Hey guys! Can you even believe it’s 2020? This is so weird because I’m pretty sure we are supposed to have levitating cars by now but whatever. The Jetson’s did not adequately prepare me for this disappointment.
Anyway, ever year for the last several years I have chosen a Word Of The Year to focus on. I like this better than resolutions that I’m going to break before January 15th. This is one word that you focus on all throughout the year to help you become the person you want to be!
Last year my word was Authentic. I was dealing with a bit of an identity crisis. We live in a small town in Southeast Kansas and I was struggling hard to fit in with the perfect Christian crowd. You guys, that is not me. I’m a sarcastic and I have a horrible sense of humor and I like bad words. I love Jesus, but I don’t think God cut me from this cloth so I could pretend to be like everyone else. And eventually I was exhausted with pretending. I just wanted to be who I was, unapologetically. I didn’t want to feel like I was constantly hiding behind the way that I thought people wanted me to be. So, I said screw it and I decided to just be me. What I found is that, not everyone likes who I am, and that’s okay. Just as many people probably didn’t like me before anyway. I found some things I like to do, some things I hate to do, and I have been building a tribe of girlfriends that I adore. Life is good.
For 2020 I am focusing on living intentionally. I have gone back and forth with a few different words and I just keep coming back to intentional. That tells me that it is the winner. So, how do I plan to be more intentional this year?
Being more intentional with my time
I intend to spend less time scrolling on my phone and more time enjoying real life. It’s no lie I love social media, but I also want to make sure that I am more present for my friends and family by not scrolling through my facebook and instagram feeds when I should be paying attention to them instead.
I intent to continue to only say “Yes” to the things that excite me. I mean, some things are unavoidable, but others are not. I’m not going to tie up my extra time with every little thing that people need me to do. When I became a stay at home mom I felt some real guilt and thought I should volunteer for everything because I obviously had more time than working moms do. That’s a lie and a way to wear yourself out really fast. Burn out sucks and I don’t want to experience that again.
Being more intentional with money
We have been working for a long time on being debt free, and somewhere along the way we have lost that focus. I am awful at compulsive spending so I have unfollowed some facebook groups, unsubscribed from emails and texts and I am not letting myself shop for the sake of shopping. We have a lot of goals and we won’t reach them by spending money on stupid crap.
Also, we have a lot of things we need to do this year and I want to make sure that we plan our budget so that those things can be purchased in cash. This will take a lot of constant work and adjustment, but it’ll be worth it.
Being more intentional with my health
I love working out. And eating healthy makes me feel amazing… so why do I let myself skip workouts and eat like garbage? An unhealthy meal from time to time isn’t awful but I tend to turn a cheat meal until a cheat day and then a cheat week. So, I need to focus on eating right and making my cheat meals worth it, and ONE DAMN MEAL. I want to eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day, as well as drinking at least 65 oz of water a day.
I am going to try really hard to get some sort of exercise every day. Some days it may just be a walk or speed cleaning my house, but whatever. I need to make sure I am up moving my body daily.
Being more intentional with relationships
We had some friends over last night for New Years Eve and we had so much fun. We don’t have a lot of couple friends that we spend time time and that’s horrible! So, I want to make sure we change that. I think at least every couple of months we need to get together with one of our couple friends. Life is better with friends!
Also, I want to make sure my husband and I get back to regular date nights. We used to go on dates once a month and in 2019 we didn’t do so well at it. I’ll definitely be scheduling dates for us once I know what his work schedule is looking like this year.
Being more intentional with my business
I used to run a vinyl business where I almost exclusively filled custom orders. It was fun but also exhausting. I wasn’t being creative, I was just recreating things people sent me pictures of, and I got burnt out FAST. Now I have two Etsy shops (one for digital designs, one for physical products), and I have two flea market booths. I am focusing on filling them all with my creations. It’s a good outlet and what I love to do! So, I’ll be continuing to plug away at them in 2020.
Also, I want to focus on this blog! I love to write and put down my thoughts and I hate how my blog tends to fall to the wayside. So, I hope to write in this blog at least 3-5 times a week in 2020.
I think that’s it and probably a lot of things to work on this year. Whew!
Have you chosen a word of the year? What is it?