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Every year, I set goals, and ever year, I seem to get agitated in the washer of life and not accomplish them. That’s been especially true in the last few years as our children’s autism has come to the front. However, thanks to ABA therapy, life is settling down a bit here, and I feel like I can set a few, practical goals and succeed at them. Here are my 16 goals I want to accomplish 2020:
I will be 50 years old in about 16 months.
(How in the world did that happen?!!!)
This is about the age where, if you haven’t taken care of your health, you will start to face the repercussions. I want to reverse that trend now. There are several goals I have under health this year.
Exercise At Least 3,900 Minutes This Year
I joined Faithful Workouts because, after using a free two week trial, it seemed like a program I could follow. Plus, I love how she weaves spirituality throughout the workout. My goal of 3,900 minutes equates to 15 minutes of exercise five days a week.
Track on WW Every Day
I’ve been on WW for awhile now and have seen minimal weight loss. The reason isn’t the program; it’s me. I tend to do a good job tracking and staying on plan until I go off track, and then I just stop tracking and start pretending that I’m not on any weight loss plan. Obviously, that’s not the way it works. So this year, I’m committing to tracking every day, even if I go into negative points.
There is no such thing as a day that doesn’t count. They all count, which is why I have a good 90 pounds to lose.
Learn Techniques to Handle, Recognize, and End Emotional Eating
Emotional eating, folks. That’s why I have so much weight to lose. I’ve lost it several times now, but I never really addressed the emotional eating part. So, when life gets difficult and I turn to food for comfort, I quickly pile on the pounds. That cycle must be broken.
I have two goals with this.
Read a Passage of the Bible Daily
I have bought a subscription to The Word Among Us, which has Daily Mass Readings and a Daily Bible Reflection. I will read the Bible passage that corresponds to the Daily Bible Reflection and also read the Reflection and the Daily Mass Reading. Caveat: I just ordered The Word Among Us, so I likely won’t be able to start this goal until I receive the magazine, likely in 3 to 5 weeks.
Attend One Week Day Mass Weekly
W used to attend weekday Mass once a week, but then our schedule got busy with therapy, and we couldn’t keep that up. However, I just discovered that one of our local churches has a 6:30 a.m. Mass, so my goal this year is to go to Mass once a week during the weekday in addition to Sunday Mass.
Last year, I reached a point where I decided I need to grow my blog or shut it down completely. I gave serious though to shutting it down completely, but I really love blogging, so I decided to try to grow it. There are a number of things I need to do behind the scenes to make this happen
Have the Site Redesigned and Updated
The last time I had this done was years ago, and it’s time for an update. My theme is no longer being updated, and the site is slow, so this is one of my first goals.
Transfer My Email List
Over the years, I have lost access to my email list! Yikes! I’ve started a new one, but I’m starting from scratch. If you were on my previous email list, will you please sign up again?
Update at Least 200 Posts for SEO
Honestly, I haven’t worked on SEO much on the blog–ever–so there is a lot to do. I’m planning on changing titles to be more SEO friendly, using the Yoast plugin, and adding tags to my posts.
Delete at Least 100 Irrelevant Posts
Years ago, say 10 years ago when the blog was just starting, I fancied myself a deal blogger. Ha! That is definitely not my strength, so I’d like to get rid of all those decade old posts for deals.
Read 40 Books
I have so many books I want to read!! I have 102 books on my “For Later” shelf on our library website, meaning these are books I want to read. I did narrow my historical fiction down to 30 I want to read. I’m setting my goal this year to 40 books because, well, even though I want to read ALL THE BOOKS, I do have to do something else with my day besides read. Oh, the sadness. Fellow book lovers can relate. If you’re a fellow bookworm, follow me on Goodreads; I’d love to follow you.
I’ve studied Japanese twice. I studied it for a year in graduate school. Then, I studied it for a year when I was just starting my teaching career. But I got too busy with work and couldn’t keep it up.
I’d like to at least regain the Japanese I used to know, so I’m planning a dual approach:
Do Duolingo Every Day
I’m on a 52 day streak for using Duolingo to learn Japanese, and I plan to continue using it every day.
Complete Japanese from Zero Book One
I discovered that the textbook Japanese from Zero Book One has a free online course supplement, so I’ll also be using that to help me make my way through Japanese from Zero. I’m excited for this goal and a little intimidated that I won’t be able to accomplish it because I’ll be short on time.
Reduce Our Grocery Bill
My goal this year is to reduce our grocery bill to $10,000 or $833 a month. That may sound like a lot, but we’re gluten free, dairy free, and we try to eat organic and grass fed whenever possible, so it adds up.
In 2019 we spent $11,455.59 on groceries ($954.63), so my goal in 2020 is to reduce that expense by 14.5%, which is quite a stretch. This is an ambitious goal.
Speaking of which, do you like my weekly grocery haul posts, or would you just prefer to hear a tally once a month?
Gain Control of My Email
My email is completely out of control and has been for quite some time. My goal is to purge, purge, purge and get functional email accounts again. Are you ready for the horror?
My Google email has 5,957 emails (down from 10,000 a week ago when I started cleaning it out).
My Yahoo blog email has 93,155 emails.
My Yahoo spam email has 161,328 emails.
My Yahoo personal email has 58, 832 emails.
If all goes as planned, this year will be a big year for travel.
Take a Trip to Michigan
This year, we plan to take another trip to Michigan. We’ll either go as a family vacation, or we’ll go to help my mom if she has her other hip replaced. We’re starting to save money for the trip now, but we won’t have any definitive plans until we learn what my mom plans to do.
Take a Trip to Japan
We haven’t been to Japan since 2002 for a variety of reasons, but this year will be the year that we go. The last time we were there, my husband’s nephew was 4 months old, and soon he’ll be 18! We can’t wait to go and are tentatively planning a trip for May.
That’s it. My 16 goals I want to accomplish in 2020. What are your goals for this year?