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The 2020 New Year’s Resolutions We Didn’t Quite Manage To Stick To

Laura Rogan Laura Rogan - Editor of Secret Manchester

The 2020 New Year’s Resolutions We Didn’t Quite Manage To Stick To

New Year’s Resolutions? Pointless, or necessary?

Whether you make ’em or you don’t – it’s safe to say, having resolutions during 2020 is pretty laughable now. With the country on a complete shutdown for the majority of the year, we pretty much achieved nothing. Unless you count completing the entire Netflix library as achieving something. Anyway, in case you needed some inspiration for 2021, here’s what we originally set out to achieve this year… To no avail.

1. Socialise more

A popular rezzy in the (virtual) Secret Media offices, it looks like a lot of us wanted to re-connect with friends this year and make more of an effort with those we hold near and dear. Whether it was to meet new friends, or simply spend time with those we already had – it’s safe to say, this one was a complete bust. Zoom quiz, anyone?

2. Visit a new place every month

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Be it a UK national park that we’d never visited, or a brand new shiny country to explore – we weren’t planning on turning our noses up at anywhere this year. Obviously, COVID had other plans for us. Another trip to the fridge? We think so.

3. Actually go to spin class

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Damn, I actually meant it this year… I’ll have to wait until Tier 4’s over now.

4. Eat better

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Joe Wicks had finally gotten to us, and we were actually planning to get into some kind of healthy food regime. We could have stuck to this one, but with lockdown and all, we felt it our personal responsibility to support our local restaurants while they were closed. So basically, we sacked this one off for the greater good.

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5. Take more photos

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This one came hand in hand with travelling more, but photography was a common hobby our team wanted to take up during 2020. We took some nice photos of our boring four walls, at least. And our dogs.

6. Spend less money

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You’d think after being ordered to stay at home with nowhere to go during a global pandemic would help us save money, but it was quite the opposite. In fact, I think we spent more. From homeware and exercise equipment, to toastie makers and new clothes to “make us feel better” – there wasn’t much we didn’t spend our hard-earned cash on this year. Oops.

But on a more positive note… Here’s what we’re looking forward to doing in 2021.

  • Meeting up with our mates in a real-life pub with real-life draught beer
  • Sitting down to enjoy our favourite food in an actual restaurant
  • Seeing live music
  • Getting the COVID vaccine
  • Potentially travelling abroad for a nice, relaxing holiday
  • Finally going to that spin class
  • Reconnecting with old friends
  • Sunday dinner at Nan’s
  • Taking the dog somewhere other than round the block

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