Resolutions aren’t really my thing but goals are something that I can 100% get behind. Every year I try to set myself a few goals for the year ahead and that was no different this year. Right back at the beginning of 2019 I shared a post about my 5 goals for the year ahead. So, as we head into 2020 I thought it’d only be right to take some time to reflect back on those goals. Let’s see how I got on shall we?
Reflecting On My 5 Goals for 2019: Graduate in the Summer
The first, and largest, goal that I set myself was to graduate from university in the Summer of 2019. It was most definitely my biggest achievement of 2019 and is something that I’m sure I’ll be proud of for years to come. After spending three years working towards my BA in Fine Art, it was such a great feeling to finally achieve it and say that I had a degree.
Reflecting On My 5 Goals for 2019: Go To A Blogging Meet-Up
My second goal for 2019 was to attend my first blogging event or meet-up. And I’d told myself that 2019 was the year that I’d finally get to do it. I had no idea how I was actually going to go about doing it but after moving home to Liverpool, post-university, it somehow ended up happening! In Liverpool we’re so lucky in that we always seem to have new bars, restaurants and venues popping up around town. It’s one of my favourite things about the city. And with new venues comes opening nights and amazing opportunities for bloggers to attend launches/press nights etc. So shortly after coming back to Liverpool I found myself at my first ever blogging meet-up at Siren, Liverpool. It was such a great experience to finally meet some local bloggers!
Since then I’ve also been lucky to be invited to other press nights across the city including Jimmy’s (a bar, restaurant and music venue), The Liverpool Gin Distillery, LUSH and even Pandora at The Ivy in Manchester.
Reflecting On My 5 Goals for 2019: Gain More Work Experience
My next goal was to gain more work experience throughout the year, and 2019 definitely saw me gaining plenty of it. I started the year with another trip to London Fashion Week where I worked at a PR agency in the run up to, during and after London Fashion Week. Through this I actually ended up getting a long term internship with the agency! Read more about that here or to read about my first fashion week experience click here. Since I was studying only half an hour away from London it was easy enough for me to travel into the city once a week for my internship. This ended up being such a valuable experience and is something that I had an amazing time doing.
Image taken from Vogue Runway.
Throughout the year I also worked as a brand ambassador, a committee member for my sports society, and of course continued running my blog! Since moving back home, I’ve worked at two different PR agencies (a mix of lifestyle, music, fashion and toys/games PR). One of them was as a placement and the other was as a freelancer. Again this has all been great experience for me when it comes to building my CV.
Reflecting On My 5 Goals for 2019: Maintain or Improve my Blog Stats
Setting goals for my blog is something that I think is really important to do every year. For 2019 I set myself three main goals when it came to blogging. They were:
Reach 5K on Twitter: I started the year at 4.3K followers on Twitter and managed to reach my goal of 5K in July! This felt like such a milestone for me in terms of blogging. I’d almost had my blog for 2 years at that time so to hit 5K was absolutely amazing.
Reach 10K monthly views on Pinterest: I hit this goal quite early on in the year and have since more than doubled my monthly Pinterest views. But to be completely honest I still have absolutely no idea how to get my blog to benefit from Pinterest! For now Pinterest is definitely on the back-burner in terms of where my priorities lie in blogging.
700 on Instagram: When I set this goal I’d lost all faith in ever reaching it. Instagram is such a hit and miss platform for me. I’m not a big fan of it but I have it anyway (who else feels the same?). That being said I managed to exceed this goal and I’m finishing the year with over 800 followers.
A bonus (not so) little extra for me was doubling my blog views this year! I was NOT expecting to achieve this in 2019. It’s such a great feeling seeing the extra work that I’ve put into my blog this year pay off in the end. Same again next year? (I’m not so sure haha!)
Reflecting On My 5 Goals for 2019: Learn More About Arts & Culture
My final, and probably most favourite, goal for 2019 was to learn more about arts & culture. As much as setting statistic-based goals is important, a knowledge-based goal is always something that I enjoy setting myself. In my 2019 goals post I wrote “This year I’m hoping to develop a lot more of a knowledge of the arts, and more specifically music” and since then I’ve definitely achieved this!
Throughout 2019 I’ve been running a new music series on my blog which focuses on sharing music from a different genre every month. For each post in the series I chose a specific genre of music and put together a 30-track playlist of songs. The idea behind the series was to get us all to branch out of our go-to artists when it comes to listening to music. Everyone has their favourites, which is great, but it’s always nice to try out something new! So I set out to share a new playlist every month and challenged myself to learn about 12 genres of music.
The full list:
- 30 Jazz Tracks That You Need To Listen To
- 30 Funk Tracks That You Need To Listen To
- 30 Tracks From Musicals That You Need To Listen To
- 30 Alternative Tracks That You Need To Listen To
- 30 Motown Tracks That You Need To Listen To
- 30 New Wave Tracks That You Need To Listen To
- 30 Summer Tracks That You Need To Listen To
- 30 Ambient Tracks That You Need To Listen To
- 30 Disco Tracks That You Need To Listen To
- 30 Folk & Country Tracks That You Need To Listen To
- 30 Neo-Soul Tracks That You Need To Listen To
- 30 Tracks From Film Scores That You Need To Listen To
I mentioned in my goal that I specifically wanted to learn more about jazz music. And I feel as though I have! I’ve definitely got a long way to go in terms of learning about jazz but these playlists were a great starting point. Which playlist did you enjoy listening to the most?
My 3 Goals for 2020
After somehow managing to complete all five of my goals it’s time to set a few more for the year (…and DECADE) ahead.
My 3 Goals for 2020: Take My Blog To The “Next Level” (whatever that may be)
To be honest I’m not entirely sure what the next level for my blog is. Is it working with more brands? Is it a rebrand? Is it monetising my content? Maybe all of them! I guess we’ll just have to see. Whatever it is…2020 is the year I want to do it and I want to know what you’d like to see next!
My 3 Goals for 2020: Find a more permanent job
So, as you’ll know by now I’ve graduated university and I’ve been doing a few little bits of work here and there. But I’d love a more permanent job. Ideally something creative where I’m using my degree would be amazing. But finding that perfect job is proving to be a difficult task! For now I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and keep a lookout for opportunities.
My 3 Goals for 2020: Take Up A New Hobby
I guess this is actually a little bit of a cheat because I’m actually joining a new dance class next week. However, I’m setting myself the goal of sticking with my dance class throughout the year. I think it’s easy to tell yourself you’ll take up a new hobby in the New Year, whether that be a sport or a club, but actually sticking with it is the challenge. So not only do I want to take up a new hobby but I want to stick with it!
There you have it, a full reflection on my 2019 goals, and a few new ones for this year as well. How did you get on with your goals from last year? Have you set yourself any new ones for the year ahead? And let me know what you want to see more of on the blog this year!
Read next: My Top 100 Songs of 2019.
*Photography by Matt Hoffman via Unsplash.