Just a few more days, guys. A few more days before the year – the decade even – is over. I cannot believe it.
I feel like the year flew by. Like, I blinked and it’s almost over. I did lots of fun things this year, I accomplished some things that I am so proud of (like getting a job, yay!). I kept up with the blog pretty well, I tried out some new things. It’s been a pretty good year, I’d say. And I’m hoping 2020 will be just as good. I’m going to try my best to make it just as good, if not better!
And how am I going to do that? By setting some goals. Not “I have to 100% stick to it or I will have failed” goals, but just some things that I’d like to start doing, or maybe just keep up with, this year. I won’t be sharing my bookish goals in this post, those will come next week, but basically all the other things that I will try to do this year, are right here.
An area that kind of deserves its own section, is fashion. I have set a few goals for myself when it comes to my style and my shopping habits, some of which I already tried to do a bit over the past few months.
The first thing I want to try is to play around with my style a bit more. I want to get out of that skinny jeans comfort zone, try to wear more skirts, dresses and really anything that’s not a pair of skinny jeans on a daily basis. Of course, I will still live in my skinny jeans for the most part, but I want to try to just branch out a bit. Similarly, I want to try and find and define my style a bit more, as I feel like it can be a bit all over the place sometimes. I don’t need a set style that I stick to, but I just want to get more of an idea what my style is, what items and colours I reach for most in my closet as well as in stores. I hope that by “understanding” my style more I will be able to simplify my shopping habits a little bit, and hopefully shop less in the process.
Which brings me to my next goal. I want to shop less, and when I do shop, buy secondhand or really great quality pieces that fit my style and my life, and that will last for years and years in my wardrobe. I did my no shop challenge last month, and you may know that I did not succeed, but I do want to continue and try to be mindful of what I buy and where I buy it. A few things I want to do to help me achieve this goal is work with wish lists. If something is on my wish list, I can save up and buy it, but if it isn’t, it first has to be on my wish list for a while before I can pick it up. In this wish list system I want to make sure that I try and identify what is actually something that will add to my wardrobe, and what is just trend based or an “impulse item” so to speak. Impulse or trend based wish list items aren’t bad necessarily, but I want to make an effort to find those secondhand instead of new. I will allow myself to impulse shop a little more secondhand as long as it’s not ridiculously expensive, but I do have to make sure that it is something that will add something to my closet. For example, I have a million and one sweaters, so I really don’t need another one, no matter how soft and cute and pretty it is. Or I will have to get rid of a sweater that I already have.
I would also like to experiment with capsule wardrobes, 10×10 challenges and uniform dressing a little this year. I don’t need to necessarily make it a lifestyle, but I’d like to try it out here and there. I already have this whole idea in my head where I combine the 10×10 wardrobe with the uniform dressing for a few weeks, I am so excited about that one and I will definitely do that this winter and see how it goes. I have also already done a sort of capsule wardrobe over the last few months, I have stored away a bunch of clothes that are season appropriate but that I decided I wouldn’t wear unless I really missed them, and instead have a smaller selection of winter clothes. I quite like it so far, but I definitely still have a lot of items (sweaters) and I feel like, for a true capsule, I could definitely slim it down a bit more. I also hope that this way I will identify what I do and do not wear out of all the items that I own, and so what I can clear out of my wardrobe. And again, I hope that it can help me figure out what my style is.
Life in general
Onto the general life goals I am setting for 2020, as I do have a few there as well.
Let’s get the basic things out of the way. I want to get back into working out. I haven’t set foot in a gym in I don’t even know how long, but I figured that 2020 is the year where I would like to do that again. A good motivation is that my boyfriend has the same idea, and although we probably won’t go at the same time, it is still nice that there is someone that has the same goal as me, that will ask me if I went and how it was (hopefully). I plan on starting out with just a workout class once a week, and other than that just try to stay active in day to day life. I cycle to work almost every day, so that’s 40 minutes a day where I am already moving, and I think that with a workout class added to that, I will be doing pretty good on the staying active front.
The other standard New Year’s goal I have is to save money and spend smarter. I want to spend my money on things that actually make me happy instead of the next white t-shirt or Domino’s pizza. And of course I want to be smarter with it and save up, for emergencies or travelling, for our future, for a nice handbag or pair of shoes. For a new bed or couch. I have a few areas that I want to save money for, and I want to really make an effort to do that. I don’t really have a set number that I want to save up this year, because who knows what unexpected expenses will come our way in 2020, but I will definitely make saving my money a priority. Obviously, the whole shopping less thing will probably help me with achieving this goal, because all those little bits here and there definitely add up. I’ve been doing pretty okay already with saving my money over the last year or so, but I definitely want to kick it up a notch if I can. And I am sure I can.
In terms of spending my money on what makes me happy instead of impulse buys, I definitely want to make that a priority as well, and it does tie in with the saving thing. Instead of ordering pizza at home, we can save that money and go out for a nice dinner on the weekend. Instead of buying a cheap dress or sweater I can save that money and put it towards a more expensive item, or a weekend away. I want to spent on travel, on my hobbies, on a fun date night with Gideon or a city trip with a friend. I enjoy going out on an afternoon by myself and grabbing a coffee and some lunch, and work on my blog posts in a cafe, so I want to spend on that. What I don’t want to spend on is then browsing the shops and buying a bunch of things that I don’t need. This all ties in nicely with my next goal..
I want to do more fun things. With Gideon, but also with my friends and family. I want to go on more hikes, I want to explore old and new cities that are only a short train ride away, which are a lot of cities here in the Netherlands. I want to visit more museums, as there are a whole bunch that G and I have free access to with our Museum card. That thing is legit the best, it’s so nice to not have to pay a €17 entrance fee but you’re still supporting the museum. We actually went to a castle nearby last weekend, and it was lovely and beautiful and interesting. And it didn’t matter that the gardens weren’t in bloom, we can just come back in spring, because we can go in for free and just wander around. I want to do more of that this year. It doesn’t have to be a big trip, not even a night away, I just want to explore more of the cities, nature and culture in my country.
I mentioned before that I want to spend money on my hobbies and improving there. Well, a very concrete goal I have is to buy one or two extra lenses for my camera, so I can improve both the photos for my blog as well as just play around more with photography. I am looking into getting a nice little macro lens or something that is perfect for portraits, and a more wide angle lens that works well for landscape photography, as I have been really enjoying that as well. I also want to learn more on the photography front, what are the best settings for different scenes, how do you do and capture certain things. Photography is something I really enjoy, so I would love to improve my skills in that area.
And lastly, I want to continue to do at least 2, sometimes 3, blog post here on the blog. I truly enjoy writing these, taking the photos, coming up with new ideas. I like challenging myself with style posts, I like thinking deeper about why I do or do not like a book or beauty product, so I can review them here on the blog. I like the creative process. I like seeing that the amount of views and readers that I get are slowly growing. I love getting the occasional comment. And I am very thankful that there are people out there that like to read my posts, and come back to see what I am loving or maybe not loving so much every once in a while. So thank you for that.
It is a long list of goals guys, but they are all things that I would love to try in the new year. I won’t beat myself up if things don’t always go as planned, but I feel like overall these things are all pretty achievable so I think I will make it work.
Do you have any goals for 2020? And also, what is your favourite memory of 2019?
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