To Do: Set Some Goals!

I wrote a blog post a while ago about my way of keeping To Do lists (if you didn’t see it, you can read it here). Afterwards, I received a really great email from Becki, a friend of mine who I went to college with:

“You’ve inspired me to make a list of life goals!

It’s very simple, just a formal list (because then I will actually follow it) with a few pics…it’s on my wardrobe door soI see it every day when I open the door…I wouldn’t have even thought of doing it if it wasn’t for you, you may have encouraged me to do things I never would have, so big thanks to you!”


How cool is THAT?! And then, another email:

“Hey, I just met with a friend for a drink and mentioned my Goals list…

she suggested I write another list of all I have already achieved and put it next to the Goals one, to inspire me when I start to think “how am I ever going to do that?”

Great idea don’t you think?!Xxx”

I think it’s a fab idea!

Although I love lists (and they help me to plan, stay organised, and fit more into my day), there’s definitely room for some self-praise with an achievements list. Imagine when you’re feeling low in confidence or a bit like a failure… you can look at your achievements list and give yourself a pat on the back (I bet you’re doing better than you thought).

What dya think? Room for an Achievements List next to that To Do list?!


Sami x

What’s the Plan, Batman?

This weekend was not much fun. I’m not going to go into detail about it, suffice to say that nothing too catastrophic or horrible happened, but it did make me think quite a bit.

Reflecting on the last few months has been difficult. I’ve moved, to a different city, to a new house, a new job and a new lifestyle. It started out very positively, and I still love my job, my shared house, my new friends… But the Made by Sami side of things has drifted a little. It’s not that I’m not enjoying it; I’m just not doing much of it! And while one side of me really misses the constant activity, another side is quite enjoying being lazy, watching lots of TV and having evenings free to chat.

Today (as it’s half term so I’m not working), I had a lie-in, did some faffing around the house and a few little jobs, then walked home. Walking helps me to think; I used to hate walking but I quite like the quiet, reflective time it gives me now. When I got home, I cleaned my room. I don’t know whether anyone else’s mind is so strongly linked to their environment, but I really can’t separate the two- when my room is a mess, so is my head. So, my room- and my head- got tidied a little. And while I was singing along to some 90s pop (Alisha’s Attic if you’re interested) and dusting, I realised that I need a plan. And once I’ve figured out that plan, I need to stick to it.

The problem is, forming a plan means listening to myself, and having a definite opinion, a sure idea. And that’s something I really struggle with; how do I know if I’m right?! So here’s the plan:

  • Listen to yourself
  • Trust in your gut feeling
  • Take a risk if it feels exciting
  • Only do what you love doing

That’s my new business plan.

Ok, so it still needs a little work to make it an actual plan, but the bones are there. It sort of goes back to the image in my first ever blog post; “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?” Put bluntly, it’s time to GROW A PAIR.


Sami x