do narrow it down

All in all, I’ve learnt more from this course* than I could have ever imagined.

If you use my code KATIEWATT, then you can grab yourself 40% off of the blogging course* for yourself, or perhaps How To Make Money as an Instagram Influencer if that’s more for you!

Thank you SO much to LadyBossBlogger and Elaine Rau for sponsoring this post. Some links in this post are affiliate and are marked with a *. If you purchase the course using my affiliate link, it will be at no extra cost to you but it does mean I earn a commission. I’m so grateful for your support and want to make sure you know that I wouldn’t promote anything I didn’t genuinely love.

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LadyBossBlogger: The Blogging Course That Is Engaging From The Start

If you follow me on my Instagram or Twitter, you might have seen me mention that I’ve felt a bit stuck in a rut with my blog over the past couple of weeks. I’ve started to feel a little bit like it’s not going anywhere anytime soon, which is frustrating to say the least, especially when I don’t really know how to rectify that! I thought about courses but was really put off my costs and how vague they seemed, would it really help or would it just be a waste of money?

LadyBossBlogger to the rescue!

Start A Money Making Blog* is broken down into easy to follow sections and is engaging right from the start, to the point that I actually feel excited to work on my blog again. The course* is broken down into the following categories:

  • Discover your “Why”
  • Find Your Niche
  • Claim Your Blog Domain Name
  • Create Your Target Audience
  • Design Your Brand
  • Set Up Email Marketing Strategy
  • Blog Marketing Strategy: Social Media Foundations
  • Learn WordPress Basics
  • SEO Best Practices
  • Curate Strategic Content
  • How To Make Money Blogging
  • Understand The Legal Aspects
  • How To Promote Your Blog + Brand

So, as you can tell, there’s A LOT of learning to do and the course* covers literally everything right from the beginning of starting a blog! That doesn’t mean it won’t be helpful if you’ve already started though. I’m nearly a year into my blog but have still learnt so much already… considering I’ve only completed 5% at this stage, that’s pretty impressive.

The main points that I have taken away so far are:

  • Your content needs to be of value to others, not just yourself
  • The importance of scheduling posts and setting up an email list
  • Focusing on your mindset – you need to find your purpose, your WHY. The first part of the course really focuses on this and how to get to know yourself better, which I thought was particularly great.
  • You don’t need to be an expert right away – it’s ok to still be learning!
  • The thing that hit me the most… be ok with where you are in your journey

All in all, I’m very excited to get well and truly stuck in to the course* and start implementing everything that I learn along the way. There is a real personal touch and I can tell already that Elaine is right there for every step of the way.

As well as A Money Making Blog course, LadyBossBlogger also has a great course on How to Make Money As An Influencer. If you head over to my Instagram right now, I’m REALLY excited to inform you that I’m running a great competition to win either one of these courses for FREE.

In the meantime, I also have a 40% code you can use! Head over to LadyBossBlogger and use KATIEWATT. Additional LadyBossBlogger Resources are:

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Firstly, thank you SO much to LadyBossBlogger and Elaine Rau for sponsoring this post. Some links in this post are affiliate and are marked with a *. If you purchase the course using my affiliate link, it will be at no extra cost to you but it does mean I earn a commission. I’m so grateful for your support and want to make sure you know that I wouldn’t promote anything I didn’t genuinely love.