20 Realistic Goals to Set for 2020 | Mental, Spiritual, Physical, and Financial Growth

20 Realistic Goals for 2020

Here we are the first week into the new year! Hello 2020!

So we know how it goes, every year we start our New Years resolutions and say we are going to accomplish all these exciting new things yet only maintain consistency for a short few months. I’ve even been guilty of this myself in the past. Let’s set 20 realistic goals to set fro 2020.

While we can grow at any time, the start of a new year gives us the perfect opportunity to reflect and make positive changes. We are constantly growing and evolving so why not set ourselves some goals. The year of 2019 was full of excitement and love, yet intense struggle. Actually, it’s been the hardest year of my life; I do not ever, not never, want to repeat the lows of 2019.

I will share with you 20 of my personal realistic goals for 2020 that allow for self healing and growth. Some are healthy habits for personal development, while others are simple tasks to complete throughout the year. Writing down my goals and setting my intentions (and sharing them with you) holds me accountable. Remaining transparent with myself is a lifetime goal. While some of my goals may not apply to your life or path they can serve as inspiration for your own realistic goals in 2020.

2020 will be the year I give back to myself. 

20 Goals for 2020

1. Purchase a Planner

Finding and maintaining balance between being a new mom as a single parent and working has been my biggest challenge of 2019. Becoming a new mom is challenging in and of itself. Similarly, if you became a mom in 2019 as well, congratulations and I’m standing in solidarity with you sister. As arbitrary as it may seem, my first goal of 20 realistic goals to set for 2020 is to buy a planner to stay consistent and organized. I am aware when I write things down and visualize them it keeps me from forgetting.

2. Meet People

This year, building *keyword* healthy relationships are important for me. Really putting myself out there to engage in conversation. I don’t want to miss the opportunity to connect with others. Even something as simple as a short walk to the neighborhood park to meet a potential mommy friend. Someone new. Not sitting at home in my comfort zone, endlessly scrolling through Instagram and social media. As an introvert, this is a main goal of mine.

3. Courage Over Comfort

Speaking up for myself when I am uncomfortable. It is important for me to be honest with myself. Acknowledging my negative feelings such as fear and anxiety, and working to get past them. I wrote an in-depth article about speaking up for yourself that elaborates on how to be assertive. Teaching my son how to stand up for himself will only be possible if I mirror it for him.

4. Prioritize my Relationship with God

We like to think we know what is best for us and end up shoving Gods perfect plan for our lives aside. While I love God and I know He loves me, there is always room for improvement in my personal relationship. There have gone nights where I would not take the time to thank God for all He has done for me before falling asleep. Eating with friends made me realize I had stopped blessing my meals. Intentionally setting time aside to have a conversation with God, even for the simplest things, is a major goal for 2020 and it requires discipline.

5. Cook Plant Based Meals

My eating habits have changed quite drastically over the year, some of which I am proud of, and some I am not. I have been so consumed in making sure my son is healthy and nourished, I started ignoring my own needs. While it is hard to reflect, there have been days in 2019 I consumed one full meal a day, usually dinner with snacks during the day. I was not attune to what my body needed nor did I plan my days appropriately to allow myself the time to cook. So, purposefully taking the time, at least 30 minutes a day, to prepare and cook myself an appropriate meal is goal number 5.

6. Drink More Water

This ties into goal number 5, but is separate for a reason. I feel at my best when I am adequately hydrated. I have more energy and am able to think clearer. It makes sense as our bodies are made up of roughly 60% water.

7. Go to Sleep Earlier

Waking up tired feels plain awful. It is recommended that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. This allows our bodies to rest so our energy works towards healing itself. How nice it would be if I can kick my cup of coffee in the morning habit to the side?

8. Make My Bed Every Morning

You can hear it now. Your mom telling you to make your bed before you even come down for breakfast. The days I do not make my bed are the same days my room becomes cluttered. Coincidence? I think not. An unmade bed allows for disorganization. It will only take 2 minutes and will have such a positive impact at the end of your hard day. You deserve to go to sleep in a freshly made bed every night.

9. Implement an Exercise Routine

In 2019, my exercise consisted of 15-30 minute walks with my son in his stroller about 3 times a week. As a single parent, it can be hard and unrealistic to find time to exercise at a gym everyday. Set realistic, attainable goals surrounding physical fitness, such as walking from the furthest parking spot or completing a set of simple workouts in your living room.

10. Take Educational Classes

I have completed college courses in the past but am nowhere near where I want to be educationally. I have set myself to a high standard to not only take the courses courses, but exceed abundantly in them. Possibly, attaining a certification of some sort as well. I will be humble and open minded to learn new ideas this year but remember my worth does not come from a degree.

11. Read 10 Books

Remember the key to accomplishing goals is to set realistic ones. Do your research and select a few you know interest you. The magic number 10 gives myself a little more than a month to complete a single book. There is a whole world of knowledge out there. It lives on the pages of the books you’ve never read.

12. Gain Financial Knowledge

2020 will be the year I use my money wisely. I will admit I need to be taught how to be smart with money and finding financial tools to gain financial freedom is step one of this goal. At least 2 books on my 10 books to read for 2020 are finance books. If you have books that you recommend please let me know in the comments.

13. Build an Emergency Fund

Believing and knowing I will accomplish goal number 12 has influenced goal number 13. I plan to put away money to be used in the case of a real emergency. When life really hands me a curveball. Being able to afford daily expenses and still cover an emergency is a major step towards financial freedom. You can never have too much saved up, right? 

14. Experience Something New

Plan a a new experience by myself or with a loved one every month. 12 new experiences. While you may not be able to afford taking your entire family to Bali for the summer, doing something you’ve never done before can be just as exciting and rewarding.

15. Join a Club, Organization, or Board

Most of us are introduced to being apart of a team as children, likely in sports. I didn’t play sports as a child and have never been apart of a team outside of my work relationships. I enjoy working in collaboration with others, as it allows us to accomplish a shared goal or purpose. When we feel our input is valued we feel motivated and satisfied.

16. Reach Out to a Distant Family Member

Facebook has been a great tool for staying connected. The occasional “hope you’re doing well!”, message has become insincere and mundane for me. I intend to ask details about their lives and share about mine. Building close relationship with family is important to me. To simply have a family is special and I don’t want to take mine for granted.

17. Make Time for Hobbies

This past year of 2019, I haven’t made much time to do many of the activities I enjoy doing. Having hobbies are important because they enrich our lives. They give us something to do in our leisure time that give us purpose and help us grow as individuals. Recently, I learned I love to hand knit. When I was pregnant, I taught myself to knit a blanket for my son. Seeing it completed, and knowing how much time I put into it, brought me immense satisfaction and joy.

18. Sign Up for a 5K

I have ran two 5Ks and both times they were difficult and probably took more time than it should have. It is safe to say, I am far from being an avid runner. Nonetheless, I challenged myself and was proud upon completion, regardless of the time it took to complete. There is something magical about crossing that finish line, thinking you’d never make it to the end, worn out and out of breath. If you haven’t signed up for a run I challenge you to add it to goal number 14.

19. Build and Inspire a Community

My goal with Blooming Self Love is being transparent in sharing my journey with you, to tell you, you are not alone. We all have a past and we all have a beautiful promising future. We all struggle at moments but the moments are not forever. My goal for 2020 is to pour my heart into this website to build a community based in love.

20. Produce Quality Content

Finally, my last of 20 real goals for 2020 is making this website a safe space. I hope to continue to empower, uplift, educate, and support you on your personal journey to acceptance and self love. Thank you for supporting me in its infancy!

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Finally, as a healthy reminder, you do not have to change and your worth is never equal to your productivity.

There is something so special about growth at the beginning of the new year. And not only are we in a new year but an entirely new DECADE! Therefore, let’s use these 20 realistic goals to jump start becoming our best selves in 2020.

2 thoughts on “20 Realistic Goals to Set for 2020 | Mental, Spiritual, Physical, and Financial Growth

  1. Very good read!! I am taking part in most of these now myself. I would like to make my bed every morning but that’s not on my list lol. I can relate to getting out and connecting with people! I’m a huge introvert and need to get out of my comfort zone. Prayerfully I will with music coming out lol

    Thanks and I signed up for the emails! Excited about your growth and journey

    1. I am thrilled you enjoyed reading! Getting out of our comforts zones as introverts will be an ongoing pursuit but we can do it, I’m right there with you!

      I wish you the best with your music career and one day I hope to see you in concert *fingers crossed*. Thank you for your support, Kelley!

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