This marks my third year of using a word to center my goals and intentions for the year ahead. This year feels a bit more significant, since my focus will be kicking off a new decade. Balance was my word of the year in 2017, and I used that word to guide my approach to my goals. In 2018, I picked gumption as my word of the year, but with a focus on balance as well. I chose to keep that focus since I did not change too much with my goals from 2017 to 2018. Last year, I chose dissent for my word to continue making an impact on my community and home state. I made a point of intentional reflection and progress to ensure I stayed on track. Making notes in my planner to take time to reflect was really impactful and something I will continue into the new year. Here is a year in review and my 2020 personal New Year goals.
2019: A YEAR IN REVIEW & MY 2020 PERSONAL NEW YEAR GOALS
A continued goal: This word has been an intention of mine since 2017. Prioritizing my time and commitments has made it easier to say no without providing further explanation. In 2019, I really focused on using “No” as a complete sentence to stop over-explaining myself. For 2020, I am combining prioritizing with eliminating because I am really wanting to focus on quality over quantity.
A continued goal: Maintaining an exercise regiment has been really helpful for my productivity and mental health. My trick is to schedule my work out classes at the beginning of each month, I’m much more likely to go. I made a decision to attend those work out classes during the week and keep my weekends open for longer walks with the dogs. I realized recently that I really enjoy having open weekends which is something I discovered in 2019.
A continued goal: David and I made a decision several years ago to take advantage of opportunities to explore whenever we can. I love planning trips and learning new pieces of information while traveling. You can see our 2019 Travel Recap here. For 2020, I’m combining explore with experience because I have made a decision to be present when traveling to truly take it all in. Last year, when David and I went to NYC, I decided not to take my camera and decided when I got home to blog about it. I wrote the post using photos I took with my iPhone without a really well planned out itinerary, and that is still one of my most popular pins on Pinterest. I will continue to share authentic experiences on I’m Fixin’ To both through my photos and ones from my favorite photographers.
A continued goal: I am proud to say that in 2019, I started learning how to relax better. The best part is knowing how relaxing look for me and how to take advantages of those opportunities. I look forward to my hair appointments with Katy and my nail appointments with Kham at Nail Yeah, and occasionally, I treat myself to a blow out at DryBar. I also really look forward to self care Sunday and incorporating my workouts into my daily routines as a form of relaxation.
Each morning, I start my day with a cup of coffee, listening to the Daily podcast (see other favorites here), and reviewing my to-do list. This helps me start my day smoothly and makes for a more productive day. David and I also make a point to spend time together each evening with the boys so that we can have some quality time together each day, despite our busy schedules.
A continued goal: After one of the biggest years of personal growth in 2018, 2019 helped me continue to define how to use those lessons. I have become much more patient, self-aware, and understanding of what is out of my control. I said last year that I was ending the year not even knowing the person I was at the beginning of 2018 because of all the changes and lessons learned, and I would say that the same is true now, too. I am grateful for learning and growing, but I’m also not sad to see 2019 go because of the heartaches and losses experiences. As always, I will continue applying these lessons and look for opportunities to continue growing.
A continued goal: Last year, I added limit as a goal to remember to limit commitments, exposure to negativity, time on social media, and anything that would create anxiety or angst for me. I created a flow chart in my planner for saying no and how I can hold myself accountable for negative encounters and it was really helpful. I plan on continuing this goal for 2020 and remembering to limit anything that creates imposter syndrome or me to feel negative.
To center my focus on these intentions and goals for the year, I’ve picked the word resolve. According to the Oxford Dictionary, resolve is to decide firmly on a course of action. I pride myself on my adaptability and thriving on change, but I am resolving to stay on the course of action to live a purposeful and intentional life and moving away from materialism and consumerism.
How did you do on your goals in 2019? What are your personal New Year goals for 2020? What word did you pick for 2020? Have you set your intentions for the new decade? Let me know in a comment below!