I cannot believe it is 2020. Holy sh*t! I am almost 40 years old, and I have a 15 and 10 year old. I find myself in a state of disbelief that I have lived for almost 40 years, and I feel like my life has pretty much flashed by. I feel like I really need to savor the journey because I have not been doing that for the last 39 years of my life. The time only seems to go by faster the older I get. It is definitely time to start crossing things off of my bucket list, and I feel like it is a now or never type of thing because we are all living on borrowed time, and we are never promised tomorrow. I am stepping it up in what I believe to be the most important aspects of my life, and I am starting right now by working on four different things: lifelong learning, health, financial fitness, and my family.
In 2019, I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree, and while I would love to pursue a Master’s Degree, I want to enjoy some of the freedoms I lost while being committed to school. I would like to enjoy more time with my children. Also, I am not so convinced a Master’s Degree is good return on the investment. I figured I will work on a few other things I am passionate about and go from there. I have a passion for fitness, yoga, and all things physical activity. I am going to get certified to teach Pound. Why Pound? It just looks like fun. Honestly, I never even took a Pound class, but I am all about spontaneity and just going for it, so I am. That will start in February, and then I will look further into yoga certification process as I know that is more lengthy and costly.
In terms of my health, I am committing to at the very least 4 days a week of physical activity. It will be at the gym, trail, or my house, but I have already started on this goal. I have slacked on my physical fitness in 2019 due to a lack of time. I was in school, working full-time, and completing an internship. I don’t even know how I made it if I am going to be completely honest. I barely had time for myself at all, but going forward, I am working on getting into the best shape of my life. Being that I am almost 40, it is a now or never thing, and I “Never say never”. I am so excited to be working on my fitness goals as it is my greatest passion and pretty much an obsession for me, but at least it is a healthy one.
Finances. This is hard for me to discuss because I am not in the best financial situation at the moment. I have student debt, and I have been racking up credit card debt due to single parenthood and the struggles of being a non-traditional student. In 2020, my goal is to pay off any/all of my credit card debt. It is going to be difficult, but I have already started cutting back on my spending by couponing, not eating out, cutting the cable, and thrift shopping. I am making it a priority to be mindful of my spending habits. I have been packing lunch every day for work, and I have been meal planning. It works, although the temptation to grab food while at work is still there, I am going to strengthen my will power. It is a muscle I plan on making stronger than ever.
Lastly, the most important goal I would like to focus on in 2020 is spending time with my kids. They have not had the best of me during the last four years of my life due to my dedication to school. I was often tired and frustrated, and I had little energy for them. I wanted to get my degree and show my children that they can do anything they want in life if they are willing to work hard for it. Thank God that I accomplished that goal because now I can focus my energies on them, and they will be rewarded. I plan to live my best life and be the best mother I can be by giving them amazing memories and experiences, as well as my time and undivided attention. I cannot wait to share these experiences with you guys.
All in all, 2019 had its ups and downs just like any other year, but the ending of 2019 was probably one of my best years. I achieved one of my most important goals, which was achieving my Bachelor’s Degree. I got a job offer from my internship site with an amazing organization, and my career is really taking off right now. I just feel as though the blessings are pouring in, and I cannot wait to see what 2020 has in store for me. I will be a better mother, friend, sister, and human being as I aspire to be more and do more in every aspect of my life. In 2020, I will also make it a point to count my blessings and be grateful for everything that has occurred in my life until this point, even the ugliness and battles that have got me to this point. It made me who I am, and it has shaped me into one badass woman with hell of a lot more faith than fear.
How is your new year starting?
What are your goals for 2020?
How do you plan to achieve them?