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My 2020 New Year’s Resolutions

Photographs reflecting on 2019.

You don’t need to wait until Monday, and you certainly don’t need to wait until Auld Lang Syne comes to a close to make changes in your life. Despite this, the idea of New Year’s Resolutions are something I can definitely get on board with. They’re pretty awesome when you think about it – we’re all trying to improve our lives in one way or another.

Before I went volunteering in Zambia, my perspective on life changed. Slightly dramatic? Of course not. For the first time, I was making decisions without thinking about anyone but myself. In the best way possible, I stopped caring about things that were simply out of my control. While all of this was happening, what was surprising to me was that this sensational sense of change occurred smack bang in the middle of 2019.

See, it’s simple: change can happen at any point in your life. However, for it to work effectively, it’s all about building healthier habits into your life that grants room for success. That being said, I’ve got a few commitments that I’d like to stick to throughout 2020…

What My 2020 Looks Like:

📚 Books, books, and more books!

I’m making a promise to read more books this year. Pinky promise. When a new year arrives, I always say that I’ll read at least one book per month and I never get anywhere close. I’m not going to put a number on how many, but I’ve got my GoodReads account at the ready!

There’s an addition to this 2020 commitment though. Instead of always buying my books straight out of Waterstones, I’m going to start using my local library, lending books from friends/family, and hunting for new reads in charity shops. I’m also looking to diversify my book consumption, so if you have any recommendations, let me know in the comments of this post!

Book covers of Feminists Don't Wear Pink And Other Lies, It's Not OK To Feel Blue And Other Lies, Becoming, and Crazy Rich Asians. Positioned on a yellow background with cirlcles.
Here are some of the books currently on my list!

❤️ Giving back

Next up is giving my time to causes that I care about. This is something that I’m super excited to be doing and can count towards my Action at Home projects with VSO and the International Citizen Service. Towards the end of this month, I’m going down to London to meet up with other volunteers from the Zambia project to learn more about the changes we can start making from home.

While I’ve always donated to charities, I want to do something more. The great thing about giving back is that it can come in so many forms. I’ve started becoming more politically active on social media, I’m planning to go into my old school to talk about my experiences volunteering, and I’ve got something in the works that I can’t tell you about just yet!

💰 Being better with money

I might be a good saver, but I’m an equally great spender. A weekly trip to Waterstones? Go on then. Fancy food? Every day ending in ‘y’. Then an odd takeaway on top of that. While I have no problem indulging in things that I like, I know there are better ways to go about it.

If I’m ever going to save for a mortgage, I need to have full control and visibility on what I’m spending – and budget appropriately. Maybe a Monzo account could help. I need to start using discount apps, capitalise on cashback opportunities, and all that jazz. I’d also like to win the lottery. 2020 is my year.

🥘 Eating healthier and learning how to cook

I’m useless in the kitchen and anyone can vouch for that. If you know me, you’ll know that this is a resolution I make time and time again. Wow, this blog post just became an admission into how bad I am at sticking at resolutions. HOWEVER, this is definitely changing. Linking with my resolution above, I’m going to start taking healthy lunches to work instead of buying unhealthy meals when I’m out. This is going to be a gamechanger for me.

I should probably mention that I’m starting to cut down my meat consumption. The Greggs vegan range couldn’t have come at a better time if I’m honest. We ain’t got a lot of time to save the planet peeps. It’s now or never.

✍️ Start writing more

Writing is a passion of mine, hence the whole blog thing. So this is my commitment to you guys, my incredible readers: I’ll be updating this blog much more frequently talking about the things I care about. I’m super excited to see what 2020 has in store for all of us.

To round up everything, I want to know what changes you’re going to be making in 2020 if any. Equally, if you’re not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions, I want to know why! Let’s start a discussion in the comments below…

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