2020 is here! It’s resolution time and it’s never too late to write a blog post about it, IMO. 😀
This is one of my favorite blog posts every year. But before I jump into my goals, I always like to stop and reflect.
2019 Called on my Courage
So many good things happened in 2019. When I think about what changed me the most, what made me braver, these three things stand out:
- Giving birth to my second IVF baby, Scotty, in June!
- Giving up flour and sugar in August. It scared me every day for the first 100 days, but it has healed my relationship with food and helped me eat the way I’ve always wanted to (REAL FOOD).
- Quitting my full-time job of six years at Adobe in November to be a full-time mom.
All of these changes required choosing faith over fear.
In many ways I feel like a completely different person going in to 2020. My routine has changed, my habits have changed, my thoughts have changed and my knowledge of God has changed immensely.
2020 – The Year of Peace
With a clear mind and fresh eyes, the word I’m choosing to focus on in 2020 is:
Last year I worked a lot on my faith and learned that letting God and Christ into every part of my life only brought me more peace.
So in 2020, I’m going to do more of the things that bring me peace, such as:
- Keeping my wardrobe simple to avoid over-consuming
- Keeping my food simple to avoid over-eating and over-exercising
- Keeping my home simple to avoid hoarding
- Keeping my parenting approach very simple to avoid inconsistencies
- Keeping my thoughts simple to avoid over-analyzing and self-doubt
- Acting on simple promptings to avoid that annoying narrative of “shoulds”
- Most of all, simply living my core values and putting my Savior Jesus Christ, my true source of peace, at the center of every thing I do.
With that as a backdrop, here are my top resolutions for 2020:
Each month on my blog and Instagram I’m going to focus on one of Brené Brown’s 10 guideposts for wholehearted living (see January’s kickoff here).
This requires courage for me because it’s one of the most authentic things I can do and there’s always the risk that others won’t connect with it. Even if I don’t receive the validation I always hope for, I’m still going to share this part of me and pray it inspires others to do the same.
Invest in my marriage more intentionally and plan at least one date a month. Two kids has really stretched us thin this past year and I don’t want to create bad habits that put our relationship in the background.
I’m also planning to implement more of the positive parenting techniques I learned from my friend Katie at Lead Guide Walk Beside. I attended her workshop in September and I’ve already seen major improvements in Benji’s behavior when I handle the chaos of motherhood with simplicity, peace and purpose. (Check out Katie’s Instagram if you’re setting goals in this area, too. Her insights are life-changing.)
Continue selling the clothes I no longer wear and use the money I make to pay for trips and memories with my family (remember how I quit my job? Lol).
Be more consistent with my Blog and Instagram content to help others learn about and enjoy the benefits of the capsule wardrobe (aka, having ENOUGH clothes)… also made possible because I quit my job. Haha.
Run a half marathon in July (my first since 2011) and enjoy my improved relationship with fitness.
As many of you saw in my recent blog post, cutting sugar and flour from my diet last August helped me lose 32 pounds in 5 months. Twenty of those pounds came off in the first two months and I didn’t rely on exercise for any of it. That was mind boggling to me because I’ve ALWAYS turned to exercise to control my weight. And now that I’ve seen the power that diligent, clean eating has, I’m free to enjoy exercise for what it does best—push limits and build strength and endurance.
I’m so excited for what lies ahead in 2020. Happy New Year, my friends! Thank you for sticking with me year after year.
What are your goals for 2020? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
I would love o know what program you followed to quit sugar!
Hi Amber! Send me an email and I’ll share more details (littlemissfearlessblog at gmail). XO
Reading this post just feels light and fresh and I’m excited for your 2020. My goals for 2020 have a lot to do with confidence- living and acting out of the confidence I have in Christ. It’s pretty vague right now, but I’m working on fleshing it out.
I love that so much. We can do anything through Christ! Thank you for sharing. I can tell you have a great year ahead of you. XO
This is tremendous Amanda. A lot of changes in your life and I respect and admire your stand to put Jesus in the center of everything. My wife stayed home for all 4 of our children. A lot of sacrifices along the way financially, but God always provided. And the children really seem to blossom.
It is amazing the difference clean eating makes. My daughter came home from New Zealand (where she is now living) for 3 weeks. I love the stage of life where I am learning from my kids, as she has taught me so much on eating clean.
God bless Amanda, have an incredible 2020! ?
Thank you for your authenticity. I am going to have a friend read your blog with me every day. You are already n inspiration.
Isn’t the love ans Forgiveness of the savior Jesus the best.
Along with a whole diet nothing can be beat.
Thank you so much! That means the world. I love my Savior so much. My eyes have been opened to just how much He does for me every day and I’m so grateful I can see it now. He’s come alive in my life this past year. Thanks for your support!