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BritVoyage’s reflections and goals for 2021

Well hello there, and happy new year!

Today marks BritVoyage’s 2nd birthday, and the day for me to reflect on my challenges from last year and set some new 2021 goals.

Who needs a recap?

1. Fit into my favourite party dress

2. Earn my blue belt in Kickboxing

3. Read twelve books

2020 reflection

Last year was a little wild, don’t you think? We were locked down for two months between April and May because of Covid-19. Because of this, all gyms were closed, all kickboxing classes cancelled (although our fantastic coach still ran online classes), all gradings for belts no more until December… or so we thought. The less said about Tier 4 over Christmas, the better.

However, the first lockdown was motivating for me. I was adamant that it would make me eat better and get more exercise. I could commit to my BodyBoss home plan, walk the dog every day, and start doing yoga. I could cook from scratch, eating vegetables and fruit in abundance.

For two weeks, it worked! I dropped 3.5kg, and I started looking a little trimmer.

Then the sickness started. I was pregnant, and all plans for losing weight went out the window. I didn’t trust working out intensely at home by myself, while pregnant. Plus, the first trimester was bloody awful. I was permanently nauseous, bloated, and constipated (sorry TMI) and all I wanted to eat was carbs.

Perhaps lock down was a good time to get stuck into my reading list instead. Alas, remote teaching took over and I wasn’t able to get anywhere near as many books read as I wanted. I managed a few: Queenie, Notes from a Small Island, Altar of Eden, The Cement Garden, and Written on the Body. I’m currently a few pages in to Turn of the Screw.

I made the mistake of planning to read a couple of books from an indie publisher, but even after ordering them in August, they never arrived, and I never got a refund – so I cut my losses and won’t be dealing with them again.

I think 2020 was a write off for everyone. I might not have completed my challenges, but I did grow a human being. Our little girl was born safe and sound in early December, and has been flourishing ever since.

Mum life

In all honesty, I think that’s a bloody great achievement.

Goals for 2021

From this year onwards, I’m going to break my goals down into the following categories: Fitness, Travel, Reading, and Blogging. Hopefully, this will help me focus a little more

Fitness: Earn my green belt in kickboxing.

After having a baby, my body is pretty crippled. I’m still sore and weak. BUT, that’s not going to stop me from getting back into sport. I want to be as healthy as possible, both for me and baby, so this week I’ll be getting back to some light exercise, and am planning on returning to kickboxing in March – of Covid allows. If I can get my green belt by December, I’ll be chuffed!

Travel: See three new UK locations

Again, this is quite reliant on Covid restrictions, but I’m remaining hopeful. Dan is desperate to go back to the Lake District, so without doubt, that is one location we will be visiting this year. However, I want to see some new places too! Of course we will have Ted and baby with us on the trips, but I’m thinking the following:

  • High Weald – Hastings/Rye
  • North York Moors – Whitby/Dalby Forest
  • Norfolk Coast – King’s Lynn/Sandringham

If we can get a bit of time away with family too, that would be amazing.

Reading: 2021 reading challenge

Last year, I failed at my reading challenge, but another of my goals for 2021 is to complete one. This time I’ll be doing the Uncorked Reading Challenge, and I like that The Uncorked Librarian has broken the challenge down into monthly books. I’m hoping that will make me a little more organised!

  • January 2021 – Truth Bomb Nonfiction Book – Surrounded by Idiots by Thomas Erikson
  • February – Book By A Contemporary Black Author – Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evariso
  • March – Historical Fiction Novel Featuring Inspiring Women – Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
  • April – Book Set On A Train – Stamboul Train by Graham Greene
  • May – Book Set In India – God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  • June – Book With A Beverage In The Title – Tequila Mockingbird by Tim Federle
  • July – Book Set On An Island – Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  • August – Book Translated From Spanish – Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • September – Banned Book From The 21st Century – Looking For Alaska by John Green
  • October – True Crime Novel – Pure Evil by Geoffrey Wansell
  • November – Book Inspired By Norse Mythology – Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  • December – Multicultural Rom-Com – The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli

Blogging: Launch travel itineraries

I was planning to do this today, but a newborn is much harder work than I anticipated. This year, I’ll be launching my UK travel itineraries for sale digitally, and possibly in print.

I already have one completed itinerary, ready for sale, but I’d like to have a couple more before they’re published. Who knows, maybe they’ll be perfect for the post tier 3/4 lifestyle.

Photo by Oleg Zaicev from Pexels

So, why not tell me your goals for 2021? You never know, I might be able to help you reach it. Happy New Year!

12 Comments

  • Rhi

    Your daughter is beautiful! And the cutest onesie I ever did see I didn’t reach my reading goals for last year either but I’m glad I set myself the goal anyway. I hope 2021 treats you well!

  • Claire Lomax

    An amazing year for you despite the chaos! Growing a human is the most awesome (tiring, emotional and draining) thing in the world!

    Welcome to the Mumma club, you’ll love it!

    Good luck smashing those goals this year x x

  • Natasha Evans

    Congrats on becoming a mum!! That reading challenge sounds like fun too and I like how it makes you think about what books you’ll be reading for the entire year.

    Tash – A Girl with a View

  • Britt K

    I think the healthiest approach to dealing with the craziness that was 2020 is to simply accept that it was a wash for most people and move on. I know that many of my goals for the year were quickly slashed with the arrival of COVID and everything getting cancelled. I couldn’t change that, but I can control how I respond to it. Rather than allowing it to get me down, I’m picking myself up and focusing on everything that’s possible as we move forward into 2021! Looks like you’re doing the same.. You have some great goals and I can’t wait to hear about your progress as you start ticking things off your list.

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