A (fashionably) late mid-year reaction to my 2020 goals // Aka reacting to the most unexpected and wild year … ever

It’s nearly August … which means it’s time for me to do some very on-time check-ins!

I’m kidding. About the on time part, because this post is nearly a month overdue, but we’re ignoring that. For this week’s post, I was kind of floundering for ideas when I remembered that I had forgotten to complete one last check-in.

So in today’s post, I’m looking back at my 2020 goals, exposing my clownery, and reacting to how well (or not well) I’ve accomplished them! To be honest, I have completely forgotten about my goals, so it will be interesting to look back, especially 1) 2020 has been easily one of the worst years in my life and 2) COVID-19 has changed everything.

On that lovely note …

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ACADEMICS

  • Plan and prepare properly for the SATs! ❌ This goal is literally so funny to me because I ended up switching to the ACT in February because I was not going anywhere with the SAT. The ACT is still painful though (man I justΒ love standardised testing and putting my self-worth into it <333).
  • Score 1500+ on the SAT. ❌ See above! I’m going to switch this to trying to score a 33+ on the ACT, even though the Maths and Science sections are dragging down my composite score so much … I wouldn’t be mad if those sections didn’t exist, if you get my drift πŸ˜‰ I am fully aware that will never happen … but let a girl dream okay 😭
  • All A’s at AS! ❌ Like for everyone, my May AS exams got cancelled because of COVID-19 (a common theme throughout this post …). While we are still having calculated grades for them, they’re basically useless because our exam board is like that. because they don’t want to take accountability and make us suffer instead … I lowkey have a vendetta against you, CIE. The grades are so useless that I could literally get 3 Ds on results day, and I would not care less.
  • Work on maths for SATs. ❌ Changing this to working on my Maths and Science ACT, and trying to get both scores to a 30+, otherwise my composite score will go πŸ“‰πŸ“‰πŸ“‰. We are trying to work on maths though. Spoiler: it is a trainwreck …
  • Improve my sophistication on my essay writing. βœ”οΈ I honestly don’t know how to review this goal because I haven’t done class essays in months?? But I feel like it has gotten better since I have been doing so much writing ECs and my last class essays were definitely some of my best analytical writing. I have also been doing a lot of college app essays, so you know what? I’m taking this one
  • Be more efficient in revision. βœ”οΈ I will admit that I haven’t done the best with this goal, but I think I figured out the secret to doing this recently? I’ll see whether it works in December, but so far, it could be really promising.

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READING

  • Read 52 books in 52 weeks. βœ”οΈ A goal I can proudly say that I’m on target for! While I’ve read 37 books at the time of writing this post, I’m 8 books ahead my reading challenge, which yeah, I’ll take that!
  • Read around my A Level English Literature course more? ❌ Does reading two books that qualify under this banner count? … No?
  • Read 80% diverse books. ❌ After looking through my Goodreads challenge, about 60-70% of the books I’ve read are diverse, which is honestly, pretty embarrassing. My reading is going to dip significantly in the last quarter of the year because rising senior things and school, and while I’ll be unable to read as diversely as I’d like to because of the white books I have to read for school (I’m tired of having a whitewashed reading list, but that’s another post for another time 😭), but I need to make an effort to be better.
  • Read as many Agatha Christie novels as possible. ❌ I haven’t read a SINGLE Agatha Christie book this year (I tried to read the Mysterious Affair at Styles but it was painful) … so yikes. Back to the circus I go 🀑🀑🀑
  • Don’t go so hard for new releases. ❌ Apparently 43% of the books I’ve read this year are new releases … so, no comment. (Shoutout to my library for stocking up on all the new releases via audiobook though, we stan accessibility <3)
  • Find some 5 star reads and favourite books of all time! βœ”οΈ While my reading pace has been significantly slower than previous years, I have found nearly the same amount, if not more, five star reads at this point this year than the entire 2019! I also found a few books that I would consider all-time favourites (looking at The Poppy War and Know My Name in particular), so yeah. I am very happy about this.
  • Take reading at an easier pace. βœ”οΈ While I have been clowning around with my reading goals, I really do be out here taking the Ls I have definitely done this in the school year! Maybe not so much in the summer, because I do want to read a lot then, but it’s been way more chill reading-wise this year.

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BLOGGING

  • Reach 400 WordPress followers! (Maybe even 500?). βœ”οΈ Despite being a very bad blogger this year, I managed to hit 400 WordPress followers already? I’m actually crying and I’m just blown away. I know 500 isn’t happening this year, but I would be so thrilled with 450! I don’t really care about stats that much but this is so cool, thank you all so much 😭
  • Improve on my blogging time management. ❌ Β If it’s possible, my blogging time management got even WORSE this year. We really do be out here writing posts the day before … yikes.
  • Ease back into interacting. ❌ Nope nope nope nope? … But I’m also kind of trying to now, so if you all have any tips, please leave them in the comments because I know I need them.
  • Try to reply back to comments.Β βœ”οΈ I started going through the comments in June, and I am doing my best to respond to pings and comments that come up now in a timely manner? There’s still a lot I need to get through, but slow and steady is good too, no?
  • Avoid blogging burn out. ❌ See: the quarantine blogging slump and the 2020 blogging slump … I’ll see myself out.
  • Just be nicer to myself! This is really a personal journey, and I’m trying? Again, I’m still going through this, and so I have no clue how to rate it.

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PERSONAL

  • Research and shortlist universities.Β βœ”οΈ. *Laughs in obsessive rising senior…” I’m not joking when I say I have become obsessive with application season, to the point of driving my family up the wall with it and yeah … it’s not healthy, so I’m taking about a week’s break for it The Common App is opening this week … and I’m not here for it.
  • <big>Be nice to myself! Still a journey we’re working on – here’s to personal development?
  • Get closer with friends.Β βœ”οΈ (??) While I have gotten INCREDIBLY close with some of my friends during quarantine, I’ve drifted apart from others, which makes me sad. Hoping to fix that when I head back to school.
  • Make time for socialising.Β βœ”οΈ Quarantine really be ruining my social life, but shoutout to Discord, Skype and Zoom (and the occasional meet-up, social distancing style <3)
  • Don’t compare myself to others. ❌ Hahahahahaha … this has gotten even worse … why am I like this …
  • Find work experience. ❌ Shoutout to COVID-19 for completely stopping this goal before it began, but it is what it is, since I found other extracurriculars that I prefer over this.
  • Improve my organisation. ❌ … Next goal please …
  • Prioritise self-care.Β βœ”οΈ We are struggling, but we are trying. I have gotten better at scheduling self-care days, and finding ways to just chill, but this goal could definitely be better.

GOALS ACCOMPLISHED:

In total, I have accomplished a grand total of 11 out of 27 goals? Which … I honestly don’t love and feel a little disappointed by. On the bright side though, there is four months left in the year. If I really focus on these goals (and remember they exist), I think I should be able to finesse those last goals.

Who knows, though? Time will tell, I suppose.


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How is everyone doing right now? Where are you at with your goals, and are there any goals that you want to complete by the end of the year? I’d love to know.

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20 thoughts on “A (fashionably) late mid-year reaction to my 2020 goals // Aka reacting to the most unexpected and wild year … ever

  1. I don’t remember if I made any concrete goals for this year, I think I made a goal to learn how to drive and pass my test…which ha is not happening this year. Hopefully next year though as I have no plans to cram lessons into the last few months of the year just to pass my test.
    Some tips for easing back into interacting, I would suggest hopping to blogs you love first and interacting with those posts, then gradually ease into interacting with other blogs that you like but maybe not as much as the ones you love. I have a feed on feedly for “priority blogs” which basically means anyone on their I really enjoy reading their blog posts so if I’m struggling, I can just hop to posts from that feed.

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  2. TAASIA YOU CAN DO IT!! Don’t be hard on yourself, 2020 has been hard on everybody. And I KNOW you’ll catch up in the next few months. Also, school is SO stressful but I guarantee you that all your hard work will pay off and once it’s over you’ll be surprised you were stressed so much. Feel free to hmu if you wanted to chat school, I recently finished my senior year so idk maybe I could be helpful. Kinda idk.
    52 books is also SO AMAZING GO YOU!! That’s over my yearly goal so you’re doing so well. And 500 followers is SO REACHABLE FOR YOU. You too amazing. All the love xoxox

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    1. Ruby, you are too kind to me πŸ˜­πŸ’— Ahh that piece of advice is so helpful, and thank you so much for your offer, I just may reach out because stress! Best of luck with your 2020 goals, and I hope you’re having an amazing day ❀❀❀

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  3. I’m very similar in that covid has wrecked a bunch of my goals and they’re definitely not happening anymore hahaha but glad you’ve achieved some of yours πŸ™‚ whitewashed reading lists are indeed an issue and I’m guilty of not trying hard enough to read around them. Hope the rest of the year goes well and take it easy w college apps πŸ’“

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  4. Taasia, you’re doing amazing!! This year is wack so the fact that you’re accomplishing so many of these is so awesome.❀️ I feel you with the rising senior things, haha not me knowing the Common App is open but still not having submitted anything or settled on an essay? *nervous laughter* I also feel you with the friendship thing- there are some friends I’ve gotten way closer with over quarantine and others that I’ve drifted a bit with from the lack of contact, but I’m also hoping that when school starts (if it does for me lol) that can change. Wishing you a very wonderful second half of 2020! xx

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    1. Olivia, you’re just too sweet to me, honestly 😭 You’re amazing too and best of luck with rising senior things, we’ll go through it together, haha! I’m sure your essay will be amazing ❀ Friendship things have been super weird in quarantine I swear, it’s gonna be interesting when school reopens (hope all goes well for you)! Hope you have a wonderful second half of 2020 too, love you! πŸ’—

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  5. Given the crazy circumstances, the fact that you’ve accomplished so many of your goals is fantastic! I think all the standardized testing goals can be ignored because that was totally out of your hands and COVID has literally made everything in relation to schooling hell πŸ˜₯
    Prioritizing self-care is SO important and I’m happy that you’re trying to find time to do that!! Also congratulations on reaching over 400 WordPress followers!! I don’t want to sound presumptuous, but with your amazing blog, I’m *sure* that you can reach 500 by the end of the year πŸ’•πŸ’• I hope the rest of your year goes well!!

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    1. Chana, you are simply too kind to me! Standardised testing has been absolutely wack this year and it had me stressed πŸ˜… And 100% on the schooling comments, it’s crazy rn.

      My self-care routine and prioritisation had been declining as of late, which isn’t great oops πŸ’€ You’re way too sweet to me and I don’t deserve it 😭 Hope you have the best rest of 2020 too πŸ’—

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  6. I loved reading your goals check-in!! 😊 Wishing you all the best luck with your ACT/exams, it sounds really tough but you’ve got this! Happy to hear that you found so many new favorite books to enjoy ❀ Also congrats on 400 followers, that’s amazing!! As for interacting, I’ve started using Feedly which lets you organize the blogs you follow into categories which I find super helpful πŸ˜„

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  7. it sounds like you’ve accomplished a lot! as a person thinking abt college, it seems intimidating but i am trying to stress less.

    i loved the poppy war as well, and it is one of my new favorite books/series ever!! i am very much anticipating the burning god, and cannot wait for november.

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