How Am I Getting On With My 2020 Goals?

27 Jun 2020


At the start of every year, I like to set myself five loose goals to work on and I choose to use the word 'goals' because I think 'New Year's resolutions' sound a bit scary. I feel like there's a load of unnecessary pressure behind 'resolutions', whereas 'goals' feels much more workable and like it would be a good achievement when you hit that point. Anyway, I digress, over the course of the year, I take baby steps to work on my goals and I figured that because we're over half way through the year, I should check in and see how I'm doing with my 2020 goals!

In previous years, I've been kind of harsh on myself with my goals, so for 2020, I made a conscious decision to make my goals a bit more bitesize and less self-deprecating. I'm not about 'lose 100 stone by summer' or anything like that. I need goals that feel easy to achieve and have a clear path to being successful in it. So without further ado, let's have a look and see how I'm getting on.

1. Start pitching my blog, especially to local businesses
This goal is based on my confidence around blogging and the things that my blog can offer to a business, which I struggle with a bit. Sure, I've done a little bit of pitching here and there over the first half of 2020, and some have been successful, but I still haven't found the confidence to pitch locally. I've had some gorgeous local businesses come to me about gifting opportunities, most of which have featured on my Instagram, but I haven't been ballsy enough to be the first to make contact. I think, for this goal, I need to feel as though I'm an established Teesside blog and get some sort of confirmation in that, either from being featured in local media or growing more of a Tees-based following.

2. Get back into exercising regularly
I feel like I'm actually doing alright with this goal! Despite feeling like I've put on a lot of weight during lockdown, I've loved doing yoga again throughout the first half of this year, picking up my weighted hula hoop (which Matthew has loved doing too) and walking the trail around the village a few times a week. This goal definitely isn't about losing weight - it's more about fitness and strength, and if I lost weight in the process, that's just a bonus. I think for that, though, I would need to stop eating so much cake... and that's not going to happen any time soon.

3. Become more assertive
I think I've definitely made progress in this goal and I mainly set it because I wanted to be more assertive at work, but I'm seen improvements in my personal life too. I've felt a bit more confident to ask for things that I wouldn't usually and make decisions in situations that I would normally struggle in. I feel like I've grown a lot over the start of this year and I'm looking forward to seeing it continue. And I also feel like I should throw this out there that by 'assertive', I don't mean that I want to be bossy, mean or nasty. I just want to stop being a bit of a doormat and have a bit more confidence.

4. Shop smaller
This is something that I've 100% got better at throughout 2020 and it's been helped by my mum setting up an Etsy shop. She gets so much happiness out of making things for her store and she gets even more joy when someone buys something or leaves a review. Knowing that and seeing the work that goes in behind the scenes first hand has opened my eyes even more to the world of independents, so I've been purchasing from smaller shops a lot more. I'm currently collecting artwork about Teesside and Newcastle/Gateshead, all of which are coming from indies, I've bought an embroidery kit, gifts and so much more from smaller shops. This is something that I'm definitely going to keep up, hopefully for life!

5. Introduce myself to more plant-based meals
I've been absolutely naff at this goal and it's the one that I think I'm most gutted about. I have the information from the Game Changers documentary ingrained into my mind and I would like to do more to have plant-based meals once a week, but I'll hold my hands up and say that I'm lazy. That's my only excuse. I've fallen into a routine with what I eat and I need to shake that to look at meals and add new things into our weekly plan. Watch this space.


Overall, I feel like I'm really making moves with my goals. Obviously, I need to work a little bit more on the plant-based meals and my pitching, but we've still got six months of the year left, so I can still make small steps to change. Writing this post has spurred my on to try a bit harder, so come December, when I write my goals for 2021 (that year doesn't even sound real!), I'll have some good progress to share with you all.

Did you set yourself some goals for 2020? How are you getting on with them?

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