2020 goals: And why I’m not making any new year’s resolutions

I ain’t saying I’m a goal-getter, well actually I am… To put it bluntly, New Year’s resolutions are a pile of crap. So instead of having resolutions, I’m giving myself five 2020 goals which are basically the things I want to achieve next year.

2019 was a pretty rough year all in all. But focusing on the good bits – I managed to achieve quite a lot. From relaunching and rebranding my blog, to monetising it, to working with huge brands like Dior and Steve Madden as well as being flown out on an International press trip. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind year. 

I never did manage to finesse a handstand (which was on my list for last year) but knowing how clumsy I am it’s probably for the best. Neck braces ain’t cute. 

NY resolutions vs 2020 Goals 

You can normally get through January going to the gym every day, blogging every day, avoiding carbs, shunning red wine (delete as appropriate) but then the 1 Feb rolls around and you’re sinking tequila shots and eating your feelings again. By March your blogging schedule is a faint memory and you’ve genuinely forgotten which gym you’re a member of. Virgin Snacktive anyone? 

Speaking from experience here – banning yourself doesn’t work. Neither does pretending you’re going to be a new person when the clock strikes midnight. Self improvement yes, new person – no. If you’ve lost a shoe at midnight, you’re not Cinderella, you’re drunk. I’m still going to be the same twat in 2020, just with a few new goals under my belt. Ok, 2020 goals – let’s do this…

East Sussex London blogger

2020 Goal number 1: More video content

IGTV – Youtube- Tik Tok, I haven’t quite decided yet, I just know I need to do more videos because that’s the way things are going. I am not the most patient person that ever lived and I’m not very good at editing so this one’s a biggie for me. 

You will never know pain until you have to split sound from a video clip and overlay music. And then get the volume to be consistent… I swear that learning a new language would be more doable. But 2020 will be the year of vids. Just putting the warning out there that if you decide to embark on a Tik Tok dance challenge, do so with caution or end up with bruised ankles (talking from experience). 

Bedgebury pinetum

2020 Goal number 2: Win an award

A lofty ambition for someone that has never entered themselves for one. Ok so I’d probs settle for an award nomination, I’m not even sure which award I’d want to be nominated for. But let’s say I’m going to aim for some sort of award participation… which would help me hone in and focus on a niche. 

2020 Goal number 3: Take my camera off auto

Self-confessed auto queen over here. I’m no Tim Walker and there’s a reason I spend a lot of time in front of the camera, and that’s because I’m not the best photographer in the world. I upgraded my iPhone to a mirrorless camera, but do you think I’ve taken it off auto? Even with my three snazzy lenses. Categorically no. I know the photos would be so much better, hence why it’s on my list. So much to learn though…  

2020 goals Christmas

2020 Goal number 4: 10K on Instagram

For the love of all things cheesy, I am so bored of writing LINK IN BIO. As I’ve mentioned I have no intentions of becoming an “Instagram influencer” no shade I just prefer to write, and always have. As I use Insta to promote my writing, I’d just really like to have the swipe up feature so I never have to write LINK IN BIO ever again bc it’s a constant strain on my life. Dramatic, but true. 

2020 Goal number 5: More travel

Have you ever downloaded an app and added in all the places you’ve ever visited so it can tell you what percentage of the world you’ve visited? My advice would be, don’t. It’s bloody depressing. I like to think I’m fairly well travelled, particularly with the 6 months I spent travelling Asia so I thought I’d be onto a good score. Spoiler: Nope. Basically, I need to see more of the world pronto. So that’s the goal, now I just need to make it happen – first stop Krakow in Feb.

2020 goalsAlways room for improvement

I always find it hard to be content with what I’ve created and I’m my own biggest critic – I’m always thinking what next? How can I be better? Plus I’m very impatient. The “ain’t nobody got time for this” meme was basically made pour moi.. It’s a constant struggle. And then I end up in a constant loop of booking in a million and one things to do. So with the aim of minimal emotional breakdowns this year I’m going to focus on these five things, plan our wedding oh and fit in training for a half marathon obstacle race. No rest for the wicked… 

What are your 2020 goals? xo


  1. Sarah December 31, 2019 / 12:12 pm

    Here’s to your goals🥂….. your’ll do it! 💖

    • misshldolan
      December 31, 2019 / 12:32 pm

      Love you 🥰🥰🥰

  2. Sammy Summers December 31, 2019 / 4:05 pm

    Girly your gonna smash it I know it!!!! Xxx

    • misshldolan
      January 1, 2020 / 3:24 pm

      Love you babe! So excited to meet your bub 💖💖

  3. lucy staquet January 2, 2020 / 2:15 pm

    Happy New Year!
    Only happiness for 2020
    May it be as conducive to the realization of all your projects…


    • misshldolan
      January 4, 2020 / 9:40 am

      Thanks lovely happy new year to you too!! 🎉

    • misshldolan
      January 4, 2020 / 9:40 am

      Here’s hoping! Hope you’ve had a fab start to the year 💖

  4. Jaya Avendel January 3, 2020 / 9:34 pm

    I chuckled at your honesty, and love why you are setting goals instead of doing the whole resolution restart and begin anew game.
    I feel you on Instagram! LINK IN BIO is so irritating, and if you read an older post, the bio link has obviously changed. Smash that 10k!

    • misshldolan
      January 4, 2020 / 9:46 am

      Thank you! Haha omg writing LINK IN BIO is the most frustrating thing ever – good luck with achieving your goals this year lovely 🤞🏼

  5. A Cup of Wonderland January 3, 2020 / 10:00 pm

    Good luck for all your goals in 2020! Travel is something I have on my list for sure whether it be just travelling in the U.K. or abroad – I want to see new places that’s for sure!

    • misshldolan
      January 4, 2020 / 9:50 am

      Thank you! Travel is just the best isn’t it there’s something special about visiting somewhere new and experiencing a new culture x

  6. Kim January 18, 2020 / 5:21 pm

    LOVE all these goals 🥰 My aim is to do video content this year, although it scares me talking on camera! Can’t wait to continue to follow your journey 💁🏻‍♀️ xx

    • misshldolan
      January 19, 2020 / 6:25 pm

      Aww yay! You’ve got this girl – I’m the same I over analyse myself when I video but pushing myself to do more this year starting with more insta stories 👌🏼👌🏼 xo

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