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My 20 for 2020 Update

So if you don’t know about 20 for 2020, then I suggest you read my original 20 for 2020 post. Basically, instead of making a bunch of unrealistic and vague New Years’ resolutions, I have made a list of 20 things that I want to do or accomplish by the end of the year. I will be posting another update in the fall, then a final wrap up post for the year to keep me accountable.

  1. Read 75 books
    I’ve read 20 books as of April 1st! Curious about what I’ve been reading? Check out my Goodreads reading challenge! Also, I’ve written several blog posts about books I’ve read, so you can take a look at those here.
  2. Get my passport
    Planning on doing this over the summer. I’m really in no rush on this one.
  3. Read through the entire Bible
    I’m so proud of myself for keeping up with this goal! Right now I’m reading in the book of II Samuel. I wrote a post, Why I want to read through the Bible in 2020 if you’re interested in why I put this on my #20for2020 list.
  4. Publish posts 2-3 times per week:
    I’m very happy to report that I have posted 2-3 times per week every week so far this year!
  5. Keep a blogging journal
    I had to amend this goal slightly because I realized that keeping a separate blogging planner/journal wasn’t very practical for me and my lifestyle. I usually keep a detailed planner, so I have just incorporated my blogging schedule and plans in with my daily planner. It has worked much better for me.
  6. Buy an advent calendar for December
    Obviously, I’ve not done this one yet. Still looking for the perfect Advent calendar or two to do this year.
  7. Go to a concert/more events
    Since we’re in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, I haven’t been making plans or going anywhere. I find it slightly ironic that the first year I want to be more active and go to more events is the year that I literally can’t leave my house. But once this is all over, I am definitely going to get out there and have fun!
  8. Start practicing sustainability
    Okay, so this is probably the most general goal I made for myself this year. So far, here are the steps I’ve taken: reusing plastic bags/containers when I have to use them, recycling old candle jars, and using up all of my products before buying more. I’ve also already been using reusable shopping/grocery bags. It may not seem like much, but I’m slowly getting better at reducing waste.
  9. Drink at least 40 oz. of water a day
    I’m going to be completely honest here…I’m struggling with this one! I’ve never been good at drinking a lot of water during the day. Some days I have done really well, but lately, I seem to forget all about my water intake until I’m really thirsty. I really need help with this, so any suggestions y’all have would be so helpful!
  10. Exercise 30 minutes at least 4 times a week
    I got off to a rough start with my exercise routine this year, but the past 2-3 weeks I have been super consistent! I struggle with finding exercise that isn’t boring, and I feel like I have to be entertained or doing something else while I’m working out. We have a treadmill at home, so I’ve been listening to audiobooks while I’m on the treadmill. I also signed up for Fitbit Premium so now I have access to lots of video workouts that have helped me out a lot! Now that the weather is so much nicer, I’m excited to get outside and take walks. What are your favorite ways to exercise? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
  11. Write a short story
    While I was going through some things from college, I found an old notebook with a little character sketch and story idea that I had written. I’ve been slowly typing it up in my spare time and thinking about developing the plotline. So excited to see where this goes!
  12. Compose a piano arrangement
    My college piano teacher helped me write my own arrangement of the hymn, “It is Well”, and I wanted to try and write another on my own this time. I picked another hymn, “Here is Love” and have been messing around with chords and melodies a little every day, so hopefully, I’ll have it finished soon.
  13. Create a “capsule wardrobe”
    Four giant plastic bags are sitting in the garage at the moment, waiting to be taken to be donated and my closet is so organized and clean! I still have a few more drawers of my dresser to go through, and I think I can get rid of some more shoes (it really hurts to give up my shoes) but other than that, I’ve let go of a lot. Like I said in my original post, I’ll never be able to achieve the “ultimate capsule wardrobe”, but I feel much better with the amount that I have now.
  14. Go on a coffee shop/cafe crawl
    Again, I haven’t been able to plan this yet because of quarantine, but this will happen!
  15. Use the 1 Second Everyday app
    If you don’t know what this app is, I leave a link to it here. Basically, you take a picture or small video every day and upload it to this app. Then at the end of the year or whatever period of time you want, the app will mash the days together to create one awesome video. I’m having so much fun with this app and can’t wait to watch the video at the end of the year!
  16. Buy a car
    So I haven’t decided if this will happen this year or not. I really want to rent my own place this year, and I don’t know whether I want or will be able to do both. I may change this to “Rent an Apartment” but don’t know for sure.
  17. Cut out soda
    I can proudly say that I have only three sodas this year! I knew that it would be impossible to cut it out right away, but I am proud of myself for limiting it.
  18. Listen to the Daily Grace Co. Podcast
    This podcast has been such an encouragement to me. I think I’ve mentioned this podcast in at least two other posts, if not more!
  19. Listen to more podcasts
    I have found some really great podcasts this year! I wrote a post, My top 3 personal development podcasts, if you want some recommendations!
  20. Take a free online class
    I haven’t signed up for any classes yet, as I am undecided on what I should do! I’m thinking about a writing or a photography class, but there are so many to choose from! If you’ve taken a class from Coursera or another online platform, I’d love to hear your thoughts!!

I’m really proud of the progress I’ve made so far this year! Thank you for keeping me accountable!

It’s not too late to start your 20 for 2020 list! Let me know what some of your goals are and we can keep each other accountable! Feel free to message me on social media or even email me and we can smash our goals together!

2 Comments

  • Ffion

    These are some excellent 20 for 2020. I’ve been listening to more podcasts, I’m taking an online class and after lockdown, I’ll be headed back to the gym for an hour five days a week. Looking forward to seeing how you get on.

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