Dawn of the Decade

united-kingdomHello there, and a very happy new year to you, wherever you may be. Well then! Here we are. New Year’s Day, 2020. The beginning of a new decade – I suppose, depending on time zone, some of you might already onto the 2nd of January, but let’s not get into that, it’s far too complicated. Even without taking all of that time zone malarkey into account, it’s hard to know where to begin! First of all, and most importantly, without getting too soppy and emotional, I’d like to thank all of you for your support and for reading over the past four years. Last year especially was quite a big year for this little corner of the internet, and I hope that we can continue this trajectory together into 2020!

So what do you have to look forward to from me in the coming year? Well! In about a week from now I’m going to be travelling to Amsterdam (leaving the country for the first time in over a year), so there could be some travel posts coming up – and new countries mean new languages to learn! I’m already trying my hand at a little bit of Dutch, so there might even be some Dutch posts coming up!

IMG_0294As for language goals… well, I spent the last year frantically dabbling and dashing from language to language like a small child in a sweet shop. A little more focus would be nice on that score. I’m actually making quite a decent go of Scottish Gaelic at the moment, so I’m going to continue with that for as long as the momentum lasts! I’d also quite like to have a go at Russian, as well as polishing up and smoothing over the many cracks in my Dutch. Apart from that my perennial desire to take on Japanese seems to have reared its head once again, so maybe that will feature too!

This is all a little bit non-committal, I realise. But as in all areas of my life, I prefer to underpromise and overdeliver than overpromise and underdeliver!

The only actual concrete goal I have is to read more books than I managed in 2019. In 2019 I only barely scraped my challenge of ten books, so this year I’ve set the fairly modest target of fifteen. I might even end up posting some proper book reviews here, which is what I actually focused my entire blog on the last time I started one when I was seventeen… so that’s going back a while haha.

Once again, I’d like to thank you all so much for reading over the past four years. It honestly means the world to me. So thank you. And now it’s over to you, what are you planning to do this next year? A new language? Some travel? Reading? Something completely different? Leave me a comment or get in touch on Twitter or Instagram. And as always, I’ll see you next month.

– J.

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