At the beginning of 2020, I wrote a post with my goals for the year. Of course, I didn’t realize that the world would become the way it is today, and many of those goals were not accomplished. With everything happening, I didn’t keep up with my blog or my YouTube channel as I intended, and I didn’t get to travel or fulfil other personal resolutions that I created for myself. Despite this, I still managed to achieve quite a few things, and I have a few aspirations I would like to strive for in 2021.
- Got a job! Well, an internship, but it still pays more than my previous jobs AND it will likely transition into a full-time job with benefits this summer! I have moments of imposter’s syndrome, but I overall love working there!
- Nearly received my Associate’s! I probably could have graduated with my additional Associate’s degree last fall, but I decided to postpone it to spring in order to take the internship (they have students work two semesters). The good news is that I only have my work-based learning course this spring, so I’m basically done with the learning part of my degree!
- Scooby tested negative for heartworms! My poor boy Scooby was getting treated for heartworms, but when we retested him last fall, the vet told us that the treatment worked and he is now heartworm-free!
- Read 21 books! I believe my goal was 30, but I’m happy to have read 21 books this year. I read 20 books in 2019, so I can still say that I’ve been increasing the amount of books I’ve been reading over the years.
- Finished my journal! I don’t believe I mentioned this on my blog, but I keep journals until they run out of pages…and I finally wrote enough to finish the one I had been using!
- Kinda decluttered? My laptop died right at the beginning of the lockdowns, so I had to replace the hard drive, deleting all of my files. I suppose you could say decluttering my laptop was accomplished. I also went through a good chunk of my closet, but I probably need to go through my clothes again to gather another pile to donate.
- Turn my internship into a job. I’ve been told that this is very likely, but I’m hoping to finally have a real job!
- Spend more time on creative hobbies. As I was struggling to find a career last year, I felt as if everything I did needed to advance my skills or make me marketable somehow. This year, I want to enjoy my creative interests without expecting anything but the joy for creating something.
- Spend more time with loved ones. Time goes by quickly, and I want to make sure I focus on family and friends and my pets. I think I’ve always been someone who prioritizes work/school over family/friends, but people are what makes life great so it should be the other way around.
- Move out. This was one of my goals last year, but it didn’t end up happening. I’m not sure if it will happen this year either, but I think financially, I should be able to do so in 2021. I would rather move out when the pandemic is dying down, however, and I’m not going to know when that will happen. Many of the benefits of moving out seem to fly out the window during the pandemic-I won’t have a shorter route to work as I currently work from home, I can’t really have people over, etc. While it would be nice to have my own space, it’s also been nice to spend time with my family and live in a more rural area where I can go outside without running into anyone.
- Get a new car. I wanted to push this back as far as I could, but it’s looking like I’m going to have to replace my car. I’ll probably prioritize this over moving out. Like I said, however, if this pandemic continues, I haven’t needed to drive far anyways so I may still be able to hold this off.
- Read 30 books. I’m just going to continue with the same reading goal as last year as I was unable to accomplish it. Hopefully, this will be the year I do!
- Research more about world issues. Last year really shed the light on many national/global issues, like racial injustice, public health, environment issues (pollution, lack of clean water, endangered species, etc. etc.), financial issues, politics, etc. I hope to continue learning more about the world so I can help support these problems in any way that I can.
Overall, 2020 was a year of learning and growth for me, and I hope to continue this in 2021. Hopefully the state of the world will improve and we can live again-but even if that’s not the case, I hope to make the best of it. Have a good 2021 everyone!