Ah, 2020. What a year.
This time last year I was feeling so hopeful for the future. 2020 was looking to be the year. I had positive goals set, lots of events and gigs planned… it was going to be amazing.
How wrong was I.
None of us know how 2021 is going to turn out. Truthfully, I don’t think it’s going to be that different from 2020, for the most part at the very least. However, the motivation has come back. I’m positive that I can still make the most out of the year, just like I did with 2020.
In 2020, I read out a piece of my writing at a workshop/networking event, had the same piece of writing featured on BBC Radio Bristol twice, where I was interviewed the first time live on air. I received a 2:1 in my undergraduate degree, then later returned for two seminars where I was a guest speaker which entailed me reading out my writing and taking a Q&A from the current second year students. I'm also a part of a book called Through the Hourglass. Despite everything, I’ve achieved a lot this year.
So, in the year 2021, I want to achieve even more. I have my expectations raised high. Without further ado, here are my new year resolutions for 2021.
GET HEALTHY/IMPROVE MY MINDSET AROUND FOOD
Man, am I sick of making the whole "get healthy, lose weight" resolution. I was thinking of not writing it here as I have done in the previous years. But, if I’m being completely honest, this will be one of my main focuses of 2021. Hopefully, I can focus on it in a healthy way. As of now, the end of 2020, weight loss consumes my mind. I’m not interested in being healthy, all I want is to be skinny. That shouldn’t be the goal. Instead, I should be focusing on bettering my health and making myself fit, so I can actually run up stairs without feeling like I’m going to eject my lungs. I guess, the real goal here is to change my mindset and focus on recovery. All whilst trying to make my body healthy again. I want to learn to feel happy in my own skin. But that doesn’t mean losing weight. Wow, I’ve started off huge there. I should just stop here but nope we’ve got more to come.
BE ON TRACK TO GET A 2:1 ON MY MASTERS DEGREE
Towards the end of January, I’m returning to university to complete my master's in Marketing. After achieving a 2:1 in my undergraduate degree, I’m determined to do the same in my postgraduate degree. I probably won't get my grade by the end of the year, but I would at least like to be on track to get a good grade. That means I'm going to have to study hard and work my butt off. It's not going to be easy, but I have faith that I can do it. No matter what, though, I will be proud of myself and know that I have got far. Much further than I ever expected, to be honest.
RECORD A SECOND EVERY DAY
Maybe there’s not a lot of point recording every day if we’re just going to be stuck at home again. However, I would still like to document the year to see how and if things change. Plus, I really enjoyed recording a second every day the other year. It was fun to watch the month back. I was going to put all the months together at the end of the year but then my phone broke, and I lost everything. Hopefully this year there will be no casualties.
Now, I'm not saying that I'm going to be fluent in Spanish anytime soon, but I would like to learn more.
I started using Duolingo earlier this year, and I'm really enjoying it. However, I'm not very good at sticking to it.
If I could stick to at least 5 days a week, for half an hour at a time, I'm sure I'll improve. It'll be a lot better than what I'm doing now.
GET BACK ON THE RADIO
As I mentioned before, I was on the radio earlier this year. Back in February, I was interviewed by BBC Radio Bristol about my struggles with Bulimia and a piece of writing I wrote about it. You can read that piece here.
In 2021, I want to get back on the radio. It's going to be hard to match the standard of that piece of writing because, in my eyes, nothing I write about could ever be good enough. But hopefully I'll find the confidence to send some more work off to BBC Upload, the show in which my piece was featured. Maybe, eventually, they'll like something else I write.
FEATURE ON MORE BLOGS
During 2020 and the end of 2019, I wrote for a few different blogs. However, I haven't written for any in the last half of 2020. So, in 2021, I want to feature on more blogs. I already have a small list of blogs I would like to write for.
Infact, I would like to do more freelance writing full stop. Get my name out there some more and do what I love the most: write.
TAKE MORE PHOTOS
Back in 2018/2019, I made the same resolution. However, I feel like I've been slacking lately when it comes to taking photos.
Looking back on old photos gives me a wonderful feeling as it reminds me of better times. Capturing happy memories is important, I believe, and I want to continue doing so.
I also wrote on My New Year's Resolutions 2019 post that I struggled with being in photographs myself. Whilst I'm still not completely comfortable being in photographs, I am a lot better now. I get more involved and don't fight when someone tries to take a picture of me. Instead, I smile and get on with it. However, I do hate my smile...
That's it for my 2021 resolutions.
I can't believe it's 2021 already, that sounds so futuristic. Hopefully, we will be seeing a better year ahead. I have my fingers and toes crossed for a return of gigs. In the meantime, stay safe and let's beat this thing, so we can return to some normality.
Oh, and have a happy new year.
Until the next year,