A few goals for 2020

18th January 2020

I feel like I’m extremely late to the 2020 goals scene, but better late than never, am I right?

I don’t think I shared my 2019 goals on my blog last year, and in 2018 I decided to choose a word for the year rather than having set goals. But this year I decided to brave and put my goals out there in hope that I will feel some kind of accountability.

I realise that these goals aren’t exactly SMART goals and that in fact, they’re more like “things I’d like to achieve” than goals.

Make some progress with home renovations

As I mentioned in my “A review of 2019” blog post I mentioned that we hadn’t made as much progress with the home renovations in 2019 as I would have liked.

Because we started by focusing on many of the external jobs such as having new windows and doors put in, having the fascia boards, soffits and guttering replaced, and getting the roof fixed, we haven’t made as much progress on the exciting internal renovations. But by Christmas this year I’m hoping to have finished the living room, the ensuite and the spare/guest bedroom.

I’ve already got off to a good start with a goal as I’ve arranged for the plasterer to come and replaster and ceiling and finally cover up the hole where the fireplace was later this week.

Get a dog

Oh, this one is a scary one to say out loud, even though it’s something very exciting and something I’ve wanted for a long time.

Tyrone and I would love to bring a dog into our lives this year. We don’t know whether we’ll buy from a breeder or rescue one, and we don’t know which breed to go for (it has to hypoallergenic for Tyrone) but we know that we want a furry friend in our home.

The idea of being responsible for something over than myself is terrifying; I mean, you only have to take one look at my dying plants to realise I’m not good at looking after things. But also the idea of having a dog to take for walks along the beach and to snuggle up with while watching the TV each evening just makes my heart feel so full.

Bring on a team member to the business

Again, this is another very scary goal of mine, but also super exciting.

When I started my business I knew that I never wanted to grow to the point where I’d need to bring on full-time members of staff to keep the ball rolling, but at the same time, I knew I didn’t want to do it alone.

After 2 years in business, I’m now at a point where my workload is very consistent and I’m typically booked out a couple of months in advance. I hate saying no to clients and projects that I genuinely want to take on, so I’d love someone else on board so that I can share the workload and avoid saying no quite as much as I do currently.

I’m not going to say who I want to bring on and what role I want them to play in my business for obvious reasons, but let’s just say I’m sure you can guess who it is.

Don’t buy any new books

I’m one of those people who won’t finish a book if I’m not enjoying it, and I’ve lost count of many times I’ve bought a brand new book and not finished it. It’s such a waste.

This year I’ve decided that I’m not going to buy any new books, meaning that I either have to read books I already own or borrow them from friends, family or the library.

I’m also allowed to buy books second hand from charity shops because they tend to be a lot cheaper and I feel like I’m doing something good by giving to charity.

I’ve also set myself a reading goal on Goodreads to read 20 books in 2020. That might not seem like a lot to most people but I read 6 books last year so 20 would be a big achievement for me.

Get back in the habit of saving

Back when I had a full-time job and before I owned a house I was so bloody good at saving. I use to save 30% to 40% of my wages every single month and was very frugal with the rest of my money.

But everything changed when I became self-employed and my income varied so much from month to month, and I also became very unaware of where my money was going.

So this year I’m going to get back into the habit of putting a proportion of income each month into my savings account. I’ve also set it up “save the change” on both my Lloyds and Monzo debit cards so that I’m putting money into my savings every time I spend money. I’m already surprised how quickly this adds up.

I’m also just going to try and get back into the habit of checking my bank accounts more frequently so that I really know where my money is going, and even keeping a spending diary if needs.

Get back into “personal” blogging

Getting back into blogging has been a goal of mine for the last couple of years, but it’s something I’ve really struggled with. And there are a few reasons why.

Firstly, I don’t feel as comfortable sharing as much personal stuff online as I once did. I used to share everything. When I look back at old blog posts I do sometimes question why I shared as much as I did.

Secondly, since I started my business and started a second blog for business reasons, blogging now feels like work, and I find it difficult to separate blogging for business and blogging for fun.

But I have to remember I can still have a personal blog and still share my life with you without sharing absolutely everything. And blogging can be enjoyable and fun and not feel like work as long as I don’t put pressure on myself.

For example, I bloody loved sharing my travel diary posts from my LA and Las Vegas trip last year. And you may have noticed that I got those posts out pretty quickly after my trip, and I didn’t let them drag on for over 6 months like my Baltic cruise and New York travel diary series.

Well, that’s because I didn’t put any pressure on myself. So for instance, I took all the photos on my iPhone rather than my DSLR so I didn’t have to edit them, which is something I always found super tedious. I put any pressure on myself to get the “perfect” shot, and honestly, I don’t think anyone noticed I took all my photos on my phone rather than a “professional” camera.

I don’t have to hit a certain word count. I don’t have to base an entire post on a certain keyword so that I rank in search engines. I don’t have to write a post like I’m attempting to write a New York bestseller. I don’t need to spend the next 7 days after publishing a post promoting it to death on social media. I don’t need to publish a post every single Monday at 9am on the dot no matter what.

I can do whatever the hell I like, because this is my blog, and unlike when I blog for business, I’m not blogging for anyone else other than myself.

(Phew, that could have been an entire blog post on it’s own!)

Build a new WordPress theme for Empfire

The current WordPress theme you are looking at right now was developed back in 2016, and I feel like my development skills have moved on massively since then. And so every time I own up this website I kind of cringe and think about how desperately it needs a new look.

I don’t know when on earth I’m going to find the time or motivation to develop a new theme alongside developing themes for my clients, for Snug Designs and a new theme for HollyPryce.com but I’m sure I’ll figure it out!

I’m also going to finally admit defeat and move over to the new block editor in WordPress. I still don’t love it and I still find to be very buggy, but it does have its benefits and I need to move with the times.

Have you set yourself any goals for 2020? If so, share them in the comments!

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  1. Good luck with all your goals. Renovating is such a major task and the things you want to do are quite big, as in time consuming. Hope you manage to do all of them. As for the dog, have you considered fostering for a few months a dog to see how well he/she would fit in your lives? It might take the pressure off, knowing is a sort of a trial period and not a commitment for the next 10 years or so.

    As for my goals, I shared a list on my blog, if you fancy reading them. πŸ™‚

  2. Amy

    Good luck with your goals for the year! I’ve made some goals that aren’t ‘SMART’ ones this year, because I just can’t deal with the pressure. I’d rather just be able to change what I want throughout the year, and not feel like I’m trying to meet a number for no reason at all. I love that goals give me motivation; I just don’t think they should be too strict.

    Hope all your home improvements go well. We were really lucky that the house we bought is so plain and boring that we don’t have to do anything to it (I really like plain and boring). I can’t imagine ever having to paint a room or wallpaper it, so I’m quite glad I don’t have to deal with it yet. Hope it’s not too much hard work, but I’m sure it will be worth it in the end.

    The dog goal is the best. I hope you manage to do it! I’m allergic to a lot of animals, but there are some dogs that I’m fine with, so hopefully you can find one suitable for Tyrone as well. I used to stay at the house share Andy lived in all the time, then a girl with a dog moved in and worried us both, but thankfully I wasn’t allergic.

    I can relate to the books goal so much. I own way more than I can read in a year, so I definitely don’t need to buy any. I’ve started buying on Kindle in the past couple of years, and I find it so much better. I don’t have to store them, and I can read on my phone when I’m on the go.

    I know what you mean with blogging. I’ve grown past the age where I want to share really personal stuff, and then wonder if I should even share anything at all. Sometimes it feels really self-indulgent to post about what my life’s been like, but I try to remember how much I enjoy reading other people’s posts to encourage myself to do it. Hope you manage to get into it again – I love reading your posts!

  3. Good luck with your goals! I’m sure you will do well with them, but don’t stress out too much about completing them. I feel like some of them may be a little big.

    I am sad sometimes when I look at my website because the layout is premade. I used to make all my own layouts, but then I switched to WordPress and making layouts became harder. And having less free time made it very unmotivaing to learn. Yeah I also hate the new block editor but at the same time, it does make blogging faster.

  4. These are some great goals.

    I’ve been using prebuilt themes for quite some time, then editing the CSS. I miss coding themes from scratch and have been wanting to do it, but I don’t have the attention span anymore. Looking forward to seeing your next theme!

  5. Happy new year Holly! 😊 I’m really excited for the year ahead – I can’t wait to see you smash all your goals. As I read through them, I know that you are totally capable to smash them all. ✨ I’m especially looking forward to seeing how your business grows, hiring someone is such a huge step but it’s also so exciting for you. I’ll keep an eye out on any announcements in the future. πŸ‘€
    Saving money is a big one for me this year – after travelling so much last year, my bank account has been looking super bare. I need to improve on this for sure! I’ve automated savings on my Monzo now including saving the change… It’s crazy how it all does add up eventually. πŸ™ŒπŸ»

  6. Good Luck with all of your goals! I haven’t really made any for myself this… well aside from trying to lose the weight I gained after hurting my ankle, haha. That is not really a 2020 goal so much as… ankle healed… time to get back on that ball.
    I would say, get a rescue dog… they are so loving. My sister got on and so did my grandparents and they know when they have been rescued. Once they get comfortable in the home they are some of the most loving animals I have ever been around. They just melt your heart so fast. Of course the hypoallergenic part might make it harder to find the right dog.

  7. I want a doggy too. My parents do not want a dog in the house. So until my boyfriend and I move out no pets!! Great goals!

  8. Your home renovations sound exciting! I think I saw the picture of the plastering? It’s an odd thing to say, but there’s nothing like well-done plastering! It’s so smooth!
    Getting a dog is so exciting! I got Toby in October last year, and he’s been a handful but I love him. I’m allergic to dogs too, and though Toby isn’t a hypoallergenic breed, the exposure has acted as a sort of immunotherapy. Would you prefer a dog or a puppy?
    Congratulations on your success with your business! That’s incredible that you’re at a point you can bring someone else on.
    I agree with your comments on personal blogging, especially trying to get the ‘perfect shot.’ I basically used to use my blog as an online diary, but then I started writing reviews of things and it just became a huge mismatch of things that I stopped caring about. Like you say, it’s your blog and you should write what you want! I’ve always enjoyed your posts.

    Good luck with all your goals, have a great 2020!