The last decade went out with a bang, and the twenties came roaring in. Unsurprisingly, I along with half of the world created my 2020 Resolutions. Scrolling through instagram, I probably saw over 25 lists of goals and aspirations from friends, family, and wanna-be influencers alike. It got me thinking, with the start of the new year everyone has big plans, but how often do people achieve them? Personally, I almost always fail at my resolutions. However, I hope that 2020 will be the year where the mindset and motivation behind my resolutions change.
Recap of 2019
Last year, of the two or three resolutions I made for 2019, there was only one I successfully achieved. I aimed to keep a journal of sorts, on my phone. I got the idea from travel bloggers Marie Fe and Jake Snow last year, and since then I have been doing it. At the end of every day I jotted down something from that specific day. If I had taken any photos, I attached it to that day’s post. Some days I jotted down things I was grateful for, and some days I simply noted “worked all day”.
With 2020, I have decided not only will I maintain this journal, but I’d like to reflect meaningfully on my days. Find moments that I’m grateful for, that spark joy and happiness. Identify opportunities to further develop myself, or moments where I’d do things differently. I’m sincerely hoping I have less of “worked all day” and more of “spent time with family”, but only time will tell.
With that in mind, I crafted a list of resolutions. Some more attainable than others, however all geared towards improving my general health, mental well-being, creativity, and happiness. I think at the end of 2020, I’ll circle back to this post, and reflect on the resolutions I made, and how they panned out. Below are my resolutions that you are all welcome to hold me accountable to.
- Journal every day – identify moments of joy, and moments to improve on.
- Cook more – At least one meal every weekend that I am home.
- Exercise – a wedding is a great excuse to get fit, but frankly, I’m trying to fall in love with being healthy.
- Drink more water. I am seriously dehydrated all the time. I feel like I’m waterboarding myself if I drink more than one bottle a day. This definitely needs to change in 2020.
- Eat healthier – I need to eat more often throughout the day, stop skipping breakfast, eat more greens, less refined sugars, definitely less chocolate. No more lunch dessert, unless its fruit.
- Blog at least twice a month. If BLOGMAS proved anything, it’s that I can definitely blog a couple times a month, but once a day definitely not. I think twice a month is a feasible goal that I can easily achieve, and I have so much content to put into this blog there’s no excuse.
- Read, read, read – at least one book a month. I love reading, and I shamefully have read few books in the past year. And sadly, re-reading Harry Potter for the tenth time, does not count.
- Minimize Alcohol Consumption – Since I travel for work every week, my coworkers and I often get dinner together. A glass of wine at dinner doesn’t seem too bad, but when its 2-3 times a week, plus a drink on the weekend when I’m home with James, that’s a lot of alcohol. In 2020, I’m going to limit my alcohol consumption generally to no more than twice a week. I don’t have to drink during the week, but if I do, I’m capping myself to two times. Once when at work, and once when at home.
- Connect with friends and family – Too often times flies by between checking in on my friends and family. I’m going to really focus on connecting with the people that matter the most this year.
- Adventure – I’d like to take one big adventure with James this year that doesn’t revolve around our wedding.
- GET MARRIED – Speaking of the wedding, this year we will be getting married. Obviously, that’s on the list of things to achieve, but beyond that I’d like to get everything organized and planned well-in advance of the Big Day, so that there’s less stress involved.
- Miscellaneous Budget – As part of our fiscal behaviors, J and I follow a budget. We each have a “miscellaneous” budget that we’re allotted each month. Think fun money. One of us (I won’t name names) is more likely to blow this budget each month on spur of the moment purchases. I’d like to really get that spending under control this year, and save every possible cent we can – especially since we’re paying for our wedding ourselves. We need every penny we can save.
- Learn to play Once Upon A December – Anastasia is one of my favorite Princess movies, and I just got J a piano for Christmas. I’d really like to learn how to play Once Upon a December this year on the piano.
- BE PRESENT! This one is probably going to the be the hardest, simply because it is the one I fail to do every single day. I’m really going to try to be less on my phone, mindlessly swiping on social media. Since I do share a lot of our travels on my social-media platforms I will still take photos and videos. However, the manner in which I share them will change. Gone are the days of instant uploads. Instead I plan to share all the information after we have been able to fully experience the moments.
There you have it folks – a long, and comprehensive list of my 2020 Resolutions. I’ll be really interested to see how I hold up doing them at the end of the year. I’m sure I’ll slip up here and there, but as long as I can maintain this behavior generally throughout the year, and for the years following, I’ll be happy.
Do you have any similar resolutions? If so feel free to reach out to me! Maybe we can help each other stay motivated and on the right path!