A new year is upon us. And so is the end of the decade! Is it just me, or have people been talking about the new year and 2020 goals since like October? I feel like the instructors in every workout class have been counting down the weeks to 2020 since Fall. Now that Christmas has come and gone, there is a lot of excitement around 2020 and a push to start anew. While I don’t think it’s 100% necessary to wait until the beginning of the year to change habits and create goals, it is a great place for lots of people to start.
This post isn’t going to be about 2020 weight loss goals. So many people have goals regarding their body, fitness, and nutrition. And because of that, diet companies and gyms love to take total advantage of potential customers in January. I really, genuinely do not want to trigger anyone with an ED history in this post, so I will skip writing about body image here. This is going to be more of a rambling reflection for myself, honestly. I’m going to reflect on things that went well and not so well in 2019 and then talk about my 2020 goals and hopes.
At the end of this post, I will briefly discuss how you can make goals similar to mine for yourself! Nothing like good end-of-the-year contemplation!
I didn’t want to say “regrets” so that’s why this section is called “woes” lol.
2019 definitely had it’s moments. I made some bad decisions, like buying a Celine purse and other items I talked about in my Dumbest Financial Decisions of My 20s post. I learned a lot about money this year, mostly by realizing that the way I was handling it was not the best. With that said, credit card debt is also something from 2019 I’m not too proud of! But I’m young; I’m learning! Even though I may be learning the hard way!
Another difficult thing in 2019 was quitting my job in retail, but it was ultimately for the best. The situation that caused me to quit out of nowhere was just a little bit stressful. I also struggled with school this year. I passed all of my classes in the Spring and Fall, but not with flying colors. It’s not because the classes have been super difficult or anything, it’s just because I haven’t been putting in the work. That’s something I really want to improve in 2020, reinvigorating my work ethic.
Besides those few things, 2019 has been an uneventful, easy year for me! I’ve been pretty lucky.
2019 was a YEAR of celebrations. I started this blog in February of 2019, and it has brought me so much joy. Learning more about the wellness space and becoming more involved has been so lovely! Producing content for you guys is something I love; it gives me another creative outlet other than music. I’ve met so many amazing people through this blog and from social media. I’ve worked with some amazing brands, which is something I literally dreamed of doing before this blog was real. And I’ve learned to code, how to read analytics, social media strategy… Like, who even am I?? This blog is a hobby right now, but it’d be so cool to have it (or social media/content creation in general) to be a career in the future. Who knows where this can go!
Other highlights of 2019 are getting a new job at a coffee shop, having a car in Cleveland, traveling to Boston, and adopting another cat (Julian! Mini man!!). I also became much more informed about the environmental crisis and climate change- which is what lead me to explore sustainable fashion and conscious living. And I’m so, so grateful for all of these things I’ve listed as well as having a roof over my head, food on the table, a supportive family, an education, and just being alive. Life is good despite the everyday frustrations that we all have. But of course, there is always room for improvement.
1. Organization + Intention
This is funny since the first post on my blog is all about organization. I wrote that in a time where I was feeling very inspired and excited. However, I have been feeling myself going on autopilot lately. Something I want to start doing again is using a planner religiously like I used to do when I was in college. I also want to start journalling as a way to practice gratitude and set my goals and intentions for each day. When I do this, I find that it boosts my productivity as well as my mood. Feeling motivated, excited, and super conscious again is something I’m craving for sure.
2. Financial Wellness
We talked about this before, but I need to get my shit together when it comes to money. I think I’m especially conscious of this since I am in my last year of grad school (!!) and heading into the real world pretty darn soon. But I need to learn about paying off my student debt, taxes, insurance, and everything else. The adult world is a scary place to me! But soon I’ll be off on my own with a real job, and I gotta learn about these things sooner than later.
3. Listen to Myself
For some time now, I have been feeling like I have been ignoring a lot of what my body needs. In the new year, one of my biggest goals is to actually listen to myself and learn the cues and signals that my body provides. I’ve learned a few over the years, but I still need to improve. I honestly think intuition is a skill that some people just have. But for me, I just need to learn and learn and learn. It’s easy for me to sense things in other people, but I really need to dig within myself and grow in that way.
When I say I need to “listen to myself”, I mean this regarding food, social interactions, sleep, movement, etc. While writing this, I’m realizing that this particular goal goes hand in hand with the first one on this list- organization and intention. 2020 will be the year of mindfulness for me, something that I’m already passionate about. I think journalling and meditation and maybe yoga will be great ways to learn to become in tune with and love myself. I’m ready to get started!
How to Create Goals for Yourself!
The key to making goals for yourself is reflection. Get out a notebook and make a list of celebrations and challenges you’ve had in 2019, month by month. This is also a helpful exercise to do this every day or every week if you can. It helps to put things into perspective. Once you’ve done that, dig deep while looking at the challenges. Start to think about different areas of your life. Examples of these categories are health, finances, relationships, personal growth, or your career. Assess how you are really doing in every area. Then, write down your thoughts.
After you do this, ask yourself what are a few things you can do to improve each area. Make sure you don’t choose too many and that these things are small and attainable. Little things do add up over time, as cliche as it sounds! Even if every area of your life is a “disaster”, there is opportunity there- the opportunity to grow. And that’s what life is all about (CORNY AF). It feels great to grow.
What are some goals you have for yourself in 2020? How are you feeling as we approach a new decade? Let me know in the comments! Thank you so, so much for reading!