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2019 Roundup & 2020 Goals

2019 Roundup

Hey everyone, I’m back with another roundup and goals post but this time it’s a 2019 roundup instead of for the month. I’ve been a bit absent from the blogosphere for a number of reasons… Mainly because I’d been suffering with poor mental health for a while so had no motivation for anything. But I’m still going to look back on the past year with as much of a positive spin as possible. I’ll also set some realistic goals for the new year.

Joining the Gym

If someone had said to me a few years ago that I would join enjoy going to the gym, I’d have laughed in their face. Up until February this year, I’d never set foot in a gym and couldn’t see myself doing it. But when Sam decided she’d join with me, it gave me a little more confidence to bite the bullet and do it. A couple of months later Sam stopped going for a couple of reasons. However, I continued and started talking to one of the personal trainers in there. She kindly gave me a couple of free sessions to help build my confidence and I started sessions with her. I was so consistent, even I was surprised at how well I stuck at it! However, at the beginning of December, I quit until January because my mental health was deteriorating. Although I enjoyed going, I had zero motivation. I was eating really badly so I stopped going for a few weeks while I got my head in a better place.

A New Job

As I mentioned in this post, I bagged myself a new job and so far I’m really enjoying it! Obviously the extra holiday and money are a nice sweetener lol, I still think I made the right choice. Although the work isn’t as intense, it’s a lot more varied and it’s nice to have interaction with the students. I was also looking for somewhere that I could progress further in my career. Although it’s probably not something I’ll be doing any time soon, I feel like there is more opportunity to move around within the company than at my last job.

Family Getaways

We were lucky enough to go on 2 holidays with the six of us in 2019. We went to Lanzarote for our summer holiday which was amazing. Also, we had a weekend away to Dover in the May half term. I also took Ant to Milan for his surprise 40th birthday present. They all seem like such a long time ago now but we made plenty of memories together. That’s what matters right?!

Teddy the Chihuahua

So, if you read my previous post about it being the wrong time to get a puppy. We got a puppy lol! He lived with my friend but, one of her twins was highly allergic so we decided to take him. He’s settling in so well, and we all love him to pieces. He’s got such a lovely character! He loves a good cuddle while he sleeps, and is the most gorgeous chihuahua I’ve ever seen. I’m not going to lie, I’ve never really liked chihuahuas as a breed. But I wouldn’t change him for the world. Teddy also has his on Instagram account so don’t forget to go and follow him here!

Teddy our blue-tricolour chihuahua puppy
Our Teddy

Goals for 2020

The last couple of years have definitely had a lot of ups and downs. And it’s really easy to focus on the negatives rather than the good stuff. So, I’m going to set myself some realistic goals for the new year, and try my hardest to stick to them!

Get Myself Healthy

My relationship with food and myself in general has taken a huge hit while I’ve been feeling down. I’ve been eating crappy foods way more than I should and then beating myself up when I’ve put weight on. Apart from going to the gym, I’ve basically found myself back at square one with my relationship with food. But I’m going to be trying my hardest to change that in 2020. I’m hoping when I do that, my weight will sort itself out too.

Save the Pennies

If 2019 showed me one thing it would be that we are absolutely shite at saving money! While it would be nice to save every bit of spare money we have at the end of the month, we’re going to try and save at least half of what we have. That way we can still enjoy ourselves. It’s nice to be able to go out for a meal when we want to, and to celebrate birthdays, etc. We didn’t manage to save anything this year. So I’m going to try and work out budgets for things like food shopping, and takeaways.

Family Time

Although we had those times when we managed to get away, I would still like to be able to have more family days out. We’ve got passes for English Heritage sites and haven’t been once in the six months we’ve had them! We love learning about history and visiting these sites so I’m going to make more of a conscious effort to go and see some of them.

English Heritage logo
English Heritage sites, I’m coming for you in 2020!

Get My Sh*t Together

I’ve said so many times in previous posts that I need to get my backside organised and so far it hasn’t happened. My family liken me to Monica from Friends because I’m usually so ahead of everyone else but this year it just didn’t work out. I’ve got myself a journal that’s actually called Get Your Sh*t Together so I’m determined to make it work for me. I feel this would also help my mental health so it’s definitely something worth trying! If you’d like to find out more about this journal, I’ve linked it on Amazon here (not an ad, just being nice!)

Home Renovations

We don’t have loads to do around the house but there are a few small bits that need updating. We wanted to get the hallway, stairs and landing redecorated for most of this year but for a few reasons it didn’t happen. So that will be first to be done I think. Next we need to touch up the paint work in a few of the rooms. Small things like new skirting boards and curtain rails, and a general tidy up and declutter is in order.

Well, I think that’s it! Have you set yourself any goals for the new year? I don’t like calling them resolutions because everyone assumes you won’t stick to them! If you’ve got any aspirations for the new year let me know in the comments and leave links to your posts!

Thank you so much for reading my 2019 roundup and 2020 goals, hope you’ve all had a fab Christmas and all the best for the new year ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time, Steff xx

57 thoughts on “2019 Roundup & 2020 Goals

  1. Getting to go away on 2 family trips is a big deal and sound like it was fun! I have the same issue with food, but no resolution to fix it or do anything in particular–I have goals but that’s a constant. In 2020, I just want to be more focused and not waste so much time on junk like YouTube vids and reality TV, lol

    1. Thank you it was so much fun! I understand, but for my health I need to try and help myself. Good luck with less time-wasting activities! Hope 2020 is a good year for you xx

  2. You have definitely achieved a lot for 2019 and so it is good that you are also taking some time out for yourself. Have you tried going for walks outside whilst you’re not going to the gym so that you don’t blame yourself if you do feel like grabbing a treat? I haven’t even started thinking of 2020 goals fully and so wish you a great year!

    1. Thank you! I haven’t been for many walks, but that is something I have in mind as my pup will be able to go out for walks soon. Wishing you all the best for the new year!

  3. Sounds like some good goals for 2020. Yeah, I’m the same with food a lot of the time. This time of year things really go to pot.
    One practice I’ve started with food is to have a disciplined morning (eat a small healthy breakfast followed by lots of water). This sets the tone for the rest of the day and I’ll oftentimes find myself eating a moderate lunch & dinner, too.

    1. Thank you! That makes a lot of sense, when I’m at work I do normally have a good breakfast but water intake could be a lot better. Hope 2020 is good for you ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank yo so much! I always try to be as honest as possible. This year hasn’t been great for a few reasons but I’m going to do as much as I can to make next year better. Wishing you all the best for 2020 ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sounds like you’ve had a great year! Joining the gym is one of my goals for 2020 and I would never set foot in one before, so knowing you were in the same boat is good motivation! Also, Teddy is GORGEOUS! Hope 2020 brings you much happiness ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

    1. Please believe me when I say that if I can go to the gym, anyone can!! I hope you find the motivation to go as the feeling after a workout is almost unbeatable! Thank you, we love him to bits ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you, you too ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  5. Sounds like youโ€™ve had a good year bad managed to smash your goals! Youโ€™ve set some lovely goals for 2020, I also need to get my shit together and get more healthy!! I wish you all the best to meet them!! Xx

    1. Not sure how I missed this comment but thank you! Heโ€™s so lovely โ˜บ๏ธ Iโ€™m still enjoying the variety of the job, nice to learn new skills too! X

  6. I love your goals, and the point you make about resolutions. All the little things add up and, just like in a house, every small renovation leads to a finished something you can be proud of.

  7. Congrats on your new job it sounds like it’s a gooden! I really like the idea of saving more this year and I’m trying really hard to do so. I also love the sound of home renovations too x

    1. Thank you! I’m really enjoying it ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s harder to save at first but once you get out of the habit of spending when you don’t need to, it’ll be easier xx

  8. I’m glad you’re focusing on the positive from last year (and those all sound like great positives!). I hope 2020 is an even better year for you and that you achieve your goals! ๐Ÿ’œ

  9. Good luck in achieving your 2020 goals! I hope the new job is going well. I’m also trying to make good use of our English Heritage passes – there are some simply amazing sites to visit and I love spending time with the family as we explore them xxx

    1. Thank you so much! I hope any goals you have are going well so far too! The new job is going great, I’m really enjoying it! I’m going to make use of our passes really soon I think, so much to see! And you’re right, making memories with the family are what it’s all about xx

      1. Great post! I personally love setting myself new years resolutions as they help me get motivated and excited for the year ahead + writing them down somehow makes them seem more realistic and achievable?! Good luck with achieving these in 2020! Teddy is the cutest xx

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