Happy New Year! It feels a little late in the year to be writing up this post. We’re two weeks in, work is back in full swing, and it feels as though the Christmas break was years ago. There’s been a tough start to 2020 as we sadly had to say goodbye to our little 15 year old Scottish Terrier, Daisy, last week. It was devastating if I’m honest, but she’s had a wonderful long life and we all loved her so much, so it’s a relief that it all happened relatively quickly and that she wasn’t in pain for long. It is weird now, only having our little Yorkshire Terrier Lou Lou (pictured) left, but seeing her on the weekend made my heart happier.
I’ve decided that this year is all about stressing less and being a little more “permanent” with things. Last year was a huge change as I opted to go freelance and found myself hopping between productions and commuting for work a lot. It was tough on occasions, but it was actually one of the best decisions I have ever made. I feel as though I’ve really progressed this year, and I would never have done if I didn’t take that risk. I am starting a new job next week on a production I have always wanted to work on, so I feel like it’s definitely paid off. I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into a new role and for all the new challenges and opportunities.
My personal life was also a bit all over the place as Shane was away and I didn’t really have an idea of what I was doing and when, so this year I’m looking forward to things being a little more planned out. There’ll be more stability, I’m hoping things will be a bit more constant, and I’m determined to try and chill out a bit more.
And that’s why this year, I’m also being consistent with my goals. There are no crazy ideas in the mix, but instead I’m going to develop on what I started last year with travel, fitness and reading.
GOAL 1: Run a sub 2 hour half marathon.
I am putting it out there, into the universe, I will run a half marathon in under 2 hours in 2020! If you’re a regular reader you will know that I love running and what started out as a challenge is now a really enjoyable hobby (even in the winter!). This year the plan is to take it more seriously – I love having something to focus on, and I’ve set myself the challenge of completing a half marathon in under 2 hours. I want to do some more shorter races and I’d love to enter another half, including the Cardiff race which takes place in October. I’m also determined to join a running club this year, to make it more of a social thing and to improve my technique and up my mileage.
GOAL 2: Visit 12 new places in 2020.
Travelling has become a huge part of my life now and even though I can only squeeze trips in between my job, Shane and I are setting a challenge to visit a new place every month. Whether that’s as far afield as Canada or as close as a short trip down the road, I think this is the perfect way to get out and adventure. I also really got into hiking last year, so would love to make this goal an excuse to do more of that.
GOAL 3: Read at least 30 books.
Last year I read a lot. I loved it. I feel like I became a bit of a hermit on occasion, and I really loved settling down with a book instead of constantly scrolling on my phone. I wanted to read 20 books last year and I read 27. So this year, I’d like to read over 30. I definitely think this is doable, especially as I’ll be commuting to and from Bristol every day for my new job. That’s the perfect opportunity to read, right?