In 2020, I Will...

Monday, January 6, 2020


I did a pretty good job of my 2019 goals, but I ended the year feeling pretty overwhelmed. I'm setting some loose & ambiguous but extremely important goals for the new year. Here's what's on deck.

Look for & hopefully buy a house
Slowly but surely, Mike & I have begun the house hunt, & though I, for one, would be happy to stay in our Tremont apartment for  half a decade more, I'm still enthusiastic about the prospect of finding a forever home. We're focusing on a few areas on the west side (best side!) of Cleveland, & we're looking at a bunch of different options, timing-wise, so we could end the year in our apartment or be out by early spring. We'll see!
Read at least 45 books 
Yeah, yeah, I seem to reduce my annual reading goal every year, but I'm trying to be realistic! 2019 was incredibly busy, & I felt strange guilt about my inability to hit the 80-book goal I'd set for myself. I have a feeling this year will be busy, too, so why not take off some of the pressure? What I'd really like to do it find my way back to good fiction & truly love the books I do read.

Continue to explore healthier eating
Mike & I have been eating at home more often, & while I've never been a big fan of cooking, I'm starting to get more interested in it, just as a means of, well... eating what I want to eat! I'd like to explore home cooking by making at least one new-to-me recipe per month (or a total of at least 12 by the end of the year).

Focus on some recent health concerns 
I don't want to go in-depth on this resolution, but suffice it to say, again, that 2019 was really busy & a few things fell through the cracks, like taking the time to truly focus on myself when I needed to. Some new health concerns have developed, & I need to take a step back, overall, to deal with them in the new year.

Be thoughtful about my freelance work
At the end of 2019, I turned down a few freelance assignments, in part to deal with the aforementioned health concerns, & I expect that, in 2020, I will cut back on the amount of freelance assignments I take overall. I love reporting, writing, & being published, but I also really like maintaining my mental health, & that's got to take priority.  

Consume only media I like
I expend a significant amount of energy feeling bad about not liking or being interested in the popular podcasts, TV shows, etc., that other people like. There are a few cultural phenomenons I'd like to explore - Star Wars, the Marvel universe, the His Dark Materials series - but I'm giving myself permission to not like any of them, & to pass on anything else that doesn't seem interesting to me. 

Hit 200 Harness Cycle classes
Truth be told, I've fallen way behind on Harness, & I miss it! I went back to class last week for the first time in about a month, & while it felt great to be back, it was also an incredibly difficult class... probably because I hadn't been for so long. I need to figure out what class number I'm on & then work forward from there.

Get back into the swing of blogging
It's possible that no one but me noticed this change in 2019, but I've really fallen behind on my regular blogging schedule. This year, I'd like to get back to a regular writing schedule & to feel like this blog is my own space again.

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