2020! A brand new decade. This is a pretty big deal. Before we dive into New Year’s resolutions let us first touch on all of our accomplishments over the past year and past decade! I am a firm believer that we should all take moments to think back on memories and successes and yes, even failures, to understand where we have been and look forward to where we are going!

This past decade has been one of many new beginnings including degrees, jobs, homes, relationships, friendships, weddings, babies, and so much more! I am so grateful for everything I have been able to do and see and most importantly for everyone who has been beside me along the way. I hope these same people continue to be a part of the next decade and help me make so many more wonderful memories.

Resolutions.

First, it may be helpful to have some pointers when deciding where to start with your resolutions.

  1. Do not limit yourself. There is no set number of resolutions so make as many or as little as you would like.
  2. Be realistic. What will you truly be able to stick to, and continue, throughout the year?
  3. But also be brave. If you’re like me, you make lists and sometimes include things you have already done so you have some things to cross off right away. It would be easy to take a similar approach to resolutions. It is okay to make resolutions that are comfortable and relatively easy, but dare to challenge yourself and set at least one resolution that is outside your comfort zone.
  4. Be Accountable. Have a friend or two who know your resolutions and can check in on your progress throughout the year.
  5. Be specific or general or both. There are no rules. You can set a very specific goal i.e. Run 10 miles every week or be very general i.e. spend more time playing with my kids and less time cleaning up after them
  6. Continue to do all of things you were working on in 2019. Fitness, friends, home, career, dating, etc. I am confident there were projects you started the previous year and are still working on making better. Keep up with this as you start the new year. Do not feel like you have to leave it all behind.
  7. Write them down, type them up, email or text them to yourself. Whatever works for you, but have your resolutions recorded somewhere to check back in periodically.

Whatever you decide for your New Year’s resolutions, remember it is okay to change or adjust them throughout the year and be human. Setting goals is important, but so is living your best and truest life.

My New Year’s resolutions for 2020:

  • Participate in more strength competitions (1 or more)
  • Save more money (Not setting a number here because I want to live life, but just save a bit more than 2019).
  • Apply for the certificate program I have been thinking about
  • Do at least one thing I have never done before
  • Put my phone down
  • Think less about what others think
  • Travel to at least 1 new and 1 familiar place
  • Read 2-5 books
  • Enhance my blog with more visuals

I do not set this list of resolutions in stone. I can add to it at any time throughout the year. This list just helps me to be focused starting the year and have my eyes on some set goals.

A new year means an opportunity for a fresh start and an opportunity to leave negative energy behind. Do not worry about all the things you did not do or achieve in 2019, but look forward to all of things you will do in 2020 and in the decade that lies ahead!

Cheers and Happy New Year!

J

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