2020 goals recap & setting up new year’s resolutions!

a 2020 overview.

Hello, friends!

This is the last post in my 2020 overview and 100% a very self-indulgent one. I don’t know how interesting it will be for any of you to read me talk about the goals I didn’t achieve and whatever resolutions I have for 2021, but if you have yet to set up goals for the new year, maybe this post can be at least inspiring! For the most part, it’s just to hold myself accountable.

Let’s look back to my 2020 goals, and see if I even accomplished anything:

MY 2020 GOALS

  1. Read 50 books. ✔️ I actually read 90, and I definitely wouldn’t have accomplished such number if lockdown hadn’t happened. In April alone, I read 12 books, and while most of my year was full of mediocre reads, I am still happy with the overall number and the fact I pulled an overachiever for this one.
  2. Learn how to drive. ✖️ Since the pandemic started, most driving ed classes were canceled and, even though they’ve restarted by now, I’ve honestly lost all motivation to sign up for classes. Also, my sister has been driving more frequently, so I can just ask her to drive me places now lol.
  3. Believe in my dreams and work towards them. ✖️ Yeah, this didn’t happen, lol. Even though it was such a “broad” goal, I did have specific things I wanted to do, such as get a higher paying job, save money, improve my English, etc., and none of these things happened. I dreamt a lot, though! I literally lived in daydreams this year, since we couldn’t really go anywhere. But, yeah this was a fail.
  4. Find a blogging schedule. ✖️ This was another EPIC FAIL! I set up a schedule at the beginning of the year, and I probably stuck with it for like two weeks? I hate not being able to blog consistently, and I know I need to make it more of a habit, but yeah, it’s not going great. It’ll be a new goal for 2021.
  5. Do not give up on writing. Or anything. ✔️ Y’all, I DID IT! I spent an entire year without giving up on mostly anything? I mean, I did give up on a few things (even some school assignments which is obv no bueno), but I pushed through many more! And I even completed NaNo, and while I didn’t finish my book (I still have a few chapters to go), the fact I did not give up on my story makes me proud.

So, overall, out of my 5 goals, I completed 2, which is kinda bad, but also considering 2020 and our circumstances, some were out of my reach and I’m not entirely mad at what I didn’t accomplish. (Except the not finding a blogging schedule thing. Jesus, when will I learn?)

Now, it’s time to set up my goals for 2021! I am going to break them down between reading and personal. I also realized I’ll be turning 21 years old, which is absolutely disgusting, and I made myself sad just writing this.

MY 2021 GOALS

READING GOALS

  1. Read 70 books. Seeing my Goodreads goal go back to zero is pretty scary, but I want to push myself to read at least 6 books a month, meaning if I do stick to it, I’ll finish 72 by the end of 2021. *crosses fingers*. I really don’t want to lower it!
  2. Read at least one black author a month. I had this as a mini goal last year, but didn’t really write it down anywhere, so I ended up not sticking to it for every month. But I want to be more conscious of it for 2021!
  3. Finish all my on-going series. At the moment, I do have a few series I need to either catch up on or finish altogether, such as the His Dark Materials trilogy, the Truly Devious trilogy, and the Trials of Apollo.
  4. Start a new series! As I finish more, I also want to start a new series. It’s been forever since I last felt myself getting super attached to characters in a series, and I’m debating between The Gilded Wolves and Renegades. Maybe I’ll even start both!

PERSONAL GOALS

  1. Solo travel? Not me having a travel related goal for 2021, after a pandemic. But who knows, things can perk up! Edinburgh is my dream destination, however, I also have no money, so I’ll definitely need to save up *hard* in order to make it happen.niamh | mando spoilers on Twitter: "really want to buy all the new stranger  things and star wars merch that is being released but, alas, i'm broke… "
  2. Find a blogging schedule. ISTG, if I fail this again by the end of 2021, I will have to end it all. It will happen. It shall happen. I will *not* spend two weeks without blog hopping, so I can get super overwhelmed and then skip a bunch of posts and just become a *mess*. I refuse to.
  3. Take care of myself. I realized recently how much I neglect myself, and especially my own health a lot. I have pretty bad scoliosis and I haven’t had a check up since I left high school. I also keep my clothes until they’re unusable and I hate spending money in myself. I also am probably the only person to exist who does not have a skincare routine (literally I do nothing but washing my face in the shower lmao). I know I need to be better about it, but it’s something I find very challenging and uncomfortable, so it definitely won’t be an easy one to achieve, but that’s the point of setting these resolutions, right?
  4. Don’t give up on things! This was an accomplished goal for 2020 I’ll be carrying onto the new year. Mostly because I am a quitter, not a fighter, lol. So I really want to stick to whatever projects I start, even if things get hard!
  5. Finish my WIP! And maybe start a new project? I’ve had a few ideas recently, but I really don’t want to work on anything else until I’ve finished my current WIP. I still have a few chapters to write and I’ve been giving myself a break since NaNo, but it’s time to get back to it so I can say I’ve actually written a novel.

Y’all! That’s it! If you have any reading/personal goals for 2021, let me know them in the comments! Did you do well on your 2020 resolutions? Are you excited to set up goals for the new year or more cautious? Let’s talk!

26 comentários sobre “2020 goals recap & setting up new year’s resolutions!

  1. Kayla @ The Book Loving Beaut 8 de janeiro de 2021 / 15:42

    Great post! I’m always so excited to set goals for myself in February and then I forgot 😭 or procrastinate but I really want to blog and write more this year.

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 13 de janeiro de 2021 / 19:56

      Hahaha, I only really remember setting the new year goals, I definitely should be better about the whole monthly goal setting thing.
      Wishing you luck with your goals too, Kayla! 😊

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  2. thewolfandbooks 8 de janeiro de 2021 / 16:41

    My dream is to go Edinburgh, too. Ahhh. I want to travel so badly but not in…this. *sobs*
    These are amazing goals! I need to finish a WIP as well…. I’ve lost so much motivation. I wanted to say your English is really good and I wish you well in trying to practice more.

    Happy New Year!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 13 de janeiro de 2021 / 19:53

      Yess, exactly! I had a lot of travel-related dreams that are of course put on hold now, and I’m hoping that things perk up soon.
      Thank you so much, I am wishing you all the luck with your WIP and hopefully you can feel reinspired again soon!
      Thank you! And thanks for stopping by! 😌

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  3. Gemma 8 de janeiro de 2021 / 17:46

    Ah Edinburgh is also a dream of mine! But I think for 2021 I’m going to have to keep all travel dreams in country just so I don’t drive myself to crazy! Good luck with your goals :)

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 13 de janeiro de 2021 / 19:51

      Yes, travel goals are definitely an up in the air situation right now, but I’m trying to keep a positive mindset, hahah.
      Thank you so much, Gemma! And thanks for reading! 😊

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  4. Lois 8 de janeiro de 2021 / 18:43

    Great post and amazing that you were able to read so many books!!!!

    We have a lot of similar goals in terms of not giving up and following my dreams, even if logistically they can’t be executed in full due to covid, taking an active approach to working towards it is what I want to try and do.

    I’ve done a couple of solo travelling trips and while it’s daunting, it’s also the most freeing experience I ever had. I hope you get the chance to go to Edinburgh this year!

    All the best with your goals, and your English already seems top notch to me! Take care 💚

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 13 de janeiro de 2021 / 19:46

      Thank you, Lois!
      Exactlyyy! It’s all about the “active approach”, I think, I am definitely the type to just dream and never really work on it and it’s something I want to change more and more.
      Thank you so much for reading! And thanks for all the kind words! 💛

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  5. beckythemothling 8 de janeiro de 2021 / 21:20

    I hope everything goes well for you in 2021! I should make a goal about not giving up on things, too. I think I have ADHD and it makes sticking through creative projects so HARD.

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 13 de janeiro de 2021 / 19:43

      Thanks, Beck! I think it was different for me, because it’s literally just me being lazy and terrible that stops me from finishing the projects I do start, so it’s totally something I could change and work on. But I do hope 2021 is a good year creatively for you!
      Thank you so much for reading! 💕

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  6. Jayati 9 de janeiro de 2021 / 01:36

    All the best for your goals! Ohh yes start the Gilded Wolves – it is one of the best books I’ve read!
    I really need to finish my WIP in 2021 too

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 13 de janeiro de 2021 / 19:40

      Thank you so muchh! I really hope I do get to The Gilded Wolves, I’m happy to hear you’ve enjoyed it, I’ve heard people saying it’s a bit confusing, so I’m hoping to be able to follow, hahah.
      All the luck on your WIP, Jayati! Thanks for stopping by! ❤️

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  7. Dezzy @ The Thoughtful Voice 9 de janeiro de 2021 / 05:10

    wonderful post, Lais, and you have such great goals for the new year!! congrats on reading 90 books in 2020 btw, i’m super proud of you for reading so much 💗 that’s awesome that you didn’t give up on anything and persevered through with writing and much more, especially in the chaotic year that was 2020!

    i don’t really set specific goals or new years resolutions (i have a problem with following through with them, which is a problem in itself whoops), but i’m hoping to read 45 books again in 2021, as well as keep learning, healing, reflecting, and growing ✨ wishing you luck with all of your goals, you got this i believe in you!! 😊

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 13 de janeiro de 2021 / 19:39

      Thank you so muchh! And thanks for all the kind words, Dezzy!
      Hahah, I totally get that, for the longest time, I also didn’t do resolutions, but I find that they can be helpful when I’m struggling to keep things afloat.
      Wishing you luck with your goal too! 💛

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  8. Margaret @ Weird Zeal 11 de janeiro de 2021 / 21:59

    Considering what an awful year 2020 was, I’m impressed by the goals you were able to accomplish! Not giving up on writing is such a wonderful achievement and I’m so excited that you’re proud of what you did ☺ Good luck with finishing your WIP!!

    Ahh finishing series and starting new ones should probably be a goal for me too in 2021. I’ve gotten so bad at that over the last few years!

    I wish you luck with all your personal goals as well! I’d love to be able to travel in 2021 too…we’ll see if that’s possible. Edinburgh is probably my favorite place I’ve ever visited, so I hope you get to go there too!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 13 de janeiro de 2021 / 19:34

      Thank you so much, Margaret! It means a lot! Writing can be a pretty lonely experience, so I think NaNo made it more fun for that reason.

      Thank you sooo much! It would be amazing to travel, and I am so glad you enjoyed Edinburgh so much! I keep seeing pictures and vlogs and dreaming so much about it, hahah.

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Margaret! 💛

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  9. Sophie @ Me & Ink 14 de janeiro de 2021 / 07:35

    I really love reading goal posts and when you said this year was a year of daydreaming and not doing anything, I definitely related to that a lot. It can be really hard to work towards things as I think I can get comfortable really easily but it is not always the most helpful. I hope you are able to achieve those goals though 💕
    I’m so happy it was such a great year for your writing and I love when people talk about writing because I think it makes me feel more positive at writing (which I think I often struggle with) but congrats on all you did for your WIP this year. I hope you can continue with your progress this year, I’m sure it will be amazing.
    Blogging schedules are so hard. In 2019, I think I actually was pretty good with it but now I don’t know how because I’m awful. My posts were meant to be going up on Mondays but so far I keep pushing it back and blog hopping can definitely build up. I hope you are able to establish a schedule this year.
    ahh… solo travel. I would love to do that one day but I would also be really scared lol. I think it is good to have goals like this though, I think you need that to look forward too. I hope you are able to go to Edinburgh at some point !!
    Good luck on all your goals for this year Lais, I hope you get everything you want from this year 💕

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 19 de janeiro de 2021 / 21:29

      Yes, that’s so true! I really need to challenge myself out of my comfort zone more often, but it can be so hard and scary!
      Thank you, Sophie! I love when people share their writing journies as well, and it definitely makes me inspired to write more. I hope you achieve any writing related goals of yours as well!
      I’ve been surprisingly good about my blogging schedule, but then again, we’re only a couple weeks into the year, hahah. Hopefully by doing it everyday it will become a habit I can keep for the rest of the year.
      Thank you soooo much for all your kind wishes, Sophie! ❤️

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  10. Ruby Rae Reads 18 de janeiro de 2021 / 11:51

    Omg Lais I loved reading this post so so much!!

    First of all, yay for reaching 50 books! We twinning here hehe. I set mine to 45, knowing I’d read at least 50 and actually surpassed it with 52. I’m a genius I know. But also SAME with the driving. I also really wanted to learn but I’m so terrible and haven’t prioritised it. For the same reason as you, I haven’t needed to be able to drive yet. But I kinda want to know so I’m actually hoping to book my learners test asap.

    Love all of your new goals too!! and that you used a Mike meme. Ugh he’s just very relatable tbh. Especially that one from season one ahaha. Hope you have an amazing 2021, lots of love <3<3

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 19 de janeiro de 2021 / 21:31

      Thank you, Ruby!
      Hahah, you even surpassed the new goal, that’s awesome!
      I definitely need to make learning how to drive a priority too, my parents keep pestering me about it, but it’s definitely not something I want to spend my energy on right now, hahah. I hope we both get around to it soon!
      (Every time I see a Mike related thing, I remember of you now, Ruby, I know he’s your fave hehe)
      Thank you so much! And thanks for your comment!

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