My 2020 Resolutions

1.09.2020


New year, new me? Not exactly. 

For me, 2019 was a year of renewal. I felt like a new me: stronger, happier, and once more inspired. As I reflected on the year past and look towards the future, I wanted to create goals that would challenge me but also expand upon the progress I made in 2019. In 2020, I don't need to be a "new me". I can enhance, enrich, and expand to build upon the last year and be the best me I can be.

Bookish & blogging goals


1. Read 52 books in 2020. For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. I never had a problem with staying attentive to books. As an elementary school student, I'd choose my favorite Percy Jackson novel over a video game (not that my parents bought many anyway-- our first and only system was a Wii, which we got after my sister learned how to read), and I loved racing to read in my school's "Reading Counts" competitions. As I grew older, though, I set aside less and less time for leisure reading as schoolwork and other activities took priority. I forgot how much I enjoyed reading outside of school. I read maybe 10 or 11 books last year.

My first college winter break was refreshing. It was the first time I can remember having time off completely to myself, to work on whatever I pleased, without college applications or homework assignments or midterm exams. I played piano, I wrote, I worked on my blog, and I finally read. Leaving the library with arms full of books I just couldn't wait to dig into reminded me of how much I missed reading. I want to make this thing that I love so much a part of my regular routine-- one book a week.

2. Blog once a week for an entire year. I've been a blogger for a long time. I made my first book blog when I was in the eighth grade, and have witnessed the ebbs and flows of the community: bloggers I once followed slowly disappearing, the rise of YouTube, new topics of discussion emerging alongside topics that cycle in and out every few months. Many times, though, I've been an observer from afar: I haven't been consistent in posting for more than a few months at a time since my junior year of high school. My most recent winter break has also made me fall in love with blogging again, and I hope to continue writing on clairefy throughout 2020.

3. Read outside my comfort genres. I most often read fantasies and mysteries. While I am a complete sucker for most mystery books, fantasy novels tend to be a hit or miss for me. In 2020, I want to challenge myself to read more of other genres, especially those I've enjoyed in the past: contemporary, historical fiction, and non-fiction.

4. Interview an author. I used to do more author interviews in my earlier blogging days, when I participated in a lot of blog tours. I want to use this platform I have to engage with authors and other creators more. (Authors! My contact page is open :))

5. Revive my end-of-year books roundup. In 2018, I featured 50 different authors, bloggers, and other influencers in a post featuring the top 50 books of the year. I had so much fun organizing this event and interacting with other members of the communtiy, and I would love to revive this effort in 2020.

Life goals


1. I'm taking a 90-day journey. Inspired by the fitness blogger Cassie Ho, I decided to embark on a 90-day journey to become a healthier version of myself. Last year, I lived on my own for the first time as I began my first-year of high school. While I am proud of how I managed my schedule and adjusted to living on my own, I also recognize that I have room to improve. Like Cassie, I will be renewing my effort to commit to a regular exercise and eating schedule. I love to run and exercise, and while I made some time for these activities in college, I fell out of habit during Model UN training and finals season. I also want to eat three consistent meals a day (instead of random late-night snacks in the dorm after skipped breakfast). However, I also want to better my health outside the physical realm: ensuring that I get eight hours of sleep every night and making time for myself to do things I enjoy outside of school and work. 

Throughout this journey, I want to remain mindful that I am making these efforts for my own satisfaction. Rather than aiming for a specific weight or running time, I am striving to create a routine that makes me happiest. I am tracking my progress in a spreadsheet that I will evaluate on my birthday at the end of March. (As of writing this post, I'm 13 days in and loving it!)

2. In the month of February, I am going to run 100 miles. At the end of 2019, my dad mentioned that he was interested in the Taji100, a challenge instituted by soldiers to relieve stress and promote fitness during a deployment to Camp Taji in Iraq, to prepare for a half-marathon. He challenged me to join him, and I was excited. To meet this goal, I will need to run 25 miles a week in February-- five miles a day if I run five times a week. I'm facing a slight complication: I will be travelling to Boston for a four-day Model UN conference, where I may be unable to run, in the middle of the month. In other words, I may need to make up 20 missed miles. Still, I am looking forward to the challenge. I haven't run that much since starting college, and I am excited to see what I can do.

3. Continue reaching out. I am fortunate to have made a smooth transition to college, and find friends in my hallmates. This coming semester, though, I want to make a greater effort to reach out to those I've met and my friends and family from home.

4. Take language learning seriously. I want improve my fluency in French and jump-start my Korean. Some of my relatives from Korea are visiting the United States later this year, a truly rare occurrence. I want to be able to talk to them, even if just a little.


I hope you all had a wonderful new year! Let's make 2020 the best yet. What are your goals for this year?

36 comments :

  1. Wow that's awesome! My only "resolution" was just to be better. A better wife, mom, friend, daughter, blogger, person in general. I love reading. I want to read 1 book a day (I listen to audio and I also include my kiddos books) and I want to watch one horror movie a day. That includes keeping up with my blogging, my crafts, and my semi social life.
    I hope everything works out and I'm cheering you on!

    Ash @ JennReneeRead

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    1. Good luck with your resolutions -- a book a day sounds like a great goal! Now that you mention it, I think I've only watched one horror movie...I need to expand my repertoire, haha. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. Fantastic. I am trying to enjoy "the moment" and not accept responsibility for other's actions.

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful resolution :)

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  3. I share some of your goals too! I haven't read a lot in 2019, and I'm hoping to read a bit more in 2020 too (maybe not 52, but hopefully 20-30!)
    Good luck with running five miles a day!! I'm only able to run about four miles at the moment, but really struggle to hit five miles :(
    Geraldine @ Corralling Books

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    1. Four miles is awesome!! I have a long way to go if I want to be able to maintain the five miles a day in February :D Good luck with your reading in 2020! :))

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  4. Good luck! I also want to run more. Right now, I run 6 miles a week. I need to do a lot better than that.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. That's awesome!! I wish you the best of luck with your goals this year :)

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  5. Good luck with your goals, Claire! It's great that you're multi-lingual. I've always wanted to learn another language.

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    1. Thanks Tanya! I wouldn't consider myself multilingual quite yet, but I hope to be there in the future :) Good luck with your resolutions!

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  6. These are awesome goals! I think it's really important to make time to be healthy by eating right and making sure to get 8 hours sleep. Good luck with all your goals!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! So far the eight hours of sleep has been going well during my winter break. Hopefully I can keep it up during my second semester of college :)

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  7. Good luck with all of your goals. I'm glad that you want to try and find more time for reading, and blogging. These are definitely things that I love doing and I need to prioritize things a bit better, so that I'm not just doing so much of one thing - I want to work out more and write more of my manuscript and actually finish the book. Things like that!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Thanks Lauren! Good luck with writing a manuscript, that's awesome!

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  8. Many great things to achieve there and I wish you all the best for 2020!

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    1. Thanks Melliane, best of luck to you too :)

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  9. You sound so committed! I hope you'll meet all your goals! Blogging once a week seems like a breeze, except I know from experience it's not - especially if you want/have to make time for all the other things in your life. But you sound like the kind of person who can work it out!

    "Throughout this journey, I want to remain mindful that I am making these efforts for my own satisfaction. Rather than aiming for a specific weight or running time, I am striving to create a routine that makes me happiest."
    Very wise! And I think that's why most people fail at this - they don't have a custom-made routine, and "punish" themselves by setting goals they don't fit with.

    I, um...need to better organise my time and stop slacking in a few departments! Good luck to both of us!

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    1. Thanks Roberta! And yes-- I've said I would commit to blogging regularly before, but it's a task much easier said than done. I'm working on trying to get some posts scheduled over the last days of my winter break, before I return to college, so that I'll have some leeway once things start to get busy again. Good luck with your goals this year ! :)

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  10. these are some great goals for 2020! i wish you all the luck :D

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  11. These sound like wonderful goals. I hope to find an exercise routing that I can stick with and get in better shape. Good luck with all of these goals!

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    1. Thanks Carole! Good luck with finding a routine that works for you :)

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  12. Much luck on your resolutions this year!

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  13. You have some fantastic resolutions for 2020! I look forward to reading your posts and I hope that you enjoy the books that you choose to read this year. Happy New Year! :)

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  14. I absolutely love what you said about not needing to reinvent yourself this year, but instead building on what you did in 2019. You have some great goals, and I share many of them--I want to read more, and also get back into the habit of blogging regularly. Good luck with your 2020 goals!

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    1. Thanks Shea, and best of luck with your resolutions this year! :))

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  15. Great goals! Good look with all of them.

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  16. good luck with all your reading goals this year!! Glad you were able to discover your love for reading once again over the break!

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    1. Thank you! Hope you had a great start to 2020.

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  17. These sound absolutely wonderful Claire, small achievable goals and also putting yourself and well being first. I'm a big believer in needing to take care of yourself, especially being a student. Often you forget about yourself and self care because your workload can become overwhelming. Here's to a fabulous 2020 and looking forward to seeing you reach your goals!

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    1. Thank you! I am striving to be better about taking care of myself during the spring semester. I hope you had a happy new year and good luck with your endeavors in 2020 :)

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  18. 100 miles is insane! But that is an amazing goal. I relate to struggling to post consistently, especially while in school, but I have been making more of an effort this year to pre-plan posts for the school semesters. Also, I found that reaching out during the second semester of freshman year was amazing for my mental health and for getting out of my bubble. Obviously, since I am abroad right now, I am FAR beyond my comfort zone and have been meeting a lot of new people. It is such an amazing experience and I hope you meet some wonderful people.

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    1. Thanks Erin! Being involved in MUN/International Relations club helped me reach out a lot during my first semester, and I'm glad you were able to find a community in freshman year :) Good luck with your study abroad!! That's awesome!

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