I came up with an idea the other day to write poetry inspired by music. There are many songs I’ve fallen in love with, I’m excited to share them with you. Here’s my first attempt with Jhene Aiko - Frequency.

When these frequencies
of mine
travel into the universe, 
please give me a sign 
and speak to me.
Keep it attuned
with serenity, love 
and positivity.
Translate my energy into
love so it can spread
into our generation,
when we feel hopeless despair
bless our situation,
help us remember
we are not our limitations,
give us hope and
anoint our planted seeds,
when it blooms and grows
we will become royalty.

December Goals

It's officially the last month of 2018! Grateful? Excited? You should be. You made it to see the last month of the year and that's something you should be grateful for. It's not surprising that many of us have had obstacles to overcome. You may have been tested multiple times throughout this year and thought you wouldn't make it through but guess what? YOU survived it all, so big up yourself!

The last time I did a monthly goals post I didn't stick to most of them (or maybe 'all' of them... we'll stick with 'most'). I never reminded myself of what they were, this is strange considering you should review your goals on a daily basis. This time, I'm planning to print my blogpost and hang it up on my noticeboard, I won't be able to avoid them this way. Hopefully I'll be consistent this time round.


Always starting my day off with gratitude

This is a habit I picked up last week. It's really nice to start your day off feeling grateful for many things you are fortunate to have. I have a notebook in which I write 3 things I am grateful for everyday. Simply waking up is the first thing you should be thankful for.  On many mornings I have woken up feeling shit about what's happening in my life but why wake up already trying to find the negatives? There are people fighting to stay alive, some did not make it to see the rest of the day, so be grateful you were able to see yours.

Gym at least 2 times a week

My flatmate said I don't need the gym because I do so much walking. In Leicester I don't pay for the bus, which means I walk for 30 minutes to town and back (listen, this is a struggle for people with short legs). I don't go to town often so the physical activity isn't enough. I love going to the gym, breaking a sweat and feeling good after a good work out. Even going to the gym makes me feel good because I finally decided to go lmao. 2 times a week isn't bad at all and it's definitely achievable.

Using timers to complete tasks to boost time management and focus

I speak about time management all the time because it's my biggest weakness. Rather than speaking about how shitty my time management is I discovered something that actually helps. When I start a task I set a stopwatch and start doing the first task. Setting realistic time frames helps me to focus better. I strongly suggest you guys try this too if you struggle with time management and focus.

Waking up when my alarm goes off.

Man oh man. It seems impossible for me to get up when my alarm goes off. Do you know how frustrating it is to set your alarm and you end up waking up 3 HOURS LATER?!? Your whole schedule for the day has failed, dramatically.

You can't expect your mind and body to be productive when you sleep at 2am and set you alarm for 6am if your body is not used to it. There are a few solutions I have come across:
- putting your phone away from your bed so the only way you can turn it off is by getting up. If you turn it off and go straight back to bed well damn, I don't know for y'all.
- downloading the app 'Alarmy', which has different activities to prevent you from turning your alarm off before you complete them. I tried this a few years ago and it was quite effective until I started turning off my phone every time my alarm went off...I wouldn't do that now though.


Spending at least 4 hours on my photography.

Evidently, I haven't been consistent with my photography (or blog, yikes). I have started to make weekly schedules to balance everything I need to do in my day. I enjoy photography so it wouldn't make sense to not make enough time for it, especially if I want to do it as a side hustle.

Increase my insta page by 100 followers

Impossible? Of course not. my cousin managed to grow her insta business page by 100 followers within 72 hours. I'm going to become better at engagement and interaction between followers. If you want clients you need exposure right?

Do 4 shoots by the end of this year

This is a goal I'm expecting myself to reach. I say 4 but really and truly I'm capable of doing 1/2 more.

Dedicating 30 mins - 1 hour to my blog 

Just like photography, writing is something I do to ease mental strain. It's a great way to clear my head. My goal is to write every single day for at least 30 mins - 1 hour, it could either be a poem or a blog post, as long as it's something.

Reading my mission statement everyday

Reminding yourself of your overall vision on a daily basis will motivate you and push you further. You need to know exactly why you are doing what you are doing, why you are waking up early and why you are sacrificing sleep to get where you need to be. When you procrastinate or you feel demotivated, reading your mission statement should instantly refuel your mind to understand the importance of what you are doing and how much it means to you.

That's it! 9 goals I know I can smash by the end of the year. It feels like a challenge but I'm ready to take it on. I strongly suggest you make December goals too, I'm going to print my post out and read it everyday to remember what I'm striving for.