26 February 2015

A quote that makes me happy

A quote that I really love is the following by A. A. Milne:

Promise me you'll always remember: you're braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. - Christopher Robin :D

Something about this quote just makes me happy whenever I read it, whatever mood I'm in.  It's a reminder in the times when we might put ourselves down, or someone may do that to us, that we are better than we or they might believe!

Just a quick little post to hopefully cheer you up!  I'm having one of those weeks where every day I wake up and really feel like chucking a sicky.  Luckily it's finally Friday!!!

Let me know your favourite quotes that cheer you up when you're having an off day :)  And have a fabulous weekend!

18 February 2015

22 before 22 UPDATE! | Thinking About April

6 months ago I wrote a post about 22 things I wanted to achieve before I was 22.  Well I turned 22 on the 1st of February so let's see how I did :)

1.  Get 100 followers on this blog and 50 followers on my Cooking Blog.
I went from 30 followers on Thinking About April to 36 & 13 followers on Learning to Cook to 18.  I didn't reach my goal but also didn't try as hard as I should have.  Plus this probably wasn't the most important goal ;)  BTW If you're not following me on Bloglovin you should!  Click here to follow this blog or here to follow my cooking blog.

2.  Achieve my goal weight.
I lost another 5 kilos and am feeling so much better about myself!  I want to lose a bit more but right now I am feeling really happy and actually want to go clothes shopping for the first time in a long time! If I lost another 5 I'd be happy and if I lost 10 I'd be ecstatic!!

3.  Become more organised week-to-week.
Some weeks I was more organised but most I wasn't.  But I really want to be!!  Let's see how I go this year :)  My friend bought me a Kiki K voucher for my birthday so I want to get one of their beautiful diaries and have my life organised!  I'll let you know how I go :)

4.  Become a calmer & happier person.
I'm definitely happier in most things than I was a year ago.  It's funny how much more confident in yourself you become, the older you get.  I could definitely be more calm though...

5.  Start talking to people I don't know.
I've been trying with this one.  I wouldn't say my list of new friends is overwhelming but I have put myself out there in certain situations that I wouldn't have before.

6.  Buy a "big girl's camera".
My husband and I purched a Nikon D5300 with a 18-140mm lens.  We love it!

7.  Own something from M.A.C.
I own 2 lipsticks from M.A.C. now and I love them :)

8.  Redo our main bedroom.
I haven't done this but it's definitely on my list of things to do next.  I have so many ideas so I might do a wishlist post for it.

9.  Go on a long holiday.
Done.  4 weeks in Canada and America was amazing!!

10.  Redo my rabbits hutch.
My darling husband completely this for me and it's fantastic!

11.  Have an organised pantry.
With all my time off over the new year I reorganised my pantry but I think this is a step that will be ongoing for all time.  It's not that it's unorganised now, I just like constantly updating how I store things.

12.  Own a Michael Kors Watch.
My birthday present from my husband was a gorgeous rose gold Michael Kors watch from America and it's beautiful.  When I do my American haul post I'll include a picture.

13. Get my two blogs organised!
Hmm.... we'll skip this one will we? ;)

14.  Cut my hair.

Well I cut my hair but didn't do anything different or dramatic... I still want to do something but really want to keep the length.

15.  Be able to run 10km without stopping.
Haha I can walk that without stopping but I don't think I could do more than 5km running.  I didn't really try to achieve this one.

16.  Learn some new songs on the Piano
I played the piano more but didn't learn any more actual songs.

17.  Entertain more on a fortnightly basic.
I didn't really do this one, but I did entertain more often.

18.  Reach my aim for our mortgage.
I can't for the life of me remember my "aim" so I have no idea whether I achieved it.  Given we went on a four week holiday I'd say probably not but I am still really happy at where we are at.

19.  Think of others before myself more.
I'd like to think I did this but I think this is something you can't really measure.

20.  Get over to Melbourne more.
We saw my family quite a bit particularly towards the end of the year.  Again you can't put a limit on this one.

21.  Get a hobby.
Still don't have a hobby.  I wonder whether I'll actually ever have time for one.

22.  Become more spontaneous.
I can absolutely say I became more spontaneous.  Gone are the days where I just want to go home to bed.  I am constantly wanting to have friends over and go over to friends' homes.  I am loving spending time with people I love at the moment.

Writing this post has been really good for me.  I can see how much I've grown over the course of 6 months and how I've developed as a person.  I'd highly recommend writing one of these.  It doesn't even matter whether or not you succeed in all your "goals" because you might come to the end of the year and realise they don't matter any more.

17 February 2015

Another Update | Thinking About April

So I've been away from this blog for a long time and finally I am ready to come back.  I'm not saying that I'll be a super organised blogger because, let's face it, that will probably never happen.  But I am ready to start writing posts again.  In December something shattering happened to my husband & I, something I may write about one day but now is not the time.  All of a sudden writing about beauty boxes, my upcoming holiday and my makeup collection didn't seem important.  It almost seemed wrong.  So I stopped.

But I am back, feeling a lot better and ready for some outlet from life's busy-ness!

I got back from my trip to America & Canada on Friday and have gotten back into work and it is crazy!  I might share some photos on here of some of the amazing places we visited!  I ended up not buying as much as I thought I would (because I realised there was so much I didn't need) but will show you what I did get.  I celebrated my 22nd birthday in New York City which was lovely.  I am officially ancient... haha :)  I actually managed to keep a diary and a budget the whole time which I am proud of, usually I don't manage to finish those type of things.  We spent an amazing week with my brother and sister-in-law and shared so many great memories.

So now time to start a new year properly.  Let me know what you want to see on Thinking About April this year.  I'd love to know your favourite types of posts!  I hope to get back and do some of the ones I promised and didn't deliver on like the Chi Chi Palettes reviews and makeup collection posts.  We've bought a "big girl's camera" so the photos should be better in quality which is exciting!  I like the idea of having a hobby like this blog that I am actually trying hard on... I think it would be good for me.  Just writing about it makes me excited :)

I hope you are all having a lovely week and I look forward to writing again soon!!

As always,