I took a long break over Christmas vacation. No, I didn’t go away. I stayed in town, but I thoroughly enjoyed my family! Great, corny Christmas movies, awesome food, a lot of downtime; It was a beautiful Christmas.
During the break, I wrote some goals and decided on some ways that I want to change. I am not an awful person, but I don’t have it all together. I have room for improvement, like all of us. Knowing that, I put together a plan to discipline myself to change some things in areas of my life I want to be better in.
In 2019, I learned to love myself. It was a pretty good year, but I am reaching higher in 2020. I want it to be my family’s best year yet. To get better results, I can’t stay the same as a person. Yes, I love myself, but a part of that is not letting the okay parts stay okay, but pushing myself to be great!
I look at my family and they are my reason. My husband and kids. Sometimes, I have to pull motivation out of nowhere on days that I just ‘don’t feel like it’, but my why never changes. I want a great life for my babies. Here are some of my rough goals for the new year.
I mentioned before some of how I’ve grown in my faith in 2019. I want to grow even closer to the Lord in 2020. I believe a relationship with my creator never ends. There’s always room to grow with Him. I still haven’t made it all the way through the New Testament, so I will be opening my Bible every day. I am in the book of Proverbs now. So I’ve read most of the Bible! I will make sure that I spend at least ten to fifteen minutes in prayer each morning and night. There are personal areas I want to totally surrender to Jesus. I don’t want to hang on to familiar sins and old pain that comes between me and Jesus. I won’t allow myself to slip backward into darkness.
My Personal Goals
Before I got pregnant with my youngest, I was about 20 pounds overweight. Then I gained 30 pounds during the pregnancy. Now, I have about 50 extra pounds of weight on me. I’d like to be thin again. None of my clothes fit me and I’d like to wear skinny jeans and nice tops without extra fat showing. So my goal is to lose 50 pounds by my daughter’s birthday. I found someone on YouTube who said she lost 40 pounds in two months by eating nothing but a huge bowl of fruit with nuts and a huge plate of vegetables every day, then exercising 45 minutes five days per week. I am going to follow that diet for one month, then move into a plant-based diet long term. As far as exercise goals, I will start running. At least three times per week.
I don’t have a driver’s license. I will get one this year. This has been a goal of mine for the past couple of years and I am determined to just do it. I made a driver’s test appointment in September 2019, but I had car problems, so I never went and took the test. By the end of February, I want to have my driver’s license.
Another important personal goal I have is to read at least 30 minutes per day of personal development books. I don’t have a goal of how many books I want to get through in 202, but it will be several, being that I’ll be reading that much every day.
Business and Financial Goals
I have set up a daily schedule for my blog, which I won’t share here, but I have a daily action plan to drive traffic to my blog and open doors for sponsorships and affiliate marketing sales. In 2019, I got some exposure, but I am expanding in 2020. I will look for more guest post opportunities, as well as opportunities to write for magazines and newspapers. Financially, by the end of 2020, I want to be making at least $5,000 per month with my blog. And that’s being conservative. Once I reach that goal, I will set it higher!
As far as saving and investing, my husband and I will decide on those goals together.
My husband brought something to my attention that I didn’t think of before he said it: 20/20 is perfect vision! So to me, the year 2020 is for clarity. We all only get one life and I believe we should review and go over goals regularly. A new year is the perfect time to do that. If you want to grow, you can’t keep doing the same things, right? Well, I don’t want to be complacent. Growth is vital for progress. That is why I have set these goals. To progress and move forward.