My first post of 2020, happy new year! So much opportunity to set goals and intentions for the year ahead, figure out what you want to achieve in the next 12 months. It’s quite a fun and refreshing time.
I know I have some intentions I want to set for 2020, it will be a big year for me. I will be graduating from university and trying to figure out what my next step is. To go home, to stay in Portsmouth or move away to a different country change my name and live a different life. The last might be my best hope, nevertheless, an exciting time to have the ability to choose whatever I want. We shall see what the year ahead has in store.
Reflecting on the year past
Rather than looking back upon my goals of 2019 and analysing them, I just wanted to mention all the amazing things that happened this year. Whilst I didn’t actually set any resolutions last year, instead I shared ways I wanted to be a better ‘Eco-Warrior’. It was something I felt I needed to do as I wasn’t being the best ethical advocate that I could be. Looking back, I am proud of what I have done, and I look forward to continuing my journey of becoming the best ‘eco-warrior’ that I can be.
I did indeed celebrate the small achievements such as refusing leaflets that are offered to me (usually I would accept because I didn’t want to upset the person), I remain positive in that everyone doing sustainability imperfectly is better than no one, and I continue to lead the way, encouraging others to make their own small steps into becoming sustainable. We can always improve the things we do for the planet and I think it’s great that so many people this year have woken up to the pressing issue. Those people are truly leading the way for a sustainable future. Here’s to more in 2020!
Outside the realm of sustainability, I enjoyed traveling locally, going to places for work, I have not been to before, modelling for more photographers and taking on so many new roles. I developed many skills and confidence in myself this year. It has been a great year for new adventures, learning experiences and travel.
What I want for 2020
What can I achieve this year?
Well there is so much I could achieve, but I want to feel more fulfilled by the things I do this year, whether that be through volunteering, doing stuff I am passionate about or learning new skills. Fulfillment is something that I want in 2020, to be happy in anything I do.
I would love to:
1. Take on a new hobby
Aside from writing this blog and photography, I don’t actually have a hobby that I can do when I’m bored or need to relax. It would be great to develop something new maybe knitting? Or I could start learning the play my guitar properly again, it’s been sitting in my room for months and I haven’t touched it. It’s quite sad though, with work, university deadlines and society responsibilities I neglected playing. Maybe this year I will master at least 3 new chords.
2. Travel around Europe
This ‘travel more’ goal is on everyone’s intentions for every new year, trust me I said it in all of mines too. However, it can be unrealistic, like will you travel to every place you want to in 12 months with all your prior commitments? Probably not but it can’t hurt to have a little travel list and aim to go to maybe 3 of them. My focus is on Europe, this means I can use the train to interrail across the countries I want to visit. Keeping my carbon footprint low and enjoying the beauty of the countryside views from a train window. As I am graduating this summer, it felt like the perfect time to organise a graduation trip to travel Europe. If I can achieve at least 3 of the countries in Europe I want to visit then I will be happy.
I do this every year, it’s something that is so valuable to you, the company you volunteer for and/or the people you help. For me most of my volunteering has been within the sustainability realm; I was an environmental auditor, on a trees council, a political and campaigns officer and now I’m on the global action plan’s youth panel. Whilst being on the panel, I also want to do some other form of volunteer work, in an NGO or local charity, something that will help people.
4. Take time to recharge
Recharging and resting never really goes well with me, I tend to get irritated quite quickly. I always have something I need to do, thus making my wellbeing a low priority. My housemates always say that I need to slow down, take a break but when I try it sends me into a state of panic. It’s like when the chill switch is flicked in my mind, I start overthinking. But getting into a daily routine of recharge is needed, so I don’t give myself early grey hairs. This year, resting is going to be built into my mindset that it’s ok to not do work every day, sleeping when your body needs the rest is not something to be guilty about. Don’t deprive my body what it craves; if I need to eat that chocolate bar then I will or if I need to sleep for 9-10 hours, skip the alarms. I don’t need to be alert 24/7.
2020 will be the year of fulfillment & good intentions, what do you want from your year?