Monthly Goals // November 2018

I’m really happy for November to be here as there are so many great things planned, I’m not as busy as October but it’s still going to be a cracking month. It’s going to be excited over the coming weeks as there are a couple of things lined up. For starters, November is my birthday month, with a fun action packed weekend and I will be at Silverstone for a murder mystery.

I have been able to achieve most of my Goals I set at the beginning of October I have proved that if I put my mind to it, I can achieve. Here we are again to first reflect on my previous Goals and then set some new ones for November. I visited Castle Combe with my MG Rover family, picked a pumpkin for the first time and wandered around Milton Keynes.

I have shared my adventures in my Monthly Favourites // October 2018 here. Before I set myself some new Goals for November, let’s reflect on my October Goals!

Comment on Blog Posts | Done! I have been able to smash October‘s Goal and reach over 600 views on An Ocean Glimmer. This is thanks to sharing my content on all my social media platforms and participating in comment pods. I have shared the love and had it returned, I have also come across some great blogs this way!

Plan November & Blogmas Content | Half done, I’ve been able to plan all and schedule most of my November posts. When it comes to Blogmas content, I have got a couple of ideas. I have a couple of holiday days coming up soon so I will be using these to plan and maybe even write the content.

Increase Twitter & Instagram Stats | It’s been a good month for Twitter and Instagram, I have been able to increase my following and my analytics are looking good. The results aren’t as strong as I had hoped but I’m on the up! I forgot how hard Instagram was to improve, I have everything crossed for November and December.

Continue Being Strong | Yup! Most definitely achieved. All my statistics have increased, I’m looking forward to the end of 2018, I’ve reached one of my main Goals of reaching 15k views on An Ocean Glimmer. After my dip in April, I knew I wasn’t going to reach the Goal of reaching 20k views. With an increase in views from September, I’m definitely moving in the correct direction.

Visit Millets Farm | Done! If you read my Monthly Favourites | October 2018, you’ll know that I visited Millets Farm and picked up a pumpkin! I’ve never been to a pumpkin patch before, I had a great day, it was nice to get out of the house and wander around. I didn’t realise how big the place was. Celebrations for Halloween are done, let’s get into the Christmas spirit!

Let’s get to my November Goals!

Reach 1k Instagram Followers | I swear I’ve been trying to increase my Instagram following for the whole of 2018. I would love to reach 1,000 followers in November, I’m just under 200 away but it’s soo hard, how could it be this hard!? If you’re not already following me, what are you waiting for? I always try to share whatever I’m up to.

Visit MCM Comic Con | I have never been to a Comic Con, for as long as I can remember I have wanted to go to one. I am a massive geek at heart and I know how much I would love it, quite freaky this year’s Birmingham MCM Comic Con is on my birthday weekend! Now my parents only live half an hour away, I’ve brought tickets. I’m super excited to go.

Plan Blogmas Content | I have thankfully planned and schedule most of my November content. Now it’s a good time to move onto Blogmas! I would love to get hopefully the first week or two planned out, maybe I could even start writing. As I had over ten days of holiday to use, I’ve taken most of these in November. I will use these days to plan the content.

Spend Time Outside | It’s now November and Autumn is definitely in full swing, it’s cold outside but that won’t stop me from enjoying being outside. I am such an outdoors person and I don’t want the weather to stop me. I need to spend time outside and just visiting places around me.

Finish Christmas Shopping | I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m just over half way with my Christmas shopping, I would love to be able to finish my Christmas shopping. This way I’ll be able to spend more time having fun and relaxing in December, not worrying about presents!

Write and Sent Christmas Cards | This Goal goes hand in hand with the above, I would love to be organised and get most of my Christmas cards written and hopefully sent. I have brought all my family cards, I need to now organise who else I need to send a card to. Last year, I enjoyed sending cards to fellow bloggers, hopefully, I can do this again!

Spend More Time with Family | Family is very important to me, after moving from Plymouth and now no longer living with them it has been hard and now I hardly see them. I try to see them as much as I can, they are a couple of moments I should be able to see them this month. Including my birthday weekend!

I hope you have enjoyed this post! What is the one thing you would love to achieve this month? Let me know in the comment!

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Monthly Goals // October 2018

Goodbye September! Hello October!

I’m really happy for October to be here as there are so many great things planned, I am pretty much busy each weekend. I thought October would start to slow down, oh how was I wrong. Autumn is here and it’s time to start getting festive, both for Halloween, my Birthday next month and finally, yes Christmas. I’ve had a really good September and have definitely felt good about myself.

Despite being really busy, thankfully I have been able to achieve quite a lot of my Goals. I have proved that if I put my mind to it, I can achieve, I have pushed myself and have been rewarded. I attended my last event at Silverstone this season as a Race Maker, visited Western Super Mare with my MG Rover family and work has been hectic as anything. I have shared my adventures in my Monthly Favourites // Septemer 2018 here.

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How I Juggle Blogging Whilst Working Full-Time

I have been blogging on and off for nearly two years, in this time I like to think I have learnt just a little when it comes to blogging but also how to juggle this while working. It’s not been until joining 4CM that you realise how much time blogging can take up, while in university, I could work around that but also had time on the weekend.

Now it’s only the weekend I designate my time to blog. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t come without its problems, but thanks to being quite organised, I’m able to do it! It can get even harder when I’m away at Silverstone or just super busy travelling. I thought today I would share how I manage this and hopefully if you’re struggling to give you some handy tips.

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LUSH Christmas Haul

For Blogmas 2017, I did a first impression post for LUSH Cosmetics, now I know what you are thinking! Gemma, you have only just tried LUSH!? Well, before moving to Aylesbury, I had no bath only a shower, but now I am lucky enough to be able to have a bath every weekend. I won’t explain too much here as you can read all about why in my impression post. Myself and Yasmine have now become addicted to LUSH bath bombs!

As you know, I went down to Plymouth with Yasmine to see in the New Year with her family and our friends. Meaning we couldn’t come back to Aylesbury without some LUSH treats. I was able to take advantage of their January sale, where they had their Christmas products on 50% off! Great right! Everyone went a bit crazy for this sale, I don’t really blame them as you’re saving yourself a lot.

I know it’s a little late now for a LUSH Christmas Haul, but seeing as I didn’t actually buy them until AFTER Christmas, I’ve only just finished using them! Now, shall we get started with this small LUSH Haul?

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Monthly Goals // January 2018

I hope you are all having a lovely start to 2018! Things definitely do feel a little different, I am trying my hardest to be motivated, after my mini-blogging break, it feels weird being back. Especially as I’ve started work as well, I now need to get my butt into gear. January is a good month for reflecting on not only the previous month but year, it’s nice to look at where you’ve gone right but also what you can change and improve.

For today’s post, I’m reflecting on my goals that I set for December, as well as creating some new ones for January.

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December Favourites

Welcome back everyone! You might have noticed that things have been a little quiet here, as I’ve been on a mini blogger break, this has been a perfect opportunity to enjoy some time with the family. I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year. I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely eaten a lot of food and been spoilt by my friends and family.

To start the New Year, I thought I would share with you my December Favourites.

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Blogmas Christmas Day // Merry Christmas!

Can you believe what day it is today, that’s right, it’s Christmas Day! I hope you have all had a lovely day, opened all your presents and stuffed your face with amazing Christmas food. Don’t worry, I’m not writing this post on Christmas Day! It’s pre-written and scheduled because I need to spend the day with my family. I thought I would write this post as a reflection of December and Blogmas.

I’m actually really proud of myself for completing Blogmas! It wasn’t easy, having a full-time job and trying to have fun and relaxed weekends did make it hard. I have put in a lot of work and I am really proud of what I’ve achieved. I would like to just say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported me by reading my blog throughout December. I hope to continue creating great content for you all!

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Blogmas Christmas Eve // 8 Blogs of Blogmas

It is officially CHRISTMAS EVE. I hope you have had a wonderful day and are ready for Christmas tomorrow! It does mean though that this is my last post of Blogmas, I know a sad moment! To finish off Blogmas 2017, I thought I would round up the bloggers that I have been loving this December. I did do this same post for Blogmas 2016, I really enjoyed summing up my favourite posts of December so I thought I would do the same for this year!

Some of these girlies have done Blogmas themselves or have done some great Winter/Christmas themed posts. Shall we begin with my 8 Blogs of Blogmas?

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Blogmas Day 23 // Winter Night In

With the nights getting colder and darker, it feels nice to cosy up on the sofa and watch a movie. I am definitely a massive fan of these nights, it’s nice to wind down and just relax, there’s variety of different ways you can do this! I don’t know about you but Winter just screams nights in. You don’t want to go outside because it’s already pitch black and it’s freezing cold. It’s definitely a must during these colder nights.

I thought I would share with you how I typically spend my Winter night in, what screams comfort to me!

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Blogmas Day 22 // Bilou Shower Foam Pink Melon

I am pretty much always on the search for new products, I’m not sure about you but isn’t it lovely trying a new product every so often. I especially like this if they’re on some kind of offer or even a gift from someone. Recently I was gifted Shower Foam Pink Melon from Bilou, a German beauty range created by Bibi. I’ve heard so many great things about this brand as well as their products, so I was very excited to try it!

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