2018 Goals & Catch Up | Sunday Thoughts

I can’t actually quite believe that I’m writing this post already. It feels like only a couple of months ago I was working on my 2016 goals and now here we are.

P.S. I thought you might appreciate these pretty pictures of the snow. 

For one, I would like to get a little more organised on the blogging front. I have been hiding under a blanket of real life for at least the last 6 months and slipped away from the blogging world, without reason not rhyme. Sometimes life just happens, right? Although I love my blog, I just haven’t had the motivation I need to actively write, photograph and edit regularly. I have some half written posts, some photographs without any written content and it’s all a little all over the place.

I have a little list of things I want to explore on my blog, and one with a big question mark next to it is more fashion posts. Fashion posts are something that I would absolutely love to get into, however I’m not very confident in the whole fashion post photos front. Which is something I need to overcome if I want to smash this goal. Any tips? Please feel free to tweet me or let me know in the comments.

Now, this isn’t something I’ve really spoken about at all on here previously. But I was in a car accident early last year, I wasn’t the most confident of drivers before-hand but the accident I was in just completely knocked me mentally more than anything. So one thing I want to work on this year is my driving anxiety. I have upcoming therapy and I am getting better day by day, but to just feel okay getting into the car would be a huge step.

Another huge goal for this year is to save, save, and save a little bit more. Nathan and I moved back in with family mid-2017. We want to be home owners, which involves getting a deposit together, and there was no chance of us saving the amount of money needed whilst renting. So here we are. I would like to get a decent chunk together before the end of 2018 if possible, which is resulting in working a lot of overtime and trying not to spend too much money on things which aren’t necessities.

I want 2018 to be the year I cut out the crap. I want to become a much healthier person. I’m not going to say no to unhealthy foods completely just cut down more and more each week, along with incorporating more healthy snacks into my diet. I also need to drink more water, I’ve started suffering with headaches in work and I think that’s a side effect of too much caffeine and not enough water. The only downside of drinking so much water, is having to pee every 15 minutes.

Anyway, I hope you guys are okay. I’m looking forward to getting back in to the swing of things with Dainty Dweeb. So, watch this space.

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Lazy Girls Guide to the Perfect Body | Guest Post ft. Brigitte 

Today we have a very special guest over on Danity Dweeb. Say hello to Brigitte, who is a Cosmetic Skin Care Consultant from highstylife.com. I have never had a guest post on my blog before, however Brigitte was so lovely from the get go and I couldn’t say no! Here goes…

A Lazy Girl’s Guide to the Perfect Body

Yes, yes, it’s true – we want it all. We want our little snacks while we binge-watch our favorite TV series, we want zero time at the gym and we want to wake up with the perfect body every morning. And yes, we know it’s virtually impossible to be a couch potato and still look like a supermodel (or at least a regular one), when we step outside our house in the morning. We’re also painfully aware that couch potatoes and models don’t mix and that effortless perfection is a myth. Yes, we all know that one girl who can eat whatever, whenever and when you ask her how she looks the way she does she just nonchalantly replies ‘oh, I just have the best metabolism, I never seem to put on weight’. We hate that girl too. So, what to do? There is a middle ground of course, you know, minimum input, maximum results, so perhaps you could give that a try? Come on, jump on board, we promise you’ll still have plenty of lying around time left in your day. Let’s go!

Move it, move it!

Don’t be frightened, we’re not going to lure you into going to the gym, we know you dread the word. However, there are certain tiny amounts of effort that in the long run can be truly beneficial. For one, try standing up and simply moving a bit more. Dr John Buckley from the University of Chester states that spending all the time sitting, whether in the car, couch or your office is actually completely unnatural and that three extra hours on your feet would burn up 144 more calories and get rid of 8lb of fat a year.

You have to admit – 8lb by just standing, you can pull that off. Another great trick is to move while you’re on the phone – if you know the conversation is going to be lengthy, step outside and take a walk while you’re talking. Ok, once you’ve taken those baby steps, it’s time to get an actual workout, but don’t worry, these are short exercises you can do from the comfort of your own home – every lazy girl’s dream. So, pick one of these 18 amazing YouTube channels that will teach you how to get a great workout while staying near your beloved couch.

Seek expert help

Of course, low-impact exercise can only do much, that’s why they’re called ‘low impact’ in the first place. If there is a particular area that really bugs you, like that pesky fat around your tummy that just won’t go away on its own or that booty that is everything but bootylicious, consider seeking professional help and get rid of all your self-esteem downers.

Luckily, there is an abundance of amazing non-invasive and non-surgical procedures you can undergo to say good bye and good riddance to all that pesky fat, and fat cavitation is one of them. Treatments like this use low frequency ultrasound that basically dissolves and kills fat from the outside, so there are no punctures or incisions – just immediate results. This is every lazy gal’s Holy Grail.

Minor adjustments

The general rule of thumb is 70% nutrition, 30% exercise. If you pay attention and listen to our low impact + treatment advice, all that’s left for you to do are minor tweaks in your dietary habits. Trust us, a little goes a long way. For instance, say goodbye to midnight snacks, sugary drinks and foods in general. These are just empty calories with no real nutritional value. Avoid processed foods as much as you can and try cooking with fresh ingredients for a change. No, healthy food doesn’t have to be bland and flavorless. There are amazing smoothies that you can make to kick the morning off right. Your blender does all the work and you get all your nutrients, including the much needed protein for a great day. Grill and steam your meat and veggies instead of frying them. It’s simpler and it will definitely save you from scrubbing that oily pan. Knowing you’re a real health neophyte, we have found a perfect list of yes and no foods and drinks, so print it and use it as a cheat sheet until you get the hang of it. Good luck, lazy gal!

P.S. Don’t forget the importance of proper hydration – don’t settle for anything less than 8 glasses a day.

That’s all for today guys. I hope you have enjoyed Brigitte’s post as much as I did! Do you do anything to keep fit? I’d love to hear! Tweet me or let me know in the comments below.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Dainty Dweeb

Warning: This post consists of a hell of a lot of rambling, a little bit of ranting and will probably be a little bit of a bore but I AM PROUD.

Two whole years already? Can you actually believe it, because I definitely can’t. When I first started Dainty Dweeb, well it was just kaylajaynehughes back then, I didn’t know whether it would last a month never mind 2 years. I’m proud of how far we have come. Is that weird? Calling my and my blog we. Oh well, who cares if it is. I’m proud that I have stuck to it at times when I have wanted to throw the towel in. I’m proud of myself for persevering through bloggers block and the days where I almost, well probably did give up on blog pictures because I just couldn’t get the right lighting. WE MADE IT GIRL. We’re still here. Powering on.

I am immensely thankful for you guys who actually take the time to read whether its rambling posts like these, or wishlists, reviews, y’know. It all means a lot, like wow people actually read this shit and most days that’s what it is, shit that just splurts out on my keyboard and then before you know it we have a full blown post. This little venture is actually growing, and it’s growing a lot more than I expected lately and I love it. The support, the community, the friends. I LOVE IT. I love you. Seriously guys, lets share the love because why the hell not?

One thing I want to do is become more interactive with the bloggers I love. I’m always way too shy, even if it’s only on social media – I’m always scared I’ll come across weird but it’s going to be one of my goals to overcome this and I’m going to smash it, or at least try.

Anyway, I’m gonna leave this here with a massive THANK YOU, again.

Also, a little loves you. 

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2017 Blogging Goals

So I didn’t write any goals what so ever for 2016, no blogging or personal goals and I think that’s why the year has been a little messy all round! Although I am super happy with where Dainty Dweeb is going considering I started blogging in 2015 with pretty much no idea what I was doing. I didn’t think anyone would read it, at all let alone read regularly. But here we are, with regular readers and followers and all that jazz. So, I’m super pleased about that. But this year, I think it’s about time I started with some blogging goals. Something to motivate me and my writing.

  • Be more interactive. I like to think I’m a little interactive with the blogs I love reading, but I want to be more interactive with the writers behind the blogs. I want to make friends, friends with the same interests, friends who actually care, friends like you guys.
  • Improve my photography. I have said this over and over again since 2015, and I think I have improved slightly but there’s always room for improvement. I want to take pictures where I look at them and think, hey that’s a great photo; not just ‘yeah that’s okay, it’ll do’.
  • Get some blogging equipment. This also kind of ties in with my photography improvement. I want to get a camera, a ring light because my god it’s so hard finding the time to shoot in daylight these days. When I have the motivation and inspiration to take photo’s it’s always too dark and when the daylight comes I’m either too busy or full on in laze mode where I don’t want to be doing anything. 
  • Read more. I need to find some new blogs that I love just as much as my all time favourites. I think it’s a disgrace that I can count the blogs I read regularly on one hand. This definitely needs to change.
  • Invest more time on my own blog. This seems to come and go depending on personal life, which I’m okay with. But I would like to regulate the time I spend on my own blog where possible. I want to schedule two posts a week where possible and stick to that.

Okay, so there we go. They’re not massive goals, or milestone goals but they are my goals. Do you have any goals this year? Whether that may be personal or blogging, I’d love to hear!

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2015 goals

So, I know this is kind of late (nearly 2 months!) but I’ve never really set myself goals before and I have so many things I want to do this year, I thought I’d give it a go to give myself a plan of how I hope this year will go and where I want to be when this year comes to an end.
So here goes;

Find a new job! I’ve been in my job now for around 3 years and lately I’ve started to hate it soooo much its just become tedious and boring. I don’t really know what I want to do with my life just yet, all I know is that I want it to be something creative and fun!

I NEED A HOLIDAY! Okay so my last holiday abroad was 2013, a girls holiday to Zante, Greece. I know it’s not that long ago but I’m having super bad holiday blues at the moment. Although it doesn’t seem that long ago, to me it seems like its been a decade. I want to go somewhere hot, with pretty beaches and just a nice chilled out place. Me and Nathan have started looking at a few destinations but don’t have anything set in stone yet.

Lose weight and tone up. Since I left college I’ve not really worked out as such which means I’ve lost my dancers physique (yes I used to dance!). I used to do 1 hour work-out sessions at least once a week and 2014 seen me say goodbye to that which means I’ve put weight on, lost my abs somewhere under all this flab I’ve gained and I am determined to get into a position where I like being in my own skin again.

Move out. After we’ve been on holiday our plan is to start looking at some flats/apartments that Nathan and I can consider to be our future home. Although this more than likely wont happen until the end of the year, maybe even the beginning of 2016 I still want to atleast start looking and planning our future.

Spend more time doing art-y things! I love all things creative and in the past year I’ve been so lost in work and keeping other people happy that I seem to have forgotten the simple things that keep me happy. I’m going to start sitting around in my underwear and doodling more, just because it’s one of my favourite things to do.

Start a blog. AND HERE IT IS! I know its going to be slow starting and getting to grips with things but we all have to start somewhere!

Have you set some goals for 2015? If you have I’d love to hear about them!
xo