2020 Goals

It seems like just about everyone is posting about their goals and plans for the year ahead of us so I thought I would join in and share mine. To be honest I don't really have that many and what I do have are not that fancy or ground breaking. Last year wasn't the best for me with my Dad being so poorly and due to that a lot of things just got pushed to one side or forgotten about. Hopefully this will be a much better year all round and I can start to be more organized and motivated again.

As a lot of you know I do love a planner/notebook/journal. I use them to make notes for just about everything that I/we need to do, from daily life planning to holidays I have a book for it. I have a little basket that sits besides my sofa and they are all housed in their along with a selection of pens so I can make notes and lists whenever the fancy takes me. My 2020 planner this year is a Me and My Big Ideas Happy Planner that I picked up last year while we were in Florida. Its not actually the type of planner I was looking for but its so pretty both outside and inside, plus I loved the layouts and pages. Usually I go for something that's more of an oversized diary but this is so different to that and has lots of areas for journaling & list making. I am hoping that I can keep on top of it and at the end of the year I will have a full and complete book.
Menu Planning
Something else that fell by the wayside last year was my menu planning, subsequently because of that and various other factors our diet suffered enormously. I now have a notepad that lists everything in the freezer and I update it on a regular basis. Knowing what we have makes it so much easier to meal plan for the week and for us to start to be a little healthier. I am determined to make this work so we are not reliant on last minute trips to the local Sainsburys for something unhealthy and costly. With this in mind I also want to start making breakfast and lunches to take to work, this again is for the benefits of having something healthier as well as saving some £££. I am going to dig out my cookbooks and look for some new recipes to add to our regular meals. Another thing I want to try and do on a regular basis is batch cook and freeze some staples like curries, chilli's & cottage pies etc so there is always something in the freezer that we can have.

Save Money & Pay Off Debts
Being more organized in regards to food is one way that I know we can save money. If I am organized with what we are eating then I can make a list of what is needed for the week(s) ahead and just buy that rather than make nightly visits to the supermarket on my way home from work and end up buying needlessly. No more random stuff will be added to the basket, if its not 100% needed then it wont be bought! In addition we have both made changes to our spending habits and I have cancelled several subscriptions I had to various monthly craft & beauty boxes, they were nice to have but were really not necessary. We are wanting to start planning another trip to Florida, so with that in mind we are going to cut back and reduce the amount we spend. Meals out (except for birthdays) will be replaced with nights in with a home cooked meal and something on Netflix! We both have plenty of clothes too so nothing new will be added to our wardrobes unless its to replace something that is no longer wearable and is 100% needed. I know we can do this and am confident that as the year progresses we can pay off some debts and add to our savings.

Craft Time
As most of you know I am an avid crafter and love nothing more than a day in my room creating scrapbook pages etc. Last year my crafting was sadly neglected but this year I am really wanting to spend more time being creative. I have finished my 2019 album off and am now ready to start the 2020 one. However I do still need to finish the Florida 2018 album and the Florida 2019 travel journal as well as start the Florida 2019 scrapbook. - phew, that should keep me going for a while. I would also like to get a bit more creative my with Cricut and use it to make some t-shirts and home d├ęcor. I have had a little play and added some glitter HTV (heat transfer vinyl) to a couple of t-shirts using designs I bought on Etsy and I have to say I am really pleased with how they have turned out. I just need to practice a bit more with the design placement.
I think that's enough goals for me, I don't want to over commit and bite off more than I can chew. Hopefully as the year progresses I will be able to update you on how things are going.


1 comment

Carolou said...

Love your ideas Jane. All positive and something definitely you can do. Xx