A New Year 2021

Hi Guys, firstly, I hope you all had an amazing chilled Christmas full of selfcare and indulging in yummy foods and drinks. A New Year 2021 is upon us and finally saying goodbye to 2020 I thought I’d share my views on the year ahead.

So I started writing this post at the end of December, and the UK has changed once again. Since I started writing so I’ve had to change the content a little. But I wanted to share a few thoughts of mine for the upcoming year, 2021. The country is quickly approaching a third national lockdown. I am sure we all knew was coming after all the last minute changes to Christmas and social mixing. However, it doesn’t make it any easier for anyone! In fact I guess it’s misleading, we are all left in the dark, unsure what the future holds, will 2021 actually be any better than 2020? Time will tell I guess, so let’s plod along and get this 3rd lockdown nailed! The sooner we go into it , the quicker (hopefully) we can come out of it.

The positive outcome from December and the first week in 2021, is the vaccines. We now have two vaccines (Pfizer and Oxford) which will help combat the spread of the Corona Virus. So fingers crossed when the lockdown ends we will be in a much more promising position in terms of infection rate, positive tests and ultimately lowering the staggering death toll.


My 2021

Towards the end of last year I started to write a list of things I’d love to do this year. From little some ideas to bigger more motivated projects and tasks. I feel a little deflated that potentially some of those ideas will be on hold for a little while, but I am happy to wait.

  • Start a small business – towards to middle to end of 2020 I came up with a little idea of creating a start up crafts business, mainly just a way to combat being stuck indoors! However I am now determined to get that little business thriving this year. I’ve now set up Instagram and currently creating the Etsy page then Forest Crafts Co will be officially open!


  • I’ve never been much of a reader, so this year I have decided I’d love to do more reading. Receiving a collection of Jane Austin novels for christmas I can’t wait to get reading them, I am in love with the pretty book and hopefully that’ll give me a kick up the butt to get reading them!


  • I can’t wait to continue my fitness journey, like with some of you lockdown 1.0 took it’s toll on me a little. Just the isolation of not seeing friends and family was really hard. I love going for walks, drinks, food and having a laugh. So being stuck inside played a significant role in the downturn of my mental health. My saving grace is that I can work from home. So I still had daily contact with work colleagues through Zoom meetings, emails etc. Never envisaging still being sat at my home desk in January 2021.  I love swimming running and walking. So I started a strava account and basically took myself out for walks and runs whenever possible. I am hoping to keep this up (but the cold weather is not my friend – haha)


  • Be happy! This is probably a weird one for some of you, but I just want to spend the year happy. Last year I had a few set backs. However this year I am determined to put myself first and look after myself more. I’ve started meal planning again… something I slacked with towards the end of last year. And also taking an evening a week (Sundays) for a little self care pamper session. It’s the perfect way to start a new week.


As we embark on a New Year 2021 lets be positive. The above is just a outline insight into what I’d love to do this year. Being realistic I’d love to venture abroad – when safe to do so. And of course see all the friends and family I haven’t been able to see for so long! I can’t wait to give my Grandma the biggest hug ever!! However, I am a realist and I knew that won’t happen for at least 3 months.. at least. But it’s always at the back of my mind. Just seeing everyones faces… I can’t wait.

Finally, I know some of you may be suffering with the third lockdown dooming in on us. But you are not alone, if you need a friendly chat, a moan, a rant about your partner. Please drop me a message. It’s always good to talk – which I know is hard if you are feeling that low. But a problem shared is a problem halved. Here’s to a New Year 2021!

Sending so much love and positivity to you all!



  1. January 5, 2021 / 10:12 am

    I love this post and I definitely agree with most of your goals for this year! I also love to do more reading and exercise more! I’m working up with motivation to go out running in the cold this week! I do love Strava though for encouraging myself afterwards! And how can anyone disagree with be happy? Definitely the most important aim for 2021!

    • lifeofemmax
      January 5, 2021 / 10:46 am

      Thank you Emily! Let me know if you have any reading recommendations x

  2. January 5, 2021 / 10:58 am

    Happy new year Emma! What a lovely post to read and so nice to see a realistic post about 2021 goals. Here’s to hoping it’s a better one for us all!

    • lifeofemmax
      January 5, 2021 / 11:01 am

      Thanks Emily. Happy New Year to you! Let’s hope it gets better. x

  3. Brooke Ressell
    January 5, 2021 / 12:51 pm

    It looks like you have some great things to look forward to in 2021. I am thrilled that you added being happy to your list.

  4. lynnmumbingmejia
    January 5, 2021 / 6:37 pm

    Yay! I love when people start Etsy shops and boutiques! I can’t wait to see more! Love that you’re so positive. Wishing you all the best during the UK’s lockdown xo


  5. Gemma Jayne
    January 6, 2021 / 12:40 pm

    Good luck with your fitness and business goals! I recently set up a business too and it’s all exciting! Have a great 2021 xxx

  6. January 6, 2021 / 2:01 pm

    Lovely post, really enjoyed it! Love your crafts small business idea, I think it’s s great idea! Thank you for sharing this post!

  7. January 6, 2021 / 2:05 pm

    Fabulous goals! I have some similar ideas! Wishing you all for best for this year, hopefully soon things will get better!

  8. January 6, 2021 / 6:05 pm

    Ooooooh the business venture sounds incredible.

  9. January 6, 2021 / 6:19 pm

    Happy new year!! Great idea to start about craft. I wish you the best luck in this year!

  10. January 7, 2021 / 1:01 pm

    I’m excited to see your craft business flourish!

  11. January 7, 2021 / 2:45 pm

    I love this post! Happy new year lovely, I hope it brings you so much joy and happiness. Good luck with all your goals xx

  12. Every Blogging Thing
    January 7, 2021 / 7:38 pm

    Happy New Year! We literally have the same goals for 2021, haha! I plan on starting my business. But the one I was most surprised about was being happy. That is number 1 on my list of goals. “Choosing Happiness.” I believe we decide how we feel and have total control of our moods. Last year and the year before were terrible filled with so much anger, despair, and negativity. This year, I’ve had enough of that, so I’m choosing my own happiness. Here’s to being happy in 2021, My friend!

  13. January 7, 2021 / 9:26 pm

    Great post! I think being happy is an amazing goal for 2021! It’s one we should all adopt.
    Wishing you success with your new business and all the happiness life has to offer for the New Year!

  14. Kayleigh Zara
    January 8, 2021 / 8:14 am

    I love your goals for the year and I can’t wait to check out your craft business! What a fun thing to do! I’m genuinely so interested to see what you make.

    Thankyou for sharing x

  15. January 8, 2021 / 10:48 am

    Lovely to have a focus for the year ahead. It has been such a difficult time for us all that I think making small, achievable goals for the uncertain year ahead is a really good idea x

  16. January 8, 2021 / 10:59 am

    Good luck with your goals, I’m sure 2021 will be a great year for you! I’m trying to start running but the cold weather is not helping me either, haha!

    Tash – A Girl with a View

  17. January 8, 2021 / 12:21 pm

    Happy New Year Emma! Congratulations on starting your small business, can’t wait to see more about it! Hope this year will bring you even more opportunities x

  18. January 8, 2021 / 1:40 pm

    These are some great goals and I wish you all the best in achieving them. I love that you are starting a new business venture and I’ve followed your Instagram account.

  19. January 8, 2021 / 4:37 pm

    These are some great goals! Fitness is something I want to focus on this year too. I was in a great routine before the first lockdown, but since then I’ve not been able to attend my classes and it just put the brakes on my progress. Good luck with all your goals this year x

  20. January 10, 2021 / 10:56 am

    Happy new year, Emma! These are some really great goals for this new year and I am right there with you on the fitness goal. I need to get updating my strava again! x

    Samantha | https://samanthajblogs.co.uk

  21. Kayleigh Harris
    January 11, 2021 / 3:08 pm

    Starting a small business is such a good one. It’s so nice to have something to keep you focused and to bring in some extra cash too! Good luck with it!

    Kayleigh x

  22. January 12, 2021 / 10:05 am

    Congrats on Forest Crafts Co! That’s so exciting and I’m wishing you all the success! <3

  23. January 12, 2021 / 3:41 pm

    I don’t think Be Happy is odd at all, I think if anything 2020 has taught us all to really examine the positives. And good luck with Forest Crafts Co, how exciting!

  24. January 13, 2021 / 9:41 am

    Love this post! Our goals for 2021 are actually really similar as I am also going to try to do more exercise, reading and working to be more happy! I wish you all the best for 2021 lovely! X

  25. January 13, 2021 / 11:45 am

    Lovely to read your goals for 2021! Mine are quite similar, I’ve already been exercising more and I can’t wait to have it help my brain and my waistline!


  26. January 13, 2021 / 3:22 pm

    This is a wonderful post. Your goals are great and I must say Jane Austen is a fantastic choice to read. Hope it all goes well for you x

  27. January 16, 2021 / 10:24 am

    Be happy, yes! It’s so important right now that we search as hard as we can, even when it’s difficult, to find some happiness amid all the disaster that’s currently happening around us. I love your goals and l wish you all the. EST fornyour small buisness adventure in 2021!

  28. January 16, 2021 / 10:27 am

    Congrats on starting your business, Emma! That’s REALLY amazing 😀 Wishing you all the success xo

  29. January 20, 2021 / 3:26 pm

    good luck on your shop! love that you found inspiration through this crazy year. here’s to meeting more goals in 2021!

  30. Penny
    January 28, 2021 / 10:05 pm

    These are amazing! Hopefully your business will be big and amazing! Btw, I love Jane Austen! x Penny/ whatdidshetype.blogspot.com

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