20 things in 2020

** edited to add: I started wring this post on NYE and then suddenly it felt like half the country was on fire and I haven’t been able to focus on much else. I’ve spent over a week glued to my phone checking for updates. I’m finally feeling ready to finish it, so here we go **

A whole new decade… wow welcome to 2020

I don’t know many people who had an amazing year in ’19… I certainly didn’t. I read something online about numerology that said it was a year of things having to fall apart so that we can move on to what we’re supposed to be doing. A year of freedom, which if out of control can easily turn into being tumbled amongst the waves and bruised on the rocks.

But most of us survived it and I’m glad we did.

This time of year, I like to reflect on the year that was, pull out my planner and journals and think about how far I’ve come in the last 12 months and whether its any closer to my goals or if the goalposts have shifted since last January, and start setting new goals for the year ahead.

So, in no particular order, here are 20 things I want to do in 2020

  • More live music. I went to 11 gigs last year, some of my favourite bands and including a couple of kick-ass festivals, but I miss rocking up to see a band that I’ve barely heard of and falling in love with them. This year I’d like to see more bands, and especially ones I’m not familiar with.
  • Limit screen time. It’s no big surprise I probably spend more time on my phone than I should (don’t we all?) but I’d like to be much more mindful in my online interactions
  • Keep growing my veggie garden. Last summer we had a bumper crop of cucumbers which I pickled and handed out to almost everyone I know, and I absolutely love the satisfaction that comes from growing and giving food you’ve grown yourself. This year I’d like to learn more about growing food and being self sufficient.
  • Make time to read. My “to-read” pile is growing at an alarming rate, and I barely made a dent in it last year. I miss reading and want to focus more time on real books and less time on screens.
  • Helping. Last year I started doing foster care for homeless puppies and it was such a lovely experience. Cuddling cute dogs and helping to get them ready to find their fur-ever families… what’s not to love? This week I’ve also been madly crocheting nests for animals and birds affected by the bushfires all around the country and will continue doing so for as long as the rescue groups need them for.
  • Health. This is a biggie, last year sucked balls. I spent months undergoing all kinds of testing, only to end the year just as clueless about whats going on with me as I was a year ago. I want to understand what the hell is going on with my health and learn how to manage it properly.
  • Control. This kind of ties in with number 6, but in 2020 I want to feel much more in control of my life and less crazy, back-pedalling, just trying to stay afloat, wishing I could fix things but feeling like I’m screwing it all up
  • Make more art! Pretty self explanatory, I’m a much happier human when I’m creating.
  • House. Continue making progress on the house build. Somehow even with all the bullshit we went through last year, we still managed to keep moving forwards so I’m hoping to continue and get lots done this year.
  • Wear things I love. Far too much of my wardrobe is pretty things that never get worn and that makes me kind of sad. This year I want to wear more clothes that make me happy, even if that means wearing a cocktail dress to the supermarket!
  • Be Silly. Somewhere in the last decade I got far more serious than I would like to be, this year I want to remedy that.
  • Holidays. Not planning any big holidays after last year’s epic road trip, but definitely want to fit in a few weekends/small trips where we can.
  • Cook. Learn to cook new things. This is a goal I’ve had for a few years and every year I’ve added a few new recipes to my repertoire (and made the occasional inedible disaster too!) but mostly I’ve ended up learning to make things I love eating.
  • Homeschooling. This will be our 3rd “official” year of homeschooling, and I’m glad to be continuing. Sure it stretches my sanity sometimes, but it’s also so very rewarding. (I’m planning a more in-depth post on this later in the year.)
  • Body Confidence. I already give very few fucks about what people think of me, but this year I would like to bring that amount down to zero. It’s so easy for that niggling voice of self-doubt to creep in with “but what will people think if you…?” So this year I’m going to practice telling that voice to shut up and I’m super excited to have a couple of projects and collaborations coming up to help with that (more about those soon too. )
  • Green Thumb. Somehow in the last year I developed an obsession with indoor plants and now every spare corner or cabinet has a palm or succulent growing on it. There’s a few plants I’m hoping to add to my collection this year and loads of cuttings I’m trying to propagate. I figure it’s a pretty healthy addiction to have.
  • Use the good stuff. Funnily enough, I’m pretty good at using the “nice” glasses and the “good” plates more often and not saving them for special occasions. But I’ve realised I have a bad habit of buying fancy teas, chocolates and wines, and putting them away for some unknown event. So this year, I’m drinking the good tea instead of my usual teabags, and opening the box of choccies for no reason at all.
  • Print photos. I take so many photos, so so many photos. And they sit on my phone till I back the up to my laptop, then I delete them off my phone to make space… and I almost never look at them. This year I’m going to make an effort to print out my favourite photos and put them up around the house or in a book.
  • Guilt-free digital decluttering. I really need to do a big social media cull and unfollow pages that don’t appeal to me anymore, leave groups I”ve outgrown and unfriend people who I don’t interact with. I always feel kind of guilt when I do that, but right now I’m giving myself (and you, if you need it ) permission to Marie Kondo your social media accounts and email inbox, unfollow anything that doesn’t serve a purpose or spark joy. I guarantee we’ll both feel better afterwards.
  • This! Get back to blogging regularly! I’ve really missed it and look forward to reconnecting with this page and you out there reading this right now.
My absolute favourite photo from last year, Scout and I hanging out at our favourite festival ❤️

So that’s the start of my year, I’d love to hear any resolutions/goals you’ve set for 2020.

Till next time,

big love, Beck

I’d love to connect on the socials, you can find me on fb @ Heart of the Forest and on Insta @ heartoftheforest_

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