Not only is it a new year but it is also a new decade! I like having resolutions and and I don’t believe you have to wait until January to make them either! I will take a look back at some of my aims from 2019 and what my aims for this year!
One aim I really wanted to finish was 50 parkruns and I completed this at the end of November! I will do a full blog post on my experience but I will say that I was really pleased. I thought at one point I wasn’t going to get to fifty due to being ill and having other commitments on a weekend. I remember in February my car was in for repair so I missed two weekends and I was in such a funk on one weekend that I didn’t leave the house AT ALL (I do feel like that occasionally). I didn’t think that after missing three weekends in a row I would come back from that. James and I made brownies to celebrate with a fifty candle on top and it was just nice after having it on my list for so long to tick it off!
This wasn’t a January resolution but one I decided to make part way through the year! This one I didn’t achieve unfortunately. I made the decision to run the marathon in May and announced it on my blog in June. I have written about it a lot on my blog but to recap I decided to run the Bournemouth Marathon back in May time. Because I made the decision to run the marathon so late I had to pick an October one and there wasn’t that many marathons to pick from in October. I really struggled with the whole process really but the worse part was that I was constantly tired. I was tired to the point that I had to take the week off running as I constantly felt like shit, I was run down A LOT due to the amount of exercise I was doing and I got injured which I hated.
Will I do a marathon this year. To be honest no, I have no plans too. Although I was the fittest I was last year, the amount of time it took and how miserable it made me I have other aims that I want to achieve.
I live in a different county to my parents and since I left home at 16 to go to boarding school, I really haven’t seen them enough. In 2019 I set myself the goal to see my parents at least once a month. Although I didn’t see them once a month, most of that was genuine reason such as being ill on a particular week. That said I saw them much more than I would usually and I hosted Christmas at my house with them last year which was really special.
I have had this blog a VERY long time (six years!) on and off. I started writing about cycling (one and her bicycle I think it was called) I really struggle balancing this with a full time job and although I am so expecting stardom I did want to write more. Having had a quick look at my statistics since 2013 I am surprised that I did seem to write a blog post almost every month 45 blog posts were written in 2018 (the most times I have written on my blog in a year) and in 2019 I wrote 39!
To be honest I am pleased that I wrote 39 blog posts, I am more shocked that I hadn’t realised I had written a lot of other blog posts in other years and should have factored that in when I made that resolution! Part way through the year I also set the aim of publishing 200 blog posts in total. I was well on my way until November and December hit me lie a train and I was just too busy and exhausted to devote the time to it. Therefore by the end of 2019 I had published 190 blog posts in total.
I also updated my wordpress theme in the summer, which was a big achievement for me as I thought I would never do it! I was bored of the pipdig one and felt there were better templates out there. I purchased my wonderful template from Kontryna Bass design which I found by having a browse at other blog sites and seeing what other bloggers are using. I installed it myself made me feel really clever being able to install it myself successfully even though it was so easy to do!
One resolution which would actually help me at work was to make a couple of videos to help my editing skills. I did make a couple of youtube videos this year (I find it super cringe!) and however I found I enjoyed editing and creating the videos. You can find them here and here.
I really started to notice I was scrolling wayyy to much on my phone. Even on the train to and from work I felt that I wasn’t getting the best out of my commute. Although I love Instagram as a social media network I was feeling really miserable looking at all the beautiful pictures and I really hate with twitter (my second best network) that I can see what other people have been doing in the twitter feed. I just want to see other people’s twitter posts! I did do a massive twitter purge back in September which made me happy and I have started to bring more books onto the train and listen to podcasts again. I wouldn’t say this was a successful resolution.
As above I want to make a conscious effort to scroll less, I have made a good start but I could do better. I have the app Your hour which I will configure properly so it doesn’t count Spotify, Podcast Addict and Trello. Apps I don’t consider time wasting!
Continuing from last year, I want to ramp up my video editing and filming skills.
I made quite a head way with this in the summer of last year by using code academy. I learnt A LOT about CSS and HTML and some of it has helped in work. I want to build upon this and may even get the paid version so I can create sites.
As you can see fitness isn’t a priority for me this year as running was for me last year. However I enjoy mountain biking and there is this race in Cannock Chase which total beginners can enter so I want to enter in that.
I have a weird body shape where my core isn’t as strong and lean as the rest of my body. Therefore I am going to ramp up the fitness to this area this year.
To give myself credit I am not bad with finances. I save every month, have different accounts and have two pensions. However I am not good at shopping around for the best deal and really understanding my pensions. So this is something I want to improve on this year.
I am going to keep my once a month resolution to see my family!
Do you keep New Years Resolutions? Let me know in the comments below.
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