Thursday, December 5, 2019

Thinking ahead to 2020 goals

For as long as I've been blogging, I start thinking about my goals for the year ahead in December, & often earlier. I like having plenty of time to consider what I'd like to accomplish, what worked well in previous years, the big areas I need to stretch or grow in, etc.

For a fun spin through years past, here are all of the yearly goal posts:

And with that, on to 2020 goals! My macro goals remain largely the same. I want to make progress on our financial goals, lose weight & stay healthy, spend quality time as a family, & improve myself. It's good to see I'm consistent year over year. :-)

Here are the goals I'm thinking about for 2020:

1) Financial

  • Stick to our budget (more details in upcoming posts about budget changes we've made for 2020)
  • Pay off 1/2 of our mortgage. We bought in February of 2017. Our goal is to hit the half way point by June, 2020.
  • Spend $500 or less on clothing for myself
2) Family

  • One fun activity/month with the kids
  • Off the computer by 7:30 each evening
  • Two dates with M per month.
3) Fitness/health

  • Lose 15 lbs. Stop gaining & regaining. Slow & steady is fine, but keep it consistent.
  • Run 100 times. Run a half marathon in under 2:25.
  • Track calories, average 1400 cals/day
  • Complete 12,000 minutes of cardio, 100 strength & 50 stretching workouts
  • Meditate 100 times
4) Personal/creative

  • Make time for my friends. Do something social at least once per month.
  • Volunteer a minimum of 1x/month
  • Write & journal regularly
  • Adapt a more positive mindset (judge less)
  • Listen more often (vs talking)
  • Stop/greatly reduce swearing (I don't swear ever in front of most people. I have a friend/colleague who is a terrible curser, and it's rubbed off of on me.)

What about you? Have you started thinking about your 2020 goals? 


  1. Great goals. The swearing thing totally hits home. My best friend at work drops the f bomb frequently and it rubs off. The crazy thing is that she is super proper in every other way.

    1. I was raised in a no swearing household. My mom considers "butt" and "crap" swearing. It's never been an issue, but the colleague definitely "inspires" it, and not in a good way.

  2. Those are great plans, I haven’t even thought about 2020 goals, except financially really. Other than that nope, but now you’ve inspired me to!

    1. Oh my goodness, I've missed you! I hope you and the family are doing exceptionally well.

  3. I think I will keep is simple with my 2020 goals. Too many and I get overwhelmed. I may need to work on my swearing too. Somedays it gets away from me. :-)

    1. It does, doesn't it? :-) Most of my goals are pretty ingrained habits, but I like tracking them to make sure I don't go off course. A few are active works in progress for sure.

  4. Great goals, yes and no. I just need to get through this year as next year things will really be changing and I have no where to really start.

    1. You do have a lot going on. Sometimes the process of setting goals helps me clarify next steps, even if they are very practical & short term.I often need those before I can get to the bigger "vision" type stuff.