Well, happy new bloody year to ya! I hope you all stumbled into 2020 merry, bright and full of food with big exciting plans for the next decade of our lives. I think that’s the thing that’s REALLY messing with my brain – we’re in a new DECADE. Guess where I was when we last entered a new decade? Disneyland. My favourite place on Earth. So with that in mind, this decade is already down on the last.

I’m totally joking, the 2010’s might have started magically but they turned into an absolute nightmare. Although 2019 ended on a spectacular high, I’m so ready to put the last 10 years behind me and look forward to bigger and brighter things, with less fear and anxiety.

I said it last year and I’ll say it again this year: I don’t do New Years Resolutions anymore. I find them too overwhelming and unreachable and I think a lot of people feel the same. But you know me, I love a goal. Goals keep me striving for more and keep me on track. So although these goals are for the whole year, I’m not sticking them in a list with tick boxes.

I think the point of goals is to having something to work towards and something to keep us on the straight and narrow, so to speak. As long as I’m actively working forwards these throughout the year, I’ll consider it a job well done. My life got so busy towards the end of last year, a sign of what’s the come perhaps?

So I’ve categorized my goals into business, blogging and career and personal and well-being as those are the main areas of my life I’d like to move forward with. Here are my goals for 2020!

Blogging, business & career

Publish a book I’m proud of and a successful book release: This one is already halfway complete as in November last year, I signed a book contract to publish a book on mental health and well-being this September. Now I can say, I’M HAVING A BOOK PUBLISHED THIS YEAR. I’m working extremely hard and I hope I can have a successful book release and create a book that not only am I proud of but will also help other people. Pre-order here!

Improve my photography and grow my Instagram: I’ve never focused much on Instagram before because quite honestly, I despised taking photos. Even on my blog, you’ll have noticed I used a LOT of stock photos last year. And whilst there’s nothing wrong with that, I started experimenting with my photography style a bit back in September and found I was starting to enjoy it again! So I’d like to take that further and hit 2,000 Insta followers this year.

Consistently earn a full-time income from my blog / eBooks / business things: One of the proudest things I’ve managed to do this year is earn a consistently decent income from my blog each month. Of course some months are worse than others, that’s how it in freelancing but it’s steady and I’m so happy about that. I’m very close to earning a consistent full-time income from my blog and 2020 is the year for me to try and crack that!

Get invited on a press trip: In 2019 I was incredibly lucky to have been invited to Brooklands Hotel and Spa for a stay and also offered a free night at Pod Hollow in exchange for a review. These were 2 of my favourite places my boyfriend and I went in 2019 and it was a privilege and honor to be invited to them both. This year, I’d LOVE to be invited on a press trip somewhere and have the chance to work with a brand or tourism board on some travel content. Especially now my anxiety is better than ever and I’m keen to go out there and see things!

Get some professional photos taken: I suppose this one could be classed as both business and personal because although I’d be using them from a business point of view, it’s also a very personal goal as I’ve never been confident enough to do anything like that before. But I think it’s time to get some professional photos taken to use for my book and on my blog.

Personal & well-being

Go on holiday on my own: This has been a dream of mine for so long but due to how bad my anxiety has been over the last almost freaking DECADE, it’s not been doable. I feel like I’m in the position to maybe have a short trip away by myself. Not abroad but that’s okay. Perhaps somewhere like Norfolk or Great Yarmouth would be perfect.

Continue to push myself out of my comfort zone: I wrote a detailed post last year about comfort zones and how I’ve been pushing myself out of mine and 2020 is definitely the time to continue that. Although this isn’t easily measurable, I definitely want to experience more next year and continue pushing myself and making my world bigger.

Start driving properly again: My confidence to drive is something my anxiety ripped away from me quite dramatically over the last decade. And late last year, I started to get into driving again and regaining a level of confidence. My progress got a bit halted in December when I went for a routine eye test and was told my eye sight had got too bad to drive WITH my glasses (eek!) but now that’s sorted, I really want to knuckle down with driving.

Stop picking my bloody nails: This is a big one for me as it’s something I’ve NEVER been able to quit. I’ve picked my nails since I was a kid – I just love picking things. My nails are in the worst state of my life right now – I’d be embarrassed to even show you. So THIS IS THE YEAR I get nails back. Because literally, I don’t even have nail to paint right now. It’s just skin and finger.

So I’ve kept it pretty short and sweet for 2020 because if 2019 taught me anything, it’s that things can CHANGE and your life can take a different direction at the drop of a hat. But these are things which are incredibly important to me, which I want to work on in 2020 and beyond. What are your goals for 2020?

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  1. Congratulations on your book publication! It’s such a wonderful feeling. πŸ™‚
    I’m not sure if you take specific questions often, but I have one, if you don’t mind taking a swing at it:

    As the communications director at a small business, I will soon be in charge of writing and publishing the company blogfeed on our website. I’m still fairly new to blogging (six months in with my own storytelling blog), and I’m looking for tips on how to use blogging to leverage a business. Any thoughts?
    I’d really appreciate it, thanks. πŸ™‚

    1. Hey, I don’t mind the questions at all. In terms of using blogging to leverage a business, it’s definitely all about promotion – particularly on social media. Being consistent and utilizing Pinterest!

  2. You have done very well so far. I am loving your blog and as a new blogger I look up to you hoping one day I too will successd in this career and make regular income.

  3. I have no doubt that you’ll make a full time income from your blog as you’ve been absolutely smashing it! X

  4. Great goals! I love the idea of getting professional photos done, and I’d love to do that too (though the thought of it fills me with dread). I think my main goal is really to get my blog as a source of income – not full-time yet, as it’s still very new, but more than I earned last year at least!

    1. Oh it feels me with dread to. I hate the thought of having to stand in front of a camera for so long! And best of luck on your blogging journey too – at least you’re making noticeable progress! xxx

  5. Good luck with all of your goals! Based on all you’ve achieved over the last year, it sounds as though you are well set up to have an amazing decade!
    I have long since given up on trying to stop biting my nails – but I do find that painting them stops me to a certain extent because I don’t want to eat the nail polish! That might not work so well for picking though…

    1. It doesn’t work for picking at ALL because then I just pick the nail varnish hahaha! So I’d spend my whole life picking nail varnish off my nails! Although I am on day 7 of no picking and going strong! x

  6. I have never set new year resolutions. I don’t think they work. My goals are to expand my blog and promote it more. I also want to find a career I love.

  7. Awesome goals, Jenny! I’m glad to read that your anxiety has become more manage throughout the years. You totally deserve to go on a brand trip. I can only imagine the amazing content you’d come up with!

  8. Awesome goals and congrats on publishing your book! That’s amazing πŸ™‚ I can totally relate with you on the driving as I have the same issues. Good luck with 2020!

  9. These are some great goals. I managed to stop ruining my nails some five years ago, but still fall back to the bad habit weirdly when I’m at the cinema o_O

    I hope you have good luck with them all ❀️

  10. Thanks for writing!
    You didn’t ask for tips, but I have also had issues with picking and peeling and biting at my nails, also since childhood. I was actually able to grow my nails out for all of last year (sadly they did not make it through my final round of college finals in December, but barely touching them for almost a full year is still an accomplishment for me). It’s kind of a weird trick and it might not work for you, but how I stopped messing with mine is by not touching one pair of nails at a time. I started making my pinky nails off-limits (since they are the least satisfying for me to naw on) while biting at my other nails with regular fervor. After about a month, with my pinky nail growth to encourage me, I stopped biting the next pair of nails, then my middle nails, and so on. Maybe it will work for you!

    1. You know what, I actually had that thought last year. Like February 2019! I started it but I gave up so quickly but it’s definitely a really good method! I’m actually just going cold turkey at the moment and setting myself a goal of not picking for the whole of January. Day 4 and going strong! x

  11. Good luck with all of your goals this year! I’m normally one to cheer for the business ones more but your personal ones really got me this year. You’ve come SO FAR recently and I’m loving your motivation to push forward and do things like solo travel and gaining confidence to drive again x

    Sophie

  12. Excellent goals! I’m a huge fan of keeping things broader than “I will exercise for an hour a day” or something or that sort – I always find bigger picture goals so much easier to keep on top of (not that any kind of change is easy per say!)

    This year I have stuck with three big areas: Mental health (re-learning and re-engaging with activities that diminish my anxiety and stress), Physical Health (at least yoga every day, even just a little, and keeping on top of my overall diet in terms of eating more vegetables), and finally Creative Health (writing a little every day and working towards completing my first novel). Nothing uber specific but enough specificity to feel like I am chipping away at these goals bit by bit. Thanks for the great post!

      1. I’m excited to get back into it! I’ve still been doing it every day while pregnant but modifying a lot. So excited to take on Adriene’s HOME series after recovering from our little one’s birth!

  13. I haven’t written out my goals for 2020 yet; I usually do on NYE/NYD. I’m looking forward to being more creatively aesthetic (does that make sense haha) & making my blog a place that I feel can inspire others. I’m so excited to see how you accomplish your goals πŸ˜‰ You’ve got this Jenny!

    P.S. Your photos in this are fabbb. I love that diary! Where’s it from? x

  14. Oooh these are some fantastic goals!! And like you, I don’t set resolutions, I set goals. I find them easier to achieve and more manageable too. Less mystical than resolutions, haha. I’m so proud of you for the book you wrote and what success you’ve for freelancing! Like you, I want to up my photo game and use less stock photos. And I want to get out of my comfort zone- even if my comfort zone is both comfortable and uncomfortable at the same time! I hope you 2020 is amazing and you cross off each and every one of those goals!

    Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

  15. You’ve done so well with pushing yourself out of your comfort zone that I really do believe you’re going to smash all these goals – and then some! I cannot wait for your book to be released, I love your writing and this is such an amazing opportunity. I hope you’re as proud of yourself as I am of you!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

  16. Your opening couple paragraphs made me chuckle, and I love your mix of goals.
    I know where you are at with your nails; I used to bite and pick mine until the ugliness of them just made me turn red. What I did was wear lace gloves to stop myself from being able to pick them. This year, I am actually proud of my hands, and I hope you get to experience the feeling soon!