Summer Goals (or ‘4-0 to my Good Intentions’)

Since 6:51am on the 21st of June, it has technically been summer 2014. However, if we’re using the student method of calculating when summer begins – and I’d say that’s far more accurate – then for me it’s been summer since 4pm on the 5th June, the finishing time of my final exam. As always, I mentally set myself a lot of slightly unrealistic but hopefully achievable goals for my four months away from education: I had hopes of becoming a nimble little gym buff; an eater so healthy I’d be mistaken for a nutritionist; generally rolling in the dollar and finally, doing lots of exciting things and making happy memories. Same old, same old, really, but goals nonetheless. 

I thought it might be fun to assess my progress, one goal at a time. Let’s see how I’m getting on – 5 weeks, 5 days, 1 hour and twenty-two minutes into summer 2014 (at the time of writing this sentence.)

Becoming a Nimble Little Gym Buff: hasn’t gone incredibly well, if I’m honest. I did a bit of research into the gyms in my area and found out the one that would be best for me to work around my job would cost £27 a month (with student discount!) and also had a £25 start-up fee. Swimming was only a quid less, so that was out of the question too – and with a one-off swim being more than £3.50 I’ve decided to just wait until it rains a bit more and go for an energetic paddle. The furthest I’ve come to reaching gym buff status would be the run I went on last week, which lasted 15 minutes before I decided breathing was more important and dragged myself home. I won’t be doing that again until I’ve got a proper sports bra or had my boobs surgically removed. 

Overall Rating: 5/10 

Eating Healthily: I’m eating a Belvita Breakfast Biscuit at 5.30pm. How do you think it’s going?

Overall Rating: 3/10

Generally Rolling in the Dollar: I can actually hold my head high with this one and tell you I’m back at my holiday job, behind a till in a supermarket whose name may or may not rhyme with Schmaitrose. I was originally a Saturday girl while studying for my A Levels, and since starting uni they’ve taken me back for every holiday as an extra pair of hands. Although the overtime sheet for July was a bit bare (I’ve been averaging three days a week,) I got in there early for August and I’ll be working 5-day weeks from the 28th onwards. I really enjoy being at work, even when the weather is this nice, and it’s such a relief to know my funds aren’t completely drying up. 

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Doing Lots of Exciting Things: eh. Work has left me with very few consecutive days off, so I sadly haven’t got any massive holidays planned. I’m heading to Alicante with my uni girls in the middle of September, though, and seeing Lee Mack with my brother at some point. I’ve also already been to the Safari Park, but I blogged about that before (and showed you that lovely photo of me being accepted by their goat community.) I’d love to go on an overnight stop to Dublin or something like that, which is something I’ll probably look into on an empty night at some point soon.

Overall Rating: 7/10

The super-official scoring system I’ve used here, by the way, is using my score in actually achieving each goal and my intentions behind it (at least 59/10) to find an average. It’s a very accurate, practically faultless system, and I hope you can use it in assessing your own summer goals progress. 

Until next time, 

Emma x



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