My Personal Goals for Autumn & Winter

Autumn Winter October Goals Aims

Hey guys, I hope your Monday is going well! I just wanted to kick off this week and this month with some goals that I want to achieve over Autumn and Winter. I have less than 10 weeks until the end of term and around 10 weeks until I go back to California for a couple of weeks over Christmas and New Year but it still feels like ages away!

  1. Get started on my Dissertation
    I have a 2,000 word deadline to meet by November which is nothing really. I want to get as much of my dissertation done as possible before the end of the year. Ideally I want to have the full 8,000 words done by New Year so that by my final deadline in March I feel really confident about my work.
  2. Finish writing my book
    This goal is a big one. For the past 6 months I’ve been working very sporadically on a fictionalised novel based on my study abroad year in L.A. I really love writing but once I stop it’s so hard to get started again. It’s kind of like when you stop going to the gym and you can’t get back into it. So I want to finish handwriting it by December and spent some time in the new year typing it all up!
  3. Make new friends
    Starting back at Uni after a year abroad has been a little strange because a lot of my friends graduated this year. I have a lot of friends still here because I knew people younger than me and I knew people who were going on a year abroad also. But most people on my course are new faces so I really want to make friends with some of them.
  4. Be OK on my lonesome
    This one is a weird one for me to write because I don’t really display my feelings/troubles so much online. But going through a break-up with someone I really didn’t expect to break-up with in summer has been hard. I take break-ups badly in the sense that I can’t stop ‘What if?-ing’ about what could have happened if it didn’t end which is what I’m doing now. Im OK, I’m not crying about it but sometimes I do get really sad and I miss said person. I only got over my previous 3 year relationship break-up when I met someone else. But right now I don’t want to meet someone else. I just want toΒ stop feeling sad about what happened.
  5. Go into London more often
    I live about a 30/40 minute train ride away from London city centre. When I was at University in my first and second year I hardly ever went into the Big Smoke but I always really enjoyed it when I did. This year I want to travel into the city every two weeks or so and really get familiar with it.
  6. Study More
    This ties into my dissertation goal but I really want to work harder for my final year. I’ve been doing really well this past week by going to the library for 4/5 hours every day just doing extra reading. My goal is to keep this kind of energy up and really get to grips with the material I’m studying.
  7. Blog and Vlog more consistently
    I’ve been doing well in getting a blog post up every 2/3 days which is fab but I need to keep up with progress on my YT channel. It seems if I do really well on one it’s because I’m slacking on the other. I definitely need to set time to film things so I have a video up weekly for my subscribers.

What are your Autumn/Winter goals? Do you see any point in having them for a few months? They really motivate me to work harder to achieve something – do you feel the same?

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  • That’s sooo cool that you’re writing a book! Hope that you get to finish it. This post also reminded me that I should be making goals for myself for the rest of the year too!

    Characters & Carry-ons

  • arollorkins

    Setting clear goals like this is great! I probably need to do this too, I just don’t know why it’s so hard for me! πŸ™

    Xx, Lora | http://www.cherrycolastyle.com

    • It’s so hard for me to prioritise and remember them! Hopefully the post will help haha xx

  • Laura

    Great goals! I’m so bad at setting goals for myself. I have set my mind at the moment learning a new language x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

    • That would be amazing! Which language were you thinking of learning?

      • Laura

        I’m learning Dutch

  • Best of luck with your goals Abigail! I found that dividing up my dissertation word limits by week/fortnight really helped – they then become super manageable chunks and it’ll give you plenty of time to read back, sub-edit and really perfect each chunk as you go along (:

    • thank you for the dissertation advice! I can certainly use all the advice I can get xx

  • kathleen

    Good luck on the goals! I think I’m going to write a similar post to motivate me to actually stick to the things I want to do!

    Kathleen @ Made In The 1990s

  • I am in the exact same boat with the ‘being okay on your lonesome’, I am still trying to adapt to being on my own but I now know that I don’t want anyone else for a good while, I want to be single and build a life for myself on my own until I am ready to find someone new! It’s sad but it’s also quite nice to have that freedom to find what makes you happy, you get to be selfish! xx

    Sophie Black

    • Yes, me too! It is really difficult and I think women in general are much more sentimental about break-ups and being alone.

  • It’s so exciting that you’ve been writing a book! I hope everything goes well with it chick, I’m sure it’s a fab read πŸ™‚ I really want to get my diet and fitness back on track this month – it’s about time really! x

    http://www.alwaysalice.co.uk

    • Me too! It’s such a long road to write something so big!

  • Amy

    You’re writing your own book? That’s amazing! Good luck with it and the rest of your goals.

    http://fourcatsplusus.co.uk – Amy x

  • Emma Corrie-Hill

    I am loving your blog!!

    Such an Autumn post- I love it!

    http://www.londonstylegirl.com

  • When I was writing my dissertation the other year I was so nervous, good luck with it sweetie!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

  • So nice to set yourself goals for the months ahead especially the you can tick them off the list. Looks like you will have a busy time in autumn x

    Beauty with charm

    • Yep! Trying to keep myself busy so I’m not bored.

  • Love this post, good job πŸ™‚

    Kisses, DadieB. ~
    http://dadiebradshaw.com/im-back-london/

  • Wildfire Charm

    These are some great goals. I’m sorry to hear about your breakup. Sending you lots of love and positivity πŸ™‚ I hope you meet someone better x

    http://www.wildfirecharm.com

  • Olivia Emily

    Love your goals! You’ve motivated me to write mine down, maybe it will help me to reach them ^.^
    Break ups can be so tough, but they’re also a great opportunity to get to know yourself better – sending you lots of love!

    xx
    https://oliviaemily.com

  • The Sunday Mode

    Good luck with your goals, making them public is supposed to help reinforce a person’s determination to complete them (so I’m told).

    http://www.thesundaymode.com

  • clare⭐

    I’d love to live so close to london! good luck with your dissertation πŸ™‚

    http://claresloves.blogspot.com/

  • oh writing a book sounds so amazing and i would love to write one myself one day. that would be such a dream coming true.
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    loovelle.blogspot.com

  • Hi Abigail Alice! Thanks again for the lovely comments on my blog recently!

    What a great post and excellent goals. I think it’s great idea to set short term goals and keep yourself motivated and busy. I’m sorry about your breakup, but seriously hun just keep going and keep enjoying London and California! OMG! so bloody jealous right now – sounds like an amazing experience!

    Enjoy and good luck!

    Heather xx
    http://www.suncreamandsparkles.com

    • No worries Heather! Thanks so much, I was a little sad about it but I’m feeling really good at the moment! xx

  • rae

    These are really great goals and this post has got me wanting to draw up my own goals for the colder months. Break ups are always hard but I think that you can learn so much about yourself in the months after a break up – you learn how to cope, how to draw strength from yourself, and also learn how to love your own company. I have been single for quite some time now and although sometimes I think that it would be nice to have a bf, I have so much on my plate at the moment that I am happy I have learnt to love spending time alone. I am sure you will also get there lady! And more trips into London sounds like a very good plan, especially maybe in combination with doing things on your own. Exploring the city on your own with your own time table can be really exhilarating!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • I am definitely getting these, it’s just sometimes my mind wanders and I feel sad about it but that happens to me with all break-ups. Luckily this guy really wasn’t anything too special so I’m feeling better since I wrote this! I would absolutely love to see your goals if you do a post on them, don’t forget to let me know if you do <3 x

  • Follow My Gut

    I love how you can be so honest with yourself in this post. I think you have some really awesome goals that will lead to you being a better and stronger person in the long run. And I agree, breaks up so SO MUCH and I always think the heck out of them. Like, “what did i do wrong, why’d that happen?” but as corny as it sounds, it was probably for the best. Ugh I hate saying that honestly, but hopefully you’ll come out of this season feeling even more self assured and better than before. All the best, love!

    Danielle | http://www.FollowMyGut.com <3

    • Thanks so much for your lovely comment Danielle, I’m really happy with where I am right now but still want to go onwards and upwards! xx

  • Katerina

    Study more is definitely on my list! Hope you achieve all your goals! And enjoy fall and winter as well!
    Katerina xx
    P.S. Kate | http://p-s-kate.blogspot.gr/

    • Me too! I need to buckle down. Thanks for reading Katerina <3 xx

  • I really loved this, and it’s so cool that you’re writing a book! I’m a creative writing student so it’d be cool to hear your ideas xo

    megangoodier.blogspot.com