2020 Goals, Where Are We?

As 2020 comes to end, it dawned on me that I had better start thinking up some new goals for 2021…and oh yeah, reflect on my 2020 ones. This year was definitely not what I was expecting, in fact, most of the things I was planning for were completely thrown out the window to sit inside and wash my hands every three seconds. I still stand by the fact that we should have wrote off all goals and the such for 2020, but after doing some reflecting, I did have some achievements this year, while maybe smaller or more personal. I did get a cat, which is kind of like a life goal achieved, so let’s say I excelled at my goals for the year. Overall, here are my 2020 goals and my reflections on them:

  1. Save money by becoming a more mindful consumer. I did make more of an effort to pay attention to materials and brand missions as well as purchase secondhand on Poshmark. Did I cut back on spending overall? Next question.
  2. Read more. I read somewhere north of 25 books in 2019, I am currently at 57 for 2020. CHECK.
  3. Make Friends. So due to COVID, this didn’t really happen. I also got very lazy and well, not much going on here. I feel like this was a broad one, I don’t know just making excuses at this point.
  4. Make 5 difficult recipes. I roasted a chicken and made Ina’s Spaghetti and Meatballs. I also made croissants and cinnamon rolls. So close to 5, but happy with what I did make. In general, I cooked meals 4-5 times a week (usually easy Mom-blog recipes), but still made an effort here. Happy with that!
  5. Be Present. I gave up my social media for about 1.5 months, which was great. I also tried to spend less time on my phone while with others. This all went downhill about October-mid November, but who can blame me?
Aurora 😊

While I didn’t achieve everything, I am proud of the things I did accomplish this year from my goals. I am also really proud of myself for hitting goals I didn’t even set. Other things I did in 2020 that I didn’t plan on:

  1. Worked out 4-5 times a week. When quarantine started, I was so nervous about getting lazy and not being active, so I signed up for obe and honestly, changed my whole fitness routine. Most of my need for working out was more of a mental need, but I do feel stronger overall and see more toning on my limbs. Here’s to a healthy body! I’m trying to hit 200 classes by the end of the year!
  2. Watched less Netflix/Hulu/HBO/etc. See: 57 books read.
  3. Started therapy. I was really feeling it about mid way through the year and I knew my mood and general demeanor were not normal, so I asked for help. And it did really help. I would highly recommend for anyone who’s afraid to step out there and talk to someone, it’s scary but it’ll be worth it (for anyone curious, I used Talkspace due to COVID; would recommend, makes it easy to fit into your schedule or as needed).
  4. Wore less makeup/cared less about looks. Okay, so I feel like this is only because of quarantine, but in general I’m not as focused on how I look (i.e. going out in public with/without makeup) and go most days without makeup on/hair done. I have focused more on skincare these last few months, which is way more important. Also, haven’t had my hair color done in like 6+ months and I don’t really care anymore about how bad my roots look?
  5. Less hung up on mistakes. I am a perfectionist, and I get very easily hung up on mistakes. While I’m still working on this, I do see where I care less about not being perfect and giving myself slack for little things I might mess up or not do perfectly. See: started therapy.

Overall, I’m happy with how my year went (other than the obvious downfalls of 2020); I didn’t hit all the goals I set for myself, but I did accomplish other things I wasn’t expecting when I wrote my list in January.

What did you achieve in 2020, whether you set goals or not?

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

2020 Goals, Are We Still Doing This?

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I had 5 goals for 2020 and I honestly forgot what they were (oops). I think the pandemic just cancelled everything for 2020? That’s what we’re doing right? All joking aside, I thought it would be a good time to check in again since we’re now closer to the end of the year than the start, and see if I am tracking towards those goals or not, and maybe re-evaluate the goals I did set.

  1. Save money by becoming a more mindful consumer. Well, I can say I’m halfway tracking toward this. I am becoming a more mindful consumer as I’m learning more about sustainability and thrifting, but I haven’t stopped spending money. I have been saving money since I’ve been thrifting and not paying full price for new things, but in regards to saving 25% of my income, yeah, next question.
  2.  Read more. My goal was 30 books for the year and I am currently at 33 books and counting. I want to increase this goal to 60 books for 2020. Let’s go!
  3. Make Friends. Hah, no comment. I do have a new book club I’m joining that will be meeting this weekend. Doubt I’ll make any friends BUT I am trying and putting myself out there. Huzzah for some-ish-kind of effort!
  4. Make 5 difficult recipes. Hm, I haven’t actually ventured down to difficult recipes town since I roasted that chicken (its little cold body was so traumatizing to hold). I can try harder here. I’m thinking spaghetti or tiered cake from scratch. Any good recipes out there?
  5. Be Present. I removed social media apps from my phone for the month of June and I haven’t yet re-installed them. I do still have them on my iPad and I can easily access from my laptop as well, but I do feel like I’ve made strides here, choosing to do things during the weekend days, rather than lay around scrolling through all my feeds.

Is anyone still tracking their 2020 goals, or has everyone else written off this year due to the pandemic and starting new in 2021?

I think I’m planning on making Ina Garten’s Spaghetti next weekend, will keep you posted how that goes…

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

How’s the Year Going?

For New Year’s I made some goals for myself to work towards in 2020. If you need a refresher, they can be found here. Since I don’t have much going on, I thought it might be a good time to check in and reset if needed.

  1. Save money– still not going well. There’s always something I need to buy, or correctly, want to buy.  It’s a sickness, but I have been trying to think through purchases a bit more before I make them. Baby steps, right? Since quarantine, I’ve been worse at purchasing things that aren’t exactly necessary (like loads of books, outdoor furniture…), but I did put my tax refund and stimulus check towards my debt, so here’s to trying! I think my savings goal was a bit over adventurous, best to work on my debt before I start saving too much.
  2. Read more- I’ve read 17 books so far this year, I would say I’m doing fairly well with this one! Might go above my goal?
  3. Make friends– hah, nope. I was trying to be friendlier at work to people I don’t necessarily work with, and I tried to join a book group on MeetUp but then pandemic happened so haven’t made any progress here. Since in quarantine, I’ve been trying to facetime with those people who are my friends?
  4. Make 5 difficult recipes– I made a roast chicken! It was SUPER gross and I almost vomited like twice, but it was super rewarding in the end. And tasty! I tried a new cinnamon roll recipe but haven’t done much cooking other than instant pot and easy meals. It’s hard to be adventurous in the kitchen when only half the grocery store is stocked.
  5. Be present– I was doing fairly well with this one, but quarantine and tik tok happened and my screen report makes me cringe every Sunday morning (can we just agree Apple should stop doing that until this is over?).

Did you make goals for the year? If so, how are they going? Is quarantine impacting them, either positively or negatively? I’ve love to hear about it in the comments below!

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

 

Cheers to 2020

It was the end of a decade, but the start of an age.

-Taylor Swift

Can I just say, I am not a big New Years person. I don’t go out (like ever) because I’m usually in bed by 10 and staying up until 12 is hard and who actually cares if you went out and popped champagne and danced until your feet were sore? Not to say there’s anything wrong with that, I’d just rather stay on the couch with close loved ones and then go to bed once that ball has done it’s job.

Does that make me a weird 26 year old? Maybe, but maybe not. I really don’t care either way. At some point in the last decade, I learned to not give a shit (or more accurately, not give as much of a shit) about what other people thought of me. I’ve recently started wearing less makeup. I try to do what I want to do and sometimes that involves saying no to things that will stoke any anxious or stressful thoughts. But that also sometimes involves doing things that are going to stoke those thoughts into an, at most times, unnecessary roaring fire. In the last year, I moved across the country to the fine city of Los Angeles, leaving behind the majority of loved ones on the East Coast. That was really hard and continues to prove hard as I return back to visit, only to leave again knowing I’ll need to spend a load of money to return.

Some 2019 memories!

I think resolutions are a good idea though often easily forgotten (especially by myself). I do prefer to set goals and somewhat realistic ones at that. So here are my 2020 goals that I hope to accomplish over the next year:

1. Save money by becoming a more mindful consumer— we all know I could write, produce and star in Confessions of a Shopaholic, but after recently reading The Year of Less, I want to be more mindful of my purchases and really force myself to consciously decide if I really need to make the purchase. I also want to save around 25% of my income over the next year. Might make it into a somewhat shopping ban, stay tuned.

2. Read more—this is such a generic thing but I’ve always included reading in my goals. I read around 25 books in 2019 and I want to read 30 in 2020. I really do love reading and want to spend more time doing that, versus bingeing another bumble gum show on Netflix (but seriously is anyone watching You Season 2? GAH).

3. Make friends— since moving to LA, I’ve made a few work friends who are wonderful but I don’t have any friends to go see a chick flick with, or grab a coffee with. I love my boyfriend and spending time with him is wonderful but sometimes I miss a friend companion, if that makes any sense? I want to try some local art classes and possibly volunteer (things I’ve heard help make adult friends).

4. Make 5 difficult recipes— I’m talking roast a chicken, make REAL spaghetti, the kind of meals that take all day or at least a few hours to simmer and build flavor. I’m hoping to do more than five, but I’m also trying to be a mindful consumer so I don’t want to unnecessarily overspend to reach my goals.

5. Be present— I am 100% guilty of spending a lot of time on my phone. Like too much time. I cringe when my screen report pops up every Sunday morning and shames me into another week. I might take a month break from social media or something wild, but no promises.

Here’s to a new year, a new decade, and all the possibilities that the future has in store. I hope you take today to spend time with yourself, with loved ones, or however you choose to find joy and happiness.

Love always,

Sara

New Year, Same Me.

Happy 2018! How’s your new year so far, Reader? Mine has been pretty quiet, so I’ve been trying to reflect on the last year and what I hope to accomplish in the new. While 2017 was full of ups and downs, it had more downs than I care to remember. As I turn 25 this year, I come to realize that I will never follow the ‘New Year, New Me’ mantra; I am who I am and no resolution is going to dramatically change that. I spend too much money on things that don’t matter. I eat eggs at least once a week for dinner because I’m too tired to cook and I have anxiety that causes me to assume the worst at almost every moment.

So here are my goals for 2018. I’ll probably fall short, and if I’ve learned anything in the past 25 years, it’s that…. that is okay. Life is a journey, blah blah blah, *insert inspirational quote to get you through all the bullshit that life throws at you.

  1. I want to spend time in the kitchen making an actual meal, at least once a week. I have so many cookbooks and Pinterest boards full of recipes that are unused. I’m no chef, but I would like a better understanding of food and flavors and hope to develop a skill in 2018 (making chili for the 1st time ever as I type!).
  2. I would like to read at least 12 books over the next year. I’m going to start with something off Barack Obama’s 2017 list and see where that takes me. I miss getting lost in the story of a good book. This is a cliche goal, but reading is so important to me and I’m sad that I have forgotten this.
  3. I want to spend more time with friends and loved ones. Life is short and nothing is as important as the people you surround yourself with. In 2017, I was very lax in spending time with much of anyone and I regret that. I let my anxiety cripple my social life and I’m not letting it happen any more. I have wonderful friends, a wonderful boyfriend and family and I want to spend time with them while I can.
  4. As I said above, I want to stop letting my anxiety rule my life. I spend most days worrying about my family and friends as well as life scenarios that could or could not happen. Whether the fact that my boyfriend didn’t come over for dinner means that he’s over me, or that my boss’s quietness means I’m about to be fired, I need to stop letting these things ruin my days. Much of 2017 was lost to these thoughts and I’m tired of it. I’m taking back ownership of my life, even if it takes me the next year, or the next five.

Reader, what do you hope to accomplish in 2018? Or, better yet, what did you learn in 2017? Let me know in the comments, and I hope you have a wonderful new year!

-Sara

2015 Goals.

1. Kindness
I know I’m somewhat kind, but I want to be a better person. That green monster, Envy, and his not so nice friends, Grumpy and Selfish always get on my back. My friends sometimes have to dance around my temperamental moods and I do feel bad about that. Here’s to a better attitude and a kind heart!

2. Moisturize moisturize, MOISTURIZE.

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I’m basically 22, so I’m pretty much 30, and I need to start adding more moisture to my skin. I want to take care of my skin so in fifteen years I won’t be running to get Botox, or wishing I could go back in time and kick my twentysomething self in the butt for not caring about my skin.

3. Build a wardrobe.
Graduating college and heading into the professional world means I can’t necessarily wear leggings as pants everyday (Boo!!). I need to build a wardrobe with some more expensive staples that will last awhile. I also want versatile pieces that can be paired with a few different things. Oh, darn, I’ll have to go shopping, won’t I?

4. Put down the electronics!!
Reader, I got an iPad mini for Christmas and it’s been attached to my right hand ever since. I mean I’m reading and blogging and pinning on Pinterest! I’m totally addicted to my little beauty. But I do want to set down my electronics and spend more time in the present with those around me. It’s my one thing from this past year that I didn’t quite get to work on that much…

Reader, I hope you’ve had a beautiful year and I can’t wait to see you in 2015!

Best wishes for the new year, B.