My 2020 Goals

My 2020 goals … or should this be called my 2020 vision?! Lol. Probably not. As each year comes to an end I do like reflecting on the highs and lows, what I feel I’ve achieved and what I’d like to do better at next year. Some people hate the idea of new year resolutions, and I completely acknowledge that we can make fresh starts whenever during the year we can. Plus, you know, we don’t have to decide to make a change! Personally though, I like the feeling of a new year. It gives me focus. I’ve tried to make goals this year that I can’t fail. By that I mean they’re not necessarily number focused, e.g. ‘lose x amount of weight,’ ‘read x number of books,’ because that can bring a feeling of failure. Instead they’re goals that I’ll reflect on at the end of each month/quarter/when I remember and consider how well I’m doing, whether I need to do better, or whether it’s just no longer a priority for me.

I’m a few days late to post, because of only getting back from my trip to NZ just before returning to work, so let’s just say I’m starting these now!

So here we go: my 2020 goals, split into eat, travel, create because I’m just so on brand.

EAT

Eat mostly vegan
As of this month, I’ve been vegetarian for 4 years, and I haven’t looked back! This year, I want to eat more vegan food to improve what I’m doing for the planet. Primarily I want to focus on eating a more vegan diet on an everyday basis at home, and maybe be less strict when out and about. Hanoi isn’t set up particularly well for veganism but I’ll be trying my best.

Improve my relationship with food
I need to stop seeing food as a comfort and a cure for boredom. I need to improve the range in what I eat and what I’m willing to try. I

TRAVEL

Travel more sustainably
Last year I got too many flights, in my opinion, only really realising when I counted them up at the end of the year. I want to cut down on flights whilst still being able to travel, so I’m going to be taking some advice from the lovely Hannah Matcha and try to travel a bit slower and in a more environmentally conscious way.

Increase my local travel
This is linked to the above, but as part of cutting down on short-haul flights for weekends away etc., I want to see my local area more. Hanoi itself is huge and there are so many parts I haven’t seen yet, but also I’d love to take more trips to the surrounding areas like Ninh Binh, Mai Chau and other spots I haven’t visited before.

CREATE

Blog more consistently
2019 was the year this blog was born and, to be honest, it took months of designing, editing, changing the name etc. until I finally decided to launch. I want 2020 to be the year where my posts get read by more people, and the year where I post more regularly. I have so many ideas of what to share; I just need to make sure it’s a priority!

Develop my art style
I really want to develop a more consistent style in my drawings. I know we shouldn’t compare, but I follow so many incredible artists and designers on instagram. They’re all so different but they have their own unique style and I’d love to work on that. I’m going to follow the #oneaweek2020 project set up by @onrshop. I’m already late to start and missed the first week but hopefully I can keep up with the rest.

Complete my Journalism diploma
I’m a third of the way through my diploma in Freelance & Feature Writing from the London School of Journalism. It’s self-managed so there aren’t any real time constraints, but I am hoping to complete it by late summer/early autumn. Unfortunately that does take some time away from the other creative projects I’d like to do, but the skills are worth learning so I need to stick at it!

ETC.

Be more present

Cut down on screen time

Move more

These don’t need explaining, do they? Less scrolling, more moving, more focusing on the stuff that makes me happy. Reading more, taking time to enjoy the little things and having better conversation.

So that’s it! We’ll see how I go, but I’m feeling good about this year and excited for what’s to come.

Do you make resolutions? Let me know by commenting below!

Niobe x

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I’m Niobe, a 20-something Brit living and working in Hanoi, Vietnam. I’m travelling (& eating) my way around South East Asia and sharing some of the best bits through articles, photo stories & digital artwork.

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