Raise your hand if you’re glad that the longest month of the year is over, because I certainly am. In many ways I love January for the clean slate it provides and the headspace it lends me, but also… Have I ever been this poor before?! I think not.
I’ve mentioned before that I like to spend the entirety of the first month in the year ruminating fully what I hope to gain from the coming months. This year was of no exception. Perhaps it was the pressure of the ~new decade~ or maybe it was something different, but I found it incredibly reassuring to find that nothing will come and hit you over the head if, God forbid, you haven’t outline (or even shared) your goals in the first week of the year.
Pictured: Azurina Busan Mini Shopper (gifted)
My Overall Intention for 2020
In 2020, I want to get back on track. It’s been therapeutic to sift through my thoughts on last year, and I feel ready to tackle some bigger goals. Last year I found myself floundering a bit and sort-of-wanting to do things but not really committing myself as such. It was a year of feeling anxious, being plagued by bad news and worse politics, and we — my family and friends — felt like we were just about able to stay afloat. So my intention for 2020 is to get back on track with a balanced and happy lifestyle.
My 2020 Goals
First up, I want to get back on top of my savings in a more sustainable way. Nope, this isn’t eco-friendly focussed at all, it just means I want to see my balance sustained rather than dipping and peaking constantly. Freelance life is notorious for this, but now that I’ve taken on a part-time job, I feel like I’m already halfway there. There’s lots more I can do, including consolidating my bank accounts and going through direct debits with a fine-tooth comb, but I’m feeling good about this one.
This year I also want to be more available. Running a business full-time is draining on the brain and on time, and it’s pretty unfair to my loved ones that ‘spare time’ is almost always spent on my laptop. And even then, I’ll end up bookending those sessions with a cheeky blogging session. This sort of ties in with taking a part-time job on — in 2020 I’m prioritising me and my loved ones again.
Excitingly, I’ve set myself a goal to host a Daisybutter meet-up!! Of course I don’t see myself as a huge influencer, but I’m really really enjoying nurturing online friendships with you, my readers, and I’d love to hang out with some of you this year. Currently the only plans are: a big ol’ chat, coffee, and not-in-London. I can’t wait to get the ball rolling properly on this. I’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in this, so drop me an email or a message on Twitter or Instagram!
One that’s a little more random: I want to work towards being able to do the splits! I’ve been an avid Barre class-goer for several years now and I feel like I’ve really progressed and gained so much strength, grace and poise. However I could still stand to improve even more, and so I want to train my muscles to get closer to doing the splits. I used to dance from a young age and was able to do them, so I’ve downloaded a Splits Training app and I’m going to do a little every time I go to the gym or to a Barre class.
In a totally indulgent move, I’m also setting a goal to get my nails done at least once a month. Hello, extra af. I know. However with waves of anxiety and grief creeping up on me not just last year, but the three preceding that, I’ve totally let ‘me-time’ slip. I no longer make the effort to do my nails, brush my hair often, etc. and I think that can be incredibly detrimental. Here’s my effort to change that.
Lastly, I of course intend to buy a house!! I promise I won’t bang on about this like every other person, but I’m super excited and absolutely terrified. I’ve planned a series for the blog discussing many aspects of house-buying that I’ve not seen covered, and I’m excited to embark on this huge journey.
Whew. Goals and intentions for 2020. A month ‘late’, but right on time for me.