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I hope you’ve all had a wonderful New Year’s with whoever you decided to be with. I decided to spend it with my parents. It was a quite evening – probably the quitest one I’ve ever had. My back was killing me throughout the day and evening, so I couldn’t really enjoy it. First time I’ve ever been in bed at 12.30am on a New Year’s Eve.
We all know what kind of a year 2020 has been. It has been a year filled with speed bumps – ups and loads of downs. Both for the world and for me personally – mentally and physically.
Back injury after car accident back in February, having to quit my internship as a carpenter and be on sick leave for 7 months – alone.
Mixing all of that with COVID-19 and the clear conclusion is that 2020 has sucked…
Every year we set up goals and targets for the upcoming year for us to chase. I’m no different. I’ve done this pretty much all my life. Both smaller and bigger goals. This year the goals are a bit different than previous years. This year the goals are more centered around getting better and focus on personal development.
Unfortunately, I need a lot of focus after 2020 where a lot of stuff was ruined. The key for me now is to become truly happy again and accept that 2020 happaned – and now I have to learn how to live with it.
My goals are:
- I’ll be focused on school.
- Focus on getting back to my normal mental and physical health.
- Drop down 20 kgs. I’ve been gaining too much weight since the car accident. I haven’t been able to work out for 9-10 months (which is hard because I’ve been used to working out 5-6 times per week).
- Invest at least 10.000 DKK (Approx 1650 USD/1350 EUR) of my savings into stocks (I’m a student so it’s not a lot).
- Visit at least one new country.
How to reach my goals
I’ve been dealing with a lot of negative thoughts and tough times since the accident. Being alone for about 7 months while on sick leave was the toughest time of my life. This year I’m going to have to get back to how I used to look at myself and how I used to be happy about myself and life in general. I’m still figuring this out but thankfully, when I started school on September 1st I found some new good friends to talk to – this will be the biggest difference from last year.
In regards to my physical health I still can’t work out properly. I tried to sign up for the gym but my body simply couldn’t handle it. I have a TRX and some bands at home that I’ll try to incorporate into my every day life. Besides that I’ve set a goal to walk 2,000 kilometers (about 1250 miles) in 2021. I’m done feeling sorry for myself and even though it’s painful to even walk some times I have to do something about it. 2,000 kilometers in 365 days is about 5,5 kilometers/day. It should be manageable. I’m going to give it a try no matter what.
Financially, I’m screwed no matter what. Since quitting my internship and going back to school my income decreased by more than 50%. I can’t have a part time job besides school due to my back (sorry for mentioning this so much). I’m having a hard time even focusing on school and homework in between all the headaches. I’m losing money every month and just before Christmas I decided to loan “study money” (a special loan you can take in Denmark for students with pretty much no interests). This money I’m gonna invest and if my plan works out this will be the start of me becoming an investor in the long run. I’ve invested in Indexfonds and a few single stocks – hopefully, this will pay of something in the long run.
The last thing on my list is travelling. 2020 is the first year in many years where I weren’t on a plane. I don’t know how the whole COVID-19 situation is going to work out in 2021, but I’m hoping that I can visit at least one new country. I don’t really care about the price right now, I just need something new to happen. This will make my year of 2021 – 1000000% better than 2020 and I’m sure that will boost my mental health.
The post turned out to be a bit longer than I expected. I need to write my goals and thoughts down here. That’s the whole reason behind Journeyswithjunior.com and I appreciate you if you’re reading this.
Do you have any goals for 2021?
Thanks again for checking in. I hope your 2021 will be better than 2020.