2020 goals

Small actions, big changes. 2020 is on its way, so it is time for that little goal list. Here’s my focuses and my action plans for 2020 šŸ˜‰

My top focus in 2020 are:

  1. Obtaining French citizenship
  2. Eco-conscious with my consumption
  3. Be flexible physically
  4. Complete the swim from Gosier beach to the Ǝlet du Gosier (Guadeloupe)
  5. Blog improvement

No goal can be achieved without a plan, right?

1. French citizenship

I’ve obtained permanent residence and it is time for that final step to happen… French passport. Fingers crossed that I’ll pass the language and citizenship test in 2020. Hopefully that will be end of OFII and prefecture visits. Immigration process is just exhausting. I still struggle to believe that this Hong Kong born, South African raised girl is now living in Paris .

Action plan? Well, studying a lot and continue to go to French classes šŸ˜‰ There’s no short cut when it comes to studying.

2. Be more eco-friendly

Here is how I see it: it is better to make small sustainable changes than to do it perfectly for a short few months. There is no ways that I will remain a happy person if I become a vegetarian and I cannot afford a 100% zero waste lifestyle. So what can I do that is sustainable for my lifestyle?

Lower my plastic consumption

Despite only using reusable bags, I have noticed that I still have a lot of plastic in my life e.g. food packaging. I paid attention to my own trash and realised that I have a lot of plastic wrap and trays in my bin.

I have looked into zero packaging supermarket, but they’re considerably more expensive. One of the more prominent ones here in Paris is Day by Day. It is ironic that the products are more expensive when they don’t need to make packaging; makes very little sense. It is too much of a sacrifice to forgo my saving’s target for my newly found “green ambition”.

Since zero-packaging is not an feasible option for me, here’s what I plan to do…

Vegetable or fruits that comes in the plastic net packaging

The free picking versions usually cost marginally more, but I think this is a sustainable option for me.

Cans / glass only and no one use plastic bottle drinks

Whenever there is a choice, I will no longer purchase any plastic bottled goods. My reason is quite simple. Cans are metals that can be easily recycled and glass is made of silica (whether recycled or not, it is not harmful to the environment).

I don’t believe in that the current waste system processes recycle plastics. Plus, re-melting plastic isn’t exactly a “green picture”. I am no chemist, but melting / plastic production produces some less than desirable gas.

Menstrual cup

I’ve already tried it out (experience share). I feel ready to ditch all the tampon and pad in 2020. I only have a hand full of tampons and pads left, so once those are finished, I’ll be using menstrual cups 100%. Yey, the only zero waste that I’ll be able to achieve.

Sheet mask and wipes

It is totally shocking to see how much plastic waste I produced by using sheet mask and wipes. Once I’m done with my existing stash, I will no longer buy these products. I am pretty torn when it comes to the pimple busting stickers, because that too comes with a lot of plastic. I am actively looking for alternatives.

Simplifying my beauty routine

My old routine
Day

Cleanser

Toner

Serum

Moisturiser

Sunscreen

Night

Cleansing oil

Cleanser

Konjac sponge / sonic brush

Toner (+ Talika light duo plus)

Sheet mask

Serum / chemical exfoliant (+ other treatment product when needed)

Moisturiser

That’s a lot of empties that I’m producing. 99% of empties are all plastic. I reckon if I simplify my beauty routine, it will (a) saves me money (b) saves time (c) reduce waste. So why not?

2020 routine
Day

Cleanser

Toner

Serum

Moisturiser

Sunscreen

Night

Cleansing oil

Cleanser

Konjac sponge / sonic brush

Toner (+ Talika light duo plus)

Sheet mask

Serum / chemical exfoliant (+ other treatment product when needed)

Moisturiser

Shopping

I will attempt to do zero clothing purchase this year ahead. I’ve moved 3 times in the last 3 years and I have thrown away / donated over 50kg of clothing. That screams to me that I don’t need more clothes. Given that I’m no longer a corporate girl, there’s absolutely no need for that much clothes.

No, I am not blaming fast fashion for anything. Fast fashion is a wonderful social class blurring innovation. It makes clothing that used to be inaccessible affordable to many. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Besides, most “premium” brands have a less efficient system where they’re forced to buy at a higher price (not necessarily from a better source, it just that they have to pay a penalty for having low production units) is not what I perceive as more premium in quality.

3. Flexibility goal: Split

I cannot touch my toes right now LOL This will be one hell of a project. No harm trying. I’ve downloaded an app. My plan is to stick to 15 – 20 minutes stretch session daily.

4. Swim from Gosier beach to the Ǝlet du Gosier (Guadeloupe)

I didn’t manage to do it on my last 2 trips, so this is kind of an obsession for now. It isn’t that far of a swim, but I was too scared to even attempt? Anyone else scared of open sea swim?

Don’t know if I’ve ever shared this story before, this was from my Durban (East coast of South Africa) days. I swam in the Indian ocean. It was sandy beach and warm ocean. Everything was dandy until I saw a fin. Great white sharks are native to our shores. So obviously, I thought it was one of those. I swam as fast as possible… and you know what, something bump my foot. It turned out to be some dolphin playing a prank. Yes, dolphin can be a jerk sometimes. The point this, this experience made me scared of open sea swim. Sorry, that was a mouth full, but ja, I feel chicken about it still.

For this specific goal, it isn’t really about my fitness level. I am pretty sure that I can swim this distance even without training. I just need to focus and know the fact that there’s no big sharks in Guadeloupe. Just keep swimming, swimming… and stop being scared.

5. Blog improvement

Blog posts – 1 per week

I haven’t been consistent with my publishing in 2019 – only 28 published posts this year šŸ™ Totally my fault of course, I was quite disillusioned with my content and went into the over thinking path? It made it almost like a chore to write at times. I don’t want that for my blog. This is supposed to be my happy place. Anyways, I think if I set myself up for 1 post a week it is an achievable goal. Any topic goes, forget about SEO and niche šŸ˜‰

Instagram follower

My instagram account was at 800 followers at the beginning of 2019. Turns out that my somewhat “how to grow IG” crazy tactics worked. Big pat to myself on the back with this year’s growth and thank you to all for your support.

It is time to push myself to grow some more in 2020 šŸ˜€ How about 5000 as a target? That’s an average of +200 followers per month in order to hit the target.

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