I know I’m two days late with this, but better late than never. Welcome to my March goals. I used to do these kinds of posts quite regularly, but for some reason I stopped. I felt like I was repeating what I still needed to achieve, but I’ve missed putting these lists together so here’s to a new month, with a new set of goals to work towards.
Learn to Use My Camera
If there’s one thing I want to do this month, it’s learn to use my DSLR camera. I have a Nikon D3200 with both a standard lens kit (18-55mm), and a 50mm F1.8 lens, the latter which is perfect for close-up shots with quality brokeh. The trouble is, despite living in a top floor, south-facing apartment, I can never seem to get the lighting right and end up ruining my pictures by either exposing them too much so they become grainy, or filtering it too much in Photoshop afterwards so looks completely fake. I can’t really afford a photography class and I’m too impatient for one anyway, so I’m going to spend some of my free time teaching myself what everything means on my camera. I’m usually an auto-girl, apart from the odd ISO change so I really need to learn what all those random letters mean on my dials. And when I’ve learnt how to actually take a photo, I want to invest in some cool backgrounds for my product shots, like some white wooden floorboards you often see in the gorgeous blog that is A Beautiful Mess.
Last weekend, when I was cleaning, I decided to get rid of a few bits and bobs around my house – decorative pieces that I’d bought and not yet found a home for – and my space not only looked better, it felt tonnes better for being less cluttered. I’m a complete hoarder as I’ve mentioned before, and every drawer I have is full of random bits which in all honesty I don’t need and haven’t need since I moved into my flat two years ago. So I’ve decided to get my marigolds on and have a real good spring clean this weekend. From cleaning the skirting boards to the doors, and cleaning out every cupboard/drawer/wardrobe that I own, I plan on owning a lot less this time next week. Watch out charity shop, I’m coming your way. Spring cleaning is so therapeutic don’t you think?
Rebranding & Redesigning
This month sees the first year anniversary of when I changed my blog name, focus and design. Regular readers will know that I’ve been blogging since 2009, but under the name I Heart Fashion. Last March saw me unveil a whole new look and I decided as it’s the first year anniversary of Apartment Number 4, I’d give her a little makeover complete with new logo, new website design and some brand new content ideas. I’ll keep you updated but if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll catch some snippets of what I’m up to with the design (including one of my moodboards which I posted this morning) over the next couple of weeks. I’m really excited about how it’s going to turn out and I’m already working with a designer for my logo. I’ve become a little disheartened with the quality of my blog posts recently, and have fallen into the dreaded trap of comparing myself to other bloggers, so I decided to give myself a kick up the arse and make some changes and to stop the comparison game.
Doing More, Spending Less
One of my close friends and I were chatting the other day about making time to see each other and going out and enjoy ourselves more. We both have to be super careful with money so often put plans to one side in case we have to part with much-needed dollar, but after chatting about all the free/cheap things we could do, which included still going out and not drinking (which is a normal night for me anyway as I don’t drink alcohol), I’ve decided to stop putting my life on hold as much, just because I might not have the cash to flash. I’ve filled my diary for March, with plans to go to a vintage home fair on Sunday with mum, before making afternoon tea, complete with my famous coffee cake. I’m also going to a cheap trampolining class on Monday to try and get fit, as well as a Piloxerise class on Thursdays, which is included in my gym membership already. This month is all about doing more but spending less.
What are your goals for the month of March? I’d love to hear what you want to achieve over the next 30 days.