You know what I love even more than the start of a new year?
The start of a brand new decade.
Everything feels fresh and clean, and the next ten years seem to stretch ahead with such promise. I can’t wait for the changes that await me!
I recently sat down and reflected on 2019, revisiting my past resolutions and assessing whether I achieved them or not. It’s safe to say that I had a pretty good year, and I’m ready to make the next twelve months even better.
This morning I woke up feeling motivated, even as the rain poured down outside. I knew it was time to set my goals and intentions for the next year of my life.
Let’s do this, 2020.
This is easily the goal that I’m most excited about. We’re planning to tie the knot in November, so the majority of my 2020 will be spent browsing through Pinterest and contacting vendors. I don’t want to wish the year away, but my wedding day cannot come soon enough!
Spend less time on social media
I’m off to a good start – I deactivated my Facebook page a few days ago and deleted my Twitter account last year. After a huge Instagram unfollowing spree at the end of December, I’ve already found myself spending less time on my phone. I wrote an article a while back on using social media mindfully, and I plan to take my own advice this year.
Write in my journal regularly
I started implementing this goal a few weeks ago and it’s done wonders for my mental clarity. Putting pen to paper (or in my case, fingers to keyboard) is so therapeutic, and literally feels like I’m clearing out the clutter from my mind. I plan to stick with this new habit, and I’m already looking forward to my next journalling session!
Take care of myself
I take fairly good care of myself already, but I want to step up my game this year. I’ve implemented a new skincare routine, purchased new haircare products and will soon booking my very first professional facial. Of course, it’s not all about aesthetics – I also have health appointments lined up throughout the year and have thrown myself back into my plant-based diet. It’s only the second week of January, but I’m already feeling pretty good!
Live a more eco-friendly, self-sustainable lifestyle
This year I want to produce less household waste, be more vigilant with recycling and learn how to make as much as I can from scratch. Starting our vegetable patch last year was a huge step towards this goal, and I’m excited to revitalise it as soon as the weather gets a little warmer. I also have plans to visit more local farms and farmers markets instead of relying on chain supermarkets, and will be revving up my breadmaker much more frequently in the coming months.
Work on my relationships
I’m the first to admit that I’m terrible at staying in touch. This year, I want to change that. Now that Facebook is out of the picture, I’ll be making an effort to forge genuine connections and strengthen my relationships with friends and family. I’d like to speak to my sister more regularly, visit my best friend in New Zealand and see my Grandma more than a few times a year. There’s nothing more rewarding than genuine human connection, and I plan to get as much of it as I can.
Learn a new skill
It can be easy to fall into a rut, sticking to our strengths and rarely venturing out of our comfort zones. This year I want to challenge myself and boost my creativity by learning a new skill – specifically, video editing. I’ll be setting aside a little chunk of time every week to watch tutorials and get some hands-on experience with Final Cut Pro – if nothing else, it will look great on my CV!
Continue to grow our business
Until I became self-employed, I didn’t realise how much more fulfilling it is to work on your own business. It feels so good to see our hard work translate into actual profits, and being able to utilise my skills while seeing our creative visions come to life has given me a lot more confidence. I’m excited to see how far we can go!
Work towards my future goals
Sometimes I find myself getting too caught up in everyday tasks, forgetting to step back and look at the bigger picture. When I don’t take the time to think about why I’m doing these things and where I hope my work will eventually lead me, it’s easy to lose focus. With the help of my recently-created vision board, I plan to keep my future goals in mind every single day. Now that’s motivation.
It’s time to dive head-first into a new decade, and I couldn’t be more excited to see what comes next.
Are you ready for 2020?