If you know me, you know I love all things planning. New Year’s resolutions have been mahh thingg for as long as I can remember. Last year I poured them into the form of twelve commandments: rules to live by (like Never Stop Learning). These commandments were each accompanied by goals (learn Spanish), action steps (take Spanish classes) and habits to build (learn 10 new words a day). I liked that system a lot, but twelve commandments (and goals, action steps and habits) turned out to be a lot. And I’d rather do one thing real good than twelve things half-half.
this year I skip the commandments, but I stick with the goals, action steps and habits. I do not have as many goals as last year, but they are for sure bigger than last year. Because if there is one thing I have learned these past twelve months, it is that any goal you set your mind to, is achievable. It just is. So here we are, my five goals for 2020!
To Run a Marathon
It speaks clearly from all my posts here and on Instagram: running my first half marathon has made me ADDICTED to running. Running affects many (health) aspects of my life positively, which is why it’s unnecessary to set goals around food, sleep, or the gym. Improving these areas all belong to this one major goal: running a full marathon.
My plan is to run two more half marathons and to finish those sub-02:15h and sub-02:00h. That will prepare me for a sub-05:00h marathon at the end of the year (or beginning of 2021).
To Speak Spanish
I have taken classes throughout 2019, but have not put my Spanish into practice enough. So I know a lot about the (grammar of the) language, but I do not have that knowledge on-the-top-of-my-head-ready-to-use in a conversation. In short: I need more practice. However, I am far too shy for language exchange events or conversational classes. And I have accepted the fact that right now, I am not going to push myself out of my comfort zone in this respect.
But there’s a lot more that I can do. I definitely need to get back to my daily ten words and DuoLingo practice. Besides, reading and watching Spanish movies will definitely help tremendously in building confidence to speak. So who knows, at the end of the year, I will attend those language exchange events after all.
To Buy a Car
Since I work from home, I never really thought it necessary to buy my own car. But even though I might not need it a lot, I have come to realize that having my own car can give me a tremendous amount of freedom and independence. The area where I live is SO hilly, that it is pretty much impossible to go places on foot or by bike. Walking uphill to the nearest restaurant or supermarket takes at least twenty minutes (by car it takes two). Besides, owning a car is fucking badass.
DREAM BIG, they say, so I want to get myself an Audi Q2. Do not ask me anything about cars, because I know nothing (Jon Snow), but I know I have always loved Audi. As Audi’s smallest SUV, the Q2 is perfect for my non-existing parking skills, while still looking SUPER BADASS (that grill, hellooo). It needs to be black, of course. New, they’re starting from €35.000. That would really be a big dream huh? But why not chase it?
To Write a Book
And publish it, obviously. I described in my What I Learned in 2019 post that I found out I am a writer, reader, and advocate of anything personal growth. I decided to combine all of those into writing a non-fiction, personal growth book. It will be about the mind-body connection, based on all kinds of information: scientific evidence, religious and spiritual practice, psychological healthcare and medicine, and common sense. I plan to fill it to the brim with references for further reading (or watching)!
To Buy a House
Ok, I think I can be pretty sure I will not be able to make this happen in a year. But I will definitely pretend to be capable of buying a house. I will do the research for it, create a savings plan, those kinds of things. The house does not have to be big, but it will have to be new, modern, luxurious. I know exactly what it looks like already, and this year I will work towards making it mine.
I believe achieving a goal is possible once you start acting like the person who has already achieved the goal. My ideal home is – besides gorgeous – always a clean and calm space. Therefore, goals around tidying, cleaning, minimalism… all belong to this one goal of buying my dream house.
Well, only five goals this year. But they will require lots of improvements around health, money, work, routine, relationships, independence, confidence, you name it. It’s gonna be a good year. :)