When I look back at 2019, I see a year of change. At the start of the year, I moved out of my parent’s house into a one bedroom flat with my boyfriend and I transferred to one of the City branches at my current job as a Clinical Receptionist. At the end of the year, I handed in my notice and am due to start my new job as a Band 5 Physiotherapist at the end of this month and am currently looking at moving to a new one bedroom flat nearer to my new job.
A year ago, on my 22nd Birthday, I wrote a list of 23 things I wanted to achieve by the time I was 23. I turn 23 this week and therefore thought it was time to update you all on my progress.
You can check out my 6 month update post for the items I completed in the first half of 2019. This includes: Completing Veganuary, Visiting Liverpool, Learning How To Make 3 Cocktails, Seeing Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, Seeing Waitress, Seeing Hayley Kiyoko Live, Moving Out and Reaching 1000 Followers on this blog.
Visit All The Restaurants in Time Out’s Vegan-Friendly Box
In September 2018, my boyfriend Tom purchased Time Out’s Vegan-Friendly Box where you get 50% off at 8 London-based vegan-friendly restaurants. We managed to visit 6 out of the 9 places on the list: 2 of the restaurants closed during 2019 and the final restaurant we ran out of time to visit. I think the box was a good way to visit new restaurants that we had not necessarily heard of before but we did often find ourselves travelling to London just to visit that restaurant since they were scattered around London. My personal favourites were Ugly Dumpling and Megan’s.
Try 6 New Fitness Classes
Since the start of 2019, I have attended two classes which are included in my gym membership: Yoga and Pilates but have not attended a class since. I have been mostly working out by myself at the gym using the personal training programme that one of my work colleagues put together for me. I would like to try Class Pass this year though as I do enjoy attending classes and find that they motivate me to work-out harder than working out by myself. Have you ever used Class Pass and how did you find it?
Complete The 30 Day Meditation Challenge
This challenge includes starting with 1 minute of meditation on the first day and increasing it by a minute every day up to 30 minutes on the final day. I would still like to complete this challenge at some point but a minute a day sounds more achievable at present.
Visit Ireland & The Isle of Wight
Visiting Ireland has been on my list for the past two years and yet I still have not visited! As with the Isle of Wight, there are so many places in the world that I would love to visit so both of these places often take a back-seat as there are so close and easy to visit.
Try 6 New Hobbies including Learning Calligraphy, Taking A Photography Class & Starting A Travel Journal
I think this goal would have been more achievable had I picked six hobbies that I would like to try this year, although, on the other hand, I did choose three hobbies I would like to try and still failed at completing them! I did pick up two new hobbies in 2019: I have a gym membership that I actually use, although not as regularly as I would like, and Tom and I have switched from bouldering to roped climbing which is much kinder on our hands and bodies in general. I would still like to learn calligraphy, take a photography class and start a travel journal and I need to put time aside during the weekends to do this, perhaps booking a class in order to force myself to try them.
Read 25 Books
According to my Goodreads, I have read 9 books in 2019… not the 25 that I was hoping for! I think I could have read 25 books had I actually read a book on my commute to work rather than binge-watching a TV show. In 2020, I would like to try to read on my commute to work and see if I can beat 9 books.
Complete The Zip Line in Bermondsey
In May 2019, Tom and I completed Velocity 2, the longest zip wire in Europe and fastest in the world. So whilst we did not complete the zip line in Bermondsey, we did complete a zip wire in 2019. I would still like to try the zip wire in the future though.
Practice Driving & Meet A Blogger Friend
These are two items that I would like to complete in 2020. I used to drive regularly when I was living with my parents but since my boyfriend is such a confident driver, it has been easier for him to drive but this has meant that my confidence has decreased. In 2020 I would like to force myself to drive more often to increase my confidence and driving skills.
I would also love to meet a blogger friend. If anyone knows of any blogger groups in London that I could join, please let me know as I would love to meet more bloggers living in London.
I was definitely more successful at completing items on this list in the first 6 months of 2019 than in the latter 6 months. Honestly, I had not reviewed this list since I wrote the 6 month update in July this year which I think is partly to blame as I was not constantly reminded of my goals for the year. For my 2020 list, I will print the list out and attach it somewhere that I will be able to see on a daily basis but also make the goals more attainable as I believe I was very optimistic with my goals in 2019.
How did you get on with your 2019 goals?