Reaffirming My Beliefs And Reaching High In The New Year

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.

My Faith

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.



  1. Lucinda

    As a woman of faith, myself, I believe one of the best ways to show commitment to the Lord is in self-improvement. I love the Bible and am reading The Book of Mormon this year. Good luck in all your goals!

    • Amy Irvin

      That’s true, right? He doesn’t want us to stay the same!

  2. Sydney Delong

    These are great goals!

    • Amy Irvin

      Thank you

  3. Leslie W.

    My family is my reason, too πŸ™‚

    • Amy Irvin


  4. vanessa

    I think setting goals are an important part of life, achieving goals makes it that much sweeter. Having children sort of forces most of us to be more specific in our goal setting because they give us the ‘why’. I love my ‘whys’ and I know you do too! Go get ’em!

    • Amy Irvin


  5. Noelle Collins

    I hope you reach all of your goals this year! Thank you for sharing them with us. It’s so inspiring to me as a new blogger to see your blogging goals. I would love it if you share any of your successes with us!

    • Amy Irvin

      I will have to do that!

  6. Holly

    Amazing post!! You will be very busy this year and I know that your faith will get you through the days that seem to be difficult! Happy New Year!!

    • Amy Irvin

      Happy New Year! Yeah. the last thing I want to do is be slacking!

  7. Charlotte

    Good luck with your goals!!

    • Amy Irvin

      Thank you!

  8. Lisa Manderino

    I did this same thing. We made a spiritual goal, intellectual goal. physical goal, and a personal goal with all my kids and my husband and I!

    • Amy Irvin

      It would be nice to do it as a family in the future. Thanks!

  9. Kendra

    Inspiring! I love how you’ve challenged yourself. I’m certain you’ll see success!

    • Amy Irvin


  10. Robin

    Huge goals! I love it!

    • Amy Irvin

      Yes! Thanks.

  11. Barbara Johnston

    Great Goals! Sharing your faith and ideas is wonderful

    • Amy Irvin

      Thanks, Barbara!

  12. Tonya | the Writer Mom

    I hope you achieve all of your goals this year!

    • Amy Irvin

      Thank you, Tonya.

  13. Jill DeMasi

    Good luck with all of your goals! I know that when I make my spiritual goals a priority everything else seems to come along smoother πŸ™‚

    • Amy Irvin

      Ohhh. Thanks!

  14. Tracy

    Great Goals! Many are similar to mine πŸ™‚

    • Amy Irvin


  15. heather jandrue

    Thanks for sharing your goals. Good luck with them.

    • Amy Irvin

      Thanks so much!

  16. Maria

    Wishing you all the best in 2020! If you want a Bible that you can get through in a year, try picking up a version of The Bible in a Year.

    • Amy Irvin

      Thanks so much. Happy New Year! I have a One Year Bible πŸ˜€

  17. Beatriz

    Great goals! Thanks for sharing.

    • Amy Irvin

      Thank you, friend.

  18. Brianna

    This is inspirational. I agree we have to keep going even on days we don’t feel like it. Persistence is key

    • Amy Irvin


  19. Katherine Wolfe

    You have some great goals! I’m super excited about my 2020 goals too!

    • Amy Irvin

      Let’s get ’em!

  20. Annette

    I also had a fabulous break!! Nice, relaxing, and full of family fun!! I prefer to reflect upon the year, set goals, and works towards achieving my goals. Great post!

    • Amy Irvin

      That’s cool! Thanks for commenting!

  21. Eva

    Good luck on your resolutions; I love the way you’re chasing what you want.

    • Amy Irvin

      Thanks. I appreciate the encouragement.

  22. Michele

    Great goals and I wish you all the best in achieving each and every one of them!

    • Amy Irvin

      Thanks! It will be an ongoing journey!

  23. Melissa Jones

    Great goals and good luck! I am definitely looking forward to getting my blog reaching further!!

    • Amy Irvin

      Thanks! I bet a lot of us are, Partner πŸ™‚

  24. Lisa

    This is inspiring. Best of luck to you on your goals. You can do it!!

    • Amy Irvin

      Wow, thanks!

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