Recovering from surgery sucks, no matter how hard you try it’s impossible to feel productive or good when you’re constantly doping yourself up on pain pills and downing antibiotics.
However, the amount of free time that recovery affords you does mean you have lots of time to watch things, in my case, it manifested as 2 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and every video in my YouTube subscription box.
Today’s post is inspired by Kalyn Nicholson. I’ve watched her for the longest time and I always find her videos really inspirational. So, when she posted a video all about her Life Makeover, I was suitably excited, especially because I was looking for any way possible to improve my situation and have something positive on the horizon.
Although I found Kalyn’s video inspirational, I didn’t necessarily agree with her categories or the steps she took to reinvent her life, so today I wanted to share with you all my March/April makeover plans (I’m thinking of turning this into a series for the rest of the summer months, let me know what you think in the comments).
I’ve pretty much stuck with Kalyn’s 5 categories, but some of them have been given a little tweak, so, let’s see what my plans are, shall we?
The Mental and Spiritual section is one that can be hard to implement and see results, but it does make a huge difference to your overall mental health and personal wellbeing. As a Christian, a lot of mine are to do with my faith, but anything that calms your mind or feeds your spirit fits here.
After my 10:10 Challenge in January, I’d really like to get back into the habit of Daily Meditation. I think it’s something I’m going to keep in my night routine (the Headspace Sleep meditation is one of the most life-changing things I’ve ever come across!) but if I decide to take it further I’ll let you know!
2. Read a chapter a day
I used to read my Bible every night (almost… hey, nobody’s perfect) but recently I’ve fallen out of the habit and I miss it. Personally, I like to read the Bible by book rather than by topic or through a devotional, that way I can keep track of what I’m reading and it mirrors my fictional reading habits better – it just suits me.
3. Finish Prayer by Tim Keller
If you’re into Christian reading, I’m sure Tim Keller is nobody new, but I’ve been reading this book for months and I really want to finally finish it up. I think the reason it’s taking me so long is that I’m taking notes (and I want to keep doing that) but my notebook of choice needs to be on hand more of the time for me to ever reach the end.
For Kalyn, this was all about appearance (but as a yoga-practicing vegan you can’t really blame her for that, she’s already got the basics down). My physical changes are a bit different, but they’re all things that I think will benefit my life and improve my overall health (something I’m really wanting to focus on post-surgery!)
1. Daily yoga practice.
My mum recently started attending yoga classes on a Tuesday evening and she’s really enjoying it, so it’s something I’d like to give a try myself. I know I said ‘daily’ in the title, but really I mean 5/6 times a week – I’m thinking of using it as a bridge between my work day and my personal time in the evenings.
2. Take daily vitamins.
It’s hard to get all the nutrients you need, especially for me as I’m not a particularly big eater and nutritious food goes out of date pretty quickly (not ideal when you’re living alone). A daily vitamin is something I’d love to employ as a bit of a buffer, a way of taking care of myself even when I’m not taking care of myself. It has to be chewable though, I can’t face taking pills every single day.
3. Go for a walk 3 times a week.
As a reader, writer and bullet journaller, it’s unsurprising that I don’t spend a lot of time outside. Now that the sun is finally out for more time than the moon, I’d really like to start taking advantage of the longer evenings and getting out for a walk a few times a week… I live by a lake, so the setting is there, now I just need to do it!
4. Go off CCoca-Cola for Lent.
Obviously Lent has already started, but I wanted to include this one in here too. I went off coke for Lent a few years back and that small period of abstinence actually significantly reduced the amount of coke I was drinking, even after Lent was over. Then I went to New Zealand and the consumption went way up again, so I’d like to get back to where I was!
Another word for this one might be ‘space’ or ‘surroundings’ basically, it’s the things you chose to surround yourself with and the spaces you’ve constructed for productivity, play or relaxation. Your house is the main one here.
1. Post-assignments declutter.
Once all my assignments are in, I really want to do another really big KonMari style declutter, I haven’t done one in a few years and I know there are things I can get rid of. Plus, I’ve been loving selling some bits on Vinted and at car boot sales lately, so there’s no point leaving all that stuff sitting around for no good reason!
2. Deep clean my house
Once I’ve decluttered, I’m going to block out a Saturday and give my house a massive deep clean – wash all my linens and blankets, move big furniture pieces and hoover under them, get the little nozzle out and tackle the sideboards – just your average, industrial-strength spring clean.
3. Deep clean my car
This one is even more pressing, it may need to take priority over my assignments one of these days. My car is a bombsite at the moment and there’s nothing I hate more than a messy car! I really want to get in there as soon as I can and clear it out, hoover all my mats and spray every surface I can access without injuring myself… washing the outside wouldn’t go amiss either.
For Kalyn, this was all about reviewing goals and making plans, but I’m sort of using it in two forms:
- For the actual goal setting and reviewing
- To see all my goals in one place and to review them from here.
1. Improve my monthly review process.
I think I’m going to get excel involved in this, but we’ll have to see how it pans out. Currently, my monthly review process is pretty vague, so I’m hoping to make it a bit simpler and more common-sense, that way there’s a chance I might actually be able to keep up with it!
2. Finalise my plans for Summer School.
My Speech and Drama Summer School isn’t actually happening until July, but I’d like to get as much as possible out of the way now so that my June I can just deal with the finishing touches!
3. Save £200 in my Emergency Fund Account
I’ve finally found a way of saving that works for me, but it is still pretty low yield (the struggle of having no money). However, even just saving £200 this month would be a step in the right direction and would leave me in a good position to finish out the month.
4. Move my entire Student Loan sum into savings.
Pretty much since I started uni my student loan has always gone out quicker than it’s come in (I’ve had to use it to repay debts and get out of my overdraft). Now that I’m out, I don’t want that money going to waste so I’m going to put as much of it as I can into a high-interest account, and the rest out of sight in my online saver… I really want to see some saving results soon, and this would be a huge step in the right direction!
This is one of those areas that I don’t really get completely, but I have a few things that don’t fit anywhere else. This goes back to the idea that you’re a culmination of the 5 people you spend the most time with, so you should choose them wisely.
Honestly, at the moment I’m not spending much time with anyone outside of my immediate family (the joy of commuting and having all your friends at mainland uni’s) so my goal for this one is singular…
1. Spend at least 2 nights a week by myself.
I love my family, I love spending time with them and hanging out with them most evenings. However, I’m losing a huge chunk of productive time every week by escaping up to their house. I really want to get into a better routine of seeing them frequently, but not constantly, and to use my evenings better.
And that’s it! I really hope you guys liked this post, I’ll let you know how I get on if I do decide to make this into a series.
If you do your own life makeover, let me know in the comments, we’re all in this together!