Goal Setting

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I started this year with a fresh mind and healthier attitude than ever before. I am determined to make every day great (but to also not be too hard on myself if I don’t quite manage it). Goal setting is something I’ve actually learned through my job, and it applies to your work and your personal life.

I’ve always found setting myself goals easy. I do it all the time. But actually managing, evaluating, and measuring these goals is another thing entirely. It’s all very well setting yourself a goal, anyone can do that. But how do you know when you’ve reached your goal? Or what if you’re falling behind? Is your goal actually realistic and achievable?

 

Getting Started

Sit down with a notebook and pen. Pick a goal (or several) and write it down. Then, get specific. Why have you set yourself this goal? What does this goal involve? Who does this goal involve? Ask yourself in-depth questions, and really pull apart exactly what this goal of yours is.

Once you’ve done that, you’ll have an even clearer idea about where you want to get to and why. You can then set yourself a time limit, evaluate the achievability of the goal, and decide how you are going to measure your progress.

Don’t just stop with one goal either. Keep going! Every time you think of something you’d like to achieve, write it down. Even if you don’t do the evaluation malarkey straight away, at least it’s there in black and white for you to come back to. I would definitely forget most of my goals if I didn’t write them down. They come and go in waves, and sometimes you have a random urge to achieve something that’s completely unrelated to your current life and ventures. Ask yourself why you had that sudden urge to achieve that certain thing. It is amazing how much more you can learn about yourself from just taking the time to think.

 

Measuring the goal

Set yourself benchmarks for checking in on your progress. The benchmarks will be different for each goal. I’ve set myself some goals which require daily and weekly checks, and others which are a matter of months (and even years!). Setting yourself these time frames means you are constantly keeping on top of what you want to achieve. If something needs to be evaluated weekly, but you don’t look back over it for 4 months, then you may not have progressed at all and simply wasted 4 months!

This section will make the most sense when you’ve finished the first. So get cracking mate-y!

 

Making a change, one step at a time

I’ve found that a lot of people coast through life without a great deal of direction. This is especially apparent with people in their 20’s who aren’t really sure what they want to do with their lives. That’s normal, and the whole point of being young is discovering stuff. But you also want all your years (whether you’ve got 80 left or 10 left) to count. These goals don’t have to be drastic life-changing things. They can be the smallest and most insignificant of things. But they are still important. For example, one of my goals is to drink 2 litres of water a day. I still went through the motions of evaluating this goal, even though it seemed stupid at first. And it was so helpful.

Use these goal setting techniques to better yourself and your life. The only person getting in the way of what you want to achieve is you. And the more you tell yourself that isn’t the case then the more you’ll end up going nowhere. Change doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen with minimal effort.

Keep focused. Stay motivated. You’ll get there.

 


Whilst we’re on these motivational and personal lines, have a read of my happiness blog post (if you missed it).

Kitchen Project

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Next up, the kitchen! We knew before we even moved in that we wanted to re-do the kitchen. Anyone who’s been in a similar situation will know that kitchen refits are not cheap. So our plan was always ‘how can we make it better?’. The tiles were dark and horrible, and the worktop was a nice colour but – again  – dark. We wanted to brighten the place up!

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We decided the easiest way was to replace the tiles. Not the cheapest option ever but certainly cheaper than a whole new kitchen! The colours had to either be quite neutral, or along the same lines of the living room. I thought about a combination of different shades of blues, greys, and whites, as a mosaic.

I searched online, and we went into show rooms, and found plenty of tiles we liked. But nothing was quite right. We went back and forth from a farmhouse-y style, to ultra modern, but something wasn’t fitting. It suddenly dawned on me that the problem wasn’t with the tiles, it was with the kitchen. We wanted tiles that were crisp, fresh, and stylish, but they didn’t match the colour of the units. And actually, the colour it all was now didn’t at all match what we had done in the living room. So, new units? Not quite! Euan’s dad had recently got into upscaling furniture, and gave Euan the idea of painting the cupboards & units. So, Annie Sloan paint in hand, he got to work.

It totally transformed the room, and was exactly what we needed. It was bright, fresh, and new, and worked well with the living room space. The only problem was now the tiles looked even worse than they did before. We spoke about doing the tiles, but the job just seemed huge. There was even talk of re-plastering the wall. Um, no thank you!

Inspired by the painting of the cupboards, I researched whether painting tiles is a ‘thing’. It is, so that’s what I did.

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Euan did the cupboards, I did the tiles. Teamwork at it’s best! Between the two projects, the whole space was like new. Everything now looks so much better, and exactly how we wanted it to. I never thought I’d have a grey and white kitchen, but for this room in this flat it works perfectly.

 

The Finished Kitchen

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Take a look at the living room blog post, and don’t forget to find me on youtube.

Living Room Refurb

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Anyone who is familiar with my instagram accounts will know that Euan & I bought and moved into our first home together back in 2016 (omg, how was it so long ago?!). Anyway, our flat was a total blank canvas (cream walls, cream carpet, etc) which was absolutely perfect. We could move in straight away, be perfectly happy, and then put our own stamp on it as we went along.

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It took us a whole year of waiting to finally get our flat, which meant we (I) had had plenty of time to buy lots of lovely things for our new home. The curtains were already there and, massively coincidentally, matched our (hand-me-down Laura Ashley) sofas perfectly! My much coveted Welsh dresser was my 21st birthday present from my parents, and the infamous painting of squiggles was a 21st birthday present from Euan (I am a very lucky young lady).

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It feels so weird looking back at these pictures as the room has changed so much! I never realised how much I loved home decor & interiors until I had my own home, but then again, why would I?!

First thing on the list was to clean the carpets and buy a rug. Naturally as the months went on we accumulated decor items and cushions (I never stop needing decor items and cushions, whatever Euan might think…).

our own stamp lila bailey blog post Above is a picture from Christmas 2016. We hadn’t done any decorating just yet, but I had planned what I wanted. A Union Jack rug was on the agenda for the living room, but this fluffy rug was a Christmas present for my office which got put into the lounge until further notice…

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I knew I wanted to stick to blue & white, so we went for a striped feature wall on the longest side. The wallpaper is the Ralph Lauren Mapleton Stripe Wallpaper, Porcelain (I will link it below) and we matched the blue on the other wall to the thin stripe to blend it all together well.

Below is a picture of the finished living room (Union Jack rug and all) from Christmas 2017. I haven’t managed to take a pic this side of Christmas (aka minus the Christmas decs), but you get the idea!

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We also updated our kitchen… Stayed tuned for a post on that soon!

 

Links

Ralph Lauren Wallpaper

Stack of Boxes

Union Jack Rug

Turquoise Fluffy Rug

More from my home…

 

Office Essentials

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OFFICE ESSENTIALS

 

I hope you had the most wonderful Christmas Day! Now for that perfect period between Christmas and New Year where you have the best excuse to do absolutely nothing… Blissful! I’ve used this time to collect together a few of my very own office essentials, some old and some new!

Working from home can be quite tricky, especially at this time of year when everyone else is officially off work and not doing much. I absolutely adore my office now (had a bit of a re-shuffle recently!) which makes all the difference when trying to motivate myself, but there are also a few handy items to help with organisation and general state of mind!

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Firstly, although not exactly a physical thing, my general workspace has to be neat, tidy, and organised, with everything I need for the day within reach. I find I get distracted and frustrated so easily when my surroundings are cluttered, so before I start any working day I always have a bit of a tidy-up to make sure my motivation stays strong. I also love to have photos and pictures in my office (and lots of them!). Especially as it’s a ‘home office’, I think it’s so important for the space to really feel like mine, and means it’s a space that I actually want to be in!

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COFFEE! I always start my day with a cup (sometimes two…) of coffee. It sets me up for the day and keeps me perky! Throughout the day I try to stay hydrated with water, but (I confess) it’s mostly with cups of peppermint tea… that counts as water intake, right? I have always got some form of notepad by my side as well. I have different notebooks for different tasks so I always know where to look if I’m trying to find something, and this one above is a new addition (an early Christmas present) which I have allocated to my gin-tasting notes!

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Organisation is key! Which is where my diary comes in very handy. I got two brand new diaries for 2018 and I love them both! It’s a good excuse to separate my work from my home life, so I’ve got one for each. I have to actively remember to write every appointment/meeting etc down but I always make sure I do so that they’re all in one place and can’t be forgotten. And what is an office without a trusty computer? In this century, not an office at all! It’s quite scary how much we depend on these machines, but it is safe to say I would get absolutely nowhere without my laptop.

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And lastly, reading material! I am never without a good selection of (tasteful!) magazines and informative books by my side. I love anything creative/passionate/wedding stuff/business advice etc to have a flick through whilst having a break for a cup of tea or lunch. I also use reading material as inspiration for my dress sketches in my down-time, so it’s important for me to have lots of material handy. This book is one I am particularly excited about. I’ve had a scan through it before, but I wanted a copy of my own which, thanks to my generous brother, I now have. I am so stupidly excited to read this, and work through it as my business grows. This is mostly definitely the newest addition to my absolute office essentials!

 

Goodbye Christmas

We’re now into those last few days where feeling festive is acceptable… So take a look at my festive blog posts here and here before it’s too late to be christmassy!

 

 

Festive Decorating at Lila Bailey HQ

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FESTIVE DECORATING AT LILA BAILEY HQ

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… (It really really is!). I absolutely love Christmas (just in case you hadn’t noticed). Not just Christmas Day either, I love the whole build up from late November right through to celebrating New Year and all the festivities in between. One of the first things I do to feel christmassy is stick a rocking Christmas playlist on and decorate! Last year was our very first Christmas in our own home which made it was super super special, but this year is even better because we’ve finally got our flat pretty much how we want it (more to come on that later…), so it feels even more like home.

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Festive decorating is an all-day event, starting with purchasing & decorating the Christmas tree (video below), followed by decorating the rest of the house! Because of our living room & kitchen colour schemes, I stick with a simple ‘red & white’ theme for the tree as it ties the whole room together as one.

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I don’t like to go OTT with Christmas decor as there is a fine line between beautifully festive and superbly tacky… I stick with a few go-to additions, including (a lot of) festive bunting, christmas blankets (as sofa accessories, naturally), jars of candy canes, handmade decorative stockings, ornamental hanging things (the technical term…), and lots (and lots) of candles. There is always a place for a small amount of tinsel (on the television, for example) but I don’t like too much as I do think it can really cheapen the look of a room.

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As I work from home, making sure my house is festively decorated is an essential part of my ability to focus during this period… (It is, honest!).

 

The Finishing Touch

To me, it’s just not Christmas without a wreath on the front door! Luckily, one of my very good friends happens to be a florist (handy) and runs Christmas wreath making workshops throughout early December. This year her & I had a one-to-one wreath making (and coffee drinking, gossiping) session and this was the result!

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It brightens up the hallway and brings a bit of festive cheer as soon as you walk through the door!

 

Links

Below is our Christmas tree expedition in video form, and also a link to Kat’s (florist friend) beautiful website…

 

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