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Friday 11 December 2020

Lifestyle | Reviewing 2020 As A Whole

2020 has been one of the worst years for all of us and 2021 is the new year we have ALL been waiting for.. 2020 I planned to do much, as I'm sure many of us did, but unfortunately due to Corona putting a stop to pretty much everything, many of us couldn't really achieve much. But putting this year into review, I've hardly gained any of my goals looking back at my 2020 Goals post here

I planned on travelling to 3 different places, kind of achieved that by going to Disneyland Paris in January, Portugal in March but we got brought back to the UK halfway through due to the lockdown situation going on, and then me and Adam had a UK Road Trip around the UK, read more about that here.

I also planned on reading a book a month, but in the end I only read about 4...So that didn't go so well. I just find it hard to sit and read, as I have to have pure silence with no distractions, so reading in bed or in the bath are my favourite places to read.

Saving money was a big goal of mine as me and Adam want to buy our first home very soon and 2020 has actually helped us save money more than ever due to not going on holiday and not going out much and just being at home. It's delayed us from buying a home but it's helped us more than we thought to have more time to save as much as we can.

Reach 1000 subscribers was a goal I hoped to achieve, unfortunately hasn't happened but I still gained nearly up to 600 subscribers and thats amazing! The same goes for instagram, I hoped to reach 10K but that hasn't happened unfortunately, but I'm so pleased with the audience I have as they are all so lovely, supportive & kind on my page, which I am so grateful for.

Trying new things was a goal of 2020 and I actually did do this in different ways. I started to try out new foods more, especially within the vegan and vegetarian food world. I bake more and cook more different dishes at home which I really enjoy and found that I love doing things in the kitchen. I also did something that really scared me and got myself a new job which I couldn't be more grateful and thankful for this year to getting a new job in the middle of a pandemic, so I'm super proud that I was able to achieve that. I also wanted to complete the wolf run this year but of course that was cancelled for the entire year - gutted.

Doing more for the environment I wanted to achieve in 2020 and I feel like I have actually helped towards this by signing petitions, donating to Greenpeace each month, donating clothes to charity, not eating meat and being vegetarian/vegan which I'm super proud of achieving which I never thought I would become is a vegetarian! So that's another achievement I didn't think I'd do many years ago. I also look more into the packaging of products I'm buying and check what can be recycled and what can't, as well as buying products that are vegan and cruelty free.

Drink more water is something I always try and do yet really don't stick to every time...I feel like I need a reminder every few hours to drink as I just seem to forget! Anyone else like this?

Looking back at the year itself, I have faced fears like letting go of people who are negative in my life, faced my fear of needles by having acupuncture done due to my back pain - learn more in this video. I've learned a lot more about myself and what I do and don't like, I don't like being stuck indoors all the time, I seem to be a bit of a workaholic, I find it hard to concentrate on what people are saying to me with loads of other things going on around me, I found that I actually really like plants - especially monstera's. I'm clearly obsessed with Primark and I also like to take photos and videos just for memories sake as I don't remember things very well. I've also learnt that I can't stand injustice or seeing something bad happen, I can't just stand around and do nothing, I have to do something about it.

I also faced loosing one of the things I loved the most, and that was my beautiful boy Pepsi who was my gorgeous black Labrador cross boarder collie. I'll never forget him and he will always be in my heart. I've had him since I was 10 years old and he sadly passed away at 13 years old...which was probably the hardest thing I had to accept this year was loosing him and not being able to say goodbye.

2020 has been a life changer for many of us, learning about ourselves, being scared to go outside because of the virus, learning to live with this new way of life, learning and educating ourselves more about Black Lives Matter, dealing with our own mental states and so much more. It's been one of the toughest years for everyone, but we've all come out of it okay (I hope), as there is light at the end of the tunnel, especially now that the vaccine is here - will you be getting it? I was quite scared about it at first, but now I'm actually quite open minded and think I will have it. 

But looking at the positives that have come out of this year, what have you realised about yourself that you didn't know before? What have you done differently & how do you feel about this year as a whole?

I truly hope that 2021 will be the best start for everyone and that we can finally get back to a new more normal & fun filled life again where we can travel, see family and friends again & do the things we love doing most.

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