MY PLANS FOR 2020
‘It was the end of a decade but the start of an age.’
A fitting Taylor Swift lyric to start off the New Year and the decade! Can you believe we’re in the roaring ’20s? This is the fourth decade I’ll have lived in and I’m not even 30 yet! The start of the New Year is the perfect time to reflect on your goals and see what you achieved in the previous year. Now I’ve done that, it’s time to look ahead.
This year, I’m doing things a little differently. I’ve still set myself a bunch of goals but I’ve decided against sharing them on my blog. Some of them are out there, some are more achievable than others but I wanted to think about areas in my life in a more general way.
My focus this year is split into so many different parts but when I sat down and thought about it, there’s a feeling across the board that made me think about setting myself a theme for the year. My friend Victoria wrote this post and immediately, I knew that I had to come up with my own. Choosing one word that inspires you or is something to aim for helps you focus and gives you a sense of inspiration when you’re having one of those days. That’s why this year, my word of the year is…
I want to be consistent in my business, my blog, my self-care, my health, my fitness, my travel plans, my hobbies, my finances, my style, my social media. I even want to make consistency a rule with my loved ones. Going too long without seeing my friends shouldn’t be the case, which is why I’m aiming to be consistent all-round in 2020.
So far, my plans for 2020 are a work in progress. I have certain events and trips pencilled in but I’d love to add in more. However, I want life to be more fulfilling this year, making plans, getting out of the house more, looking after myself properly, working on my business or blog every day. I have quite a clear image in my head of where I want to be at the end of the year so here’s to making it happen!
I’ve broken down some key areas for me when it comes to where I want to put my focus and energy. Here’s my own version of my plans for 2020.
So far for 2020, I have only one overnight stay and a 5 day trip to London booked so far. I have day trips to Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester and London planned but I’d like to tick off a few places on my UK bucket list this year. Maybe I’ll take a week off work and go travelling around the country?
Having seen 10 shows in 2019, 2020 looks set to be even better. Currently, I have 14 shows booked in but with my name on my local theatre’s press list, I’m hoping to add at least half a dozen press nights to that list. Included in that are trips to see four West End productions (Dear Evan Hansen, Mary Poppins, Waitress and Hairspray) and I can’t wait to see more London shows!
I don’t go to a lot of gigs/concerts anymore, purely because they are ridiculously expensive but I do have a couple pencilled in for 2020. In February, I will finally see Jonas Brothers after years of being a cheesy fangirl as well as my favourite band McFly in May. I’ll also be going back to London for my second annual visit to the Country2Country Festival and will be spending a night in Leeds watching Evanescene and Within Temptation with my dad, which I know will be a real highlight.
2020 is the year I get my finances in check. I’ve set up a Help2Buy ISA, I have a seperate savings account for my car and I’ve got myself a budget planner to write down all outgoings and incomes throughout the year. Whilst I want to get my spending down, I also want to increase my income. Diversifying my accounts and finding new ways to make money is a high priority for me.
Leading on from my previous point, putting in 100% with my freelance business is another goal for me this year. Although I set it up in December 2018, I didn’t put in a great deal of effort. 2020 is the year that I build it from the ground up and hopefully by the end of the year, I will be self-employed full-time.
Consistency is the theme of 2020 when it comes to this blog. I want to grow and learn frequently instead of going through phases with posting. I need to start thinking about my blog as a part of my business portfolio, not as an outlet to write anymore. Yes, that’s part of it and I want to write about what I enjoy but I also need to think about brands and my audience.
Capsule wardrobes have been a game-changer for me so I’m certainly sticking with the minimalism approach. It changed the way you view your clothing as well as your other possessions. I now dress for myself and my mood. I’ll admit I much prefer the casual look but when I do dress up occasionally, I know that I don’t miss dresses or heels. Jeans and a nice top anyone?
My four main aims when it comes to style in 2020 are:
- Shop less
- Shop second-hand
- Get rid of items straight away when I no longer love/wear them
- Re-discover old favourites
My plans for 2020 look exciting in some areas but with improvement needed for others. If I work more on my blog and business, I can earn more money and treat myself to more trips, theatre and beauty products. As much as I might be trying to save as much money, I don’t want it to hinder any fun as I need some joy in my life too!
What are you looking forward to this year?
Are my plans for 2020 similar to yours?