Monday, April 6, 2020

30 Chic Days at Home - Day 17 - Set Your Goals

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No matter your current situation within this lockdown, it's important to have goals to look forward to once we get back to normal.  I know 'normal' will probably look different in the future, but it's still our lives we are getting back to.

I love the 'Now, Next, Future' goal idea, and did this for myself a few days ago.  You can probably guess from the title that there are three sections to consider:

Now: Things you want to achieve right now.  For me, I decided it's the lockdown period.  Basically things you are working on... 'now' (if you want to clarify it for when things aren't so topsy turvy.)

Next: The next things on your list.  They aren't far away, but you aren't currently working on them.  Once you've finished with your 'Now' goals, you can enjoy moving onto your 'Next' goals.

(Don't you love my 'so basic they're ridiculous' descriptions???)

Future: Your happy pipe dreams.  The things that will make the sun come out, and that you think you could achieve under perfect conditions.

Your goals will change too. Many of my goals are writing based at the moment, whereas a month or two ago they were mostly to do with the home.  For me it's exciting that I can follow where my energy is strongest and work on those goals.  'Work' isn't the best word to use actually, because when you follow the path that is the most appealing, you more effortlessly achieve your goals and it's not difficult at all.

For my Now goals I have already finalised the new cover for my 'Financially Chic' book, and the next item on my Now list is my 'The Chic Author' book which I only have the final edit and read-through to do, put a cover together with the help of my graphic designer and publish it.  Apart from these daily '30 Chic Days at Home' posts, that is my main focus.

Have you used this goal format before?  Tell me what you are working on Now, and Next!  And Future if you want to :)

xx Fiona


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Saturday, April 4, 2020

30 Chic Days at Home - Day 16 - Use Your Nice Things

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Being in lockdown, I have been using more of my nice things.  On a 'normal' day in the past, I'd use my everyday things, but at the moment it feels like the time to make every day sparklier.  Sort of like someone in jail wanting to decorate their cell a bit :)

I am wearing my Aerin 'Tuberose Le Soir' fragrance today.

Sipping a glass of bubbles while I write this post.

Trying different eye makeup looks each morning.

Wearing jewellery even though the only outing is to walk the dogs.

Lighting a new Ecoya 'French Pear' candle.

And when I finish this post I am going to sit down with my Hello magazine which arrived in the mail yesterday.


A reader left a comment under one of my previous posts about the fact that she is working full-time at home and taking care of a toddler too.  Stressful.  I know things are seriously inequitable at the moment with some of us at home with no work, some working at home or on the frontline; all different iterations of our new and strange current reality.

I don't know what the answer is but I do know that connecting with others can help.  I had a brief, spontaneous four-way WhatsApp video call with my cousin, brother and mum last night and it was fab.  One lady I saw on Instagram had what looked like twenty people at least on her laptop screen - her knitting group! How cool is that!


In exciting book news I am pleased to reveal the new book cover for my title 'Financially Chic'.  The Kindle book is available now, whereas the paperback may well be delayed among the many items restricted for shipping.  You can find the Kindle copy here on Amazon.

I wrote 'Financially Chic' almost four years ago to be able to share my love for personal finance, living well and generally living an expensive life on a small budget.  I wasn't always savvy with money, but in my early twenties I ended up working at a financial planning office and was instantly hooked.  I learned a lot both from my job and the resultant reading I did on the subject.

But, I do things in my own way, which is how personal finance comes to be infused with a chic way of life.  If you have an 'ick' feeling towards money management, I would love to be able to show you how it can feel fun and light-hearted instead. And if you have gained any insights from this book, I would love you to share your experience in the comments!

As well, do let us know what nice things you will be using during lockdown!  Details please!

xx Fiona


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Friday, April 3, 2020

30 Chic Days at Home - Day 15 - What Will You Change After This?

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In yesterday's post I mentioned how I was resting more and not rushing through things, and also that I had never seen more people out walking with their families.  Then today I heard a lady on YouTube say that she was cooking more for her and her sixteen year old son and that they actually sat down and had dinner together at night, because they had the time and both wanted to.  I even read on Twitter that someone was taking their time to shower and groom in the morning and they loved it.  Me too!

I can see that a lot of us will take this time of forced confinement and realise that a lot of good has come from it.  Yes, definitely, a lot of stress, health worries and financial strain, but also a silver lining.  I know for myself there are things I will take forward with me.

The main one right now is a renewal of my vows (hehe, I just felt that was appropriate) for my love of writing - both in my books and on my blog.  I don't know what it was but I felt I'd lost my spark a bit.  Every so often I wonder if I'm still 'writing in the right direction' but really, the only way you can find that out is to write about what you want to and see where it takes you.  And when I'm writing at the moment, guess what, it's what I've already been writing about.  Yay!

I also wonder if people who have been lucky enough to have had time off work will wonder if what they're doing is what they really want to be doing.  Yes, this year is certainly one of change, I think we can all agree on that!  Both forced change, and afterwards, possibly choosing our change.

What will you be taking forward?  Any changes you think you might make afterwards?

Gosh, 'afterwards', it seems a long way off, doesn't it?  But remember we're all in this together (as if you haven't heard that phrase a million times already!) and as a globe full of people, we'll find our way through it.

xx Fiona

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