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My 2020 Goals Revisited

Hello everyone!

If you have a great memory, then you may remember back to this post earlier in the year where I discussed my goals that I wanted to achieve this year. As I mentioned in that post, I try not to set myself goals that already don't seem achievable, so that I'm not setting myself up to fail! However, I did manage to come up with 4 goals that I wanted to follow so I thought it would be nice to revisit those today and talk about what I managed to achieve!

First up was my goal to blog regularly - in 2019 I sometimes neglected my blog, and wanted to really step up my game in that department for 2020. As I am posting this, my 30th post this year, it's safe to say I managed to stick to that goal. After having my blog for two and a half years now, it's safe to say I'm the most happy I have ever been with the quality and consistency of my posts. Admittedly, I think having a few months off my full-time work over the UK lockdown period helped give me enough time to pay more attention to Go Ask Ellice. Previously, I put so much pressure on myself to always have 'professional' style photos and super long essay-like posts, which isn't always achievable. Now that I am not trying to create flawless content, I'm actually the most happy with what I have created. I think it's safe to say I have accomplished goal number one, if I do say so myself!

Another goal I set myself, was to really improve on my makeup skills. Without any kind of training, or taking an assessment of some sort, it's hard to really be certain as to whether I have achieved this one or not. I would definitely say that I spend at least 1 hour a day trawling YouTube content, specifically related to makeup products, or applying makeup. By doing this, I think I have definitely picked up a lot of tips, and I've also learnt that doing my makeup is a great way for me to relax and take my mind off other things for a while. Because of this, I've been practising a lot more and braving some out-there makeup looks a lot more often than I used to do. Recently, I posted an eyeshadow palette review (here) which showcases where my makeup skills lie at the moment - I'd say not perfect, and definitely more room for improvement...

With regards to my pole dancing goal, I didn't quite achieve what I discussed in my previous post. I said that I would love to have booked onto a photoshoot to show how far I had come with my pole dancing journey, however that hasn't been allowed to happen this year due to social distancing measures, so is something I will have to postpone. As for my pole skills, I'm happy where I am at the moment. It's easy to get frustrated thinking of how far along I could have come if I hadn't had a total of 5 months away from the pole studio due to the pandemic - but it's something that can't be helped! I still continue to go and train whenever I possibly can, and the amount of enjoyment and happiness I receive from my time spent on the pole is enough to assure me that by this time next year I will still absolutely be continuing with my hobby.

My fourth and final goal was a bit of a different one: to avoid change. 2019 was a turbulent year, filled with a lot of change (good and bad). Although I am a firm believer of everything happening for a reason, it can be tough when things just don't seem to be going your way - particularly, for me, in the career department. In 2019 I actually worked in 4 separate jobs, and the amount of times I had a 'first-day' was exhausting. This year I decided that, now I finally found a job I like and settled well into, that I want to stay put for a while! Earlier this month, I celebrated mt one year anniversary of working at Paul Smith and I still have absolutely no intention of moving on, if I can help it. It's great to settle into a job, after having a year of so much change, so out of all of my goals, this is the one I am most happiest for having achieved.

Finally, a small personal goal I set myself recently is to reach 3000 Instagram followers before the end of the year is out. This was something I never initially intended on, however I started getting close to that figure and realised that it is nice to always have something to work towards. 2020 is the year I definitely decided to take my hobby of blogging, and creating Instagram content more seriously, and I'm over the moon with how many lovely, creative, like-minded people I've met along the way. At the time of writing this, I am only 85 followers away from my end of year goal - so I will be sure to keep you updated with that too.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post, I will be following this up in the New Year, of course, with a 2021 goals post. How did you do with achieving your goals this year; and are you planning on setting any for the coming year? Do let me know I'd love to hear them!

Until next time,

Hat - Underground England

Scarf - Dressed Up For Mars

Jumper - Hades x The Cure

Kilt - Le Kilt

Trousers - Depop

Shoes - Dr Martens (old)

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