In order to see the progress I’m making this year I need to take a peek back at the goals I set for 2020. Whenever it comes to making such goals, I know I need to keep them specific, manageable, and something I actually want to accomplish. Now that we’re nearing the end of February I decided to check in with my list and see where I’m at.
My goals in January were…
My 20 in 2020
- Pay off our credit card debt!
- Pay off one (or both) car loans.
Eat vegan/vegetarian/keto meals during the week with 1 cheat meal. Cut back on alcohol during the week.
- Finish reading The Goldfinch.
- Learn basic French.
- Have at least one date night a month with the hubs.
- Train for 5k.
- Run a local 5k event.
Save up to get Greyson a bunk bed for his room.
- Have professional photos taken of our family.
- Play the Minimalist Game at least once this year.
Save to take Grey to Disneyland again (we went for the first time for his 3rd birthday last year) or a Disney Cruise!
- Watch Casablanca (I’ve never seen it!)
- Try a true-crime podcast.
Spend more time outdoors with the family.
- (Finally) have a beach day.
- Send Christmas cards this year! (we ran out of time this year…)
- Learn to make homemade tortillas.
- Find balance here on the blog and the lettering shop.
I’m happy to see that I can already cross off a few of these! Now, I’m not crossing them off in terms of being done per say, but rather as a means to note my progress. Working towards these goals, I’ve found, have been equally easy and challenging. But regardless of the challenge, it’s been immensely rewarding to see the work I’ve been putting in for both myself and for my family. I can happily report that remaining consistent and being reflective has been a great way for me to stay accountable and to keep my goals fresh in my mind.
Here are a few of my 20 in 2020 goals I’ve been able to cross off this month!
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To start, I’m so proud of the fact that since January first I’ve been pretty great at sticking to a vegan/keto/vegetarian diet throughout the week and giving myself grace on the weekends or when we go out. By adopting this new lifestyle I’ve found myself seeking out the plant based options on menus and opting for alcohol that’s less in sugar and calories. And by proxy, my husband is making a number of changes himself, which only helps keep us both on track! I’m also happy to share that even though weight loss wasn’t a goal of mine this year, by taking care of the surrounding issues like my mental and physical health, the pounds are slowly dropping. I’m seeing a notable difference in the way my clothes fit and I’m gaining more confidence in my appearance.
Getting outside and enjoying that time with my family goes hand-in-hand with my wellness goals this year. 2019 was a stressful and turbulent year and in retrospect I found myself drowning in indulgence in hopes it would make me feel better. But, of course, it did not. By getting outside we’re spending more time as a family, away from our devices (except to take pictures of our adventures), spending less money, and there’s research that proves spending time outside in the sun improves overall happiness.
Not to mention being outside and giving Greyson the chance to run, climb, and explore out in nature aides in his regulation and keeps a lot of the struggles with his autism at bay.
Another moment was being able to finally get Greyson his big boy bunk bed. A huge thank you goes out to my mother-in-law who so graciously gifted this to us. I had been on the hunt for a bunk bed that would fit our current full sized mattress and fit within our budget. I was surprised to see just how expensive bunks could be…then there was the decision of stairs or a ladder? By the end of it, I found this amazing bunk bed from Birch Lane for under $300 after a sale they were running and *our Honey found an additional coupon!
Last year we were so excited to take Grey to Disneyland for the first time to celebrate his 3rd birthday. Although this year we’re not necessarily taking him for his birthday (the grandparents couldn’t make it out to CA in March), we are joining friends at Disneyland while they’re in town visiting L.A. We loved our first trip and now that Greyson has seen a number of new (and classic) Disney movies, he’ll know even more characters. Even within the last few months he’s been loving Star Wars. We’re still trying to plan a cruise sometime this year or maybe next…so any advice on planning would be very much appreciated!
The goals ahead
There are quite a few of my goals that I’m still working towards and a few that will be motivations all year long. My husband and I registered for a Leprechaun 5k here in San Diego in March so I look forward to being able to cross that off my list soon. To pair with that goal we’ve been training, or at least going for hikes and jogging from time to time, to prepare ourselves for the 5k.
I’ve found that my French is picking up, but moreso to do with being immersed in it every day at work. I also try to find the time to do a couple of lessons on Duolingo. This one will, for sure, take me all of 2020 to do.
I’ve just put the feelers out for a family photographer around San Diego who would be able to capture a few snapshots of us. It’s been years since we’ve had nice photos taken, so I’d love to do that sometime this year. So, if you’re a photographer or know one please email me!
Lastly, the biggest goal we have this year is to pay off our debt. We’ve been working hard at allocating our funds towards paying off our credit card and we’re beginning to see a small dent being made. I’ve found it’s easy to be inspired in the beginning, but it’s really when you’re a month or two in that you start to see old habits creep up. Habits like wanting to order out or go get that bite to eat ($100 later…), buy that new thing, or take a trip. It’s a hard thing to do, but keeping ourselves accountable is key and revisiting the goals we set helps us do just that.
What goals did you set in 2020? How are they coming along? Let’s tag up in the comments!
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