What a year! I would like to say that 2019 was rough, but it has really been a transformative year. It was a struggle but I have come out of it stronger and I continue to learn and grow from all my experiences. I really wanted to take the time to celebrate my wins of 2019, my tough life lessons and what I need to take into account for the following year.
I was a little bit worried when I went to read over my goals from last year, but I was pleasantly surprised. As I look back on 2019, it may have felt traumatic but I was able to fulfill quite a few of the goals I set for myself. While there has been many tears, it has also been filled with laughter and fun.
My Break Up & My Blog
After seven years, my partner and I went our own separate ways. Our break up has taught me how to set boundaries and it has given me a clearer idea of what I want out of a partnership. I know what I bring to a relationship and I want to be with someone who can reciprocate that. A healthy relationship shouldn’t feel one-sided or draining, both people should blossom.
It has also pushed me to be vulnerable on my blog and share more of my personal struggles and experiences; which has allowed me to connect with so many other women who are in similar situations. The direct messages I received, affirmed that this is a useful resource for other women in my situation.
Work-life balance -> check! I am doing it. For the last couple of years, I got so caught up on working hard and hoping to be rewarded for my hard work. At the end of the day, I actually just ended up being handed more work and getting burnt out. I love my downtime and I need it to recharge so I can be better at my job. I have finally caught my stride and found a good balance.
Increasing My Productivity
I kinda…sorta….achieved this one…well I will consider it a win. I started meal prep which has been great for creating more time during the week and sticking to a budget. I have drastically cut back on my screen time and I have filled my time with more things that I enjoy.
Building up My Savings
If I had to give myself a grade it would be a B-. When it comes to money, I am an escapist, I like to stick my head in the sand and hope things will work out. This year I cut back on shopping and I became more strategic in my purchases. I also built out a budget and made sure I am putting a fair amount into savings. I may not be ready for that bathroom renovation yet, but I am taking a more active role in my finances.
2020 Goal Setting
I am hopeful for 2020. This year has taught me to be more accepting of myself, to practice gratitude, to cherish meaningful relationships and to let go of control every once in a while.
Travel has always been an important value of mine; I was able to do a few small trips here and there. I went to Scottsdale, Salt Spring Island, Whidbey Island, and Lake Louise (finally)! In early January I am off to Jamaica which I am excited about. I am going to start small for 2020 and try to go to at least one new country in for the new year.
5 AM Club
I got my new alarm clock, I am ready! I have been talking about wanting to join the 5AM club for longer than I would like to admit. I used to work out in the mornings and I loved it. I was such a morning person and I want to get back to that, so my evenings are free for me to enjoy.
Do More for Others
This is something I think about all the time. I used to volunteer for Big Sisters and it was so rewarding. I got too busy and I had to cut back. During the summer I was hoping to offer my marketing abilities to a non-profit, but it was easier said than done. I want to make this a top priority for 2020, either join a board or find a volunteer opportunity where I can offer my skillset.
Control My Emotions
This is something that I noticed is a major character flaw of mine. I don’t have a poker face and I tend to be visibly annoyed. I have been working very hard to retrain myself to be patient, more understanding and reflect on the emotions I am feeling before letting them fully engulf me. I try to focus on solutions as opposed to getting caught up in being frustrated or upset.
Be a Good Person
I stand behind my actions and the value that I add to other people’s lives. I am sure you have seen the inspirational posts on Instagram, kindness is free. It is true. 2019 has taught me how beneficial it is to have positive supportive people in my life. I want to be surrounded by good genuine people and I want to be able to offer the same in return.
Journal Every Day
Something that keeps showing up in every self-help book I read, is the benefit of journalling. I want to make this an everyday practice and really focus on exercising gratitude in my everyday life. Having a healthy mind is just as important as having a healthy body.
When I read other people’s goals, it really helps to motivate and inspire me. I hope that by sharing my goals, this will support you in mapping out some plans for 2020. Heres to another year and hoping that it is better than the last.