I like to set goals for the new year, but I wouldn’t necessarily call them resolutions. This year, I wanted to try something a little different. I saw all of these twenty in 2020 lists floating around and it inspired me to make my own.

I debated between making these goals, treating it like a bucket list, or just writing what came to me. In the end, I decided to just go with the flow and wrote down things that I wanted to improve in 2020.

These aren’t super specific and they certainly aren’t goals or resolutions. Rather, they represent that life is a work in progress and these are the many things I’m working on. At the end of this post, I’ve included a link to download your own copy of the printable I created to go along with my Twenty in 2020 list.

Drink more water.

This one was the first thing I wrote down. Truth be told, I started working on this in 2019 and I want to continue working on it in 2020. Water is so important for our bodies and helps in so many ways. I definitely feel better when I’ve been on top of my water game.

Exercise more.

Just like water, movement is another great thing for our bodies. I’ve been too scared to do much this past year due to the discovery of pelvic organ prolapse and postpartum life. I’m working through my mindset blocks though and would love to be exercising regularly by the end of 2020.

Organize our stuff.

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you probably know that we’re a military family. If you didn’t, then you do now. This means we move every 3-4 years. We have another move coming up in a little over a year and I would love to declutter and have things better organized by then. We’ve sort of been overrun by stuff lately.

Work hard.

Last year, my mindset was in a rough place and several things suffered as a result. One of those things was my blog and ambitions to make an income from it. This year, I’m pushing through and planning to work harder than ever before. Motherhood and blogging is a such a juggling act, but I’m willing to learn and figure it out. (Feel free to join me on this journey in the Blog Like a Mama community!)

Inspire others.

One of my biggest ambitions is to inspire others. It’s the reason I became a teacher. It’s the reason I keep blogging. It’s the reason for a lot of my choices. I’m hoping to continue to serve and inspire others to enjoy life to its fullest.

Reconnect with family.

Remember when I mentioned being a military family? Well, the lifestyle brings a lot of obstacles and one of those is keeping in touch with family. I would like to do better about this through phone calls, snail mail, and regular communication.

Eat more vegetables.

This one goes right along with drinking more water and exercising. Basically, I want to take better care of my body. I feel better when I’m taking care of my body and I know I’m setting a better example for my boys when I’m making healthy choices. After all, they are watching everything I do and learning from it.

Try new recipes.

We love to meal plan and cook around here. Lately, things have started to feel a bit boring and I dare say we’re in a cooking rut. We seem to have the same things over and over again. It’s getting boring so it’s time to spice things up and try a few new recipes this year!

Be a better friend.

Making friends and keeping them is hard as a military spouse. It’s even harder as a mama of littles. We moved here when I was pregnant with our first and I don’t feel like I’ve made any close friends. I’m hoping to change that this year by being a better friend to the few that I have made.

Write more.

Writing is something I’ve loved since I was little. It’s also something I stopped doing at some point. I’m not talking about blog writing – although I did slow on that as well. I’m talking about book writing. I’m not sure how yet but I would love to start engaging the creative side of my brain once again.

Enjoy monthly date nights.

For Christmas this year, I gifted my husband a book of monthly date nights. They’re all stay at home dates that we can do after the kids are in bed. I’m looking forward to reconnecting and hopefully creating a tradition of monthly date nights that can carry us beyond 2020.

Say “no.”

I say yes way too often. This year, I want to focus on saying yes to the things that are in alignment with my goals and values. I want to say no to the things that won’t fulfill me or will take me away from my vision.

Be playful.

If you read my last post, then you’ll know that my word for 2020 is playful. I want to enjoy this time with my boys while they’re little and a big part of that is play. I also want to bring some of the whimsical side of play into the blog. Life is too short to always be serious.

Learn something new.

It’s been a while since I’ve tried something new. So, this year, I’m going to find something new and give it a try. I’m not sure yet what that new thing will be but I’m sure it’ll surprise at just the right time.

Love my body.

Postpartum life has been hard on me this time. I feel like I’ve lost a part of me and I can’t find it. The truth is that my body has changed in so many ways and I’ve been too busy focusing on the old me to love the new me. So, this year, I’m focused on getting to know the new me a little bit better and loving her a little bit more.

Be a better fur mom.

I love our dogs. They may drive me crazy some days but I definitely wouldn’t trade them. I can tell that we don’t give them as much attention as we once did and it hurts my heart. So, this year, I’m going to be a better fur mom and set aside some evening time to spend with our furbabies.

Find routines that work.

I love a good routine! I’m not talking a scheduled out day. I’m talking about those moments that follow a certain order and everyone knows what to expect. We have some great ones in place – such as our bedtime routine – but I would love to get a few more in place as the boys get older.

Snuggle more.

My husband loves to snuggle. My toddler loves to snuggle. One of the dogs loves to snuggle. And me? Well, I’ve never been much for a snuggle. I’m going to try to find ways to love it more though. I’m also going to try to focus on taking the time to just be and enjoy the company of others. Sometimes, I have a hard time just being present in the moment.

Save money.

I don’t know that there’s much I can say on this one. Basically, I would love to grow our savings account a bit more in 2020. This is another case of leading by example and showing our boys that anything is possible when you’re determined enough to make it happen.


Well, there you have it – twenty things I’m working on in 2020. I don’t expect to come out of this year as a perfect person. I expect that I’ll still be a work in progress at the end of the year. After all, I’m just human and we’re all works in progress.

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Twenty things I'm trying to change in 2020 along with a free printable to plan your own!