Wednesday, 22 June 2011

6 Month Review of "Things to do in 2011"

I like to look at what I set myself to do through the year at the half way point, just to see how Im doing and refresh my memory as well. Ive got a page at the top of my blgo where you can find what I said I wanted to do at the start of the year, but I just wanna go through it now and see how Im doin :)

1. Take time out to read more.
Considering Ive read half a book since Christmas (Gok Wans autobiography) I would say I really need to work on this!

2. Exfoliate more often.
Definately improved on this, I used to exfoliate maybe twice a mnoth, if I remembered and could be I get my Breakfast Scrub out at least once a week.

3. Take breaks without nail varnish so my nails aren't so weak
Im doing well with this. My nails certainly arent really healthy like I would like, but theyre also not really orange and brittle like before, and when I take my anil polish off I try to give them a few days with nothing on before re-applying anything.

4. Drink water every day
Big fat fail. I never drink water unless Im coming in froma  night out, unless you include dilutey juice or tea? But thats just cheating so no, need to work on it!

5. Go to the gym at least once a week
Never been to the gym at all this year :(

6. Take fruit for breaks at college rather than spending a fortune in the vending machines
Well Im finished college now so I cant work on this until Uni, but at college I didnt do this, not once.

7. Get 3 stars on every angry birds level, dont judge!
Totally gave up on this one, and probably for the good of my health. Angry Birds gets me so stressed out. Probably shouldnt have this here, bit of a waste of time isnt it.
8. Finally pass my driving test
Nope :( But at least I havent failed any more either!

9. Get distinctions on my college courses
Yey, one Ive completeld completed! Really proud of this one :D

10. Get in to Northumbria Uni
Also done this one...and I cant wait! This was one of my biggest goals for the year and another one Im rather proud of.

11. Stop losing my phone charger
I can officially say I havent lost my phone charger once this year, which is an absolute miracle!

12.Travel somewhere Ive never been before
Hmm, not so far. Ive travelled but to places I had already been to. I have a hliday booked to Lanzarote for October and Ive never been there so that counts right?

13. See Legally Blonde in London
Not done this yet, but I intend to go to London in the winter with David, and then again with my friend Jen so hopefully Ill get to see it :) Actually as it stands now I really wanna see Wicked over Legally Blonde.

14. Get a good camera
Still not got one! Mines ok for quick snapshots but for swatches, FOTDs and reviews its not up to scratch :(

15. Stop burning my fingers when I light candles
Why the hell is this even here? I can safely say Ive probably only burned my fingers twice on candles, ever. Wierd one Hayley.

16. Persevere with sales rails rather than being put off by them
Ive got quite a few bargains in the sales. Not jsut the January sales but bargains in general rather than paying full price for items, so I think Ive done quite well with this. Although I dont think Ill ever enjoy looking through sales rails in stores, not nice at all.

17. Make a good charity shop purchase
Ive still got to make my first ever charity shop debut to be honest.

18. Do a car boot sale of all my old stuff
I havent done this but Ive been putting my stuff up on eBay over time so I count this as achieved!

19. Find new teas that I might like
Another one Ive got to do more of. I already loveeeee my green tea, but this meant expanding on that, and I havent as of yet. I know, Im such an old lady.

20. Finally have my holiday with the girls
Big fat FAIL. This ones a bit of a touchy subject for me, but yes, never the less, a failure.

21. Teach my little cousin not to be afraid of the water and maybe even teach her to swim
Still building up the courage to attempt this, as she has a temper on her like Ive never witnessed on a person so small.

22. Learn a new craft
Still deciding what I want to try my hand at to be honest. Any ideas?

23. Work my way through every recipe in a cookbook(yet to purchase one)
Another one I havent even started. Oooops!

24. Stay awake through films my boyfriend wants me to watch rather than falling asleep
Finally, a success! Im really good at this now, and find most the time, his macho man films are actually quite gripping.

25. Train myself to like nachos so the smell of them in the cinema isnt so bad
So, I dont mind the smell anymore when David has them, but I still bloody hate them. Never mind.

26. Order something Ive never thought of trying in a restaurant (Im a picky eater)
Nope, Im still a wimp on this one!

27. Get into a proper sleeping routine
Another failure, well..I do have a routine but not one I like. It consists of staying up till about 1AM and getting up at about half 10 in the morning....lazy student.

28. Actually start saving up for New York
I dedicated my savings account to this, but changed my mind and dedicated it to saving for a car for when I eventually pass my test. I feel its a more important cause!

29. Spend less money on junk food and actually cook stuff, stop being lazy with my food!
Fail Fail Fail Fail. Its so hard to eat how you would like to though when you live with your boyfriends family and theyre kind enough to do all the shopping and say you dont have to contribute any money. I cant very well start putting in the demands, so for now its what they eat, which isnt what I want...but Ill have to just change this when I move out :)

30. Start watchig Gossip Girl because every says I would love it
:( I still need to do this, but it would mean buying the boxsets and thats out of my price range at the minute. Id rather buy make-up.

31. Decorate my room at dads new house and generally help him with "Project Oxford Ave."
Ive bought accessories for my room, and weve decided on the paint we want...but thats about it!

32. Try every Lush Bubble Bar/Bath Ballistic that there is
Another failure, Ive tried like 3 new ones I think since Christmas which is at least an improvement.

33. Finally get skin matched for MAC foundation
Yey! Im an NW15...But personally I think I would liek to see how NC15 looked on me.
34. By September have somewhere stable to live, possibly my own flat, and definately only live in one house rather than having all of my belongings split three ways.
Im meant to be moving in to my Dads house as soon as all the decorating is finished. So this should be achieved by September :)

35. Make a genuine friend out of blogging, why not :)
Still not there yet. Theres some lovely girls who I think are genuinely nice people and I like talking to on twitter and stuff, but nobody I know I could have a chat to on the phone or meet up with and go shopping. As much as I would like to I wouldnt want to see pushy or wierd to anyone.
36. Help out a friend in need, because they've done it all for me
Yeh, nothing major thank go dthough, just little stuff

37. Start training to do a marathon for MacMillan Cancer Care in 2012
Sadly, a huge fail. I hate running if Im to tell the truth.

38. Get my ears pierced
Still too scared!

39. See those friends who I miss loads more
I see my friends Jen and Tabitha LOADS more than I was a year ago :) which is fantastic.

40. Treat my hair better and get it trimmed more often
Ive had it trimmed twice this year so far, which still isnt good, but better than last year. I do treat it better though, I used to straighten it every day, and I dont now. I use treatments and masks occasionally where as I never had before about March, and I was my hair every other day now as apposed to every day like I used to.

41. Be a tidyer and more organised person in general

42. Get a good job
Ha, no. :(

43. Continue on my blogging journey throughout the whole year
Yesyesyes :) as long as I have readers I will try my best!

44. Do something memorable for my nana, I dont know what yet, but she deserves something good to come her way.
Still figuring this out. Shes a rather simple woman, cant travel due to illness, and doesnt really appreciate anything expensive. Say I bought my Mam a Chanel foundation, she would love it, I oucd give it to my Nana and she would tell em off for wasting my money, and wouldnt know what to do with it haha. Hmm I dunno!

45. Take Molly out on the fields. Yes my dog has never been let off her lead on a field, she needs to get over her fear of dogs first. Im determined to get her over it.
Out on the field yes...but on a long lead, not off it! Im too scared of her trying to run after another do got play and it getting angry at her over-friendly nature.

46. Watch a horror film, this is a big ask for me.
Nope, dont even want to though, I hateeeee being scared.

47. Go camping
Not yet, still want to though, I love camping.

48. Eat at Romanos again (last time our meal for two was £100, and was worth every penny)
Nope, but Ive told David all I want for my birthday is a lovely night in Romanos haha, no presents!

49. See Rihanna live again
YES! I have tickets to see her in November :) :) :)  !!!

50. Take my boyfriend to feed the lambs at Whitehouse farm, hes never fed a lamb, I consider this as something that has to be done.
Another failure, two years in a row. Never mind, it may never happen.



  1. wow - a long list! looks as though you're doing alright though! about the ears piercing thing - just go for it! it really doesnt hurt at all and its so worth it! ooh and with 'learn a new craft' - dont suppose youve thought of card making? i make them in my spare time and sell them to family and friends - kill boredom and lack of money in one go! keep going with your goals for 2011, you've still got 6 months to go! :D nicola xx

  2. and ive just found "angry birds" - and am now addicted...thanks for that! :P xx

  3. Lovely list it was really interesting to read :) xxx

  4. This was great to read, you are doing quite well! Maybe try scrap booking, It's so much fun and great to keep your memories in! x

  5. Also, I awarded you the best blog award!

  6. Aw I liked reading your list! I totally tried the reading thing, I set a goal of 1 book a month... ugh it's hard to find the time :) These are great goals, keep at it!