Good morning you beautiful people! This morning, after 16 Wednesdays of not being in work, I find myself getting up early to squeeze in a workout before I head into work. It’s mad that we’re over half way through 2020 already, and so today we’re having a look at 2020 So Far (Part 2).
I know that I do a monthly round up as we go from one month to another, but I really enjoy writing these 2020 So Far posts. As I sat down to write my Part 1 post, lockdown had just been introduced. It seemed crazy that 2020 was over 25% done, and yet we weren’t able to do anything. So here we are – life beginning to return to a bit of normality, and ready to look back 2020 so far.
Monthly Catch Up
April was a strange month. We took part in a couple of pub quizzes over Zoom, organised by the man who does the pub quizzes in the pub Rachel works in, and won 3 out of the 5 we took part in! That was a bit of a shock, especially when there were between 15 and 19 teams depending on the night. We continued our “pub” chats with Granny over FaceTime on a Saturday, and Rachel and I continued doing the PE With Joe classes when we could. We’ve watched several films over the month, but couldn’t say we spent more time in front of the TV. The garden was weeded and tidied, and we even managed to have a couple of barbecues in the sun. I read a lot, listened to my audiobooks more, my bedroom got tidied and decluttered, and delivered some essential shopping things to family and family friends who were shielding. Easter was a strange weekend purely because we’re so used to it being a bigger family affair, but instead on Good Friday was took part in the pub quiz, had a barbecue, and just stayed in the sun in the garden as much as we could. Easter Saturday came around and we had our pub Skype session, watched a film on Netflix, and Rachel organised an easter egg hunt for us in the garden. So then on Easter Sunday we had our lamb dinner, took a walk, and not much else again. Overall, April was busy enough considering we were on lockdown, and it was even productive with me managing to get through some blog admin I’ve been putting off for months!
I think it’s safe to say that May flew by without an awful lot happening. We redecorated the two bedrooms upstairs, had a few barbecues, went on walks, and took part in a few quizzes and bingo nights online. Dad and I finished watching The Last Kingdom, and we all binge-watched the Jeffrey Epstein documentary on Netflix. To be honest I’ve no idea what we did in May – the days are all beginning to blend into one! I set myself some goals for the month, and we had weekly projects to work on. Then a heatwave hit and it became harder and harder to do things inside without feeling like you were wasting the closest thing you would get to a summer holiday this year. However, May 2020 was the month I reached both my twitter follower goals for the year and WordPress blog followers for the year too! So that was exciting.
Ah June, the first month of summer! June started with my hosting a family Bingo night over Zoom. Well, that was on the 4th – before that my new furniture arrived for my bedroom, so after spending a day in the garden topping up the tan, Dad and I set to building my new desk and storage units. The following week saw not much happening. I was working on a jigsaw and on figuring out Pinterest (still not quite there but definitely better than I was!), and Mum took a few days off so we could buy a few things for the garden. We had a barbecue at Granny’s, and then the following week saw me spend a lot of time working on Pinterest and my blog. When Mum finished work on the Friday, we both went to a small boutique Mum loves and I managed to get some new clothes in the sale – perfect for heading back to work! We headed up the coastal road to Portrush for a walk on the beach for the first time in months. I then got home on time for a “Night At The Races” on Zoom with my friends, and on Sunday (Father’s Day) we just sat in an made use of the sound bar I got Dad this year by watching the remake of Dumbo before having a Chinese takeaway for dinner. The last 10 days of the month were spent on blog admin, painting another bedroom, and a wall at Granny’s, and just generally trying to sort out my sleeping pattern again before I head back to work – a bit of a fail if I do say so myself. Oh! And I reached 11,000 Twitter followers!
So with everything that has been going on over the last 3 months, I will genuinely be surprised if I managed to get any further with my New Year’s Resolutions… but I suppose we had better take a look at them!
- Less soda/fizzy drinks
Yup! With having taken January as my month of no fizzy drinks, I’ve become a lot more aware of how often I drink them. In fact, once I came off that month of no fizzy drinks, yes my intake of tonic water increased, but the Diet Coke (my biggest weakness) dropped to maybe 1 or 2 at the weekend, or 1 mid-week. Again, predominantly as a mixer! And if you remember from my post a few weeks ago, I’m doing the Joe Wicks 90 Day Body Plan which doesn’t really have any room for fizzy drinks. So I do think I managed to cut this down in the first 6 months of 2020!
- Drink more water
Again, yup! After spending the first 3 months drinking 2 litres of water a day in work, I then seriously upped my water intake over the last 3 months.
- Drink less coffee
February’s goal was to cut out coffee, and we managed that until day 9. But since then, I’ve reduced to 1 a day, and with being off work, I managed to cut down even more. So I count this as on track!
- Start walking more
Well this wasn’t going so well, until the half lockdown was imposed (I say half because we were still allowed out). That one form of exercise a day became the thing keeping me sane – well that and the Joe Wicks PE With Joe classes he was running on YouTube for kids. Those things were exhausting! But since I started the 90 Day Body Plan I sort of cut out the walks again… whoops… but at least I’m now exercising – right?
- Eat healthier
So you may remember that we were semi on track with this back at the end of March. But now with my new meal plans, I can honestly say I’m eating a lot better. Well, a lot more balanced. If I’m having a day of eating what I want, then I make concessions the next day. It’s all about balance!
- Track my habits
Well this was going well until the beginning of May… then I sort of forgot my bullet journal existed… so I’m hoping to get back on track this month!
- Meditate more
Yup! Every night so far, and even some mornings. I’ve not reached the stage of doing it at other times of the day, mainly because I can end up really sleepy or emotional afterwards.
- Get more sleep
Not so sure if this is on track. Some nights I sleep 10 hours, others I’m lucky to get maybe 4. But I certainly made an effort during lockdown to get myself caught up on sleep.
- Finish the year with a clear credit card
Working hard on this goal! There’s a fine line between clearing the card and wiping my savings, but I’m definitely reducing what’s on it and haven’t spent anything on it in months, other than to pay it off again immediately.
- Have more savings (Help to buy ISA!)
This is going okay, but at this rate I don’t think I’ll be buying a house before the end of 2021 at the earliest. But I’m trying and that’s the main thing.
- Be financially stable
If everything above goes to plan then yes. It mightn’t sound like a lot, but I’m slowly but surely getting there.
- Spend less on others – I realise this sounds wrong, but I tend to go overboard with presents every now and again, so I need to try and stop this.
Haha well this was going well until those Amazon Wish Lists started on Twitter. But I snapped out of it back at the start of April, and began to just spend a little too much on Etsy… but again, I calmed down after a few online shopping sprees, and am back on track with this goal!
- Read 18 books
Currently I’ve finished 14 books! Girl Stop Apologising (Rachel Hollis), Between The Stops (Sandi Toksvig), Me (Elton John), Hypnosis (Jon Biddle), Tusker (Dougie Arnold), F**k No! (Sarah Knight), A Storm of Swords (George R R Martin), Warlight (Michael Ondaatje), Calm (Fearne Cotton), A Feast For Crows (George R R Martin), Creativity Brewing (Kevin Barrick), A Murder Is Announced (Agatha Christie), Girlfriend In A Coma (Douglas Coupland), and Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Reni Eddo-Lodge). I swear, #StayHome was good for my reading goals!
- Use my phone less
So in January I was averaging 2 hours 40 minutes a day on my phone. February saw that change to 3 hours 10 minutes per day on average, and March was not being recorded because that’s unfair. Maybe 2020 wasn’t the year to decided to cut down on using my phone. Let’s just say it’s seriously high now that I’m free to spend so much time on Twitter, and to be fair I’m using it for recipes most of the time!
- Journal daily
As I said earlier, this was going so well until May and then it just sort of fell apart. But I’ve been back on track for this first half of July, and here’s hoping we can stick to it!
- Improve at Guitar
Well with having no lessons since before lockdown was called, I’ve really slowed up with my progress. But I’ve taught myself a couple of new songs so surely that’s on track?
- Keep my room tidy
Yeah we fail at this one every time. But it is part of my weekend routine to do a proper tidy and clean on a Saturday or Sunday morning depending on what the weekend plans are. So as long as I stay on top of it then that’s something.
- Be more self confident
Can we judge this one? I don’t think I’ve become more self confident over the last few months, but we can work on that.
- Make decisions
Okay this one is a yes. I no longer constantly just go with whatever.
- Travel more
Eh not so much. Travelling more doesn’t exactly go well with saving money, and the delightful COVID-19 kinda put paid to all my travelling trips so… anyone any tips on travelling more while saving then please send them my way. Right now all I want is to travel to Scotland for a while to visit everyone over there. Although if I won the lottery this week then you can bet I’d be on the first plane out of this country.
- Reach 10,500 followers on Twitter
Achieved! I actually reached over 11,000 before the end of June which is just incredible!
- Reach 800 blog followers
Yes! I reached this back in May. At time of writing (Tuesday 14th July) I am sitting on 839 followers!
- Post weekly
Managed this so far, apart from February. And here we are in July going for 2 posts a week!
- Remember to promote my blog posts!
Since getting back to Instagram, and learning about Pinterest, my views have rocketed! I’m still promoting on both Twitter and Facebook, so the fact that June saw my highest monthly views in about 3 years, I’m just amazed.
So there you have it – my 2020 so far! Anyone else on track with the majority of their goals for the year? What’ve you been up to so far? Let me know in the comments below!