Hello! If you’ve been around for a while, then you might remember that I made 19 Goals for 2019, this time two years ago. I really enjoyed having something to focus my mind and although I didn’t achieve all of my goals entirely, I’m sure that I achieved more than I would have, had I not made myself accountable here.
In perhaps a foreshadowing of 2020, I decided not to write myself a list of goals at the start of last year and instead decided to take a step back from the blog. I gave myself permission to not post as regularly, which is probably just as well, as to be honest the past year has not left me feeling particularly inspired.
But – and there is always a but – I don’t want to leave the blog entirely. There are so many memories recorded here and so many lovely play and learning activities that I know people have found useful, especially during this year when so many have been trying to occupy their children at home. Having said all that, I don’t really feel that Pondering Parenthood reflects ‘me’ so much anymore, so I’ve changed the blog name to At Home With Jules. I think this new name still reflects my role as a stay at home parent but also centres a little more around, well, me.
As the girls are getting older, I don’t think it’s fair to focus on them quite so much. I had also hoped that by the time I published this post, we’d have moved into our new home, but our pre-Christmas move didn’t go to plan. I’m very excited about the new house and want to share some of the things I do with it. Hopefully we’ll have moved by March and I’ll be showing you all around!
Anyway, shall I get to the point? With all of the above (plus a bit more) in mind, here are my goals for 2021. Spoiler: There aren’t 21 of them!
I’m hoping I’ll be able to tick this one off pretty quickly, but we had planned to move by Christmas and as I write there still hasn’t been discussion of a completion date, so I don’t want to tempt fate and be too overly optimistic! Some of my other goals are to do with the new house but I won’t go into too much detail because I’m scared I’ll jinx our move!
Last January, before the world turned on its head, I did a decluttering challenge and LOVED it. I’m keen to do more decluttering and organising this year, and perhaps I’ll document some of it on the blog this time, rather than just my Instagram stories. (I’m active most days on Instagram stories so if you’re not following me there, please do, I’d love you to join me!)
This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while but only managed a very small crop of strawberries this year. I’m hoping this is something I can build on in 2021!
I think I’m one of the few people who didn’t find time to read more during 2020. I think I’m putting that down to my mind being an anxious mess for most of it. I know 2021 isn’t exactly starting off with a clean slate where Coronavirus is concerned, but I’m hoping that by making myself accountable here, I can shift myself off my phone and onto my Kindle, as I spend far too much time mindlessly scrolling! I think it’s good to have measurable targets, so for this one I’m going to aim to read 12 books in 2021; one for each month. I’m cheating slightly for January as I’ve already read a few chapters of Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club.
Assuming our house move goes to plan, each leg of the school run will increase from around 5 minutes to 15, so that should help, for a start! I’ve also been given a yoga mat for Christmas, so I want to try to utilise that. I’m thinking about starting strong and committing to doing a yoga workout every day during January, even if it’s just 10 minutes before bed, in my pyjamas.
So, there we have it. After the whirlwind of 2020, I think five goals for 2021 are quite enough – to be quite honest I’d be happy just to get through the year with my health and the health of those I love intact. I hope if you’ve set goals or made resolutions for yourself this year, then you’ve treated yourself with kindness and won’t beat yourself up if this year throws us all another curve ball. Happy New Year, everyone!