Besides autumn, the beginning of January is my favourite time of year.
The idea of a fresh start never fails to bring a renewed enthusiasm and sense of motivation, even with an uncertain twelve months stretching before us.
This year I’ve chosen to keep my list of goals short and simple, with an extra focus on continuing the hobbies and healthy habits that I picked up last year. There’s no sense in stressing myself out with a huge number of intentions, when in reality I’m not sure if I’ll even be able to leave my house!
That being said, I’m full of hope and optimism for the future and I think my goals this year reflect that.
Buy a house
Along with getting married, this is my biggest and most exciting goal for 2021.
I like to think that the hard part is out of the way – we’ve already saved up our deposit and have a good idea of our budget and what we’re looking for. But I’m also prepared for the process of buying a house to be stressful, uncertain and expensive. This is something that I’ve wanted for a long time, and I know for sure that all our hard work will be worth it!
Let’s try this again. In 2021, I am determined to marry Elliott. I’m still crossing my fingers that I’ll get to have my dream autumn wedding in a rustic English barn, but I’m also completely happy with the idea of eloping!
Continue to grow our business
We have big ideas for 2021, and plan to take our business in a completely new direction. I’m both excited and nervous, but I’m always up for a new challenge and can’t wait to see where this year takes us.
Take an online course
It’s been around a decade since I graduated from university, but I never want to stop learning. I’ve completed a number of short digital marketing courses throughout my career, of course, but I’d really like to learn something just for myself.
I haven’t actually decided what I want to learn about, but I’ve been pulling together a list of ideas and feeling pretty enthusiastic about them! It goes without saying that I’m currently focused on online courses, and I really like the idea of expanding my skills from the comfort of my own home.
Increase my personal savings
These days I have a pretty good relationship with money and have developed healthy financial habits over the last few years. This wasn’t always the case, however – check out my post on How I Changed My Money Mindset to read all about my journey towards financial freedom.
In 2020 I focused on hitting our house savings goal (done!) my wedding savings goal (done!) and paying a fairly hefty tax bill (done – thankfully!)
I also managed to build up a healthy emergency fund, and this year I plan to increase it as much as possible.
Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet
It’s a pretty cliche goal, but I always like to set an intention to take care of my body. It’s easy to slip into bad habits and end up stress-eating or sitting at my desk all day, but sticking to healthy habits and routines helps keep me focused and motivated.
My plans are nothing crazy – I want to hit 10,000 steps five days a week and do a more intense workout three days a week. I also intend to continue eating a diet based on whole foods: fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes.
Along with my main goals, I’ve also chosen a small selection of hobbies that I want to make a point of continuing.
I don’t want to be too strict with myself about these intentions – after all, they should just be fun! But I would like to hold myself accountable, and including them in my list of yearly goals is one way to achieve that.
Learning a new language is something that I’ve always wanted to do. But the level of commitment and dedication required has always seemed intimidating, particularly as an adult juggling a career and a home life!
But recently I’ve found small ways to incorporate short bursts of Japanese study into my daily routine – Duolingo has been great, with regular reminders and a small commitment of 15-20 minutes a day. Along with no-stress YouTube tutorials and watching TV shows in Japanese, it’s been a fun and fairly casual step into a new language that I plan to continue in 2021.
Cooking Japanese dishes
Along with my new language hobby, I’ve also developed a huge interest in Japanese cooking. I definitely want to continue expanding my recipe repertoire, and as a result I’ve set an intention to cook two new Japanese dishes each month – I’m starting with cooking up a side plate of sesame-miso pak choi!
Learning Final Cut Pro
Honestly, I’m never going to be a professional video editor or a YouTuber. But I do think that basic to mid-level video editing skills look fantastic on any CV and add a lot of value to you as an employee (or entrepreneur!)
Last year I familiarised myself with Final Cut Pro, and this year I plan to expand on those skills to a level where I would feel comfortable putting them on my CV.
Posting regularly on my website
My poor little blog was severely neglected throughout 2020. In total I published 14 posts throughout the entirety of the year, which has to be a record low!
This year I’m going to challenge myself to post twice a month, so expect to see a flurry of activity over here in my little corner of the internet. This blog is just a hobby for me, so it never fails to surprise me that thousands of people visit and read my posts every year.
We may be starting the new year off with a third national lockdown here in the UK, but I’m feeling more determined and focused than ever.
Let’s do this, 2021!