A To-Do List For May

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May is probably my favourite month out of the year, but I have a feeling most people love their birth month, right? And even though the weather is still somewhat temperamental you can usually count on May to be pretty nice and I’m ridiculously excited to be able to pull out my pretty summer dresses and hopefully ditch my winter coat for the next few months. I’ve mentioned before that I’m trying to set myself monthly goals rather than yearly ones as not only do I find them a little easier to achieve but it also keeps my goals relative and this is what is on my to-do list for the month of May.

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turn 29

As I said, May is my birthday month and this year I turn 29 which means it’s the final year of my twenties. I always thought I’d dread turning 30 but to be honest, I’m excited to leave behind my twenties. The first half of my twenties were riddled with anxiety about not being where I thought I’d be in life and what everyone else was thinking about me. Thankfully, the latter half of the last 10 years have been generally a lot happier but it’s taken until now to feel somewhat settled in who I am and what my life looks like. I no longer spend so much time fretting over where I should or shouldn’t be in life and try and ignore societal pressures the best I can. Everyone always says that your 30’s are the best years of your life and it’s not until I’m now approaching them I totally understand why and I’m excited to hopefully enter a little bit of a less uncertain time of my life.

visit the new forest & dogstival

Typically, I like pretty low key birthdays and like to spend the day with my boyfriend, family, all the dogs, and my best friend. But for the first time ever, I’m going away for my birthday and we’re headed down to the New Forest and we’re going to be headed to Dogstival (our tickets have been gifted to us). Not only am I excited to head somewhere I’ve never been before, but the South East of England is also somewhat a mystery to me as we always used to go on holiday to Cornwall and never headed over in that direction. We’ve only got a couple of days so I’m hoping that the weather will hold out for us so we can go for some evening walks and get to see the beautiful New Forest area for myself as it’s somewhere I see constantly on Instagram. The fact I’ll be turning 29 and be surrounded by dogs is quite frankly a dream come true as well as getting to see some of my favourite online dog humans again. I never thought my two little hounds would introduce me to so many lovely people through the dog community on Instagram, it’s one of my favourite places to be at the moment. Everyone is so supportive and kind and I’ve not felt that way about an online community in a really long time. It made me fall back in love with Instagram all over again and reminded me of the reason why we all enjoyed it in the first place.

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LAUNCH SOMETHING NEW WORK WISE

At the beginning of April, I launched my personalised photography services for small brands and businesses and I was so excited to finally put it out into the world. But that isn’t the only thing that I want to launch this year, something else that has been on my mind for a long time is photography coaching. So helping anyone who needs a little encouragement in finding their style and feel confident using their camera whether than be an SLR or an iPhone. Whenever I write posts about photography they’re always so received and the comments are always so positive which makes me think there might be a market for it if I can just get over my imposter syndrome. You'd think the fact I have a degree would help with that but not in the slightest. I’m thinking of offering a couple of free slots first so if it’s something that you’d be interested in doing with me then do get in touch!

keep on training to run 5k

The end of April saw me rejoin the gym after months of agonising over it and I’m so glad I finally have. Not only has it made me feel a thousand times better mentally but it’s also meant that I’ve been able to properly start my 5K training again. I’m not a natural runner that’s for sure and it’s something that I find pretty difficult but I’m determined to train to do it as it’s the only real fitness goal that I have right now apart from to do a pull-up. I’m using the Couch to 5k app and it’s brilliant if you’re a beginner like I am and I’ve now nearing the end of week 3. Something I’m really focused on at the moment is my form and breathing, so whenever I don’t feel like I’m ready to move onto the next week I’ve been repeating them and that’s helped so much. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to run 5k by the end of the year as it’s something that I’ve always wanted to be able to do. I need to go and get my gait analysed soon as I need to invest in some new trainers as my beloved Nike Free Runs are getting pretty old now and I know it’s probably not the best for me to be running in such old trainers as that can so easily lead to injury.

repot some of my houseplants

As now is the best time to repot any plants I need to work up the courage to actually do it. And I know this is hardly the most exciting thing to write about but if you’re a fellow house plant lover I’m sure you’ll understand my fear. Some of my plants are seriously outgrowing their nursery pots and I know they need the extra room but I have such a huge fear of repotting them and killing them. My cheese plant and original rubber plant that is nearly 4 years old are on the top of my list. So if you have any advice about repotting then do let me know as I’m seriously nervous that I’m going to be attending some plant funerals which I certainly don’t want.

little goals

  • Keep sugar to a minimum in my diet for a while, I’ve consumed a little too much of the stuff lately and can’t say I feel all that good.

  • Get a haircut.

  • Declutter my winter wardrobe before I pack it away for the summer.

  • Write more for the Adventures of Josie & Edie, my passion project that brings me so much joy.

  • Attempt fake tanning, it terrifies me.

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what’s on your May to-do list?