I can’t quite believe 2020 is over – what a year! Never had any of us imagined that over the last 12 months toilet roll would be a luxury commodity, travel would be pretty much non-existent and that we’d be commuting to the kitchen for 9 months. However, whilst I take a minute to digest the last year and my reflections on 2020 and what’s to come in 2021, I fondly reminisce the long summer walks in lockdown, the arrival of my baby nephew in June, spending quality time with my family and perfecting my banana bread technique. It’s been a challenging year, but with so many highs that I’ll remember forever and ever. Now I’m excited to sit down and plan my 2021 New Year’s resolutions to make it another memorable year!
For the last 2 year’s I’ve set myself some resolutions for the year ahead (never had done anything like that before other than ‘eat healthy’/’get fit’ etc.) and now think it’s something I’ll always do because I’ve really enjoyed having something tangible to work towards that’s always in the back of my mind.
In school they teach you about setting ‘smart’ objectives and it always seems like obvious stuff e.g. make sure your goals are specific…measurable…achievable…! But more than ever I feel like this really resonates with me when I’m thinking about what I want to achieve in the year ahead. When you give yourself a generic goal of losing weight or doing ‘more’ exercise – what does that actually mean?! Thinking about my resolutions last year it was really clear to me what ‘run 500km’ meant and how I could achieve that, but eating more healthy was harder to quantify. 2021 is going to be the year of tangible goals and I cannot wait!
But before I look ahead I thought I’d let you know how I got on with my 2020 resolutions…
COMPLETED – One good thing to come from lockdown and the pandemic was running! G and I were in a good routine at the start of the year with our boxing, but because gyms were shut it forced us to get outside and run instead. From March to June we completed 75% of our 500km target. It was definitely the resolution that I thought about the most, every time I logged onto Strava. 500km isn’t that long a distance, but for me it gave me a reason to put my trainers on, run that extra kilometre and get some fresh air.
Alcohol and Eat Healthy
COMPLETE (I think) – A pretty generic resolution that had no real ‘end goal’ and therefore I’m not quite sure what quantifies ‘completing it’. However, last year I definitely was careful about what I ate and drank, limited the prosecco (again helped by lockdown as there was not as much reason for me to drink at home!) and I had more time for home cooked meals and experimented with new recipes. I did bake a lot of banana breads during lockdown but it was balanced out with salads for lunch and the extra running! Some of my top recipes of 2020 included my Raw Broccoli Salad, Eggless Walnut & Banana Cake and Vegan Corn Fritters!
Invest in my Blog & Write 50 Posts
INCOMPLETE – So, I narrowly missed out on ‘completing’ this resolution (I actually forgot it existed until I reread my ‘2020 resolutions’ blog post). I actually wrote 38 posts over the last year, which I’m still really pleased about as it’s a huge improvement on previous years. I also did redesign and relaunch my blog in June, I’ve started writing more fashion content and collaborating with some brands on social media. Lockdown meant I spent far more hours on my blog than ever before and I’d say on the whole ‘India Hattersley’ has gone from strength to strength, so I’m excited to see where 2021 takes us!
Now, having ticked off the above and feeling pretty accomplished I can start to look ahead and plan out some ‘smart’ 2021 New Year’s Resolutions…
Dry and No Choc January
It’s a classic time of the year but given the restrictions I’m going to join the band wagon and start 2021 in a clean, healthy way. No chocolate and no alcohol for the month! I think this won’t be toooooo much of a challenge as I don’t drink that much anyway and after the tonne of chocolate I ate over Christmas, my body is in need of a little detox! I’m also excited about rustling up some healthy veggie recipes from my two new cookbooks I got for Christmas (watch this space for new food blog posts…)
Read More Books
I love reading but often find an excuse to not do it that regularly. On holiday it’s easy and I can race through books day by day, but when I’m back in London it’s a little harder. Having tried to be better with reading over the last few months I’ve found I sleep way better and so in 2021 I’m going to set myself the goal of 26 books. That’s 2 books a month which I know isn’t a lot but it’s more about routine, discipline and having a specific goal to work towards. If you have any recommendations please let me know!
Lune & Libra Launch
Those that follow me on Instagram will know that I’m starting a business venture and I hope that 2021 will be the start of that journey. Not much more to say on the matter at present, but keep your eyes peeled… (out of all the 2021 New Year’s resolutions, this could be the most exciting yet!)
In December 2020 I joined a step challenge with work that forced me out and about on a daily basis. I couldn’t quite believe the impact an extra dose of fresh air would give me – it was just SO great and allowed G and I to have more quality time together too. Given that our new pup arrives in 3 weeks and we’ll be in a far better routine of walks I think it’s only right that we give ourselves a stretching target to hit in 2021. It will be a little tricky to track as I use the ‘health’ app on my phone (and won’t always have my phone on me) but we’ll give it a go…3 million steps!
What are your 2021 New Year’s resolutions? Let me know in the comments below and perhaps I’ll even add to my list!