21 things I want to achieve in 2021

This week I talked about 20 moments and 20 lessons from 2020, now I want to look forward and share what I would love to do in 2021. With the future unknown, no-one is sure when the restrictions due to the pandemic will be lifted. One thing I am 100% certain of though is that I have hope of a better tomorrow, which means remaining optimistic. 

Some goals on this list are small, while others depend on restrictions and others might seem strange. But, I wanted to utilise this blog as an honest outlet, so here it goes. 

1 – See family and friends 

This one depends entirely on restrictions, but I would love to see my family and friends again. Even being able to hug them and chat in person, would be appreciated. I am lucky that I can see them over video chat, and that they are healthy, but I miss them. 

2 – Body confidence

I’ve struggled with the way I look for as long as I can remember, but this year I am determined to work on this. While the number on the scale doesn’t necessarily matter, I do want to feel more confident and healthier. This year I will be concentrating on staying active, even if it is only 30 minutes a day. 

3 – Travel 

Similarly to number one, this depends on restrictions, but I would love to travel somewhere safely. I’ve been surrounded by the same cream walls for months, so travelling somewhere new, even if it is just somewhere in the UK would be amazing. 

My partner and I are putting together a list of places in the UK we would love to go in 2021! It might not be possible, but being optimistic is the key here! 

4 – Cook more

My cooking abilities are non-existent. My family still talk about the toast I set on fire. This year, I am determined to practise and refine a few staple dishes. I’ll let you know how that turns out on my blog. I have high hopes, my partner has a fire blanket, so it’s all good. 

5 – New job 

I love my current job. It challenges me, is very rewarding and allows me to express my creativity, however, it is very isolating. You see, I am self-employed, and I worked from home even before Lockdown. When my partner started working from home, I’d overhear him (we live in a flat and the walls are basically paper). I’d hear vague chatter and laughter during team meetings, social events over zoom and general day-to-day discussions. It made me miss those connections you gain from working within one business. Learning from your colleagues and creating connections. Lockdown was isolating for many people, but it made me realise just how isolating my work can be. In 2021, I would love to get a new job within a business if I can. 

Don’t get me wrong, I am so lucky to still be working, as many people lost their job during 2020, so I am in a better position right now. I can try, however. 

6 – Read more 

I love reading, but it is the first thing to get thrown out the window when I have a busy schedule. This year, I am to read more by substituting my night time scrolling for a book. The hope is that this will improve my quality of sleep as well. I have set a realistic goal of 24 books for the Goodreads challenge.

7 – Gain 650 followers on WordPress

I launched my blog on 19th October 2020, and while writing this, I have achieved 159 followers on WordPress. 159 in under 3 months. I’ll be honest, I have no idea if that is good in the blogging community. I just know that it feels amazing to have so much support, from remarkable strangers. 

With that baseline of followers, however, I have set a realistic aim of 650 followers by the end of 2021. 

8 – 100 views a day on WordPress

Based on further research about ratios, this one might change, but I feel like this is a good aim for views per day. 

9 – Gain 1,000 followers on Twitter

Some more statistics again. In just under 3 months, I gained 263 followers on Twitter, so the ultimate aim is to gain 1,000 followers on Twitter.  

It is tough to stay up-to-date on Twitter and make sure you don’t miss any engagement. While quality is the most critical factor, I find it useful to have a numerical aim. I still don’t understand the whole, follow, only to unfollow later aspect, as I like to connect with people who share interesting content and are active. Although, I am swayed by a good pun in the bio. 

10 – Declutter my space

We have so many boxes and bags of unwanted items that we could not take to the charity shops last year. I want to sell, donate and recycle what we currently do not need or want. 

11 – Learn to drive

I received the official DVSA complete learner driver pack last year for my birthday, but ya know, the pandemic happened. Now, it sits on my shelf, but I am determined to keep reading and refining my skills. I hope I can learn to drive this year, depending on restrictions. 

12 – Work on my photography skills 

If you have checked out my Instagram, you will know that my photography skills need work. This year, I hope to up my game and take better photos! 

13 – Learn more about SEO 

SEO is essential for any blog to rank on search engines, so I need to expand my knowledge in this area. If anyone has any idea of some courses or tools I can use for this, it would be appreciated. The paradox of choice is real regarding resources, as I don’t know what course is valuable and what isn’t. 

14 – Practise with Pinterest 

I’ll be honest, before my blogging journey, I had such a poor impression of Pinterest. I didn’t think it was such a powerful tool to utilise. I hope to learn more about this platform and refine my skills. While I love creating the pins, I know there is more to learn. 

15 – Binge Marvel content 

2021 is the year of Marvel as they have so much content coming out. WandaVision, Loki and Falcon and the Winter Soldier, to name a few, and I want to watch them all. Not as serious as the other goals, but I do love the Marvel universe. 

16 – Knit a penguin 

In other blogs, I’ve mentioned how my grandma taught her grandchildren how to knit; however, I never got the hang of it. Practise does make imperfectly perfect, though, so I will be trying my hand at knitting again. I have a knit your own penguin kit that I will be trying. 

17 – Positivity jar 

I’ve noticed this so many times on Instagram, and I want to try it in 2021. A little jar, where you write achievements on paper and then open them at the end of the year. You can see what you have accomplished throughout the year, from small achievements to big accomplishments. 

18 – Saving plan 

While I have always been relatively good at saving, purely out of the free of failure, I do need an effective saving plan in 2021. I want to get to the position where I can put a set amount into a savings account each month. 

19 – Strengthen relationships

I’ve never been good at making new friendships, which is why I want to strengthen the bonds I already have. I plan to reach out to friends regularly and try to find creative ways to connect, even virtually.  

20 – Make time for hobbies 

While I do count this blog as a hobby, I want to invest time in hobbies I no-longer make time for. As mentioned above, I want to make time for craft ideas, such as knitting, painting and digital art.

21 – Handmade Birthday cards 

Ending on a light-hearted goal I want to achieve in 2021, crafting birthday cards. In December, I created Christmas cards to connect with family and friends, and now want to make birthday cards in 2021. I find the crafting process relaxing and the cards themselves personal. Plus, I already have a stockpile of crafting material, so no need to buy plastic-wrapped cards or additional material. 

Summary 

As discussed in my previous blog post, I firmly believe that you should make your goals realistic. Sometimes, however, external factors might make this highly unlikely. For every aim mentioned above, I have set out ways to achieve them. I know what I can do daily, that will help me achieve the goals I set. It is fine having overall objectives, but if you don’t break those objectives down into smaller, weekly or monthly goals, they will be harder to achieve. 

What do you want to accomplish in 2021? 

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  1. I want to start by saying 159 in under 3 months is great. Especially If they’re all organic, which I’m sure they are. 👏

    These sound like straightforward goals that, with the right mindset, can definitely be achieved!

    ❤️

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    1. I have your reviews to thank when it comes to finding new books to read! ‘You have a match’, for example, is one of the books on my to-read shelf, as it sounds intriguing! I hope you get to travel as well. I am glad I made these goals as it gives me something to focus on. Thank you for taking the time to comment. 😊

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  2. I reckon you can do 1000 twitter and 650 WP. I’m up around there after 18 months and you totally deserve the same and more. I don’t get 100 views a day regularly though, I’ve no idea what ratios indicate so I don’t know if that’s good or bad. Best of luck for 2021.

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    1. Thank you! I always love sweet comments like this. 🥰 That is amazing, congratulations! Can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the next 18 months! Thank you for sharing that information. Wishing you the best for 2021! 😊

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  3. Ooo some good ones for this year. I’m not sure if it’ll make you feel any better, but my cooking skills are likewise non-existent. I’m a danger to myself & everyone in a 5 mile radius when I attempt to make or bake anything!

    Wishing you all the very best for a happy, healthy & productive NY so you can tick some of these off your list!

    Caz x

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  4. I wish you all the best with all of you goals, I’m pretty sure you reach all of them especially with your blog. SEO is the one I’ve been trying you understand more for this year, it’s confusing but it seems to really be super important. Great post as usual 😊✌🏽.

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