After writing down my new year goals, buying my new planner, and making my vision board, it’s safe to say that I feel confident about 2020.
I believe I will achieve more this year than ever before. While I don’t think it takes a new year to make new changes in your life, you can make a change at any moment, I do want to make some self-improvements. These will come in the form of new experiences, new commitments, and a new work ethic to top it off.
Here are a few things I would like to do this year, from least to most important:
I would L O V E to travel this year, especially to places I’ve never been before. Whether this is domestically or abroad, I want to experience new places, new people, and new things in 2020. I want to visit my friends from undergrad that are now living around the country. And I would especially love to travel solo. I’ve made a solo trip to Los Angeles before and loved every minute of it. Traveling alone is something I never thought I’d be able to do but since I spend so much time by myself anyway, I found a new appreciation for it.
Attend church more often
When I lived in Los Angeles, I attended The Potter’s House at One LA and really connected with church for the first time. So much, that I now watch their live streamed services weekly (well, I try to). Live streaming that church is great because I get to stay in my pajamas and service is three hours behind me so I can wake up later in the day. However, there’s something different about making the effort to get up and go to a church for service. I’m not the most religious person, but I do identify as Christian and want to attend a service, live and in person, more often. I’d like to find a church home in Michigan.
Stay on top of my school work
The fall 2019 semester beat my ass. It was very difficult to handle full time student status without having been in school for almost two years. While I did get an A- in my favorite class, Advanced Creative Writing, the other classes weren’t so cute. This semester, however, will be much better. I’ve found a better planner for my lifestyle (this is VERY important) and am forming a solid routine for work, school, physical therapy, and being an entrepreneur. It’ll still get difficult I’m sure, but I have a lot of hope that I’ll have a much better semester. Plus, my classes are more interesting this time.
Create more art and digital content
A HUGE goal of mine for 2020 is to stay on top of my content and art. I want to fall back in love with creating digital art through graphic design, illustration, video editing, and more. I’ve been doing all of these things for about 10 years now, since I was a teenager, and they got boring after a while. It was to the point I dreaded having a design client but I knew I needed the money. This year, I will start by creating art for myself and later, come back to the freelance digital art world with a better viewpoint about it. I also need to get committed to my content for posting. My end goal is to post every week on my blog but for now, I’m starting off with posting twice a month. On the weeks I don’t post on my blog, I plan to post on Youtube.
Stay committed to healing
In 2019, I made huge improvements in my emotional health compared to 2018. For 2020, I will continue to strive for great mental health. I joined a women’s support group and began seeing a therapist, which are both things I will keep up with in this new year. I hope to not have any major depressive episodes this year but if I get down that road, I will use the tools I have to stay afloat. Healing from trauma is hard work but I will continue to conquer.
I have many more goals that I wrote down in my journal well before the new year even came. There’s something about seeing your goals written down that helps you get them done. I am a firm believer in speaking things into existence, but don’t forget to put in the work to make them happen! What are your goals for this year? How are they going so far?