As 2019 draws to a close (hurrah!), it’s time for me to think of the new goals and resolutions for 2020. I thought I’d share them with you, to hopefully inspire you to make one or two goals or changes for yourself, so that you can have the best year! I am feeling very optimistic and excited for 2020 so far. I have a very exciting trip to Iceland booked in the spring to celebrate my Dad’s 50th Birthday and in the summer, it’s the 2020 Olympics! If you’ve followed this blog for some time, you will know how excited I get during an Olympic year and this year, I aim to create lots of content during the build up and throughout the Games on this page, as well as on my YouTube channel Nayemma! Have a read of the Olympics content so far on my website if you love it as much as I do and, if you love YouTube, consider subscribing to my channel here!
So without further ado, let’s dive into my 2020 goals and resolutions:
MEET NEW PEOPLE
This is a completely new resolution for me and is something I am very much looking forward to! ‘Meet new people’ is quite broad, but I guess what I’m saying is that I’d like to put myself out there a bit more to be able to meet new people because that’s how you grow and learn new things. So whether it’s meeting new people who I’ll never see again, meet new colleagues, meet new friends or meet new networking colleagues, I’ll take them all! So as always, it’s all well and good to say what you want to achieve, but how exactly do I aim to meet new people? Well, I plan on the following: signing up for volunteering (which I have already done and am awaiting the status of my application), joining sports clubs (I’ve already enquired about joining a netball and a hockey team), attending networking events; perhaps anything related to my industry, blogging or a meet up for 20-something women in the city and finally, going to more gatherings!
This one will be really interesting to reflect on this time next year. If you’ve known me for a while, you will know that I love listening to podcasts and talks and interestingly, many podcasts discuss the fact that you are the average of the five people that you hang around with the most! How about that!? Take a moment to think about the five people that you spend most of your time with. What are they like? What are their dreams? What is their financial situation like? Perhaps you need to go out and meet people too! If you’re interested, I wrote a blog about my favourite talks this year which you can access here. I’ve also discussed my favourite talks and podcasts on two videos on my YouTube channel, which you can access here.
WASTE LESS / SAVE MONEY
This year, I said that one of my resolutions was going to be to ‘save as much money as possible’. I’d never had a money-related resolution before, but I thought that being in my mid-late twenties, it was time to be in a better financial position, even if I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it; I knew I wanted it. Despite my good intensions, this was an absolute fail and I can’t offer a good enough explanation unfortunately! There have been a couple of circumstances this year that had contributed to the effect. For example, in February I decided to go down to four days a week in a job that wasn’t well paid and then, I quit my new job in October. Both of these circumstances were from my own doing. I decided to go down to part time in order to make the job more bearable because I really hated it, but stayed because I couldn’t find a job. I also quit my new job that I eventually applied for and got, because I was not told that I’d have to be travelling around the country regularly and so this was not something I was happy to continue doing! So I guess in these circumstances, I prioritised my well-being over my finances.
In 2020, rather than deciding a random figure of what I should save by the end of the year, I’m going to go down the route of ‘don’t waste money’. I think this concept creates less pressure. Who wants to spend their whole year thinking about money? Rather than telling myself what I need to put away each day or each month, I’m going to become more aware of what I’m giving and throwing away! I hope that over the course of the year, because I would have been more mindful about where my money goes, it will result in saving money. Similar to the meet new people resolution, this is something I am already doing. I think with any resolutions or goals, there’s no time like the present and so why do I need to wait until the 1st January 2020 to start these new habits? For example, just recently, instead of buying a brand new Christmas jumper that I needed to wear once, I borrowed one! Is there an area of your life where you could save money?
REDUCE SOCIAL MEDIA SCROLLING
I’ve accepted the fact that social media is something that most people on the planet sadly cannot live without, myself included. If you’re new to this blog, you may like to read a previous social media-related blog that I wrote some time ago called ‘We Are In Serious Need of a Digital Detox‘. I’ve also created a video on my channel where I discuss Temporarily Deactivating Social Media. However, for 2020 I’d like to spend less time scrolling. For me, I feel that this is where most of my time is spent during my time on the app. This year, I ensured that I limited my social media time to 30 minutes per day. After the 30 minutes, the app times out and the only way that I can get back into it, is by entering a password. Yes, there are some days where I go over and I wouldn’t deny that. For example, as well as my @_nay_emma_ account, I also run the @bristolbrunchguide and so if there’s a day where I’ve posted a video or a brunch photo, I sometimes need to engage with followers, or I need to create a story and edit my bio so that things are updated and accessible which takes me over my limit. I don’t feel that these actions are particularly unhealthy. What is unhealthy, is mindlessly scrolling through peoples’ absolute nonsense!
While it’s nice to keep somewhat updated with friends and fake friends (though to be honest I actually just delete people I don’t care for), unfortunately for me, I’ve never felt any value gained from scrolling and taking in such unnecessary information. Spending time on social media is unfortunately not a hobby that I want to have, and social media is not a place where my goals and dreams are going to develop. So no, I’m probably not going to delete social media, but yes, I am going to be less addictive to the mindless scrolling, no matter how bored I am! How much time are you spending online?
As always, I like to feel that I am progressing with the content that I create. I have three forms of content. The first is obviously this blog, which will be going into it’s fifth year, how exciting! I am pleased to say that 2019 has been the most successful year for this blog, having achieved the most views and the most visitors (from 45 different countries). So if you’re a regular reader, thank you so much for your support! It really does mean a lot! For 2020, as well as continuing the lifestyle/motivation/nutrition content, I will be creating some content for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics!
In addition, as mentioned I also have a YouTube channel. This year, I created about 16 videos so far. However, if you’re from the world of YouTube, you will know that this is nowhere near the figure needed to get remotely any subscribers or views. So for 2020 I aim to create more videos, still focusing on lifestyle/motivation/nutrition with of course, the added theme of the Olympics! I am so excited I could burst! Finally, I also run the @bristolbrunchguide account and for 2020, I am to get an additional 1,000 followers!
These are my exciting resolutions for 2020, I hope they’ve inspired you to think of one or two goals that you would like to achieve! Do you know what your resolutions are for 2020? Comment down below, I’d love to hear them!
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