Happy 2021!! I hope you all had a fabulous New Years Eve (even if it was a lot more low-key than normal). I cannot believe how quickly 2020 went and what a whirlwind it was. The year started with redundancy, then within 3 weeks of having a new job I was sent to work from home for the rest of the year all thanks to ‘rona. Then things got even more surprising as two lines appeared on a pregnancy test, it really has been a crazy crazy year, full of the biggest highs and the biggest lows and I just cannot wait to see what 2021 will bring.
Each year I write a new years resolution post because yes I am that blogger that says ‘new year, new me’. I always love having a fresh start and, well, you can’t get more of a fresh start than entering a new year! However, this years post is a bit different to my normal resolutions post as I will be spending 9 months of it on maternity leave and usually a goal of mine is to work on my career and my priorities are certainly a lot different this year compared to last. If you would like to read my past new years resolutions, they will be linked at the bottom of this post. Rambly intro over, I hope you all enjoy!
Be a good mum
This one is of course the most important and I feel a little silly including it in a ‘resolutions’ post but it truly is my biggest goal and it would just feel wrong not including it. 2021 is the year my life will completely change as I am becoming a first time mum and as I am counting down the days until my due date I am becoming more excited and even more nervous, there is nothing I want more than to be a good mum.
I know I am not the only one who spent lockdown clearing out old items that I no longer need or love and then donating them to a charity shop. I absolutely love charity shops and have always shopped in them as well as contributed. However, one thing I really want to do is donate to food banks. In most supermarkets there are food bank containers at the end of the tills so it couldn’t be easier to contribute and I am so guilty of walking straight past them. Food donations are so important, now so more than ever with the ongoing pandemic and I am definitely going to start contributing weekly. I recently read the most amazing post from Jennie (50shad3s0fjay), who spoke all about the importance of food banks and why we should all be giving back to those who need it. It is linked here and I really urge you to give it a read.
Tackle my driving anxiety
I have been driving now for just over two years and I have always been an anxious driver. In 2019 my confidence behind a wheel improved so so much but since spending most of 2020 at home, the only places I typically driven to were the supermarket and to and from my parents houses so my confidence has declined massively. This year I really want to get my confidence back in driving to new places and also drive on the motorway for the first time.
Eat less meat
A few years back I was vegetarian and I certainly felt my healthiest, but since moving out and cooking for me and Harry, who is a meat eater, I now tend to eat meat for most dinners. This year I really want to be more conscious of what I am fuelling my body with and make better teatime decisions. Would it really be a new years resolution post without including a cliché healthy eating resolution?
Stop worrying what people think
This sounds like such a vague resolution, but hear me out. I worry so much about what people think of me and I have always been so scared of judgement, whether its judgement from a friend, family member, colleague or a passing stranger. In the grand scheme of things I know that the chances of them actually negatively judging me are quite slim and even if they are it doesn’t matter as I should be confident in my actions and choices. BUT I still can’t help but worry and this is so toxic and consuming. People keep telling me once the baby is here all the small worries will go out the window as your whole life will change and now revolve around my little human, and I really hope that that is true. This year I am determined to use all the techniques I learnt in CBT therapy to combat the intrusive thoughts and be more confident in my choices.
Thank you all for reading, I really appreciate the love and support my little blog received in 2020. It has been a funny old year for blogging, I have had more online breaks than ever before and there has been far fewer content creating opportunities compared to the years prior. So I truly do appreciate you all sticking around, here’s to another year of blogging!
Until next time,