Tuesday 21 January 2020

Personal Goals For 2020

Well, as we're almost at the end of January (FINALLY, why does this month drag more than any other?) I suppose I better get on with my 2020 goals. I didn't actually share any of my personal goals last year and just spoke about my blogging goals but this year I'm going back to what I used to do and sharing both. I think with having a blog it can something feel like you're oversharing so when it came to writing my goals last year I felt like pulling back a bit, so I did, but I'm really excited for some of the personal things I'm aiming for in 2020 so when it feels right to share, I will and this year it does. So, let's get started.
Borough Market, London

Travel More

One of my main goals for the year is to travel more, but not necessarily far and wide which I think people always assume when you mention the word travel. George and I have already had a break in London with Bear this year which was the perfect start to the year and we actually have another little trip planned in April for a double show day which I'm of course incredibly excited for. We've also decided on a weekend break in Krakow for the Christmas markets which has been a dream of mine for years so fingers crossed that all goes to plan but we're still torn on where to go for a little Summer holiday with Bear. He's just as much of a part of this family so we definitely want to take him away again and he just absolutely loved it last year, I'm just really struggling to find somewhere. Part of me wants to just jump on a plane and tick another place off our city bucketlist but I don't know. I just can't wait to take Bear to the beach loads this year regardless of whether it's for a proper holiday or not. When we can I just want to get out more, go on different day trips, go to places we've never been but also visit old favourites.

Finally Work On My Anxiety

I'm going to get a little deep here for a minute which I don't feel I really do much anymore on blog. I've been an open book before and I think shared too much about certain aspects about my life so it's always a fine line for me between being honest and telling everyone, everything. It's no secret if you've read my blog for a long time though that my mental health has taken a bit of a battering and it's still something I'm working on. In fact, I'll probably always have to. I've tried various different things in the past to help but I still don't feel life I'm much further forward so 2020 is the year I really try and sort my life out a little when it comes to anxiety. It's taken a lot from me and now I'm starting to get a little older, I'm really noticing areas I can't afford to let it control anymore. 

Read 100 Books

One day I'll shut up about reading 102 books last year. Just not yet. I'm really proud of myself! I know they'll be people that read loads more than that and good on you, but as I aimed for 30 and thought that would be a huge achievement, I'm really happy with what I ended the year on. This year I'm actually aiming for 100 books, if I've done it once, I can do it again? Fingers crossed but reading is supposed to be enjoyable so I'm not going to put myself under pressure.

Be More Comfortable Doing Things Alone

Going back to when I said anxiety has taken a lot from me, well one of those things is my ease at doing things alone. For a long time going to the shop alone was a huge deal whereas now I'm quite happy doing things like that but there are some areas I still feel I need to work on. I'm just never 100% comfortable being alone now and my mind goes into overdrive with all the things that could happen or go wrong. That being said I do feel I've come on leaps and bounds with my social anxiety, there are things I do now which I could have never a few years ago so I suppose I just want to keep going with it and keep pushing myself.

Save, Save, Save

I've got so much better at saving money over the last year or so, so in 2020 I'm determined to keep up with it. We're currently saving for a house and we want this year to sort of be the final push towards it so whenever we can we're just ploughing money into our savings and making sure we're being much more careful with spending and not buying things for the sake of it. We've also got a few trips planned for the next 12 months too so that's something else to save for. I used to be really bad when whenever I got paid, I just wanted to treat myself all the time but now I much more prefer experiences over stuff and obviously a house is the end goal too so I find it far easier to put that money aside and let it build.

Push Myself More With Cooking & Baking

I'm sure you're able to tell from the amount of recipes I've shared on my blog over the years, that I adore cooking and baking. Give me a few hours in the kitchen and I'm a happy girl. I just love making something new from scratch and it turning out well - granted, it's not always a success, but it's fun regardless. This year I want to continue pushing myself with the meals I'm making, I want to get more into meat free and plant based meals (we currently aim for 1 meat free night a week and 1 meal with fish a week so simple changes but it's a start) and I really want to perfect more of my baking recipes. I really feel I'm there with brownies now, it's not like I've not shared enough varieties over the last few months so now I want to get creative with cakes and decorations, really find that perfect cookie recipe and finally try and improve on cupcakes! I'm not sure where baking can take me but I just know I want it to go somewhere one day so I'm going to keep trying, keep handing my bakes out to others and keep sharing on my blog, and who knows where it will go.

Start To Take Proper Care Of My Skin

I really need to start looking after myself more, especially my skin and my health. When I'm going through a bad phase with anxiety, everything sort of falls away. I stop cooking, I don't get out of the house much, I don't particularly want to talk to anyone and I just generally don't look after myself and whilst that all starts up again when I'm feeling brighter, it's not great that every so often that happens at all. I'm sure as I work on my anxiety, those moments will get less and less but I still had various times in 2019 where I just felt utter crap. This year I want to be eating healthier foods, drink more water as I'm so bad with that at the moment, go on longer walks and get back into a skincare routine. I've always had temperamental skin but I don't think having phases where I don't do much at all to care for it is helping. I used to be quite good at making sure each morning and night I took time out for it so I'm determined to get back to it as it always makes me feel so much better.

And that wraps up my personal goals for 2020. There's a few more than usual but they're all achievable (I say now) so hopefully in a year's time I'll be able to look back and see that I managed everything I wanted to. Fingers crossed!

Have you set yourself many goals for 2020?

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Beth said...

Great post, I totally relate to the goals you mentioned! I deffo need to save money haha - themakeupbybeth x

Sophie said...

Good luck with all of your goals for this year especially your anxiety as it seems to be a big factor with the other ones. x


jennyinneverland said...

I can relate to so many of these. The latter part of 2019 was the time I REALLY worked on my anxiety and I've not felt this good in almost a decade. It was so hard and punching through those barriers I never thought I'd get through was so tough - but it's so worth it. I also want to travel more too and like you, not necessarily far and wide. Just get OUT THERE and do more x


Hannah said...

Good luck with all of your goals! I know what you mean about being comfortable about doing things alone, I hate doing food shops by myself, but it's something that I need to get over for sure. Travelling more is always a good idea too xx

Hannah | luxuryblush

Michelle said...

Best of luck with your goals! I need to work on doing more things alone too. Before my partner I was so independent and now I can't stand to do anything without him.

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Nic said...

Great goals for the coming year, I'm trying to save up money for my next holiday

Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

Heather Nixon said...

Good luck with your goals x

Daisy said...

You've got this!! You're so much stronger than you realise and we're both going to show anxiety who is the real boss! Good luck, hun!

Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

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