October To Do

October Goals

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]eptember went really quickly. I know we always say that, and I know I’m writing this on September 21st, but it did. September went really bloody quickly. I turned 22, Bakeoff went tits up, and my little sister went to university to start her first year. So many big and exciting things.

This month’s ‘goals’ post is going to actually be more of a to-do/goals hybrid. Some things to work towards, somethingsI was to just get done, and some things to think about doing and then forget.


I mentioned yesterday that I’ve signed up for a 10k in Febraury, and with me moving back to Durham next week, now is as good a time as any to get back into running. I love running in Durham. The crisp cold air and the fun hills make running such a treat. I’m excited.


I bought so many candles last month that I’m going to be just basking in Hygge energy. I swear I have about 8 all lined up ready to be burnt. I’m so excited for Autumn evenings with a big mug of tea and an essay to get written.


I move back into college on the 6th, and term starts on the 10th. I’m a little nervous about the whole going back to uni after a year out thing, but I’m sure once I’m settled back in it’ll be okay. It’s my final year so my plan is to really push myself, right from the beginning. I feel like the last year has really helped me focus in on what’s important, and my degree is my number one priority right now. I’ve had a fun year off, and now I’m back with added vigour.


My skin has taken a hit this last month. It’s not that I’ve been rubbish with it, and I’ve done all the right things, but I haven’t looked after it properly. I haven’t made it feel special. I haven’t exfoliated in well over a month. I just haven’t felt up to it. With winter coming, it’s time to up my game and start taking care of my favourite part of me: my face.


I hate coffee. I hate coffee and coffee sweets and coffee shops and yeah, coffee. It tastes vile. I even tried a vanilla latte once, having been told it didn’t taste of coffee, and almost threw up in a bin outside the Students’ Union in Durham. Still, the PSL is apparently the ultimate Autumn drink and I’m the ultimate white gal blogger so yolo. You have to try everything once. I’ll just pass it to someone else when it reveals itself to be completely vile.


Ollie is always amazing at birthdays and I’m rubbish. My ideal birthday would be literally doing nothing all day and then getting Vietnamese food. He’s the best and always plans that, AND something else that he knows I’ll enjoy. He’s also really damn good at presents. This year I want to be half as good as he is. I’m going to get him some nice things and take him somewhere nice and have a fun old time. I promise.


I think I’ve mentioned before that I want to get more into looking after myself, in ways that I really seem to have neglected before. I don’t mean eating well and exercising and all that jazz, because that stuff goes without saying, but I mean things like making sure I’m always happy with my nails, or that I’ve washed my hair lately. I’m lazy. If I don’t have to wash my hair, I won’t. But what I’ve noticed lately is that I actually feel a lot better about myself when my hair is clean, when my face looks fresh, and when my nails aren’t all chipped and manky. People often forget that these things count as self care just as much as going for runs or eating vegetables. I feel better about myself when I like how I look, and surely that’s motivation enough?



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  • woodenwindowsills says:

    Your hair in particular is such goals. So much shine, I for one, am seriously jealous! Meeting you was bloody great, sorry for being a lonely tag along! 😉 Alice xxxx


  • LexiLife says:

    Wait what. How have I not visited your blog before? Pretty sure we follow each other on twitter – hate it when that happens haha! Lovely post and I look forward to exploring your blog some more. TOTAL PHOTO GOALS BTW xox

    http://www.lexilife95.com & https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjf_Yy-CZV0Tq9EgU2RG9Jw

  • Laura Torninoja says:

    Number 7 is definitely super important and something I’m trying to get better too! I think it’s different for everyone, and for me looking and feeling good go hand in hand too – I feel like when I’m clean and polished on the outside, it’ll reflect on the inside too because of all the effort I’ve made for myself! If that makes any sense 🙂 x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • Lucy says:

    Yaas to candles everywhere!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • Laura Coupland says:

    I love reading your posts Imi and I feel I am like you in a way that I also forget to look after myself, especially whilst at University. Reading this list has inspired me to create my own to help me stay motivated through my final year also.

    Thanks for that 🙂


  • I also took a year out from uni and it is so weird to be back in the learning environment. I start tomorrow and it’ll be my final year so I am very very nervous!

    7. is always important, especially when things start to get stressful with deadlines! I find that if I feel good then I am more motivated and productive 😀

    Lucy x

  • dreamofadventures says:

    Great list of goals for the month, I especially agree with taking care of yourself. I’ve started to designate sundays as pamper time for myself. I bought a facemask I put on about two times a week, I take time to do my nails and just relax with a hot cup of tea =o)


  • Hannah Lucy says:

    Man I am so excited for candles, I need to get some more autumnal scents. Is it too soon for Christmas cookie though?

    Hannah | Oh January

  • Martha Jane says:

    That last point though! Totally relate to that, I need to sort my life out! x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajaneedwards.com

  • Cindy says:

    Haha good luck with the goals, I think they’re all very doable! I’d recommend a pumpkin chai tea in place of a PSL of coffee isn’t your choice of drink! Also I’m so excited for Fall as it’s finally feeling a bit crisper in the air. I started burning my splurge Diptyque candle for the year and am so excited. Good luck in your final year and I’m sure you’ll be just fine getting back in the swing of things ??

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

  • Matea says:

    I just bought loads of new candles yesterday, they’re one of my favourite things about Autumn! And yes to focusing on self care, it’s all about the little things that make you feel great about yourself. On that note, I seriously need to wash my hair! xx


  • Kristien Kellens says:

    PSL is overrated -__-
    I was severely underwhelmed when I tried it. It was just coffee with an aftertaste of spices. Not as nice as other flavoured lattes (but then again, I do like coffee).
    Good luck with your goals! 🙂

  • Aimee Julia says:

    Great goals/to-do’s! I remember trying a PSL last year, because it was also over Twitter, and I hated it. Haha. So, um, good luck?! 😉 And good luck with starting uni again! x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  • Jess French says:

    Love these goals, I just recently bought even more candles that I probably didnt need but are just so essential for autumn and winter.

    Jess x

  • Emma Hart says:

    Yep, candles are everywhere in my room at the moment. Can’t get enough of feeling cosy in my flat now the autumn nights are rolling in 🙂

  • Ha! I love how you think hills are fun!! Hehe – I give you credit for that, good luck with the 10k, that’s so great! I quite like running too, but the furthest I’ve ever got is about 3.5k!!

    I also am not a lover of the Pumpkin Spice Latte (that doesn’t make me a terrible blogger does it?) so you’re definitely not alone! And I completely agree – it’s the little things like nails and being clean that make a huge difference to our moods so they’re very important

    Josie // JosieVictoriaa

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