• 2020 and Setting Achievable Goals For The Year Ahead.

    HELLO 2020

    So here we are, a whole new year and a whole new decade. The roaring 20’s

    I love to begin the New Year by planning some goals for the year ahead. Thinking about what I want to achieve and how I can make sure that happens.

    Last year instead of writing your typical ‘new year resolutions’ post I focused on what I wouldn’t be doing in 2019 instead of what I would be. I’m pleased to say out of the 5 things I said I wouldn’t buy in 2019 I managed most of them.

    One of my biggest goals was to generally stop buying shit I didn’t need. Whether that be a bath bomb, a book or a Breton striped top. And I still feel like this is something I managed quite well and something I hope to continue into 2020.

    Looking to the year ahead.

    So now 2020 has begun I’ve sat down and thought about my goals for the year ahead and what I aim to achieve. 2020 is set to be a pretty awesome year – providing everything goes to plan. I’m turning 28 in a couple of weeks, hopefully buying my first home and finally getting a little pooch after decades of waiting.

    Save more money

    2020 is already turning out to be pretty fucking awesome and we are only a week in! Without saying TOO much this year will be the beginning of an exciting new chapter. A chapter that will require some money management and the ability to be thrifty as hell!

    So one of my biggest goals of the year is to be careful with my money. I’m not particularly careless with my spending anyway, I don’t get to the end of the month with pennies to my name because I’ve overindulged with a cheeky ASOS order. But keeping an eye on the purse strings and not spending outside of my means is a huge goal for the next 12 months.

    Last year I committed to not buying certain items (bath bombs, new clothes, books etc) and this is something I’d like to continue with as I’m slowly learning how to live with less.

    Read more books

    I feel like this is something I say every single year, but you can’t go wrong with aiming to read more books. Books are amazing!

    Previous years I’ve averaged at reading one book a month, but in 2019 my attempts were shocking. I spent too much time scrolling, too much time watching Netflix and generally too much time procrastinating. So in 2020, I’m making the conscious effort to put my phone down more often and pick up a novel.

    To help me with this, I have recently downloaded an app called Borrowbox. Which is an app that links to your local library and you’re able to borrow ebooks and audiobooks the same way you’d be able to borrow physical books. I’ve found this really useful recently as it means I’m able to pop on an audiobook when I’m getting ready in the morning, or pottering about the house. It allows me to ‘read’ a book whilst still being productive.

    Focus on my own wellbeing

    I am a self-confessed people pleaser. I’m an INFP, I hate confrontation and I hate the thought of me upsetting somebody and hurting their feelings (empath problems). Because of this, I am pretty good at ignoring my own wellbeing sometimes in order to not upset others.

    But 2019 was a year I put myself first for once. I stood up for myself and stepped away from a friendship full of toxic behaviour that was negatively affecting my own mental health. It wasn’t a nice thing to do – but it was time I acted a little selfishly and put myself first for once. I want to focus more on friendships that are supportive, full of respect and love and not onesided.

    Wellbeing for me isn’t just about my mental health, but also my physical health. At the end of 2018, I made the decision to leave Slimming world, as I was really struggling with the guilt associated with ‘syns’ and feeling guilty when I was eating food. For me, this was not a healthy mindset for me to have. So I left.

    This past year was the first time in a very very long time I didn’t obsess over my weight, what size I was or what I was eating. I’d lie if I was to say I’m 100% happy with how I look, but I’m definitely a lot more accepting of my own body than I had been and this is something I want to continue into 2020.

    I’ve recently re-joined my local gym, not necessarily because I feel like I have to. But because I want to. I miss exercising, it makes me feel great and it’s good for you!

    Create a capsule wardrobe

    For years now I’ve aimed to have a capsule wardrobe, but my love of clothes and being shit at buying basics, has often stopped this from happening. But since moving back in with my parent’s house, and subsequently having less wardrobe space. I’ve realised that I can live with less.

    I don’t need 15 different coats and a huge collection of shoes. I’ve spent years always buying clothes because I liked them and not thinking too much about how much of my wardrobe they would work with. But this past year I’ve really noticed how this doesn’t work well.

    For a few months now I’ve been feeling stressed because I’ve felt like my wardrobe is filled with mix-matched patterns and colours. Regularly finding myself getting dressed then realising that none of the coats in my wardrobe work well with my outfit. This has taught me a lot about the importance of having a wardrobe that mixes and matches!

    Over the next few months, I want to focus on creating a cohesive wardrobe that is interchangeable and doesn’t cause me an aneurysm when attempting to get ready on a morning. I’m going to dig out my copies of The Curated Closet, dive headfirst into The Anna Edit and Unfancy blogs and hopefully learn how to shop with purpose.

    So there you have it. Some of my goals for the year ahead. What are you most looking forward to in the year 2020 and what are your goals for this year? Share them in the comments below

    Photographs: Laura Jane