How I’m planning to be successful this year

Taking a leaf out of Kimmy from She’s in her apron, this year I want to ‘Be’ in all aspects of my life in 2018. Whether that’s being present for my Husband-to-be, or being successful with My Project self. I’d just like to ‘Be’.

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Professional Goals

I’ve already covered this in a previous blog post, but the outline of this is that I want to increase my outreach. I’d like to be creating a newsletter, or dipping into creating YouTube videos… I could be a YouTuber by the end of the year!

Also, I’d like to create a mailing list and interact with similar blogs across the internet. I’d like to actually be contributing to the community if you will.

Furthermore, I had a major setback in 2017, unfortunately I lost my job. So this year I’d like to find a job or, failing that, go back to University to study for a Master’s degree. Initially I wanted to take a year out to develop my career, which it has been nearly two years. I’m ready to get back to education I think.

Personal Goals

As mentioned in another post, I’ve been practising learning German, I love languages and think it’s wonderful to be able to communicate globally. So I’d like to continue learning, with a view to be fluent (not within the space of a year, mind).

Another personal goal I’d like to achieve this year in learning the basics of writing Javascript, I think this would form the basis to a successful blog, if I understand the workings. For this, I’ve been using a website called codecadamey, which has a range of free courses all to do with computing skills.

Lastly, I’d like to lose the Christmas weight and then some, further posts to follow on that one!

Goals for the Home

In 2018 I’d also like to make some home improvements, my partner and I have been living in our current house for two years, but still have the previous owner’s décor. I’d like to make the place our own this year and finish decorating.

I’d also like to be more consistent with meal planning and cleaning schedules. Currently I make a meal plan, don’t stick to it and end up with a bunch of ingredients that don’t go together at the end of the week. The same also goes for consistent cleaning, I have a schedule printed and pinned up in the kitchen (ha!) but don’t seem to be sticking to it well at all.


So, the overall summary of this is that I’d like to get organized, be involved in my life and get on with it!

Let me know what your goals for 2018 are!

Have a lovely day,


How I was inspired to create new goals

My Goals

I’ve already been working on a few things, somewhat sticking to my New Year’s resolutions; I’m currently working on:

  1. Saving enough money to cover my wedding & honeymoon
  2. Following a healthier lifestyle
  3. Reading more

So far these are going great, my partner and I are saving regularly and not going overboard with wedding spends; I’m getting quite into my walking at the moment; and I’ve read 3 books so far this year (I know, that’s a low number for some, I just couldn’t find a book I liked enough to keep reading).

My Inspiration

I recently watched a TED talk which inspired me to set some new goals and create this blog (give it a watch/listen if you like!).

To outline the TED talk, it says ‘If you want to try something new, or create a new habit, try it for 30 days’ meaning that you work on it every day for 30 days; if you find it boring, or a drag after the 30 days, then stop and try something else. Its’ best example was writing a novel, you could write a novel in 30 days, it may not be the best story you’ve ever written, but you’ll be able to call yourself a novelist.

From this, I’ve been able to set some smaller, more manageable goals; I love languages and have always wanted to be able to speak another one, not just English. So, after being inspired by this talk, I have been using Duolingo consistently for 23 days and honestly I am thoroughly enjoying it! This will definitely be something I’ll keep doing.

Once those 30 days are up, I’ll be uploading a post on what things I want to try for 30 days, and reviewing my 30 days of language learning.

I’ll keep you posted,

Catch up with you soon,


Stationery essentials when starting a new project

Since this is a new blog, it’s given me the perfect excuse to buy all-new stationery! I love using brand new notepads, pens and paper to plan a new project, it’s like a fresh start; a new page in a book (if you’ll pardon the pun). To start off on the right foot, I think the following items of stationery are essential if you’re starting a new project and want to get organised:

  1. A Diary
  2. A small notebook
  3. A special pen/set of pens
  4. Sticky notes
  5. A new folder

I’ll be using these to not only keep on top of things here at My Project Self, but also everyday goings-on. Creating a life planner for myself, if you will.

A Diary

I’ve decided to go with a small 18-month Moleskine diary;  it’s on the pricier side of diaries, but because the diary started from when I set up ‘My Project Self’ – it’s perfect.

In my Moleskine diary, one page is dedicated to being a diary, to put in appointments etc. Whereas, the opposite page is just lined paper, perfect for writing ideas and other useful information down.

Another diary I’d recommend are ones by a company by ‘Dodopad‘. Their designs are a little quirky, they include jokes & quotes on every week page, and they encourage users to doodle all over the book

A set of pens you like to use 

For my diary I have chosen four pens to colour code tasks, to-do’s, ideas and miscellaneous. I need to set up a method of tracking these writings so I thought colour coding would be the best place to start. Just need to find a way to record and use the info…

Here’s a picture of the pens I use, next to the diary for scale (fun note, the pens are placed in order of preference, you can’t go wrong with a good rollerball pen!)

Sticky notes 

Sticky notes-wise I’ve still not settled on a set I like, I was thinking of going fancy with a fun design from ‘Paperchase’, or just simply some small colour-coded sticky notes (I will update in a future stationery post).

A new folder

I’m not talking ring binders or lever arch, I’m talking digital. I think it’s essential to set up a good filing system for new projects to keep your files organised and reduce information clutter. Personally, I prefer digital folders in cloud storage over paper; files are accessible virtually anywhere and can be edited with ease (you’re unlikely to be caught out without that vital file or piece of information).

Let me know if you want to see how I use cloud storage to organise my files/life

However, if you’re more traditional, a personal planner may be for you; & if you’re also into blogging there are loads of free printable blog planners out there to help you either get started or get organised.


How do you organise your projects? 


Have a lovely day,