Winter Goals Review | Dear 2018

2 months down, 10 to go… I think it’s about time for a bit of a review.

I know I said I was going to do these quarterly and 2 months is not a quarter of 12 (yes, I can divide when I put my mind to it). However, I just really like the idea of working on goals seasonally, so we’re starting off our reviews at the end of February, but our next one’s going to have to wait until the end of May/start of June – I hope that makes sense.

Honestly, the start of 2018 was pretty stressful. Productive in a lot of ways, but also stressful… here are a few of the highlights:

  • I started my Speech and Drama classes
  • I got my Semester 1 exam results
  • I had an oral surgery operation that left me swollen and sore for 3 weeks

I know there was a bit of a focus on the negative there, but my goal review below is fairly positive so I had to have some pessimism somewhere!

Anywho, let’s take a look at what I wanted to achieve this past ‘quarter’. In my New Years Resolutions post, for the first 2 months I planned to:

  1. Get out of my overdraft.

  2. Weekly meal prep for at least one month.

  3. Create my first Speech and Drama lesson plan pack.

Overall I feel it went pretty well, but let’s take a look at the specifics…


1. Get out of my overdraft

I am technically overdraft free, in that I’ve barely dipped into my overdraft since the middle of January (my overdraft is interest free at the moment, so even if I do dip in a little bit, it isn’t too much of a panic, but it’s nice to be in the black as much as possible!).

I won’t lie to you, I’m barely above £0 at any given time, but I’m fully on the countdown to my April student loan, and the combination of that payment and the extra shifts I’ll pick up over the summer, should leave me in an even happier situation by my next review.

2. Open a second savings account with a better interest rate and the money’s harder to spend.

At the start of the year, I wasn’t planning on doing this until next quarter, but the mood struck me and so we’re ahead of schedule!

I opened a savings account with a 5% interest rate (which is really fantastic in my opinion) and am already trying to cut corners in my budget in order to save more in this account.

I feel like I could do a whole post on pain-free saving, but for now, all you need to know is that I have about £200 saved up over the course of February and happily sitting in this new account. My goal would be to continuing maxing out this account (you can only put £200 in per month) for the rest of the year at least.


1. Weekly meal prep every week for one month.

I did this in January fairly successfully. However, since my surgery was on my face and left huge stitches in my gums, I wasn’t really able to eat a whole lot in February and the antibiotics I was on meant I had a fairly random list of cravings and tolerances.

Now that we’re into March, I’d really like to get back into it, but possibly on a smaller scale (maybe only lunches and one dinner, rather than food for an entire week).

2. Do yoga every day for 2 weeks

If you read about my February 10:10 Challenge, you’ll know I had planned to get ahead with this one too… but my surgery shot that in the foot, so I think I’m going to roll it over to the end of March and add it to my routine over the Easter holidays.


1. Create my first Speech and Drama lesson plan pack.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this category, it’s that it’s very difficult to predict where your business is going to take you. Although I did run a couple of different programs this past couple of months and I’ve come up with a lot of resources ideas, but none have actually come to fruition.

I think I’m ultimately going to relocate this to the summer season once my weekly classes are off on holiday and my uni assignments are completed.

2. Complete all the legwork for my Speech and Drama Summer School.

Okay, so I haven’t done this yet, but I have done a lot of work for summer school over the past couple of months and I’m currently accepting kids so we’re filling up fast.

There are a few more things to sort out, but they’re more managerial than anything else.

3. Get my Speech and Drama program into at least one other daycare.

I know this isn’t meant to happen until the Autumn time, and I haven’t gotten into another daycare… but I did get approached by a local primary school, so I’m counting that as a win and saying it’s progress.


For the next 3 months, I have a few adaptations to my goals, so they’re now as follows:

  1. Save £1000.

  2. Rework my budget.

  3. Go for a walk 3 times a week.

  4. Yoga 10:10 Challenge.

  5. Move into my new travellers notebook (spoiler alert).

  6. Set up my summer reading scheme.

  7. Complete Summer School registration.

I’d love to hear how you’re all getting on with your 2018 resolutions, I definitely think looking at them every 3 months or so is optimal (it’s long enough to see progress, but not so long that you get totally derailed!)… see you in the comments!

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