First of all a #sorrynotsorry – I couldn’t resist the pun… I am sure there will be lots of 20:20 jokes this year so thought it wouldn’t hurt to use one more 😉
2019 wasn’t a great year for me as many of you know so I have lots of positive things in line for this year to counteract all the crap and a new found determination to make this year the best yet. I have many ideas and plans I would like to see come to fruition this year (or at least in the near future) and I have started to make lots of little changes into my routines and plan to keep them up. Time will tell if it all works out or not- fingers crossed.
I do have a bucket list of things to do before I am 30, 40 and retired but those I will leave for another day, today is to put into writing my plans for 2020 and put it out there to help hold me accountable.
What do you have planned for 2020? I hear you ask, well, I have far too many things in my head to put into a single post without boring you all to tears so I will choose my top 10 to do’s instead.
1- Improve my financial health. By this I mean improve my credit score, pay off as much debt as I can and start saving for my future. Basically make better decisions when it comes to spending and ny monthly budget.
2- Focus on my Mental health: Therapy, Self love (or at least self acceptance), Mindfulness, CBT I want to try out as many ways of helping myself as possible. I have been trying various things over the last couple of years but this year I am more determined than ever to improve things for myself so I can stop getting in my own way and go out and get what I deserve.
3- More visits to see friends and family. There are some people I have not seen in months, others that I’ve been absent for years and now I have the freedom of having my own car I want to change that.
4- Go on a yearly trip away. Not just the ones my mum books and invites me to but a trip away for me, even if it’s just 1 day each year I would like to go somewhere for me, possibly on my own to just experience and explore somewhere new but if I can go with someone then even better.
5- Get back into performing- am dram shows, go to see a West End show, maybe even restart my YouTube channel. I am currently in rehearsals for Carousel with my local musical theatre society, at the Christmas church service I went to I was invited to join the Monmouth Choral Society which I’m contemplating depending on commitment expectations and membership fees. I have my microphone ready and waiting to be set up, a list of songs I want to cover and lots of backing tracks downloaded so again it’s just finding time to do it.
6- Online courses. I have several that I have purchased but not started so I need to get back into a routine and get as many qualifications under my belt as I can, get a portfolio done, set up my business name, social media accounts and website and become the self employed professional I have been dreaming about becoming for years.
7- Network. I would like to start going to networking events to meet new people, make new connections, learn new skills and gain new perspectives.
8- Help others with a daily act of kindness. It can be something small or something massive but I would like to be able to do at least one kind/helpful thing for someone each and ever day.
9- Declutter. Physically and figuratively. I have so much stuff in my store room that I don’t actually know if I need it but anything that doesn’t fit in my room atm gets shoved in there until I figure out if I want it or not. In 2020 I plan to go through everything in that room, get rid of/sell anything I no longer want or need via charity shops, carboot sales, Facebook, Gumtree, Ebay etc and declutter the space at my Granny’s house and the storeroom. If possible I’d like to no longer need the storeage room as that costs me £65 each month… but not sure if that’s a step too daring.
10- Get Netflix back. This may seem like a really small thing for me to include in my top 10 and I suppose it is but I have so many unfinished series and unwatched films on my list that I want to finish. I’ve not seen any of the Rupaul’s Drag Race All stars, the UK series or season 11 yet, I need to watch the latest series of The Crown ( I <3 Olivia Coleman and Helena Bonham Carter) and there are a LOT of things on my list that I want to tick off.
After picking my top 10 I realised that a few of them kind of hinder others e.g. holidays, subscriptions, shows and more driving around means more money spent. However, it will be oh so worth it and I will be looking for a good balance to be able to do all of this and more over the next year or so, and although it may be spending a little more money it would have a lot of other benefits, plus you only live once, right? So why stop yourself from doing fun things all the time? Let yourself live a little.
In conclusion then, in 2020 I will be trying to find a healthy balance between me time, socialising, saving money, spending money, living for the now and planning for the future- wish me luck…
Until next time, TTFN
What kind of things do you have planned for 2020? Do you have as many different lists as me?
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