Friday, 2 November 2012

4 simple goals before 2013 - halftime update part I

Now that November has begun, I thought I'd do an update on how I've been faring in the 4 goals challenge. You can read more about it in this post. Here is what I've managed to do so far (I'll be posting part II soon):

1. Read four books:
These are the four books I chose:
1.  Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
I read this book over a weekend and just couldn't put it down. It tells the story of a young Irish girl who emigrates to Brooklyn in the 50s, her struggle to settle into this new world and to lead a self-determined life. It's written in a wonderfully melancholic style and I can only recommend it!

2.  A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich
I love history and thought this book was fantastic. It was the opposite of what you'd expect a book with such a title to be - interesting, vibrant and written in a style that's easy to read and understand. As part of my job, I get to sit in on weekly lectures on British history and it was great to read this book alongside and put the events I'm learning about into a broader perspective.
3.  Blogging for Creatives by Robin Houghton
I won this book in a giveaway on Robin's fabulous blog: Blogging for Creatives. It's a great resource for all bloggers and if you're not familiar with it, I highly recommend stopping by.
I haven't actually read many books about blogging and didn't really know what to expect, but I ended up learning something new on every single page! The book is full of information about everything a blogger needs to know - content, design, PR, troubleshooting. The images and layout are great and it contains lots of interview with all sorts of different bloggers. I'm so happy to have a copy of this book and I'm sure I'll be going back to it again and again.

4.  Hearts and Minds by Amanda Craig
Still need to read this one

2. Knit something:
It took me quite a while to decide on a project. I wanted something fairly quick and easy and eventually found this pretty (and free) pattern for a cowl. I finished it yesterday, but unfortunately it didn't look one bit like the pretty picture on the Pickles website. I must have completely misjudged my gauge swatch, because my cowl was at a length where is looked more like a knitted necklace, but was too short to wrap around my neck twice. Soo, I’ve just unravelled the whole thing and will be starting afresh with a different pattern. If anyone has any suggestions - let me know!


  1. Congrats on keeping up with your goals so far! I always find it such a challenge to keep the momentum going even when I'm so adamant about accomplishing the goals in the first place. It's hard! So I applaud your progress. :)

    P.S. Nice 'meeting' you at blog brunch this afternoon. :)

    1. Hi Kristin,
      Nice to meet you too and thanks for stopping by.
      (I love your blog!)

      I'm usually not very good with goals, but this time I put them on a poster and hung it over my desk - so they were right in my face at all times:)! Also, blogging about them helps, because you have more pressure to get things done, ha!


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