Hey! It's that time of the year that I secretly dread, catching up with my 2020 goals. It is funny how different life was at the start of the year when I set my big goals/resolutions for the year. This was pre-covid and pre-Wanaka move and it was in the peak of Summer when I was living my lushest life in Cromwell. I think it is good to check in with myself every three months and remember what I had wanted to see play out for the year, and assess that compared to what actually is playing out. I know you are all here for the 'How much did I spend on dog products' section, so I have put that at the bottom of the update again! If you haven't read it already, here is the link to the April check in that I done.
5. Produce more amazing content
I don't have much to say about this one. I am super happy with my Moving to Wanaka vlog, and the content I have produced for Omega Plus. However, in all honesty I have dropped the ball on this one. Let's hope the second half of the year this becomes a bigger focus of mine.
4. Move to Central Otago
Hey, I live in Wanaka now. As I mentioned above, it is crazy to think that when I wrote this goal, it was still a distant dream. I definitely didn't think I would get here before Winter. After living in Wanaka for nearing on two months now, this move has been one of the best decisions I have made in recent years. I am so in love with the region, with the people here, with the lifestyle and I have not felt this at home and happy in a long time. I done a quick update on what I have been doing in Wanaka since moving here if you are interested in reading that. I am excited to see what other things I manage to get up to with the next six months of 2020.
3. Hike more
With the move to Wanaka, this has meant I have been doing a few more hikes and adventures as I explore my new neighbourhood. In the last few weeks it has been less as the weather gets colder, the days get shorter, and I spend more time snowboarding. However, I am happy to say that currently I am doing a decent hike once a week, and for Winter, I am super stoked with that. The rest of our walks do involve a lot of sight seeing, and gentle gradients.
2. Be more conscious of the impact I have on the environment
Quite similar to my April update, that although I am trying to be more conscious of this, I haven't been as good as I could. I have moved to the menstrual cup which after my last update a lot of people asked more about. I have the MyCup which after a few more uses I am really starting to enjoy. It has definitely paid itself off in not needing to buy disposable products, and with more use it gets more and more comfortable. For Diego's poops, I have been using green eco-friendly poop bags that compost and trying harder to be more conscious of how I dispose of his poops at home. I used to be bad for purchasing fast fashion, but have recently made a smarter effort to buy good products that will last longer, and are made in an eco-friendly way. I have purchased a lot more products made of merino wool, but also purchased from the likes of Patagonia which uses recycled materials. I have started to get back into using plastic and glass containers to store food, and not use as much cling film, or one use plastics when not 100% needed.
1. Spend less money on dog things I don't need
The moment you have all been waiting for, the money update. As of the April update I had spent $249.40 on dog stuff, with majority of that going to giveaways. Let's just start by saying, I thought I had been a lot worse than I actually have in the last few months.
Custom dog bed: $115
Wild Dog Leashes: $110
Wolves of Wellington: $23.49 (Let me just say, I have no idea what I bought from here)
So yes, a bit more than the first quarter of the year, but I think better than this time last year. That brings my yearly total to $497.89 which considering last year I managed to spend $2,747.31 in the year, I have my head held high for that.
How are you all going with your 2020 goals and resolutions? I know a few of you were thinking about watching your spending habits a bit closer so would love to hear how that is going for you all!