Hello and welcome to January 2020! As we begin a new year, it’s good to sit back and look both back at the previous year, and forward to the things that are due to come.
I can’t believe it’s already the new year, and that the day is almost over already! So far, today has been spent clearing the Christmas decorations from my bedroom, filling out the first day of my new bullet journal, tidying and cleaning my room, and hopefully I’ll even get some time to practise guitar this afternoon.
December 2019 is well and truly over, and while I’m kind of sad to see the back of the decorations, it was a very busy month, and one that is going to take a bit of time to come down from!
The first saw us decorating the house which took all day surprisingly. Tuesday was my granny’s birthday, so after work we were round at her house for a family meal. It didn’t work out as well as we had hoped, but she had a good enough day all in all. Then that Saturday night was our Work Christmas Party night, and 2 of our agents from the mainland came across for it! It was a long and somewhat messy night, and I spent the next day dying on the sofa. The following weekend I went for dinner with Granny before going to see the Ulster Orchestra and Belfast Philharmonic Choir perform Handel’s Messiah – her birthday present from me this year. Then we were into the new week, and with it came Mum’s birthday – we went to see Last Christmas in the cinema, and then out for dinner afterwards. Thursday that week then saw me back at the Waterfront Hall, this time to see The Magic of Christmas – West End star Sophie-Louise Dann, Alex Gaumond, the Belfast Philharmonic Choir and the Ulster Orchestra put on a night of Christmas music to really get you feeling festive – I’ve since found out it’s an annual show so I’ll definitely be looking at tickets for that for next year! Finally, on the Saturday night, the 4 of us went to see Driving Home For Christmas at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast – the last of the pre-Christmas shows. After that, Christmas was on us. We had a quiet one at home just the four of us, having gone out to visit family and on to the rugby club on Christmas Eve. On Boxing Day, Rachel’s boyfriend and his mum came round for a few drinks and nibbles, and they brought their new puppy – a 12 week old cockapoo! Adorable doesn’t even begin to cover it. Friday morning saw a quick dash into town for some exchanges of presents, and a dart into Tesco for a grocery shop. Friday afternoon, we visited family, and got an invite around for Saturday afternoon too! So we did just that, after a trip out to see what was left in the sales. On Sunday, Granny came up for dinner as we hadn’t seen her in a week, and then Monday was a day of catching up with ourselves after the busy festive period. And then for New Year’s Eve we were all out!
Alongside all that, while I didn’t achieve the milestones I set out for myself last year, I did reach two big ones – over 700 followers on my blog (over 700 of you getting this post emailed to you today!), and over 10,000 Twitter followers! I’m actually somewhat amazed that there are 10,000 people who follow me over there… But as the new year suggests, it’s time to take stock and set some goals for 2020.
As you’ll hopefully see in next week’s post – because yes we are back to posting weekly – I have used my bullet journal this year to lay out my 5 and 10 year goals, and from that I started putting together my goals for 2020. Alongside the below goals, I’m also setting myself monthly challenges, goals and targets, but we’ll come back to them later. As I have done the last few years, I split these goals across 4 categories – Health, Money, Myself, and Blogging. Will we take a look at them?
- Less soda/fizzy drinks
- Drink more water
- Drink less coffee
- Start walking more
- Eat healthier
- Track my habits
- Meditate more
- Get more sleep
- Finish the year with a clear credit card
- Have more savings (Help to buy ISA!)
- Be financially stable
- 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.
- Read 18 books
- Use my phone less
- Journal daily
- Improve at Guitar
- Keep my room tidy
- Be more self confident
- Make decisions
- Travel more
- Reach 10,500 followers on Twitter
- Reach 800 blog followers
- Post weekly
- Remember to promote my blog posts!
So now that I’ve set out my goals for 2020, I suppose we should look ahead to January 2020.
January is already looking to be a quieter month than December was, and to be honest I’m quite happy about that. Currently the only plans are dinner out on Friday this week, back to work on Monday, possibly back to guitar lessons on Wednesday, and Dad’s birthday in a couple of weeks! So at least that sounds like my goal to save some money will be okay. But I’m sure between work and guitar, and back to the Open University schedule, time is going to fly by. What is it about the months that make them just rush past?
So before I head off, I guess we’d better look at my January 2020 goals?
January 2020 Goals
- 31 Days No Soda/FIzzy Drinks
That’s right folks, we’re going cold turkey at the start of the month. Not going to lie, it’s 3pm on day 1 and I’m already trying to figure out what to have as an afternoon drink that isn’t water, tea, or coffee – any suggestions welcome!
- Follow Savings Plans
As I said above, I don’t plan on spending an awful lot of money this month. Add in the fact I’ve got a clear “Financial Health” Section of my bullet journal this year, and I think we might be on track! Fingers crossed I can keep to it. Maybe I should try a no spend month…
- Read Daily
This goes along with my reading goals for 2020. I’ve such a bad habit of heading to bed at 10pm and scrolling through my phone for 2 hours. So I want to at least read a couple of pages each night.
- Post Weekly on here
Now I know I’ve said this before, but if I can post weekly in January, we might up it for February. Who knows, we might even beat last year’s total views!
Do you have much going on in January? Or have you set any resolutions or monthly goals? I’d love to hear about them below!
Speak soon xx