New Year’s Resolutions-September & October Update

It has been a crazy two months! October in particular was full of birthdays and other celebrations and I also worked my last day in my job (but let’s not get into that!) So here’s a look at how I got on.

1-Eat Healthy and Exercise

September was overall a good month for eating and exercise. We hiked around Richmond Park, went for forest walks and went to the gym.

October was definitely more difficult due to the amount of celebrations, so I ate out more. I still did a lot of activities such as bike riding, white water rafting and more, but exercise did slip at times.

2-Read More

I did pretty well reading two books both months!

In September I read:

-Fireball by Robert Matzen

I initially started this book about movie star Carole Lombard in August but it was such a huge book, I only finished it a month later! I found the start of this book a bit slow with a lot of detail about not just Lombard but all the other passengers on the plane she was on.

But after a while I really got into this book. I learned a lot about Lombard, her husband Clark Gable and the plane crash that took her life at just 33 years old. I also understood the amount of detail earlier in the book, as you get to know the passengers on the doomed plane, their stories and it’s utterly heartbreaking.

Would I recommend? Yes.

-Something In The Water by Catherine Steadman

I wont say too much about this book as I recently did a full review on it, but I loved it! Realistic language, love, crime and a thriller all in one book made it hard to put down.

Would I recommend? Hell yes!

In October I read:

Just Before I Died by S.K. Tremayne

Again I wont go into as much detail as I also wrote a review of this book, but it was an interesting one. It was easy reading and I couldn’t predict the ending, but there was too much time spent on descriptions and the characters were hard to warm to.

Would I recommend? Despite it not being perfect, still yes.

-You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

I’ll throw it out there, I hate self help books or any kind of book giving advice. Most feel cheesy, there’s too much ‘you go girlfriend’ talk and it all just feels pretentious.

I was two chapters into this book when I wanted to give up, (because of all the reasons above) but I carried on and this book really spoke to me.

It tackled a lot of everyday situations, such as jobs. Like how we carry on even if we’re miserable because it has some perks, finding a new job is hard, you feel you’re not ready or good enough. It discusses all the ways we hold ourselves back and encourages self belief in all areas of our life.

Would I recommend? Definitely.

3-Do 2 New Things Per Month


We went to Kensington Palace in London.

Explored the stunning Richmond Park.

Stayed at the beautiful Rhinefield House Hotel in the New Forest.

Watched a boxing match at the O2 Arena.

Went white water rafting.

And much more!

4-Travel/Go For Days Out

In September we had a lovely day at Kensington Palace and Hyde Park, we also went to Richmond Park.

In October we went away for the night for our anniversary. We spent two days in the wonderful New Forest.

We watched a boxing match, went pumpkin picking and white water rafting, so we crammed in lots of activities.

5-Save Money

In September I did fine, but October was tough with all the celebrations. That said I did write down a budget plan for the month and I pretty much stuck to it.

6-Use My Phone Less

I think I’ve failed on this most months! I use my phone for blogging, planning, job searches. I have spent too much time on it lately.

Let me know how you’re getting on with your New Year’s Resolutions.

14 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolutions-September & October Update

  1. I’ve seen lots of others who have enjoyed You Are a Badass too, I know what you mean some self help books can be boring and aren’t very helpful! Something In the Water is on my to read list from when you reviewed it 😊

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      1. Sometimes those books also feel like you’re being preached too or “you must do this in order for x,y,z to happen.” I’ll make that book one of the next ones I issue from work 👍🏻

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      2. Yeah I agree. Some are so unrealistic and the scenarios don’t even fit most people’s lives. But I found this one a good one to read, especially if you really read overthe messages slowly xx

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  2. Omg I am freaking out. One of my fave books ever is by S.K Tremayne (The Ice Twins), so I’m definitely going to give this one a go!! Also I’m currently reading You Are A Badass and I freaking love it!! I love the way it’s written- okay I’m excited to read more of it now hehe also I’ve gotta check out your book reviews you already posted! How have I missed them?!? Xx

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    1. Omg really! This is the first of their books I’ve read. Yes girl! It really is a good book once you get into it. I felt really sassy and mentally strong reading it. Tempted to bust it out again already😊 Haha no idea. I only posted them in the last month or so, so you might have been away or busy💕 xx


  3. You’re doing so well with your resolutions! I don’t think I even made any this year haha. Definitely planning on doing some for next year though. Crazy that there’s less than two months left till 2020!!

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