I hope all is well with you and that you had a great holiday season! I think we had one of our best yet, mostly because I was working hard on my own mindset and I tried so hard to stay in the moment as much as I could. These years with our kids (who believe!) and my husband, especially when it is just us, are my favorite. I also write down 5 things I am grateful for daily, and the things I write about most tend to be simple movie nights with the kids, family dinners, and time spent together. (Don’t get me wrong, I also write down material things like Amazon blankets and new rings…;)
So let’s chat about PROJECTING some goals and intentions for the New Year!
So spoiler alert, I do not make huge resolutions this time of year. I am kind of an ongoing learner and goal setter, so I tend to look towards the New Year in a more retrospective way. Last week we chatted about looking back on 2019 and coming up with 4 big wins and 4 things to improve. I love the act of looking through my camera roll on my phone, and in my planner, and seeing what worked and what didn’t. We are looking for CONTRAST, I mean, we have to experience things we don’t want in order to know what we do want! I have spent a lot of time in life not wanting to make mistakes, so I just stayed comfortable and got in a rut. This past year I tried a bunch of new things and saw how they made my life better, whether they worked out or not.
Now I want you to PROJECT how you want to FEEL in 2020.
Not what you want to do, or lose, or gain, but how do you want to feel? Everything else falls into place after you determine that! For instance, I hate feeling like time is passing me by and that each day/week is like Groundhog’s day. So I want to feel a sense of ADENTURE in 2020. This means I will be looking for ways to add more adventure into my life. That can mean more travel, going somewhere new in town each week, finding activities to do as a family, etc. There are so many ways to have adventure in life, I just have to commit to finding and doing it. I always hate the act of finding this stuff and planning it, but I never hate doing it.
Maybe you want to feel healthy and strong, which is a common goal. From there, how can you feel that way this year? You can try a new workout, meal plan, cut back on certain things (I am cutting back on wine!), etc. When I am setting an intention on how I want to FEEL, and then I find myself not wanting to follow through, I ask myself how I’ll feel at the end of 2020 if I don’t do these things.
Lastly, let’s find out five things that you love doing, and want to do more of in 2020!
This is pretty fun, in my opinion. Just look through your photo roll again, or just sit for a couple of minutes and think…what makes you happy? Write it down! Here are five things that make me happy
1) Running. I love to run 3-5 miles on a cool, crisp day, with good music! I’d like to run 1 day a week.
2) Reading. I love reading and read a lot. I always find time in the day to read, and feel incomplete without reading daily. Fun fact: I read super fast and read about a book a day!
3) Pedicures. You guys, I love the nail salon! I plan on setting up monthly nail appointments this year.
4) Travel. Traveling is my happy place, and I love a big and a small trip! We are moving this summer and I can’t wait to find out where SOON (#militarylife), and plan an epic vacation around it. I also love smaller weekend trips, and adventures in the place we live.
5) Massages. So I love massages, but never get them (maybe one in the past 6 years?) My body hurts a lot of the time with how active I am, and I’d love to commit to a massage a month this year.
What do you love doing? What can you add into your life this year for YOU? You are important, my friend, and you deserve to do the things that you love. It doesn’t have to cost money, either! I am a huge fan of going to the beach (FREE), reading (love the library), taking naps (FREE), and chatting on the phone with my friends!
I hope this was helpful and helps you clarify what is important for you in this upcoming new DECADE!