Hello, everyone! Welcome back to my blog.
Ahhh, yes… New Year’s resolutions. I’m going to be honest here: I usually disappoint myself with these year-long goals. This year though, I’ve made a pact with myself: I’ll set realistic goals that are actually achievable. Now, they may not be easy, but reevaluating your trajectory in life each year is healthy and encourages growth.
While 2018 was a year filled with hardships and uncomfortable growth, 2019 was actually filled with a lot of really great things. Before I get into my 2020 New Year’s resolutions though, I wanted to recap 2019 for you all. Hopefully some of my experiences will encourage you moving into the New Year!
My 2019 Recap
- I got to visit/really explore Seattle for the first time ever, with my best friend.
- I witnessed the birth of my godson.
- I visited another best friend of mine in Arizona (and got to visit a butterfly exhibit – how cool is that?)
- I started going to therapy.
- I experienced spring break in Palm Springs (my first time ever going) with another best friend of mine.
- I started my blog (yay!! x100)
- I went to Cabo with a bunch of my closest friends to watch two of our very best friends get married.
- I took two of my favorite high-schoolers to YoungLife camp.
- I got to experience Leavenworth, Washington (a picturesque, German town) for the first time with, you guessed it, another best friend of mine.
- I went to Catalina Island for the first time ever with my family, and faced my fear of heights… Yeah, I went parasailing and ziplining.
- I finally quit my job of six years that no longer served a purpose in my life (and by doing so, I took a leap of faith and started working for Uber and Lyft full-time)
- I relived my middle school dream and saw The Jonas Brothers in concert.
- I moved on from the saddest parts of 2018, letting God take hold of former relationships, friendships, etc., thus freeing myself from carrying the burden of failure.
So, there you have it! A compiled list of some of my most memorable moments from 2019. Man, it was certainly a year for the books. But now let’s move on to future goals…
- Read the Bible in its entirety.
- Pay off all credit card debt.
- Start a savings account.
- Put my health at the forefront, and stop letting the idea that work always comes first make me forget that.
- Cook for myself more.
- Exercise at least three times a week (when I can).
- Actually start writing my next novel.
- Read a book (outside of school) a month.
- Get on a regular posting schedule for my blog.
- Find an internship or a “gateway” job towards my dream career (eeks, I graduate college this June!!)
- Remember to switch my laundry over from the washing machine so I don’t have to re-wash it.
Okay, so that last one was thrown in as somewhat of a joke, but true nonetheless. But here it is! This is my list of resolutions for 2020. I figured writing them down would be the best way for me to want to work towards them. Now, I don’t expect I’ll achieve all these 100% of the time, nor do I want to put that much pressure on myself in order to do so. I do want to make sure I’m constantly working towards becoming the best version of myself possible though.
Now, I hope you found this post the least bit inspirational. To quote one of my favorite people on this planet, Chip Gaines, “Some people don’t want to deal with the inevitable growing pains that accompany change.” I keep that written down in my phone for times when change feels especially challenging. My encouragement to you is that you at least try. Whether you like to start afresh with the New Year or you’re more of a spontaneous when-I-think-of-it-I’ll-do-it kind of person, just go for it!
I’m excited to see what 2020 brings for me and I hope the idea of a new year is exciting to you too! Check back again soon for a new post!
Yours truly, Clare