Goal updates

I started 2016 with two sets of goals – 7 Things In 2016 and 101 Things In 1001 Days, and since we’ve reached the end of February, I thought it might be an idea to check in and see how I’m doing.

My 7 Things In 2016:
Learn how to write calligraphy I haven’t even looked to see if there’s any books in the library or youtube tutorials. This may have to be a task to pick up once my exams are done
Start blogging regularly Yes! I think I’ve done this really well. I’m quite happy with my blogging.
Stop biting my nails 😦
Take a vacation to Rome I will be going in the summer!
Find a way to be more organized I’ve managed to keep both my bedrooms tidy all year so that’s a start
Try sushi My Aunt Emily has promised to take me but we’ve not made it yet
Be more patient, especially with myself I’m still working on how to do this

As for my 101 Things In 1001 Days:
Completed – 7
Write a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days!
Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find
Buy a lottery ticket
Hug 10 people in one day
Hug someone on National Hug Day
Send a handwritten letter
Bake a chocolate cake
Keep my room tidy for a month

In progress – 7
Graduate college
Donate blood
Answer the “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind”
Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet
Read 26 books I’ve never read starting with each letter of the alphabet
Read 100 books
Start University

Preparing to give blood

I have an appointment tomorrow to give blood for the very first time. I’m scared and excited and nervous and feeling kind of
It can’t be that bad… hundreds of people donate and the nurses who do it are professionals and stuff but it’s still a little overwhelming to think about it.

I just got an email from the Blood Donation service to remind me about my appointment and to give me some tips.

Preparing to give blood
Follow our tips to make your blood donation experience pleasant, safe and straightforward.

Eat
Eat regular meals to help you avoid feeling lightheaded.

Sleep
A good night’s sleep will boost wellbeing.

Drink
Drink plenty of fluids 24 hours before donating, but avoid alcohol.

Wear
Put on loose and comfortable clothing, avoid tight sleeves.

Distract
Nervousness is normal, come with a friend or bring along a book or MP3 player so you can relax during your visit.

Know
Knowing your medical, body piercing and travel history will save you time.

Exercise
You can still exercise, but don’t do anything more strenuous than usual: this applies before and after donating blood. Also ensure you are fully recovered and well hydrated before you donate blood.

My appointment is at 3:50pm tomorrow… wish me luck?

Accepted

I am so excited! I found out that I’ve been accepted into university! My first choice university and the course that I really really really REALLY wanted to do!

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a sociocultural anthropologist. I know, probably a really strange thing to want to be and I don’t even remember what started it. And, in case you’re wondering, because a lot of people do, sociocultural anthropology is studying what it means to be human, how we calculate who we are related to, how we make a living, how we organize the world, and all of the beliefs that are part of religion, science, and the arts.

I’m in college right now, doing my A2s in English, History, Psychology and Sociology. I’ve got my exams in a couple of months and I mentioned the other day how I’m all stressed. Well, it’s all going to be worth it.

As long as I pass my exams with a BBBB or higher, I am going to The University Of Aberdeen in September to study Anthropology and Sociology.
I’m predicted AABB so hopefully hopefully I should get it.

I’m SO EXCITED

National Hugging Day

Today is National Hugging Day which, according to nationalhuggingday.com is

National Hugging Day, occasionally shortened to National Hug Day, was first widely celebrated in 1986 after being published in Chase’s Calender of Annual Events. Since that time, National Hugging Day has continued to grow internationally leading some to suggest the observance be renamed International Hug Day or International Hugging Day.

National Hugging Day was initially created for family and friends to hug often and freely with one another. Celebrate National Hugging Day Every Day

Definitely an annual event I can get behind. I’m a very tactile person and I’m always hugging my family and my friends. So a whole day for celebrating hugs is definitely something I’m a big fan of!

I was even able to tick off two of the items on my 101 Things In 1001 Days:
Hug 10 people in one day
Hug someone on National Hug Day

I was back in college today, feeling much better so took the day as a good excuse to hug everyone. I was almost tempted to do ‘Give a stranger a hug’ but figured since I’ve had such a bad cold this week it wasn’t a good idea. I couldn’t quite bring myself to wear a free hugs sign either. Those two are both on my list as well but they’ll wait for another time. Maybe National Hugging Day 2017 – my 1001 days continues on til October 2017

7 Things In 2016

I’ve come across a website called Day Zero Project which is home to the 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge and I signed up. They have an ‘alternative New Year’s Resolution’ challenege which is Seven prompts to get you thinking about what you want to achieve in 2016.
A fun way to come up with goals for the New Year – sometimes the first thing that comes to mind is the thing you most want to do.

I’ve set myself these goals, based on their prompts:
Learn how to write calligraphy
Start blogging regularly
Stop biting my nails
Take a vacation to Rome
Find a way to be more organized
Try sushi
Be more patient, especially with myself

Why am I blogging?

I’ve tried to keep a blog going a few times before but I’ve always stopped after a couple of weeks. I think it’s because I’ve not really had a purpose behind starting. This time, I do. I read a lot and I love to talk about them. No-one in real life really cares so I don’t have anyone to talk to about the books I’m reading. So, I said to myself, why don’t I start bloging about the books?

And I go to the cinema regularly, at least once a week so why not post what I think of movies?
It makes sense to me.

I’ve also thought about goals from blogging, what I hope to get out of it.
Learn new things I want to share what I’m seeing in the world, and this will involve learning how to do so. And hopefully I’ll learn new things about books and movies so that I can keep sharing
Think clearer The process of putting my thoughts down on paper will help me learn to stop and think deeper, think more critically. I also hope to learn to reflect more on my life, my relationships and the world around me.
Write better Practise makes perfect, after all and along with the critical thinking will help me outside of blogging too.
Challenge myself It’s easy to start blogging, to have something to say to start with but coming up with new ideas will, linking again back to the other goals, will force me to keep learning and growing.
Meet new people All the bloggers I’ve come across so far are so friendly and I can’t wait to meet more new people and make friends online 🙂