In previous years, I’ve fallen into the social media trap of setting vague and unrealistic goals. I’ve set myself tasks like “lose weight”, “eat better”, “study more”. Unsurprisingly, these vague goals have never materialised any tangible results.
This year, I’m trying to set realistic and specific goals, and I’m turning to my lovely readers to hold me accountable! When I sat down on New Year’s Eve to reflect on 2020 and set my goals for this year, I decided I would be kind to myself while setting goals that are kind to the world around me. After all, 2020 was hard enough on us all.
So, without further ado, here are my goals for 2021:
- No buying new clothes for the whole year. As a shopping addict with poor impulse control (especially around the time my student loan drops), I know I need to reign myself in. Rather than simply cut down on the amount of clothes I buy, this year I want to cut back and ensure that any clothes I do buy will be second hand. Since the start of the pandemic, I have primarily done most of my shopping online. I’ve noticed just how much packaging and plastic each order comes with, and, even though I try to recycle packaging like boxes and bubble wrap when sending out Depop orders, so much of it goes to waste. Hopefully this year, I will help the environment by not only not funding the fast fashion industry, but by cutting down on the amount of waste I am responsible for. The only exception to the no spend rule will be underwear and socks, for obvious reasons!
- Hit 2021 followers on Twitter. I promise that hoping to increase my followers on Twitter isn’t just for vanity, I want it to inspire me to work on my blog and share my content more often! It can be really hard to find time to blog between studying, Nursing placements, and volunteer work, but I need to make more time to do the things I love.
- Take more photos. Looking back at memories on Facebook and other social media platforms, I realised that I’ve known my best friend for two years, and we have two photos of us together. And one is a group photo. I want to make sure I document every happy memory, to ensure I never take a meal out or a trip to the pub for granted. 2020 left me feeling more lonely and isolated than ever, and I ensure I cherish every moment with my friends and family when the pandemic finally comes to an end.
So that’s it. My three goals for 2021! I know it will definitely be a challenge to go cold turkey on buying new clothes, but I can’t wait for charity shops to reopen so I can nab some fabulous bargains while supporting good causes.
If you’ve set goals for the year, I wish you the best of luck!
Until next time,