My Goals for 2020

January 8, 2020
Blog post

With the start of the New Year comes a surge of motivation, ambition and eagerness to set goals for 2020.

2019 was a strange year and I don’t remember setting any goals. At the start of the year, I was stuck in a job that I despised and was giving me panic attacks on a weekly basis, our house got delayed by a year and I was in a huge slump. By the middle of the year, I’d left that toxic work environment and instead focused on my blog and doing a few freelance projects. I also started going out more and met some great new people.

At the end of 2019, I had moved to Essex with Jaz and felt very overwhelmed and unsettled. Essex is completely opposite to the calm, small town of Yeovil, Somerset. Moving away from everyone and everything I knew was a lot harder than I could’ve anticpated. The last 3 months of the year I’ve cried more than I knew I was capable of. It was a mix of feeling homesick, lost, useless and a burden to Jaz. Things are slowly starting to get better but I’m nowhere near ready to think of Essex as home.

So, with the start of 2020, I wanted to set myself both realistic and unrealistic goals to try and achieve. Goals that will keep me occupied, better myself and motivate me to work hard.

Get Married

Getting married is undoubtedly the biggest thing that will happen to me this year and on the 31st of October I’ll be able to tick this off!

Travel

So far I have 3 holidays abroad booked and am trying to plan a few trips around the UK.

Move into our first home

After what has felt like an eternity Jaz and I will finally be able to move into the house we bought back in October 2018 this year!

Adopt a cat

As soon as we move into our house one the first things I want to do is adopt a cat. Since moving to Essex into Jaz’s family’s home I’ve really missed having a little kitty around. Ideally, I’d like to adopt two kittens at the same time but we’ll see how things go!

Get a car/gain confidence in driving again

I passed my driving test in 2016, was a very unconfident driver, almost had two crashes and haven’t driven since. It was never really a problem while I was living in Somerset, but now I feel like I need to start practising and get semi-comfortable with driving.

Read more

It always annoys me with how little I read in a year considering how much I love it and how many books I buy that just get left unread on a shelf. I always seem to struggle to find the time. I’d like to try and aim to read at least one book a month.

Host Christmas for the first time

This will be an extremely big task, especially as we come back from our honeymoon on November 16th, but I’ve always wanted to host Christmas. It’s my favourite holiday and I can’t wait to give hosting a go!

Cook/bake more

Similar to reading I love to bake but can’t ever seem to find the time. I’ve been cooking a lot more too since moving and want to learn some more tasty, healthy recipes.

Try not to care what people think of me as much

I’ve always struggled with caring what people think about me too much and it stops me from doing so many things I want to do.

Lose weight

With the wedding and a two week all-inclusive beach holiday coming up at the end of the year I need to lose weight, get fit and feel happy. My weight is something I’ve always battled with. Ideally, I want to lose about 2 stone and with the help of my personal trainer and both Jaz and I eating much cleaner hopefully, I can achieve this!

Send my book to literary agents

One of my lifelong dreams is to become an author. It’s a longshot I know and requires a lot of courage and confidence I’m not sure I have right now haha. But, I’d like to get my book ready enough to send off to some agents and hope for the best!

Blog Goals

Reach 750 followers

Currently at 585.

20,000 views

Last year I had a total of 15,658 views, with the majority of that through search engines which I was really proud of. I feel like I really upped my blogging game last year and I want to continue to work and improve my blog and hit at least 20,000 views by the end of this year.

Post 3 times a week

This may be a little challenging with how busy my year is going to be but I’d like to try and post 3 times a week

Discover new blogs every week

I feel like I’m really slacking on discovering new blogs lately so I want to put aside time each week to find and follow new bloggers.

Comment and engage more on people’s blogs

Over the Christmas period, I definitely slowed down on commenting and engaging with other bloggers, I’m sure you can all understand that it was a very busy time of year! So, I want to pick this back up and engage a lot more.

Those are all of my goals for 2020! This is going to be such a big year and while I’m very excited I’m also ridiculously nervous. It’s definitely going to be stressful but hopefully, it’ll be one of the best years of my life!

Are you looking forward to what 2020 has to offer? What are some of your goals this year? Let me know in the comments!

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9 Comments

  • emilygabriellax

    January 8, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post and have no doubt you’ll be able to smash your 2020 goals! Happy new year!

    1. Hollie

      January 8, 2020 at 10:45 pm

      Thank you! Some are a little ambitious but hopefully I can do most of them 😊 Happy New Year to you too!

  • danniijane

    January 8, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    Aaw lots of good resolutions😊 Cook/bake more is one of mine. I thought I would try to make one new meal/baked good per month💕 x

    1. Hollie

      January 9, 2020 at 9:55 am

      Thank you 😊 I’ve been cooking a lot more since moving out of my mum’s place haha and tried so many new recipes so definitely want to keep that up. One new meal per month is a great idea! 😊 x

  • Fed

    January 9, 2020 at 2:34 am

    Good luck with these goals! I share your feelings on driving. Although I do it a lot, it’s out of necessity. I don’t enjoy it at all due to how dangerously people drive here in London. I wish you the very best of luck! 🙂✌

    1. Hollie

      January 9, 2020 at 9:48 am

      Thank you! Exactly! People can be such idiots on the road and it’s terrifying. I just want to get comfortable enough with driving so I don’t have to rely on someone else to take me somewhere all the time. Thanks! 😊

  • Chanelle

    January 9, 2020 at 6:31 am

    Adopting a cat will bring you so much joy! I feel you on the driving front, it can be really terrifying but ease yourself back in and eventually your confidence will return! I’ve never driven in traffic before lol 😛 I’m sure you first Christmas being the host will be magical 🙂 what’s your book about if you don’t mind me asking? xx

    1. Hollie

      January 9, 2020 at 9:54 am

      It really would! I miss having one around so much. Driving is so scary especially with how many dangerous drivers are on the road. How have you never driven in traffic? Haha lucky escape! Hosting Christmas will be super stressful but hopefully will be worth it! 😊 It’s a YA fantasy, I’ve been working on it for years but never had the confidence to try and do something with it. X

      1. Chanelle

        January 9, 2020 at 5:56 pm

        I’ve never driven in traffic as I’ve only practised down my street and around an empty parking lot lol. YA fantasy seems to be a popular genre x

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