It’s only taken me a whole month but I’ve finally got my 2020 goals down on paper. I started the year writing a huge list of things I wanted to do and achieve this year but woah!! that was a big list and maybe a little too much pressure! Fast forward three weeks and I think I’ve cracked it.
1. Family Time
If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen me banging on about a caravan. I’m desperate to own one! I’m thinking little adventures with my family and a bonus renovation project on the side. But until we save enough to buy the caravan and do the things we would need to in order to get it on the road we are going to try camping. A great way to relax, switch off and enjoy the great outdoors as a family.
Another great way to fit more family time in is to get out and about in the North East together on a weekend. Luckily we both have a weekend off work so we can spend time as a three. North East Family Fun have so many fantastic ideas and have started popping together lists of activities in the North East for the month (check it out here). We also have some fabulous walks, parks and beaches right on our doorstep. What better way to spend time together than outdoors getting some fresh air.
2. The M Word – Money
I have noticed a lot more open and honest chat around money, saving and paying off debts. It’s really refreshing seeing posts on my feed and hearing discussions in the tea room at work. I even had a conversation with my parents about saving! Our goal this year is to stop wasting money. We do it so easily – the coffee and lunch at work, food waste, picking up things just because it soon all adds up. We are also setting ourselves a saving goal so we have a target and will be adding money into a ‘pot’ each month as well as having a loose change jar in the house. Also on the side we are going to try and make some extra cash selling clutter and try free things to do at the weekend.
There’s loads of useful advice and help through the Money Advice Service. Or you could use some of the hashtags kicking around on Instagram such as #debtfreecommunity #moneysaving #ukmoneyblog
3. Lose Weight, Get Fit and Stay Healthy
This is a tricky one for me, always has been and without writing war and peace my aim is to get healthier this year. I feel so uncomfortable in my own skin at the minute and it’s really affecting my mental health. It’s my own fault I shovelled the food into my mouth but I think everyone has their point when enough is enough. I’ve joined an online coaching programme with Project U who offer a range of support including workouts, food plans and just general support in a group with others. I’ve been getting better with my eating I just need to incorporate some more exercise which I can sustain. I want to be a good example for Alice and I want to be in all those pictures that capture our everyday moments and memories. I don’t want to be deleting them all because I look ‘fat’.
4. Self Care
This will probably be the hardest of all. Alice is over 2 now and it’s taken me a long time to realise the importance of self care when life is so busy. Before Alice I would do it all the time – peaceful baths, hair and make up done, new clothes, exercise, meeting up with friends, the list is endless. But now everything takes A LOT of organisation. So this year I’m making it my mission to check out ways to fit self care in.
5. Boss B*tch
I’m not sure how I feel about that phrase but I’m going to take some of the things I’ve learned over the past year and input them into this year. I’ve had the opportunity to work with marvellous brands, put myself out there when I never have before, gone to events on my own and talked to people I’ve never met, and use my creative side to create content. It’s been a whirlwind but I really enjoy it. I love being able to use my creative side and it even led to me taking on extra responsibilities in my day job. I’ve turned something that sometimes can be so negative into a HUGE positive. It’s just been amazing!
This year I hope to continue to build relationships, try new things and meet new people. I would love to work more in some different areas such as travel, parenting and lifestyle but continue to be creative in my home.
So what do you think? Achievable? I’ve written my goals down and created some smaller goals within these areas. But I’m mindful not to put too much pressure on myself. I’ll get there and if I do fail along the way I’ll learn from it and move on.
Leave me a comment and let me know – What would you like to do this year?