Intentions for 2020

Happy New Year, everybody! It’s WILD to me that we’re officially in 2020. But, it’s also kind of exciting. I wasn’t sad to say goodbye to 2019. No, it wasn’t all bad, but it probably was one of the hardest years for me emotionally.

So, onward and upward!

How are you feeling about the new year ahead of us? I fully admit that I’m still riding the struggle bus over here. Ha! Like many of you, I didn’t feel like 2020 really started until this past Monday. I like to enjoy the holidays and the break for as long as possible, and to me it never feels over until it’s time for that first, full normal week of the year. Sure, I’d much rather be back on the couch under the heated blanket with a book and mug of tea, but there’s also something refreshing about getting back to a normal routine and life-as-usual.

I’m not one for resolutions or yearly goals. I mean, I have goals in mind for myself, but it always seems like the minute I write them down or verbalize them they’re out the window. So, I’m trying a different approach with intentions for 2020. Not so much goal-focused, but rather small changes I’d like to make in my life and routine to make sure I’m the happiest, fullest version of myself.

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My Intentions for 2020

Enjoy more, worry less.

I’ve always, always, ALWAYS been hard on myself. It’s my fatal flaw. But, over the years it has gotten worse. Maybe that comes with being an adult and having a new set of concerns (what feels like) daily. Who knows. But, what I do know is that this heightened level of worry has crept into my everyday and prevents me from what I consider living to the fullest. I need to find ways to cope (running helps!) and remind myself that everything, big or small, eventually works itself out.

Be present.

I, along with Ryan, have the tendency to always look 10 steps ahead. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with planning for the future, but the here and now gets lost along the way. We are incredibly blessed and have a lot to be thankful for! We need to relish in that and the hard work that got us here.

Give more freely to others.

I’m not sure what this looks like yet! But, I know that I feel called to do something. Anything. We’re at a turning point in our country and around the world where it doesn’t feel okay to sit on the sidelines and do nothing. I might not be able to see or feel the difference I (hopefully) make, but that doesn’t mean my voice and/or actions aren’t needed or important.

Make myself a priority.

I need to find a balance between doing what I need to do and what I want to do – especially things that are solely for myself. Similarly, paying closer attention to my body to know when it’s time for a break. Running myself into the ground isn’t beneficial for anyone.

Read for fun, not for sport.

Reading goals are great – I set one every year on Goodreads! But, I sometimes feel like that pushes an unspoken sense of pressure. Not to mention the judgment for what I choose to read. That said, I want to make sure that I focus more on reading books that I actually want to read this year, not just what’s popular among Show Us Your Books or on bestseller lists, as well as taking the time to absorb the story so it’s not immediately out-of-mind the minute I’m finished.

Spend even less time on my phone.

There’s already days where I spend hours away from my phone, so this shouldn’t be too difficult to do. After deleting my Facebook news feed last year, I saw a spike in my productivity and less time mindlessly scrolling. I’m also much happier as a result! There’s still days that I find myself logged onto Instagram for no reason, so I want to tackle that to make better use of my time.

Focus on the positive instead of dwelling on the negative.

It can sometimes seem like it’s a competition between everybody these days about who’s most tired, the busiest, most-stressed … it’s ridiculous. Sure, life isn’t always a walk in the park, but there’s more than enough silver lining to be happy about. I need to be better about this personally, but I also want to be a positive driving-force for those in my life, too. If we want to be sad or angry, we can turn on the news.

What are your goals or intentions for 2020?

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  1. 1.10.20
    Kristin said:

    I found that taking Facebook off my phone is very helpful. I only put it on there if we’re traveling for a weekend or something. Sometimes there’s something I need to check, like if my marketplace items are selling, etc.
    NO ONE, I’m pretty sure, needs 24/7 access to Facebook.
    My husband and I are also doing a 2 hour window each night where we put all the devices away and just sit and watch TV or clean up the house together.

    • 1.13.20
      Karly said:

      I’m considering deleting my Facebook app off my phone completely, too. You’re right – it’s silly to have access to it all the time!

  2. 1.8.20
    Cara said:

    I love this list of intentions and know you can accomplish these! I’m especially going to focus on being online less this year too. My recent IG break was amazing for my stress levels and like you said- it frees up so much time! Happy 2020 – hope your year is as amazing as you are!!

    • 1.9.20
      Karly said:

      Nobody is forcing us to be on Instagram/on our phones all the time, so I think it’s a great intention to have. Stress is dramatically improved, that’s for sure! Cheers to 2020, girly!

  3. 1.8.20
    Biana said:

    i love these intentions! I have a goal of being more mindful about when I’m on my phone – especially trying to put it away when I’m with Sophia! I’d also like to make myself a priority this year! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • 1.9.20
      Karly said:

      I’m sure that can be so hard to find a balance of wanting to capture everything your child does and also just being present in the moment!

  4. 1.8.20

    I love this list! I definitely need to be the same way about worrying less and not thinking about the future quite as much.

    • 1.9.20
      Karly said:

      I’m glad it’s not just me! The here and now is pretty wonderful, so it definitely needs to be a focus.

  5. 1.8.20
    Debbie said:

    Happy 2020, let’s hope it’s a good one! I like your idea of intentions instead of goals, that seems more attainable!

    • 1.9.20
      Karly said:

      I agree – I like having a mindset rather than just a goal that I’m chasing after!