I can’t quite believe that 2021 is just over a week away – how mad is that! It’s been an odd year, to say the least, but also not necessarily a bad one. I celebrated my 21st birthday, restarted my blog and entered my final year at university. I loved how 2020 meant we had more time to do other things. Life got slower and it was lovely to take time for myself and do more of the things I loved. It’s crazy how this time last year me and my boyfriend spent new year in Seville – how times have changed! I don’t usually make new years goals so I’m not going to beat myself if I don’t stick to these resolutions. However, there are many positive reasons for having new year goals so I thought it would be nice to reflect on one of the craziest years and set myself some new year goals to try and stick with into 2021.
Goal 1: Blog Consistently + Get a Paid Post
Like I mentioned earlier, 2020 and the pandemic meant I started up my blog again and I have loved it! My blog got an upgrade as I started to pay more attention to it which I love! I also started to promote it more, try to get to grips with SEO, bought my own domain and have tried to boost my DA whilst also posting every week! If possible, being paid for a post or something related to my blog would be incredible! Although I run this blog as a hobby if I could collaborate or get paid for a post that would be incredible! I would love to keep up with posting and promoting consistently as blogging is something that I love doing.
Goal 2: Aim for a First in my Degree and Dissertation
It’s final year which means it’s dissertation time! At the moment I average a first (I think) but that could all change as third-year counts for double second-year. It would be a dream to achieve a first in my dissertation and in my overall degree. I’m going to keep pushing for it and hopefully by the time I graduate I’ll have a first!
Goal 3: Do some form of exercise twice a week
I need to get fitter but the problem is I hate most forms of exercise. I spend a lot of time sat in front of my laptop either doing university work, blogging, reading or watching something. During the first lockdown, I went for walks most days and I was doing home workouts. However, as the weather has changed this has been drastically reduced. I did start running but I wasn’t a fan but I may need to try it again as I would love to get fitter in 2021 to stay healthy! Any fitness or exercise tips or recommendations are welcome!
Goal 4: Drink 2 bottles of water a day
I am notoriously bad at drinking water/drinking anything and I am like a cactus sometimes and it’s such a bad habit. I don’t tend to feel thirsty so I forget to drink and if I do drink a lot then I need the loo. My aim is to drink 2 litres of water a day and I bought a massive water bottle to help. Normally, I manage the first one easily in the mornings but after that, I just forget to drink! My aim is to remember to drink in the afternoons so I can actually have 2 bottles a day!
Goal 5: Grow my Instagram
I recently started an Instagram not too long ago and don’t really know what I’m doing. I’m not the biggest Instagram fan but it’s something I’d like to try alongside my blog. I don’t have a theme or care too much about the aesthetic of it. I’d just like to try it out and hopefully grow it a bit more this year! Feel free to follow me on my Instagram if you don’t already!
Goal 6: Keep up my Skincare Routine
With lockdown, I barely wore any makeup for months on end and really tried to focus on looking after my skin. I did start to see some improvements (though as I write this post I have a massive flare-up). I managed to find some products that worked for me and also had something prescribed to try and help it. Hopefully, I’ll see some more improvements with my skin if I stick to what I’ve been doing – my biggest areas are excessive oiliness and blemishes so any recommendations are always welcome!
Goal 7: Shop Less
I do tend to shop quite a lot but in 2021 I really want to cut down on how much I buy. I’m all for treating yourself every now and then but I do go through phases where I buy nothing for a few months and then seemingly buy everything. I have more than enough clothes and have been working my way through my skincare and body collection so I have no need for anything else.
Goal 8: Read 40 books
I managed to read more than 40 books this year due to lockdown but if things are (hopefully) busier this year I may not be able to get through as much. I’ve set my Goodreads target to 40 again this year and I’m hoping that I can reach that! My issue is that it takes me much longer to get through a university book than a book I actually want to read. I’m hoping I can keep up with reading so that I can achieve this goal.
Phew, there seem to be quite a few new year goals for 2021! Like I said before, I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t achieve them all. These are all things that will be in the back of my mind and aims for the year. Hopefully, 2021 proves to be a less eventful year than 2020 but who knows! I hope you enjoyed this post and have a fab new year!
Do you normally set yourself new year goals? What are your goals for 2021?