March Goals.

marchgoals

Whoa whoa whoa, HOW is it a new month already? Saying that, I’ve never been more excited for the arrival of March, because it definitely means that Spring is almost here! Yay for lighter, longer days!

To get myself prepped for a new month, I’ve got a little list of things to get through during the coming weeks…

01. Get back on the beauty content! I’m going to be honest here, because this is a personal blog after all. I’ve been struggling lately because I (used to?) have a certain style of blog photo, and maybe even a certain style of blogging in general (lots of people do, that’s why it works!) but the last six months or so I’ve been feeling so deflated because there’s so many exact replicas of what I create, I feel like there’s truly no point. I almost feel like I’m just giving them fuel to become better… it’s so, so tough.
This morning I got another message from someone notifying me about the same person recreating my posts, and I had a nosy to see what all the fuss was about, and I felt my stomach drop. It was eerily similar – and that’s just one of many!
It’s hard because there’s no one to govern this, so I do feel a bit like, well what’s the point? Which is why I haven’t uploaded much this year, or put up any beauty content in forever!
I know I just need to find a new style or push on, so I’m determined to get past this. Hopefully I can get ahead with my beauty posts, because I used to be so in love with blogging and photographing my beauty picks! Wish me luck…

02. Wedding planning! We’re absolutely no further ahead with wedding planning, and I don’t think we’re enjoying it much! I think we’re going to consider a new angle, because it’s such a mission to organise something when my family are in New Zealand and Jordan’s family (and our friends) are here. I’ve never wanted a big wedding, and I can’t even remember dreaming about my wedding day as a kid, so I know I just need to take a step back and do something we want to do, rather than the Pinterest version of a ceremony.
This is the month we make actual progress, I swear! Did anyone else go through so many ups and downs during the initial planning process?

03. Yes to sun! Jordan and I are off to Tulum in Mexico at the end of the month, a little engagement present to ourselves! I love a sunny holiday but the prep I have to do before it is crazy, and I’ve had to turn down four (FOUR!) trips this month (including one to New York, sob) so I can concentrate on getting things done.
It’ll be worth it for some time in the sun with my love though – has anyone been to Tulum? I have no idea what it’ll be like, but it looks incredible.

04. Push myself. I really want to hit some goals this month – I’ve upped my personal training sessions to three per week, and I’m also telling myself that I’m going to upload a video twice a week on my channel, and blog a whole lot more too.
I love when I feel motivated and inspired in life, it just makes me want to live better and do more! I think setting myself goals is the way forward, it’s always a great feeling when you reach a milestone.

What have you got on this month?

Kate

  • Liena Snow

    Great post! Yes, to a start of the new month and the spring! Looking forward to more sunshine and longer days!
    Much love xx
    http://www.lienasnow.com

  • Lindsay Davison

    So sorry you’re feeling down trodden with blogging. I feel a little guilty as you are by far my biggest inspiration in blogging, but I definitely don’t knowingly copy! The good news is if you created something so great that others want to copy once, you can definitely do it again and again! Keep up your brilliant work!!

  • katie

    Longer days are always worth waiting for! Daffodils are here already which to me means Spring is literally a bounce away! Don’t fret about other bloggers ‘pinching’ your style. Copycats never win. Keep doing what you’re doing, your blog is fab!!

    Katie – http://www.bloomingfiction.co.uk

  • Noise in Wonderland

    It can definitely be hard blogging in the beauty community because there is a lot of similar and replica content – especially around the launch of certain products – but at the same time I think we just need to see it as a push to always try be different do something outside the box – all the best for March girl xx

    Amy // http://www.thenoiseinwonderland.com

  • Katie, don’t give up. I can see some blogs with photos like yours but maybe that means you are truly an inspiration!! I miss your regular posts, I knew something was up because there aren’t new posts so often. I know you have a certain style no one has, so just keep going. And enjoy Tulum! Find your inspiration around you. <3

    xo, Mikela

    http://www.doraward.com

  • Do what you love! It was the reasons why you started because you love it so don’t let other put you down! Your work is amazing & it’s really disgusting that some people use others’ work to do better in the blogging community but that will never end, there’s always going to be someone willing to do it so don’t give up 🙂 Have a lovely month! Xx

    abittersweetdiary.blogspot.pt

  • Super jealous you’re off to Tulum, looks so incredible there, its definitely on my list.

    So gutting that someone is copying your style of content. Don’t let it deter you though, it’s only going to impact them negatively. People know you, your style and your content, so don’t worry.

    I find myself constantly finding new struggles in this blogging revolution, from not feeling good enough about my work, to feeling disheartened about the lack of opportunities and growth, and the same people getting all the work (at least that’s how it feels sometimes). Sometimes a break is good & a fresh push for the season ahead

    Mel x

    http://mediamarmalade.com/

  • Pork & Cookies

    I totally relate to not dreaming about my wedding day. I wasn’t raised to think the peak of my life is a wedding or a man. I got married last November and it was a very relaxed, laid back wedding. It was out of state and I hadn’t even seen the venue before arriving. Just go with something and my other advice is to ignore what others want. We didn’t want a boring chicken and beef entree so we did something more unique but a few family members were complaining about it before the wedding even happened. It’s just one day of your life! I would say also don’t spend so much money on it, just isn’t worth it, it’s not what marriage is about.

    -Kirsten // http://www.porkandcookies.com

  • I really want to elope, people still do that right? If I ever get married, it will be a secret until it’s happened, because our family together is a nightmare! not having it. I dream of New York or Hawaii.. but Mikey says that’s silly because you still have to get married here legally anyway. Psht, boys!

    I have barely blogged in months, too. I had a spell where I fancied quitting not too long ago, because blogging is changing so much and I can’t keep up, it’s overwhelming. You have carved an epic niche for yourself, and there are always going to people who produce knock offs because they want that too, (I used to copy you for Nouvelle duh, but I was proper shit at it sooooo) it’s just like copycat makeup brands or fashion or whatev, but there’s only one real Chanel and only one Kate. LOL omg I’m going now. xx

  • Rachel Atherton

    I totally understand!!

    In the end we went to Vegas, had a perfect, quiet ceremony with 20 guests – and it was perfect!

  • Everything Me xx

    Loved this post! I love seeing other people’s goals as it motivates me to make my own! Can’t wait to see more beauty related posts xx

    everythingmexx.wordpress.com

  • I’m so happy it’s spring too 🙂
    http://styledfortheoccasion.com

  • I never dreamed of my wedding as a child either. We ended up having a very laid back wedding with our family and friends. The whole day was so relaxed – it was perfect. I’d say do whatever you both want to do and just enjoy it!

    Carrie | http://carrieelisekho.com/

  • Aww Kate, I love following your blog, and your ideas! They are beautiful! Don’t stop!:)
    I feel a bit the same with my new business… I always loved photography, and I decided to do wedding photography… and man it feels like everybody does the same thing, and uses the same presets ahaha (Especially on Instagram), So I decided to go on the opposite direction, it’s hard, because you never feel super popular, but it’s been stretching my creativity, and I know I have to keep pushing!
    With wedding prep, I’ve been there, and I’m from Brazil preparing everything from England!! It was crazy, but worth it. It was small for Brazilian standards but I loved it.
    I think I loved so much that I’m now a wedding photographer haha I think I like to encourage the brides and become some sort of support for them! All the best Kate!

  • Jolien Vandecruys

    When people get inspiration from your blogposts, it’s a huge compliment. But when people start to really copy it, that’s just selfish and unrespectful… It seems like some people out there just don’t understand the difference between the two.

    That being said: I love your Youtube channel and blog not only for the content and photography, but also for your personality and humor. I don’t believe anyone would ever be able to copy those! 😉

    Have a lovely month! xx

  • I feel this comment is going to come in a few parts so buckle up,
    Kate, your beauty content has always been inspiring to so many of us. To see how your style of photographs slowly spread across the blogosphere amazed me as it showed that one person was able to influence so many of us to have gorgeous photos. I myself have taken inspiration from you. But I’ve seen those blogs, the ones that just lift your photography and palm it off as their own and it infuriates me. I cannot imagine how truly disappointing it must be to constantly see copycats, and some don’t even bother to change the products. Take some time, learn to love it again and I’ll be ready to read the posts when you put them out.
    Secondly, our friends had technically two weddings. They had an official ceremony in Singapore where all their family attended, which was were they were living. Then they had a big party back in the UK where friends could also attend. I mean, it’s an excuse to wear the most expensive dress of your life twice, right!? I think it works well when having family spread all over the globe. Obviously there is the £££ factor, but it could work.

    Anyway keep with the fitness and all that, I need inspo as my weight is going the wrong way right now. Oops
    http://www.chloewitty.com

  • Hope you have a great time in Mexico! I’m so glad we’re so close to Spring now, fingers crossed for lots of sunny weather 🙂

    Kayleigh | anenthusiasmfor.blogspot.co.uk

  • I can understand how heartbreaking it is to see people coping you.
    You have an amazing style I your pictures always inspire me, but one thing is getting inspiration from a blogger you admire and another thing is to copy.

    Hope you have a lovely week

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

  • Good luck with your March goals. I found wedding planning got a little stressful at times – definitely do what you two want to do x

    LuxeStyle

  • Randeep Uppal

    Hi Kate! I’m new to your blog but can I just say it is already my favourite. Your style is amazing. Be careful not to leave everything last minute with wedding planning and I found that asking family and friends for advice and their opinions helped make some difficult decisions about the big day.

    Enjoy your hols!

  • There’s something abour reading other people’s goals that makes me so inspired!! great post:D

    https://laurasavenue.blogspot.de/

  • Hi Kate, I’m absolutely obsessed with your world. You are such an inspiration 🙂 Thanks for the amazing content. I’m waiting for you on my site http://www.moodbistro.com // Hugs, Sophie

  • I have felt the same with my content for a while, and I’m half sad/glad to see you feeling it (as no one should!) maybe a blog meeting with other creatives or skype, just to have a brain dump and get reinspired?

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • Alicia Johnston

    Thanks for sharing your goals! That is such disappointing news about your copy cats out there and I cannot imagine how frustrating it is for you. Keep up your inspiring work and have a wonderful trip xx
    Alicia

  • Hope you enjoy your getaway.

    http://www.yourbeautypantry.com

  • Aww I’m sad to hear that there are copycats out there that are making you lose inspiration 🙁 It can definitely be pretty frustrating, not being able to do anything about it… I definitely hope you find your inspiration again because your beauty posts/photos were some of my favorites! And hope everything works out with wedding planning! I know it can be stressful!

    XO, Elizabeth
    http://clothestoyouuu.com/

  • Sad that people are copying you but I still think of you as a blogger with the strongest style! I can instantly tell when a photo is yours whilst zipping through Instagram. You are still unique and stand out, so don’t feel too deflated.

    Also, YES to stressful wedding planning. It’s so romanticised but I was in a similar situation last year whilst planning our wedding on our own from Australia (family in England) and not really enjoying the process much. Once you have a few things secured it will be fun again, especially when organising dresses and invitations etc. But yes I think it’s normal for 70% of wedding planning not to be as fun as it’s made out to be… I’ve got 5 months to go and I’m mainly stressed at the moment haha!

    http://pollyrowan.com/

    xxx

  • I just don’t understand how anyone can feel good after copying something off someone else…where is the glory? The satisfaction of ‘OMG I took that…!’? It’s pretty sad, I’m sorry you have to see that because it’s totally unfair. Inspired is one thing, stealing is a whole other thing!

    Pretty interested to see what you do re: wedding location. That would be difficult, I can imagine! I definitely could not organise a wedding tbh, City Hall it is hahaha.

    Never been to Tulum, but dayaaamn it looks nice. Very jealous!

    Brodie | Brodie Jay

  • TOTALLY feeling you on No1. But you know what? you’re a trendsetter, just go with what feels good for you / what feels like you and everyone else will always come second <3

  • i would love to see wedding videos of some sort. also, i can’t wait to see you reinvent your own blogging style again. you will do this girl! my goal for march is finishing my assignment for uni…the exciting life i lead.

    http://www.elenaisabelle.com

  • Hi – I only just found your blog, but already loving your style. I’m saddened that you feel like you have people outright copying you and stealing (?) your content. As a brand new blogger I feel like it is a constant challenge looking at what’s already out there, but finding your own voice and look. We all take inspiration from other bloggers but there’s a line and it must be devastating when someone is crossing it.
    And, totally feeling you on the wedding planning – we planned ours from 4.5k miles away with the epic help of my parents, but I still felt like packing it all in and eloping on a regular basis. Stick with it. Charlie 🙂 xx
    https://thebarefootangel.wordpress.com

  • Mel

    Hi Kate – first of all, sorry to hear someone has been copying your content/photo’s. I hope you find the inspiration you need while on vacation.

    Secondly – ditto on wedding planning. I never dreamed as a child about the big day so when I was faced with planning, it was overwhelming. I began to do what everyone else wanted me to do instead of keeping it special to my husband and me. In the end, it was a conversation I had with my mom. I had gone to her IN TEARS telling her how the wedding was growing into something we didn’t want and we were miserable planning it. It was then she reminded me that I always joked about eloping and getting married barefoot on a beach. “Why don’t you just do that?” she said. It was the best wedding advice I ever got. After checking with my then fiance’s parents (he’s an only child), we did exactly that. We got married barefoot on a beach in Belize and it was the best day ever! We had a huge party later that summer and I got to wear my wedding dress twice! Less stress and so much fun. Incidentally, we’re celebrating our 10 year anniversary this year in the highlands.

    Keep up the amazing work & enjoy the holiday!

  • Jane Hamilton

    Your style is distinctive https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/efc62b5462569bfec8c6093f0d1669d47697e185045878f2e64ac5c8b067c86f.png …. I was just flicking through mollie makes the other day and I was so excited when I recognised the photos of your home as YOU! It lifted me. I’m inspired by you to have a home and style that people would recognise as me.

    Please don’t hide your “kate la vie” just because someone else is copying it.

    Continue to be creative…. style evolves so of course you will come up with something new, you always will but when you are ready. Only you can decide if the copying should be a catalyst to unleash your creativity or if you are happy with your style right now.

    In the meantime look at google images for “copying flattery”. This one is my favourite: https://goo.gl/images/MptYcs

  • Stacey White

    I love all your goals and although it can be disheartening when your content is being literally copied not just used for inspiration.Your posts are always outstanding and unique and whenever I see your posts I instantly know its something you’ve created and no matter what you always bring something new to the table.

    Stacey x
    http://www.staceylouisewhite.co.uk

  • These sound like some great goals for March!

    I also want to remind myself of all the resolutions I set for this year and get back on them too, I think March is a good time to do that 🙂

    I’m also looking forward to more lighter days! Been feeling it getting a little warmer recently

    Heather x | http://www.atelierofstyle.co.uk

  • Lucy Birchall

    So know what you mean about ‘beauty’ blogging. It MUST be hard for you as your pictures are honestly so dreamy, but then everyone wants a piece of the action so inspiration may go a little bit far…! Imitation is the biggest form of flattery I suppose! I’ve felt a little lacklustre about beauty blogging in general as it’s all so generic now. Tough one.

    Have fun in Mexico and with the wedding planning – I honestly wouldn’t know where to start!
    Lucy xx – She’s So Lucy // Health, beauty & lifestyle

  • Dear Kate, forget Pinterest, throw out the wedding mags. Instead have a glass of wine or two and just think about what is most important to you two and go from there. It will look LOVELY anyway in the end as it’s your celebration and you’ve got tons of style so… happy planning! Also, try not to plan every little last detail or you won’t enjoy the whole thing (I think). Focus on a few important things and let the rest be. Nobody remembers the details anyway in the end if you all had a good time. 🙂 Best wishes, Franziska

  • Luella Teen

    Hello Kate,
    Love your March goals, I always feel so inspired after reading your posts! Have an amazing trip! Xx

    Luella – http://luellateenblog.blogspot.com.au

  • Can’t wait to see more from Tulum!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE

    ~

  • Helen

    I love your beauty posts Kate! Please continue them 🙂 And have a good month travelling as well <3

    x Helen http://www.seaandstyle.com/blog/

  • No matter how much they want to recreate what you do, you have a sense of style that makes you unique! Tulum is beautiful!!! Have the best time and hopefully show us a bit of it!

    http://natalie-a.com

  • Maggie

    Where is that radio from?? Its adorable! I am sorry to hear about people stealing your posts thats horrible. People have no shame!

    http://thatsmagsforyou.com