Happy New Year! I hope you’re having a great start to the year. I’m really excited for the year to come because I can’t wait to get started on all of my New Year’s Goals.
I personally have never had a good track record with New Year’s Resolutions. They are usually very vague, which is why I (and probably most people) never follow thru with them. I’ve discovered over the past few years that if I frame my “resolutions” as goals, and set out a plan to complete those goals, I’m much more likely to accomplish them.
So over the past week, I wrote out some of the big things I’d like to accomplish this year and started to break them down into bite-sized wins. Of course, this isn’t everything I want to do this year, but these are the big ones.
One international trip – I am extremely grateful for all of the traveling I have done over the last few years, and it’s one of the things I look forward to most. My shortlist of places I am interested in traveling to this year include Spain & Portugal, Norway & Sweden, and Ireland.
Visit two “new” national parks – Again, more traveling. I can’t help it, I love exploring. When I say “new” I mean, new to me. I’ve seen most of the National Parks on the west coast, so seeing new ones is getting harder and harder. My top picks for this goal are Everglade and Biscayne National Parks in Florida. I’ve never been to Florida, so if you live there or have been to either of these parks, when is the best time of year to go?
One outdoor activity per month – This goal is super vague, so to make it more actionable i’ve written out some activities I’d like to do to complete this goal. Some things i’m looking forward to:
- High-ropes course in Santa Cruz
- Kayaking in Monterey
- Alcatraz Tour
- Whale watching
- River rafting
Continue Orange Theory 2x a week – I actually think this will end up being one of my easier goals to accomplish this year. I started going to Orange Theory in November and I’ve been loving it. I go after work twice a week and it’s been easier to incorporate into my routine than I expected. I’ll be doing a recap of my experience next week if you’re interested.
Finish half-done sewing projects – I have three sewing projects that are half-done from the last few years (one is from two years ago!). I enjoy sewing, and I was really excited to start these projects at the time, but ended up getting bored or frustrated with them and never finished.
Use up fabric stock – I have a stockpile of fabric that i’ve purchased over the years because I liked it or it was on sale, but never did anything with it. A lot of them are actually remnants, so I only have a yard or so to work with. I’ve started a Pinterest board to corral my ideas for each of the twelve different fabrics I have. I could have said one project per month, but I’d rather keep this one a little loose.
And many more! Call me out if you see me not doing these things this year, I’ll probably need it.
What are you goals for 2020?