3 Goals That I’m Setting For Myself For 2021

3 Goals That I'm Setting Myself For 2021 - Female Original

I was really torn about whether or not to bother setting (and posting) some goals for this year. But in the end I decided to go for it. Which is why this is coming out a little late, just over a week into January 2021. After the year that we’ve had, it just goes to show that you really don’t know what’s around the corner. I know that almost all of us will’ve set ourselves goals that just weren’t possible to achieve in 2020, and that’s okay! But I think because of the fact that you never really know what’s going to happen, this year I’ve decided to only set myself goals related to my hobbies and knowledge-based goals.

I’m not putting any numbers in any of my goals. Nothing too specific or stressful. Just simply goals that I know I’m going to enjoy working towards, and if I don’t achieve them all then I don’t achieve them all. Let’s just take the pressure off this year, eh?

First, What Were My 2020 Goals?

So before I get onto my 2021 goals I thought I’d quickly go back and reflect on my 2020 goals. You can read the full post here.

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Take My Blog To The β€œNext Level” (whatever that may be)

I guess this was a fairly vague goal. I mentioned working with more brands, a rebrand and monetising my content as potential meanings behind the term taking my blog to the “next level”. And I guess to a certain extent I did achieve a few of these goals-within-a-goal (for lack of a better term). 2020 was the year that I finally figured out what I wanted my blog to be.

If you’ve been here since the beginning then you might remember that Female Original actually started as a university and lifestyle blog. I dabbled in a bit of everything for a few years, from food to fashion to university life to blogging tips. Even at the beginning of 2020 I was still writing about a fair few topics. But around halfway through 2020 I decided to just write about the topics that I found the most natural and fun to write about; music and drinks. And I think without 2020 being the way it was, I might’ve never have come to the same conclusion.

Find a more permanent job

Let’s just say the search continues on this one and leave it there shall we…

Take Up A New Hobby

My final 2020 goal was to take up a new hobby. Again this was a fairly broad goal and, at the time, was a bit of a cheat goal because I’d already planned to join a ballroom and latin class. Well, I ended up stopping a few weeks in because it just wasn’t my thing. I enjoyed the dancing itself but there was absolutely no one there who was my age so it didn’t have the social aspect I was hoping for. Looking back now, I would’ve had to stop even if I did enjoy it because of lockdown.

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3 Goals For 2021: Continue To Learn Other Languages

Language is something that I’ve always been interested in, and led me to study Spanish throughout school. But over the last few years I’ve found that my interest has really grown. I’m a huge fan of foreign films and am always watching foreign language TV shows on Netflix. Often I find myself being drawn to Spanish films/TV shows because I have an understanding of the language. But during 2020 I found myself getting really into Korean dramas. A few weeks back I was watching a K-drama and suddenly thought to myself…why don’t I try and learn a bit of Korean?

I’m no stranger to trying to learn a new language. You might remember me mentioning that I tried to learn Italian a few months back in my 5 Ways That I’m Spending My Time post. But, to be completely honest, I really didn’t stick with it. In my head, because I knew a fair bit of Spanish I assumed Italian would be easy enough to pick up. But I realised that because I’m not super fluent in Spanish, I actually ended up just confusing myself trying to learn Italian and work on my Spanish at the same time. Which brings me back to Korean.

Continue To Learn Other Languages: Why Korean?

My thought process behind choosing to learn Korean is that it’s so different to Spanish that there’s absolutely no way that I’m going to confuse the two. Another thing is that I’m so fascinated by the Korean alphabet (Hangul). The idea of learning a whole different alphabet to English is just so exciting to me. And finally it’s the practical use of it. Since I watch so many Korean shows I’d love to be able to actually understand a few words here and there. Obviously I’m not expecting to become a Korean speaking boss by the end of 2021. But if I could pick up a few words in some of my favourite K-dramas then I’ll take that as a win!

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3 Goals For 2021: Discover A New Genre Of Music

I remember back in 2018 when I was setting my goals for 2019 I mentioned that I wanted to learn more about arts & culture. Specifically I wanted to learn more about jazz music in 2019, which I ended up having the most amazing time doing. For me goals should be fun to work towards, and that’s why I’ve chosen to set myself a similar goal this year. To discover a new genre of music.

What do I mean by this exactly? Well I basically mean learning more about a specific genre of music that exists. In 2020 I ended up developing a love for Bossa Nova music (as a result of Lockdown 1.0) and I absolutely loved exploring the genre. Bossa Nova music really helped me get through Lockdown last year and so I’d love to find a new genre to enjoy during the current lockdown. I haven’t decided which genre it’ll be as of yet but I’m pretty bloody excited to discover which one it’ll be. If you’ve got any suggestions then send them my way.

3 Goals For 2021: Watch More ‘Iconic’ Films

My final goals for 2021 is another fun one. I don’t know about you but I’ve got a to-be-watched list of films that has just been building up over the last few years. I keep adding and adding to the list but never actually watching any of them. I’ve now built up a list of probably over 100 iconic films that I seriously need to watch. 2021 is the year I finally start working my way through them. Who’s with me?

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Have you set yourself any goals for the year ahead? Let me know what they are in the comments. And if you have any music genre suggestions for me then send them my way!

Female Original

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76 Comments

  1. Graham Crosby
    January 9, 2021

    Some interesting goals here. I’m learning Spanish, which feels quite straightforward. Korean seems like it’ll be a real challenge! Good luck!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 9, 2021

      I’ve always found Spanish really enjoyable to learn and I agree that it feels a bit more straight forward than some other languages. I think it’s because quite a few words sound like English words. I’m interested to see how understanding Korean words will work e.g. will it get to a point where I see the character combinations and can make a guess of what a word means. Thank you!

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  2. Kelly
    January 9, 2021

    I would love to learn a new language, but I’m not sure if it would be something I could actually keep up. I have a huge list of iconic films I need to watch too, 2021 is definitely the year I need to work down the list!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 10, 2021

      It’s definitely going to be a challenge sticking to learning both Spanish and Korean but I think it’ll be a lot of fun to work on! Hopefully we can both tick off some iconic films from our lists this year πŸ™‚ x

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  3. Lucy
    January 9, 2021

    I love your goals Faye, I’ve been learning Spanish since the first lockdown began and it’s definitely helped my brain from turning into mush! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 10, 2021

      Thanks Lucy! I’ve been keeping up with my Spanish but I’ve got a long way to go still. Looking forward to learning some Korean this year πŸ™‚ x

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  4. Sarah Jones
    January 9, 2021

    Some great goals! I started learning Korean for the same reason last year! Sadly, it’s been hard to find the time but I’m so ready to give it another go this year. Good luck with your goals πŸ™‚

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 11, 2021

      Thank you! Oh that’s so cool – hopefully we can both get to grips with the basics of Korean this year x

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  5. Jaya Avendel
    January 9, 2021

    I love comparing my goals from last year to progress to my ambitions for the New Year, so I enjoyed reading your reflections here!
    Best of luck learning Korean and, hopefully, you discover new music through the watching of iconic films. We have been watching minseries like Shogun, Horatio Hornblower, and North and South for the past several months and it has been a great contrast to ‘modern shows’. πŸ™‚

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 11, 2021

      It’s always interesting to look back on the year and see what you’ve achieved! I love a good miniseries and I haven’t heard of any of the series’ you’ve been watching – will have to look into them x

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  6. melissa major
    January 9, 2021

    These are some wonderful goals for 2021! I hope to improve my blog to this year

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 11, 2021

      Thank you so much! Good luck with your goals x

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  7. Lauren Kenny
    January 10, 2021

    These are great goals, I’m sure you will smash them! One of my main goals is to read more this year and it’s going well so far πŸ™‚

    Lauren | https://www.wooloftheking.com/

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 10, 2021

      Thank you so much! I’d love to get into reading this year as well – good luck with you goal πŸ™‚ x

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  8. Kayleigh Zara
    January 10, 2021

    Watching more iconic films is on my list! I’ve been loving watching cult classics and films from across the world during lockdown.

    I really hope you’re able to find a more permanent job and level up your blog this year x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 11, 2021

      I’ve got so many cult classics to watch! Thanks so much x

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  9. Caroline
    January 10, 2021

    These are some great goals for the new year. I really want to read more iconic books – I’m not much of a film person! Also, love the idea of discovering a new genre of music. I hope you have a great year πŸ™‚

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 11, 2021

      Reading iconic books sounds like such a fun goal! Thank you, you too πŸ™‚ x

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  10. Della Driscoll
    January 10, 2021

    Brilliant goals here! I wish you all the luck with growing your blog, finding another job, and learning a new language. May this year be full of joy for you xx

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 11, 2021

      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚ x

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  11. Ooh watching films is a great one! I’m massively into music but rubbish at films – I’ve barely seen any of the iconic ones which can get a bit embarassing in conversation haha. Might have to copy that one for this year! x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 11, 2021

      I’m exactly the same! Hugely into music but have somehow missed so many iconic films (despite absolutely loving watching films!) x

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  12. Jodie | That Happy Reader
    January 10, 2021

    These are such great goals! I particularly like the fact you are trying to learn a different language. I wish you much successful in 2021.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 11, 2021

      Thanks so much! I think it’ll be a challenge but I’m looking forward to it. You too! x

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  13. Cristina Rosano
    January 10, 2021

    These are all great goals, Faye! I started learning Korean too last year for the same reason and also because I enjoy learning a new language. It can still be confusing but I get so excited when I understand words in K dramas and K pop songs! Hope this year will bring you even more opportunities x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 12, 2021

      Thank you! Oh that’s so cool! I’d love to be able to recognise a few words here and there in my favourite k dramas πŸ™‚ x

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  14. Fransic verso
    January 10, 2021

    I hope you find a good permanent job and be able to make your blog to the next level. I’m sure you can get it!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 12, 2021

      Thank you! x

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  15. Sophie Harriet
    January 10, 2021

    These are such fun and interesting goals! I recently developed an interest in languages too, despite not enjoying learning them at school, so I started learning French in lockdown 1.0. Good luck with learning Korean! I love discovering new genres of music too. I can recommend musicals! Or for something more relaxed, I like modern choral music, try the composers Eric Whitacre or Morten Lauridsen, they have some beautiful songs. I need to watch more films too – I have hardly watched any iconic ones but I just never find the time to watch them! xx

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 13, 2021

      Thank you! I studied French until I was around 15 but I can’t remember any of it now! Good luck with your learning πŸ™‚ x

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  16. Sophie
    January 10, 2021

    I love that this list of goals is doable regardless of the state of the world and whatever this year may bring. I’ve held off because I honestly don’t know what to aim for at the minute. I think my top goal is to get on a plane at some point πŸ˜‚. I’d love to pick up a new hobby but I’m not really sure what that can be while I’m not leaving the house.. Good luck with the Korean!! x

    Sophie

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 11, 2021

      I was so close to not sharing any goals for the exact same reason! I ended up choosing these three because I know they’re going to be fun to work towards. Taking the pressure off this year and just having some fun. Thank you! x

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  17. Veronica
    January 11, 2021

    Great goals!! I can totally relate to the last one. I have all these movies on my to-watch list, although we got through a few of them over the holidays there are plenty left.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 13, 2021

      Thank you! My list seems to be ever-growing haha! I’m looking forward to slowly working my way through it x

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  18. Macey @ Brine & Books
    January 11, 2021

    best of luck with all of these goals, faye!!! this year, i haven’t been to extensive with my goals as i have done in years past. i think, after the year we’ve just had, i’m keeping them simple, but that doesn’t mean they’re not all easy peasy! i think i just wanted to feel less pressure for the more specific and detailed goals of the past, while keeping hard work front and centre to come off with rewarding results xx

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 13, 2021

      Thanks so much Macey! I’m with you there! It’s definitely a year for taking the pressure off for me. x

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  19. Anika
    January 12, 2021

    Great goals, I really hope you achieve them all! I have the goal of learning a new hobby, or rather, getting back to a hobby that I lost! Learning a language will be so much fun and so useful, I hope you enjoy it.

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 13, 2021

      Thank you so much! Learning a new hobby (or getting back into an old one) sounds like a great way to spend your time. Good luck with it! x

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  20. Angie Soul
    January 12, 2021

    I have to be honest…after reading your blog, I realized that I put way too much pressure on setting my own goals in 2021. And I want to thank you for that! I love your approach and how it is aimed towards what you actually enjoy doing, rather than what you feel you must do. You have inspired me to reevaluate my goals.

    I love your goal of watching more iconic films, as I have always wanted to do this myself. As for learning Korean, that seems like such a fun challenge and I wish you the best! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 13, 2021

      Ahh thank you so much!! I so nearly didn’t bother setting goals but in the end I decided to just have fun with my goals this year πŸ™‚ X

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  21. Fransic verso
    January 12, 2021

    Great goals. I do have a must-watch movies list as well haha and waiting for it to be released.
    Wish you a wonderful year!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 12, 2021

      Thank you! You too πŸ™‚

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  22. Zoe
    January 12, 2021

    Great post! I love the iconic films goal- I’m trying to do something similar this year, really want to watch more of the classic films! x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 13, 2021

      Thank you! I’m so excited to start working on that goal – it’ll be a lot of fun for sure x

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  23. Lovely
    January 13, 2021

    These are brilliant goals! Good luck! Wishing you all the best for 2021!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 13, 2021

      Thank you so much! You too x

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  24. Natasha Evans
    January 13, 2021

    Ooh I think watching more ‘iconic’ films is such a good goal! I’m terrible with films as I’ve barely seen any that are popular or ‘cult’ classics.

    Tash – A Girl with a View

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 13, 2021

      I’m going to have a lot of fun working on that goal for sure! x

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  25. Charity
    January 14, 2021

    These are such great goals for the new year! Good luck to you achieving them all!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 14, 2021

      Thank you so much! x

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  26. James Lane
    January 14, 2021

    Lovely set of goals.

    If you are looking at learning Korean and watching iconic films, then I recommend ‘Brotherhood’ (a war film) and ‘Fighter in the Wind’ (martial arts) dependent on your specific tastes.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 21, 2021

      Thank you! I’ll have to look into them both as I’m not familiar with them – love the sound of them though πŸ™‚

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  27. Lauren
    January 15, 2021

    These are some great goals to have set yourself. Good luck achieving these goals. Let’s hope this year is a safer and happier year for us all.

    Lauren http://www.bournemouthgirl.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 17, 2021

      Thank you so much! x

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  28. Allegra
    January 15, 2021

    I love the fact your NY goals are all oriented to self-development. So many people wish for random things like an exotic holiday or going to the gym. But you choose things with the aim of feeling happy and I love that.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 21, 2021

      Thank you so much! I wanted to choose goals that I knew I’d get a lot of enjoyment out of working on πŸ™‚ x

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  29. Nancy
    January 16, 2021

    Oooh! I think you did a great job with your blog last year. Keep doing an amazing job! It is good that even though ballroom and latin class wasn’t your thing, you still gave it a try. Good luck with your goals for 2021! Learning new languages is great!!

    Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 21, 2021

      Thanks so much Nancy! I’m looking forward to working towards my 2021 goals this year x

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  30. Becky | Uptown Oracle
    January 16, 2021

    Oh I’d love to see what’s on your to-be-watched list of films (if that’s something you would like to blog about πŸ˜‰). Good luck for all your goals in 2021, and fingers crossed it becomes a much better year! πŸ₯°

    Becky | Uptown Oracle | The Blogger Group

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 21, 2021

      Oooh that could be a lot of fun to write! I may have to steal that idea haha. Thanks so much! x

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  31. Gemma Jayne
    January 18, 2021

    These are some great goals! I am learning German at the moment but I do also want to learn Japanese! I think learning a language is so fun, and I get so excited when I can put a sentence together randomly towards someone haha! Good luck with your goals πŸ™‚ x

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 21, 2021

      Thank you so much! I’d love to be able to put together a few sentences in Korean this year. Good luck with your German lessons! x

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  32. Katy Stephenson
    January 20, 2021

    To watch more iconic films… That’s a great resolution! In fact, I’m going to do that as well! There are so many classics I haven’t seen!

    Katy | http://www.katystephenson.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 21, 2021

      It’s definitely going to be a fun one to work towards! Hope you enjoy watching some classics this year πŸ™‚ x

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  33. Lynn Mejia
    January 26, 2021

    These are awesome goals that I know you’ll smash! Your blog is so lovely. I’m so with you on the continued job hunt. Thanks for sharing x

    http://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      January 27, 2021

      Thank you so much! Good luck with your job hunt πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  34. Amy Marshment
    February 10, 2021

    You’ve got some amazing goals on here! What a super beautiful and open read. Really interested in the fitness side of things that you’re working on too! Have a beautiful week. All the best, Amy at amymarshment.com xx

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 12, 2021

      Thank you so much! x

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  35. Monique
    February 15, 2021

    interesting goals! I’ve been wanting to learn a new language but I’m still not sure what haha. Good luck with finding a job! I hope you find something you’re passionate about while doing good in paying the bills!

    http://www.lifebeginsattwenty.com

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 18, 2021

      Thank you! Hopefully you can find a new language that suits you πŸ™‚ x

      Reply
  36. beth
    February 18, 2021

    Best of luck with your goals for this year!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 19, 2021

      Thank you so much! x

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  37. Merry Sari
    February 24, 2021

    One of my goals also wants to take my blog to the next level. I’m working hard on the content, engage more and more, monetize it, and looking for sponsored posts. Best luck with your goals!

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    1. femaleoriginal
      February 24, 2021

      Oooh I love that! Thanks you – good luck with your goals! x

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  38. Bethany Jones
    March 21, 2021

    Best of luck with your goals for this year, my goal is to keep building my blog up.

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    1. femaleoriginal
      March 28, 2021

      Thank you! Great goal πŸ™‚ x

      Reply

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