Good Morning (or afternoon or evening whenever you are reading this), it’s been a couple of weeks since I last touched base with you. I couldn’t however miss out on posting my March updates, I really enjoy writing my New Year’s Resolution updates (read them here) so here we are again in a new month providing new updates.
Let’s do a quick summary of the month of March. March was a really good month for me mentally and emotionally. I really do feel like the old Tanzina again, and maybe a better and improved version actually. It’s interesting how hardships can affect you, sometimes negatively and then there are those rare moments where it impacts you positively. Throughout March I felt like I was in a better headspace in general, felt more productive and happier with myself. I kept myself busy, shopped a little too much and finally started taking some of my new year’s resolutions seriously. Okay talking of new year’s resolutions, I seem to have understood them wrong. For me, resolutions made at the start of the year mean goals that I would like accomplished by the 31st of December that year. Apparently you are supposed to make goals, and actively start making progress on them from the 1st of January! That is definitely not how I looked at them, I just saw mine as goals which I need to tick off in the next 365 days, even if it took until the very last day to accomplish! I guess it doesn’t really matter too much as long as you get there in the end.
Okay now let’s do some updates, I always feel a little nervous when I starting typing out this bit.
- Get Fit & Tone Up –
It took me until the end of March to start taking this one seriously. I even bought myself a pair of new trainers for the gym to incentivise myself to attend the gym. I gave myself the excuse that my trainers were too tight so that’s why I didn’t go the gym. The things you tell yourself! At the end of March I started going to the gym and I am slowly getting back into the rhythm of it. It is really hard if I am honest, especially when you don’t see results straight away. I got on the scales this week, and my weight has increased to 56.5KG! Now that might not sound super high to everyone, but I am really petite and only 5 foot 3, meaning every lump and bump shows up on me. My face has definitely gotten chubbier and if I am honest, I feel like avoiding the mirror. My normal weight is usually around the 50KG mark, so I need to lose that extra 7KG I have gained.
- Fix Blog, Blog More and Upload More –
So my blog is still fixed, but I think this goal needs amendment. March was a great month of productivity, but unfortunately it wasn’t for my blog. I am finding it hard to balance everything that I want to achieve, I really want my Instagram and YouTube to do well, and there is only one of me to go round. I made the conscious decision that I will not pressurise myself about my blog too much. It is quite tricky building up traffic on here and maintain Youtube and Instagram. I really want to hit 10K on my Instagram (7.7K) at the moment, so then I can have the swipe up feature and refer my followers to my blog. So until then, I might let my blog take a back seat a little bit. On the upside, I am consistently uploading two videos a week on YouTube and updating my IG regularly. I am thinking when I film makeup look posts, I might do a quick summary and product list on my blog so expect to see more makeup looks on here going forward. From next month, I am going to change the title of this goal to something a little more Youtube/IG focused.
- Become a Positive Person –
This one is slowly happening! I am starting to feel like the old me again, there are a few moments when I feel a little down and angry at certain things, but on the majority I have acquired a more positive and happy attitude. I think a lot of it is down to feeling grateful for all the amazing people I have in my life. I really am blessed in that regard and other regards too like my career. I’m also starting to see that those people who try to tear you down, usually have demons of their own, insecurities of their own, and that’s why they are the way they are. Rather than feeling angry, I feel sorry for those individuals and that really does feel like a weight off my chest.
- Start Praying More –
I’m going to keep it real, and admit I am feeling a little down about this one. I don’t feel like I am as good at this as I was a few weeks ago, so in April I really want to get back to where I was. I truly believe that this helped me through hurdles and tough times, and I don’t want to drop now that I am reaping the rewards. I am still praying, just not as much as I want to be. I’ll get back there, especially with Ramadhan coming up in May!
- Create a Home –
Haha I know I said I was parking this till the end of the year, but for some reason I can’t help but shop for it! Our house is so so far away from completion, right now work hasn’t even started on it but clearly I am finding it hard to contain my excitement. I keep buying things for the kitchen! Yesterday I bought some colanders. I usually buy things and then do a little haul on my Instagram stories, if you fancy a peek then check out my profile (makeupatoz) and find my hauls saved on the highlight titled ‘Hauls’. There is a lot of TK Maxx in there!
- Learn How To Wrap a Saree –
I have actually made a start on this one, I promise. At the end of March I was preparing for some wedding events, and I tried wrapping a saree in the run up. It went disastrously wrong of course, and ended up the wrong way round but I think I get the general gist of it. I will have to keep trying.
- Wake Up Earlier –
I really need help with this one, as I am awful at it. How do I still require about 10 hours of sleep on weekends. I haven’t really accomplished my goal on this one once! I’m going to go read some articles now on how to combat this. I think it’s the answer to all my goals really, if I sleep less, I will accomplish more. That being said, tonight I am going to aim for 7 hours sleep and wake up early for work tomorrow. I hate this rush rush Tanzina I have become.
So that is it for my New Year’s resolutions update. I am sure I wanted to add another one to the list, but it has completely left my mind! I am feeling quite proud of myself for the progress I am making with these, although going a couple of steps backwards with praying has dented my sense of accomplishment a little. April is going to be a busy month, I have a few wedding events and also it is the run up to Ramadhan for which I am hoping to have a few food bits prepared for in advance and in the freezer as that will help preparing meals a little easier. I’m also planning on combating my eating throughout the month and only have one heavy meal a day and cut out the amount of fast food I have been enjoying this year. I will catch up with you guys next month to see how the month of April went. Speak soon, Tanzina x