January’s one redeeming feature is the feeling that it’s a fresh start. I think you can make changes at any time, but there’s no doubt that a new year can help give you the push you need.
I normally set myself some goals. Sometimes they’re achievable, sometimes they’re not, and sometimes I look back and wonder what the hell I was thinking (last year’s resolution to start sketching, for instance). I try and strike a balance between getting them done and not putting too much pressure on myself, something I’m not always good at.
So, what are my goals for 2020?
Start saving for a flat deposit
The big one—I’ve decided I want a space of my own. Originally, the plan was to move out of my parents’ house and closer to work, but I’m enjoying being near friends and family again. And while I don’t want to live in the same town I grew up in, I do want to live fairly nearby. I’ve figured out a way I can do that and still get to work within a reasonable amount of time, so the saving begins. I’ve set myself a strict budget now Christmas is over.
Arrange a trip to New Zealand
This is originally something I wanted to do at the end of 2019, but the timing didn’t quite work out, so I’m planning way in advance for 2020/21. There are so many things I want to do all over New Zealand, so at the moment I think a tour that ticks all my interests off is the way to go. (I may be organised day-to-day, but I hate making travel plans, or any kind of long-term plans.)
Knuckle down and work on my own writing
By this, I don’t mean the blog; I mean the creative non-fiction I absorbed myself in when I was at university. I’ve put it on the back burner for far too long, but there’s still a lot more I can work on and develop. And if I’m ever going to achieve my goal of being a published writer, I need to stop putting it off.
Read 52 books
Last year I smashed my goal of 40 and ended up reading over 60 books, thanks to living in close proximity to my local library. Despite that, I’m holding back in 2020 so I can read and write. I also need to work my way through the books already on my shelf and my Kindle, instead of buying or borrowing new ones.
Have the ultimate digital clear-out
Bookmarks, email subscriptions, social media follows, unnecessary files… it’s time my digital space had a declutter. And I’m seriously considering deleting Facebook altogether. Has anyone done that, and if so, do you miss it?
Avoid buying new clothes
My shape and size have changed a little this year, and I’ve also done my best to fill the gaps in my wardrobe with things I love and wear regularly. I’ve had a few clear-outs, but I don’t want to take anything else to the charity shop from now on.
Ideally, I’d like to avoid buying any clothes at all, but I’ll be sticking to vintage, charity shops and Depop if I need something. The exceptions are workout gear and swimwear. I’m going for a spa day in March and none of my bikinis fit me, so I need to buy a new one. I’m looking for something made from eco-friendly material that’s ethically made and isn’t too expensive (a big ask!), so let me know if you have any recommendations.
What are your goals for 2020? Let me know in the comments.
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Beth, 26, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travelling, and gin.
I write about ethical & eco-friendly living, minimalism, and mental health, as I muddle through one step at a time. Enjoy!