Guess what? It’s my favorite time of the year again. And yes, I am saying that after Christmas has passed. New Year’s is my favorite time of the year because people are filled with hope and are looking forward to a fresh start filled with possibility.
As I am gearing up for 2020, I wanted to share with you all some of my New Year’s Resolutions. But first, I want to update you on how everything went last year and whether or not I set out and accomplished all my goals.
My 2019 New Year’s Resolutions with Final Updates
- Daily journal
- Blog at least once a week
- Active lifestyle
- Go to a Christian concert/conference
- Travel to a new city every month
In terms of daily journaling, I succeeded. Every night before bed, I wrote in my journal no matter how late. It could have been 3 in the morning and I needed to get up in 4 hours, I still spent my time journaling before bed.
Blog post once a week
Blogging once a week – I definitely did not do this well at the beginning. January was fine, but once school started again, I believe I only posted once a month until May. In the summer time, my goals was to post 3 times a week, which I did do often. For the first semester of second year, I pretty much met this goal of posting once a week – which I am very proud of. My posting schedule, I think, is more finialized. Definitely expect from me a post a week! Keep me accountable.
Active lifestyle – this was an epic fail. I didn’t have any clear desire or motivation to be active. I walked when I could, but I did not drink enough water or make time to workout once a week. I completely understand why this resolution is so hard. We all think we want to get healthier but there are so many barriers that we don’t even consider that hinder us. That said, when I live alone in third year, I’m excited to do home workouts. Although, this next semester, I could see myself going to the gym, just not very frequently.
I went to a Christian conference – I went to one in February and one in May – so this one is doubly checked off!
Travel to a new city each month
January – traveled back to Cville
February – Goshen, Va
March – back home
April – Lake Anna, Va
May – Rockbridge, Va
Nowhere in the summer months
August – Troy, Va
September – Kill Devil Hills, Nc & Williamsburg, Va
October – Richmond, Va
November – Washington D.C.
December – back home
This resolution was definitely ruined by the summer months – I thought my family was going to try to go somewhere new. However, my gosh, I am so proud of how many places I’ve been this past year and I’m not sure I’m going to be able to top it. This resolution wasn’t perfect but dang, it was pretty close!
2020 New Year’s Resolutions
Writing that out – 2020 New Year’s Resolutions is so crazy. I was born in the new millennium and 20 years have just flown by. It’s very wild.
This year – I have an even shorter list of resolutions. The more you try to tackle, the more overwhelmed you’ll feel and you won’t accomplish anything. That tip – have a select few resolutions is a really good one.
I call these the three F’s – Faith, Friends, and Finances.
This year, I want to go above and beyond in these three categories of my life. Last year, I noticed I didn’t feel connected spiritually, I didn’t have a solid group of people to call on in times of trouble, and I was not super frugal when it came to money.
I want to really spend time with the Lord in the morning and make that a sacred time. I’ve definitely gotten more consistent with that time. But whenever I travel back and forth from home to Virginia, it just wrecks my routine and I have to build it up all over again. I want to spend at least 15 minutes reading my Bible and praying in the morning.
I need to prioritize friendships. In order to build good friendships, I want to show up in the lives of my friends more often. Get to know them better and let them get to know me better. I want to have at least 1 friend date every two weeks. I want to meet with a friend and chat with them on life, on school, on family, whatever it is that they want to together.
This last semester of school wrecked me financially. Buying books, buying transportation, those were a lot. However, I also spent a lot on online shopping which I’ve never really done before. I want to be more conscious about spending and my money habits. I want to start a budget to track all of my expenses and see where I’m actually losing money – is it Starbucks? Amazon? Or am I just a broke college student because of, you know, school?
- Consistent quiet time
- A friend date once every two weeks
- Making a budget
My resolutions for 2020 are simple. They are to get back to basics in three main categories in my life, so I feel prepared, happy, and fulfilled.
What are your main resolutions?