Whilst 2019 wasn’t a completely awful year, the last couple of months had the potential to ruin the whole year, but they didn’t, instead they just motivated me to plan amazing things for 2020 and to look forwards to how amazing it’s going to be!
To get me in the mood for the new year I do two things. The first is I start to make plans for the year ahead. Like booking trips abroad or theatre trips or planning weekends with my closest friends.
The second thing I do is I write seven goals for the up and coming year. I did that in 2019 and I actually managed to achieve 5 out of 7 of them which I was impressed with and I’ve rolled one of them over to this year.
I try to make them a mixture of work related, personal related and reading/writing related so it gives me something to aim for in every aspect of my life.
These are my goals for 2020, I’m going to go into a little bit of depth into why and how I plan to achieve them.
1. Learn to drive.
- This was actually something that was on my 2019 resolutions but for financial and time reasons I never go round to doing it.
- This year I feel both financially and mentally ready to learn to drive, I have already bought some lessons for February and have already looked into affordable finance offers for cars when I’ve passed my test.
- Learning to drive will not only make commuting to work so much easier, but will give me that little bit more freedom
2. Look after myself properly.
- This includes making sure I take my vitamins every single day, eating healthier, working out in the home gym we are building in the garage and just giving myself a bit of a break mentally.
- This year I worked hard to look after myself with more self-care time, but towards the end of the year when things got tough it all went out the window.
3. Perfect the Cherrington Academy series and work on the two other novels I have planned!
- Towards the end of 2019 I came up with two brand new ideas for books I’d like to write during 2020. The first is an Adult novel for my Cherrington Academy series and the other is a Contemporary NA book based on an Olympic road trip – more information on these two projects coming soon in a blog post.
- In 2019 I properly started working on the Cherrington Academy series. In the first half of the year I wrote and edited book one and then for Camp NaNo in July I wrote the second book and edited it in October. I also wrote a Christmas novella for it during NaNoWriMo in November. This year I want to make all three of these books and the new on perfect and something o be proud of as they are my babies.
4. Keep working on finding the career I will hopefully love forever.
- When I dropped out of my Masters Degree in October 2019, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with myself. I jumped into a job that I actually really like, but it isn’t what I want to be doing for the rest of my life.
- Ideally I’d really like to find a job either working in politics or working with disadvantaged teens or a mixture of both if possible. That will be what I’m on the hunt for this year.
5. Read 100 books again!
- This year I absolutely smashed it and at the time of writing this blog post I’ve read 115 books this year.
- Reading has been such a great joy and escape for me this year. I’ve turned to a book through all the good and the bad times this year and they’ve seen me through and I can’t wait to read a tonne more books this year!
6. See five musicals in 2020 – Heathers, Hamilton, Six, Be More Chill and Come From Away!
- This year I saw Wicked, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Dear Evan Hansen all on the West End and it gave me back my love for musical theatre. I saw Everybody’s Talking About Jamie during a dark weekend in August when my life was crazy hectic and it fixed something inside me.
- I already have tickets booked to see Hamilton in May and in the next few pay checks I plan to acquire tickets for the rest.
- I also have a sneaky trip to NYC planned for December and if I have enough saved I’d loved to see a show whilst I’m over there – maybe Waitress if it’s still on?
7. Travel to at least 3 different countries.
- In January I take off to go and see my favourite people and my favourite place, when I jet off to Canada for two weeks. Canada holds a special place in my heart as I did my exchange year at University and fell in love with every part of the country.
- In December I’m going to NYC with my cousin to see it all it’s Christmassy magic. I went a couple of years ago in 2017 for a long weekend and absolutely did not see enough of the amazing city so I can’t wait to adventure out there again with my cousin by my side.
- As for the third place I have no plans, me and my mom are contemplating going to Belgium for her birthday in May, but if we don’t I’d love to do a weekend city break in Europe somewhere.
- Travel for me is such a blessing and is so good for the soul. Despite my plane anxiety I absolutely love to fly (the anxiety is towards getting on the plane, not actually flying) and I can’t wait to escape the UK again in 2020.
Do you like to set goals for a new year? Do you set just personal or just work/writing related goals? Or Both? I’d love to hear any of your goals for 2020 so please leave them in the comments below.
Happy New Year everyone!