HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2020 is upon us and let’s start this new decade with more positivity and self-love. I’m sharing with you my 2020 goals today. I spent a lot of time thinking what I want to work on, what I want this year to represent and how I can let go of what didn’t serve me last year. Last year I felt so lost and at times overridden with grief with my grandpa’s death and other personal events that it hindered me from fully living. I won’t stop myself from feeling in 2020, but I want to make the conscious decision to start this year off on the happiest and brightest of notes! I am so excited to share my 2020 goals and motto with you:
the time is now
I was going to go for 2020 vision in 2020 but I’ll spare you all the cheesiness 😂 looking back on 2019, I get the overwhelming sense of constantly living in another state of being. I pushed things I wanted to do off to the future in hopes that it could alleviate the present stress. At times I even told myself I couldn’t enjoy certain things because I didn’t “deserve” it yet…which is insane! I don’t want to live a life of regret and I don’t want to look back at my early 20s shaking my head and wanting to ask myself why I didn’t just go for it. This year I’m going to do whatever I set my mind to and nothing is going to stop me! I’m going to embrace learning new skills, meet new people and overcome more life challenges. There is truly no better time than now. My culmination of 2020 goals are centered around this motto!
Learn How to Invest
Men are taught so early on in their careers to begin investing and anything money related, while it takes women significantly a lot more years to do the same. The wage gap between men and women is still far from being at equilibrium, but I want to ensure I form as narrow of a gap as possible for myself. I still love my materialistic items (HELLO SHOES), but the only way I can achieve my long-term goals of wanting to own a home, have my dream wedding and afford kids is being financially stable. This is the year to delve into the investment world and I’m going to start with A LOT of researching 🙌🏼
Write More About Things that Matter
Various times this year I digressed from fashion and beauty into topics that matter to me like my culture, talking more about goals and failure and feeling not 100% all the time. Those posts were my favorite to date. It is so much easier to sit down and write about all those things than a sweater (although I love to share a good deal with y’all) so I want to share more of that on my platforms. Being vulnerable isn’t always easy, but it’s choice that allows me to form greater connections with you.
Focus More on the Present
I am a worrier and over-analyzer by nature. I am probably still thinking about the comment a random person made to me five years ago🙃 And I always think about the future. It’s hard for me to stop going back into the past or anticipating the future and just focus on now. It has taken a lot of joy out of moments but I want to reclaim my happiness and what it means. I want to live in the moment and to enjoy it fully without worrying about other phases of my life. Because as all the wise people put it, life always has a way of working out.
Say “YES” More
Out of all of my goals, I think this one might be the hardest for me (probably why I put it off for so long). I’ve gotten so comfortable in my homebody ways and circle of people that I never really attempt to branch out. I take myself out of situations before I am even in them because I get nervous about the what-ifs. I know I miss out on a lot this way. This year I want to say “yes” to more events, friend hangouts and meeting new people.
Create Video Content
As I near almost 3 years of blogging I am looking for more ways to challenge myself and my creative direction. For this upcoming year I want to delve into video content, which means I need to block off time to learn how to edit videos and think even further outside the box. I’m always in awe of other creators’ visions and I want to tap deeper into mine to see what else I can bring to the table
Wake-up Before 9am
I’m definitely a night owl – all of my ideas suddenly flow through my noggin the minute I want to go to bed. I keep reading about all the health benefits associated with an early bedtime and I think I am swayed. I don’t want to get too crazy by setting an earlier time so I went with 9…that way I can still meet this goal on the weekends. Forming a consistent schedule might help me change my bad habits of studying super late and might lift my mood!
Read at Least One Book a Month
I have been so envious of Alex’s drive to make time to read this year. He always said that he wishes he can read as fast as me, but I wish I can actively make time for reading like him. From reading every day in college to barely reading the news, I want to get back into reading intentionally, meaning taking time and just immersing into another world. I already have a list of books that I want to combat this year so hopefully I get surpass my goal of one book a month!
Be Active at Least 30 Minutes a Day
I go through periods where I want to be at the gym everyday to times when I just wanna stay in my pjs during my free time. Instead of creating a goal of x number of times to go to the gym and also factoring in the fact that I might not always have access to the gym, I want to make a commitment of being active 30 minutes a day. I am envisioning workout videos online or even walking.
Travel to 5 Different Places
traveling has been on my list for a couple of years now but without concrete plans I feel like I always override this one with excuses of being busy when I’m just too lazy to actually sit down and plan. So to make myself more accountable, I’m setting a goal of five places this year and I already am planning 2 trips!
Take Time to Look After my Mental Health
It’s so important for each of us to look after our mental healths. Someone used to imply to me that if I didn’t suffer from anything chronically or am not diagnosed with anything, I didn’t have a place within the mental health conversation. I want to tell you that every feeling, regardless of what, is VALID. There is no one formula to be followed for us to stop and realize we need to start taking better of ourselves mentally. Somehow it is still a taboo topic, but it is so important and the majority of us are dealing with something internally. Mental health has a wide range of states and this is the reminder for you and I to look after ourselves – block time off to feel, find someone to talk to, remove yourself from negative people and find the things that bring you more joy.
Whew – finally through all of these hefty 2020 goals! I see the overarching theme of my 2020 goals as self-improvement, taking back control of my happiness and laying a better foundation for the future. Giving myself all the time, love and adventure to combat the new decade – cheers to that!
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A million and one thanks for reading – until my next lil’ thought then!
Happy New Year Jen, and good luck with your 2020 goals! <3
happy new year audrey! hope your year is off to a great start!