Progress check: 2020 Resolutions

When 2020 rolled in, I decided (like everyone else) that it was going to be my year. I set up this blog and listed down my resolutions, determined to stick to them. Publicising my resolutions would put the pressure on me to fulfill them.

No one expected the crazy crap that this year has given us, though. The whole world has been swept off its feet, and by the look of things, we are still in for a lot of grim surprises. I can’t wait for this year to end – yet I’m sure 2021 won’t be any better.

The crappiness of 2020 is not an excuse to throw in the towel, though. My resolutions still serve as a reminder of how I wanted to change myself. I thought of checking in on my progress in the middle of the year, alas I found excuses not to, the primary one being my laptop breaking. No laptop = no means of blogging.

This has been four months late. I have a replacement laptop now, so it’s time to take stock of my progress.

  1. Control my life and not just let it happen to me
    2019 was a year when I was on autopilot: I never did anything outside of my routine. It made my life painfully boring, so much so that I vowed never to repeat it.

    This year has unwittingly helped in preventing that. How can you live on autopilot when the world is burning? So, yes, I think I have more control over my life and actions this year. Thanks for the help, 2020!

  2. Actually socialise
    Fulfilled. I’m more social now. I’m still not as good in banter in English as I am in Filipino, but I now talk with my colleagues more, and I’ve also enrolled in French lessons. There are now people in my vicinity whom I actually consider as friends.

  3. Join a club
    Yes, I joined a club. It’s not Toastmasters as I originally intended, but rather Alliance Francaise. I also enrolled in the latter’s French lessons, which I take up once a week.

  4. Get in touch with 24 long-time friends
    I thought I was doing a bad job at this… my journal says otherwise, though. I caught up with sixteen friends, so far! These friends of mine are based in different parts of the world: Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Las Vegas, Manila, Bangkok, and Dubai. The catch, though, is I’ve spoken to most of them only once this year. I should make our catch ups bi-annual.

  5. Juggle hobbies
    I’m doing poorly on this one. When my laptop broke last June, I stopped writing and drawing. But I regularly engage in hobbies that don’t require it: exercising, learning French, and reading… so I guess I’m doing okay.

  6. Either do a side hustle or enroll in a Master’s degree
    I was close to doing the latter, but decided against it for reasons too boring to list down. So no, I have no side hustle, and I’m not pursuing a Master’s degree.

  7. Diversify funds
    This I’ve done with the help of my mum. Apart from my job, I have two other streams of income.

  8. Save 50% of my emergency funds, and 70% of my funds for savings
    I spectacularly failed this one. My circumstances have changed, and I’m spending more money now than I did last year.

    I feel bad for not hitting my financial goals… but the quality of my life has improved because I put my earnings to use. (I have to drill this to my head – don’t feel bad for spending!!!)

  9. Learn to use WordPress
    Well, I am using it.

  10. Open a Youtube channel
    I wanted to do an ASMR channel at the beginning of the year, hahaha. Not sure if I still want to do it, though. So no, I haven’t opened a Youtube channel.

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