Tuesday, 20 June 2017

How Goals Lead to Success - My Mid-Year Review

Goals


This year, I decided not to share my goals publicly on the blog, for one simple reason - I was embarrassed about what happened last year... 

I made my 2016 goals public and although I wanted to achieve everything I didn't. I certainly had the intention to complete them but, my actions didn't follow suit. (I'm human.) I did well with my personal development as my passion it was easy to execute this goal but I struggled to stay consistent with learning a new language and keeping fit. 

So at the beginning of this year, I decided to share my goals with just my subscribers. That way I could be more accountable to those that have engaged with me online. Also, it felt easier to share my goals with a few people, and not the entire world online. 

However, now that we are half-way through the year I feel comfortable to let you know a few things that I have been striving for this year and what I hope to achieve in 2017:
Mid-Year Review - 2017 Goals, Challenges and Successes
2017 Goals
My 2017 Goals 

I have set 8 Goals for myself this year and I will share 4 of them with you:
  1. Run a 10km marathon. 
  2. Upgrade my blog to look and feel like a professional website. 
  3. Develop my public speaking skills and be a guest speaker at an event. 
  4. To prepare for marriage and build a strong foundation for a happily married life. (Oh I'm engaged if you didn't already know :)
A good friend of mine told me it's a good idea not to tell everyone all/ your exact goals, so the other 4 are just for myself. I might let you know what they are, at the end of the year if I feel brave enough to do so.

If you haven't yet set your goals for 2017, it's never too late to do so. Here is a free Printable for you to write them down: 
My 2017 Goals - Printable
Goals
Goals Printable

Challenges 
  • Upgrade my Blog - work in progress
    • I have looked at the hundreds of available website layouts/ themes out there and I love so many of them....but to be honest I'm scared to just pick one and make a decision... ideally I would get a custom design but that could cost me a lot of money, which I don't have, since I'm saving for a wedding now...(if you have any tips or affordable recommendations let me know!)
  • Speak at an event - work in progress
    • I do speak and have spoken at a few STEM-related events but I'm trying to branch out of my comfort zone and try speaking about life and personal development. 
    • I would love to speak at an event on the topics I'm passionate about: goal setting, productivity, getting focused on what you want in life and being organised. My confidence, in general, has increased so much since I discovered personal development. 

Successes

The best part of setting goals is actually achieving them!
  • 10km Marathon - I completed the Manchester Great Run - 10km at the end of May. 
    • I was able to do this by creating powerful habits, being consistent with my training and tracking my process, weekly. I wrote about this last month: Success is a habit.

  • Develop my Public Speaking Skills - I have now joined Toastmasters, to improve my public speaking skills. 
    • It's a great way to meet new people while learning a new skill. The course and training system is a great package. It is self-paced so you can go as fast or slow as you want to, depending on your own goals. To my surprise, there is a lot more to the programme than I had initially thought and once I joined, I found out there's a whole range of other skills to learn on top of practising how to speak in front of people.


  • Prepare for Marriage - work in progress 
    • There is a lot that goes into preparing for a marriage, like knowing each other's life goals and ambitions, making many decisions on life now and the future and even premarital counselling if we choose to do so.
    • We have of course up to this point got to know each other very well. Our values and future plans align. And we have similar aspirations for the future in which we support each other wholeheartedly.
    • The first step we have taken is to read books on relationships, have deep discussions on what we want in life and how we want to lead our married life.
    • And we now have an APP that we are using - which I feel is a sort of modern way to premarital counselling.



For the rest of the Year I am going to focus on: 


  1. Finding a speaking engagement.
  2. Updating my blog. 
  3. Continue working on preparing for marriage. 
    • And planning a wedding of course.


There are still 6 months left to work on my goals and hopefully complete most if not all.


Tell me in the comments below: what are some of your 2017 goals?


Natalie-Claire x 




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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Success is a habit

Success is a habit

After over 10 weeks of running - in my preparation for the Manchester 10km run, I keep returning to this quote for inspiration. Now I can’t tell you that I am now able to run 10km but I can say that the consistency of following a programme is helping me to improve my distance and pace.


Great Manchester Run 10k
Source: Forever Manchester



I’m sure we can all think of times when we had to do something over and over until eventually, we are successful; like studying for a test at school or starting a new job: at the beginning it seems hard to keep doing tedious tasks every single day, until one day a few months down the road you don't even notice it has become a habit. And that's how we form actions that lead to success by consistently doing the tasks we need to do every day to get to success. By starting and committing to what we started we can get to our destination.


When you form powerful habits you can have success in achieving your goals, whether they are health and fitness goals like mine or in any other areas of your life. Creating habits can help you to follow through with the goals you've set for yourself.


Beginners 10k running schedule
Source: Pinterest


Tell me what habit will you master to get to your success?? And if you want to learn more about creating habits, you can Subscribe, as I give in-depth details of how to create powerful habits for my subscribers.


                                         Natalie-Claire x

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Friday, 28 April 2017

Powerful Illustrations to inspire girls into STEM

There is always more we can do to inspire young girls into STEM: Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics.  And like me, there are many women (and men) promoting STEM subjects to girls. It is through these advocates that women in STEM industries are gaining visibility and a voice to inspire the next generation.  


Together Totaljobs, and the co-founder of STEMettes, Jacquelyn Guderley, have created motion illustrations, each depicting the journey and biases many young girls endure in the early stages of their STEM journey.


Each illustration (shown below), is supported by inspirational advice [in the original article on Totaljobs], helping to dispel the stereotypes and gender boundaries.   


You can read Jacquelyn Guderley’s advice on how to smash the gender stereotypes here: Girls in STEM: Smashing the Stereotypes

Opening Doors


Women in STEM
Teachers, parents and mentors can all support and guide you through your first steps to STEM.

Looking Beyond the Labels 

Thursday, 23 February 2017

To get what you want, you’ve got to know what you want!

It's already nearly the end of February 2017 and you probably started the year by writing your goals down, the usual: get fit, get a (new) job, start saving, start a new hobby, learn a new language...etc but did you write these because that's what you want or it's what you feel you should aim for at the beginning of every year: To be healthier, wealthier and generally better than last year.

Get what you want
Get what you want.

Question: What do you really want?

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy 2017 friends! 

I hope you've written down your goals for the year and got started on them. I certainly have. And I will be keeping you updated on them soon! Look out for some new changes on the blog this year, as I've got a lot of surprises in store.


First one being a FREE printable download for you: My 2017 Goals.
2017 Goals Printable

Monday, 3 October 2016

How to be happy and organised: My top 10


The older I get the busier I am and that’s certainly true for most people… well… most of the time – or it might be the fact that we have more responsibilities now. (Compared to when we were young). Sometimes we can get so busy that we forget what is really important? For me; things like networking, attending courses/workshops, socializing and work – these are the things that pull me in many different directions.


I enjoy meeting new people, learning new skills and being out of my comfort zone (face a fear- right!). There are endless, events, workshops, programs…etc and before long all of my free time is gone. So I wanted to put a little more effort into doing what is most beneficial for my own well-being, personal growth and happiness. And to be honest I just got feed up of being pulled left, right and centre by everything.


Being happy

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Stop worrying about what other people think



Do you ever feel like sometimes you are so concerned about everything and everyone else that you forget about taking care of yourself?

August has been a challenging month for me: ups, downs and everything in-between. In both my personal and professional lifethey have been extremely demanding of my time, skills and capabilities (more like a complete shake up in my work-life balance). Although I had a lot to deal with I still felt that I had to complete and attend to all my regular commitments as normal.

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