If you read my blog last year, you’ll know that I did a 19 for 2019 list like my favorite podcaster, Gretchen Rubin. Instead of setting a complicated and unrealistic set of goals, you set an attainable list for yourself. 2019 has been a year of abundance and joy in my life. I earned my Master’s degree and found a job at an institution I absolutely love. I grew as a person and fell more in love with my fiancé and myself. I have continued to grow, and that is my plan for 2020. Here’s to a year of abundance full of love, new adventures, and being my best self.
My 20 for 2020 List
Dry January. This year I’m committing to a month of going alcohol free, or as many are calling it, “dry January.” I want to take time to cleanse my body and to see how well I feel when I cut alcohol from my system. I don’t drink a lot in general, but I think that this journey will be a good one for my mental and physical health. When I’m stressed, I tend to want a glass of wine or a margarita. Now that I don’t have the option of using alcohol to cope, I will take a healthy approach to recovering from a stressful week like reading a book or heading to the gym.
Go to Starbucks Less. While this is painful for me to admit, I recognize that I spend way too much money at Starbucks. In order to be kinder to my wallet (and my wedding budget) I am committing to going to Starbucks less. I am fully capable of making coffee at home. My goal is to only grab Starbucks as a treat every 2 weeks. I think this is a fair way of treating myself with my favorite coffee while also cutting back significantly.
Eat Takeout Less. While Starbucks is definitely my greatest downfall, I also have a tendency to grab takeout to go when I’m too tired to cook or don’t want to eat in the cafeteria. Eating out is both expensive and unhealthy. I am committing to resisting the urge to grab takeout and to only dine out once in a while socially with friends or my partner.
Walk Every Day (20 minutes or 1 mile). Like Gretchen Rubin, one of my goals is to walk more. I find that walking is not only a great form of exercise, but is an opportunity to clear my head and to create space for reflection. I am committing to walking for 20 minutes or 1 mile per day (these are roughly the same with my stride/speed). This is a time commitment that doesn’t take a lot of time from my day and is manageable on a regular basis.
Pray Every Day. One of my greatest challenges in 2019 was a deep struggle with my faith and prayer life. While I am a devoted Christian, I have struggled deeply with my Catholic faith because of the recent allegations in the church. I am committing to praying every day in my own way and creating space for God. I am also staying open to praying in different churches/denominations in the new year. While I will always remain Catholic, I want to be open to new prayer and worship opportunities.
Drink Water Every Day. I have been doing well with this goal, but I want to keep up with drinking a sufficient amount of water every day. I have an app that tracks my water intake and requires me to drink 1.8 Liters per day and have a water bottle that fills to 750 ML. Before drinking water regularly, I was dizzier and had less energy throughout the day. Now I know what my body needs and have seen the benefits of this.
Be Kinder and Gossip Less. Plain and simple, being mean is toxic. It drags not only myself down but others around me. I am being kinder in this new year so that I can be a more positive presence to those around me. Being kinder is makes your heart more full. We should all aspire to this.
Be More Forgiving of Yourself and Others. I need to be more understanding when things go wrong with not only others, but myself. We all make mistakes. What is important is that we can pick back up and grow from those mistakes. Being forgiving takes a lot of stress out of these mistakes and allows us to move forward.
Rest More. If you know me, you know that I literally cannot sit still. On my days off I feel the need to keep going by doing chores and running errands. I frequently find myself burnt out and exhausted. I am creating space and giving myself permission to rest more. When I don’t need to wake up early on a Saturday I won’t set an alarm just to get things done. Im going to step back and relax when I can.
Stick to my WW Eating Plan. I have been super successful with the WW program at the beginning of the year. Over the past few months, I’ve gotten lazy with my eating plan and gained a bit of weight. I let my health fall to the wayside after starting a new job and adjusting to living with my fiancé (because I never used to have chips or other junk food in the house). I have to commit to my healthy eating plan because of how it makes me feel; my mental and physical health are greatly impacted by living a healthier lifestyle. I also refuse to refer to WW as a diet. This is a lifestyle change for my body and mental health. And while, yes, I would like to lose weight, I am no longer making it a priority. I need to focus on the bigger picture.
Go to the Gym at Least 3 Times Per Week. I am committing to working out at the gym 3 times per week because I love my body, not because I hate it. I am trying to reframe my mindset so that I look forward to the gym and how I feel afterward. I think that 3 days a week is a reasonable commitment to make for myself. I am also trying new workout strategies/machines at the gym so that I won’t become stagnant.
Put Down Your Phone More. I want to put my phone down more and live in the moment. I feel like we are all entirely too dependent on our phones today. I would like to put my phone on sleep mode by 8:30 every night so that I can make time to read and decompress before falling asleep. I also think it’s important to put my phone on silent when I’m with my family or partner, especially when we are sharing a meal or are celebrating a holiday.
Go for a Hike. When I was younger, I would go hiking a lot with my mum and sister. I feel accomplished after a hike. It feels great to be in nature and to disconnect with the rest of the world for a little. I also have the privilege of living in beautiful, wild and wonderful West Virginia now, so I have plenty of options close by.
Travel to a New Place. I absolutely love travel, so one of my goals every year is to go somewhere new. Luckily, I plan on going to Montego Bay, Jamaica for my honeymoon in October. I want to travel to more local places too when I can, especially this summer.
Be Kinder to My Partner (and don’t pick fights when you’re crabby). This is one that many of us need to work on. It’s easy to be irritable and cranky with our significant others when we’re in a bad mood. I plan on being kinder to my fiancé and finding healthier outlets for days when I’m feeling cranky.
Create Space at Work for More of What I Love. I am in this profession because I love working with my students. While I need to complete a lot of mundane administrative tasks and other requirements that I may not particularly enjoy, I need to create space for the parts of my job that I love. One of my favorite things to do are create events for my students during the work day so that they can stop by my office and engage in conversation. I also want to make an effort to attend RA programs like I have in the past. My students are the reason that I love what I do. Instead of becoming burnt out on routine tasks, I need to create opportunities that remind me why I love my job.
GET MARRIED and Be the Best Wife I Can Be. I can’t believe that I can put this on my list! I am SO excited to marry my best friend in October of this year. On top of the excitement of getting married, I am committing to being the best wife/partner that I can be. I want to make sure that I am creating opportunities for new adventures and continuing to make our life together an exciting one.
Read 2 Books Per Month. While I love to read, I find that I haven’t made enough time to read when I have free time. My original goal was 3 books per month, yet I still managed to fail. I think that reading 2 books per month is an attainable goal that I can commit to.
Do More that Makes Your Heart Feel Full.The greatest goal that I have this year is to do more that makes my heart feel full.While I want to be more frugal financially this year, I want to create the space to take more leaps of faith. Whether that’s going to a yoga class once in a while, having a date night with my fiancé, or taking a road trip, I need to continue to do more of the things that make my life worth living. Here’s to new adventures and experiences!