a fresh start to the new year

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful holiday and great kick-off to the New Year! The time away from work was exactly what I needed to start the new year feeling refreshed and energized.

At the start of a new year I always like to reflect and set goals for the year ahead. As I’ve talked about before here, there’s something magical about getting a chance to reset and reframe your mindset and focus on the things you’d like to achieve.

Over the years I’ve refined how I goal set and work to pick things that will truly help me grow, learn, or be happier. For example, rather than setting a goal of “I’d like to lose 10 pounds” I set the goal that I’d like to focus on nourishing my body with more fruits and vegetables, watching portion sizes and getting regular exercise.

My 2020 Goals:

  1. Read 10 classic novels. This year my focus was on quantity which was really fun to see how much I could read. After realizing that I can devour books quickly, I’d now like to get some more reading depth and challenge myself which is where this goal came from. My list includes:
    1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    2. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
    3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 
    4. A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    5. Beloved by Toni Morrison
    6. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
    7. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
    8. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    9. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 
    10. The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger 
  2. Prioritize my physical health. Get regular exercise (weekly), feed my body the nutrients it needs, and make smart food decisions. Work to change my relationship with food and not criminalize myself when I indulge and enjoy foods! My word of the year is balance. 
  3. Put my phone away more. Less mindless scrolling and instead focus on being present with myself and those I’m with.

Continue Doing:

  1. Working on my mental health! Wash my face every night, regular meditation and mood check-ins, practicing gratitude, and saying no to social obligations when it empties my tank.

For Fun:

  1. Keep practicing Italian leading up to our trip to Italy in May
  2. More creative projects like scrapbooking, writing, shadow boxing, my Year In Review book, baking, painting, etc.

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