Looking back on 2020




I’ve been on a bit of a self imposed blogging ban to recover from a very busy few weeks with work, the 12 Days of Christmas series and some other things that I’ll share soon but I couldn’t resist popping on for one last post of 2020.

Blogging really took a bit of a back seat for me in 2020 and I posted far less than I used to. There’s a whole plethora of reasons for that but if I’m completely honest, I’m really glad that it did. It meant that I had the brain space to look at some other projects and when I did blog, it was because I wanted to, rather than because I had to. It really helped me remember why I love keeping This Northern Gal going, even after all these years. I’m stick to the no-schedule approach to blogging and social media into 2021, but I do have some exciting plans too. I think it’s about time for a bit of a blog makeover, when I work out how exactly to do that…

I’ve had the same approach to reading too and have slowed down considerably on that too. On the flip side though, I’ve really enjoyed the books that I have picked up rather than slogging through books that aren’t for me just to hit a target. I’ve contemplated doing a round up of my favourite books that I read in 2020 but I’m not sure what the interest for it would be. If you would like to see it, let me know and I’ll see what I can do before I go back to work.

It’s been a big (and strange) year for me away from the blog. For all of us, I guess! But there’s still been some great moments too. I was talking to my mum the other day about how little that I feel like I’ve done this year but when I actually thought about it, that just wasn’t true. I set myself four goals for 2020 and I managed to hit three of them so I’ll count it as a success:

  • Run a 5K – I completed the Run in the Dark in November and got a nice, shiny medal to celebrate.
  • Buy a house – I did this in the summer! At 25, I managed to buy myself a house. That’s an achievement in and of itself!
  • Publish some writing – I’m squeaking in at the end of the year with this one. Since I’ve been shortlisted in the Crossing the Tees competition, I will be being published in their anthology and I can’t wait.
  • Travel solo – This one I didn’t manage but I think a global pandemic is an appropriate excuse for this.

And there were lots of other little things in there too! I technically graduated again (they just posted the certificate this time round), I taught myself some new skills and I made some wonderful memories, despite everything. There were low moments too and plenty of lessons learnt. Overall, it wasn’t completely terrible which is saying something for 2020 I think.

As for my 2021 goals, I honestly don’t know yet. I’m going to ease myself into this year I think and figure it out over the next couple of weeks. Slow and steady.

Kelly x

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