Y’all, I spent most of December and January couch bound thanks to minor abdominal surgery. You know what happens when you are used to go go going and then can not go? If you’re me, you plan your 2020 goals. At least in one respect, the timing was impeccable.
Since I knew this surgery was coming, I’ve mentally prepared myself to not be miserable and ooze my grump all over people. In terms of life, I really couldn’t have timed it better. At the mid point of December, hockey slows down, the social obligations are mostly fulfilled. And I already block out the week between Christmas and New Years for some serious battery recharging. So, it’s not that much of a stretch to sit on my couch and attempt to make myself part of the furniture.
In previous years, I have used some of this down time to reorganize my house and set things up to get us through the back half of the season. This year, I had to be more careful and force myself not to lift anything over 15 pounds.
Do you all know how light fifteen pounds is? It’s really light. Most purging/house reorganization involves large totes, and schlepping those from one side of my house to another. Since that can not happen this year, the focus is on setting my 2020 goals and organizing my head/life on paper so that I just have to follow the plan when I’m cleared by my doctor to do so.
So without further rambling, I present The HockeyMom’s 2020 Goals:
In the past year, my siblings and I have all had surgery to some degree of seriousness or another. Mine was on the low end of serious. Minor surgery. This year I found a gym where I not only felt comfortable, but I was supported and pushed to show up and put in the work. Prior to this brief period of couch bonding, I was there consistently four times a week.
2020 is my comeback year:
- Train for a half marathon
- Track calories in MyFitnessPal
- Get to the gym at least 4x per week
In case you didn’t notice, I haven’t been terribly diligent over the last few months about writing. Ultimately, I got in my own head and let the meaner voices take over. Between a conversation with my person and a fellow blogger, I am determined to push those voices back. The hope is that I get a routine and some confidence built up before the voices push their way back in.
- Write 500 words per day
- Blog 2x per week
There is something about the Christmas season that just blows any budget out of the water. And if I’m being really honest, it’s the one area that I could make some major improvements. In the middle of the baby years, I gave up on trying to budget. I just got out of the habit. My babies are well out of the baby years, and there are big expenses on the horizon, so this year we reintroduce budgeting.
- Set and stick to a family budget
- No book purchases for the month of January (books are a weakness and far too easily justified for me)
- Max out our mortgage prepayment for the year. HockeyDad and I came within three years of paying off our mortgage not so long ago but decided to go in another direction. We’re back to a place where I’m comfortable making this a goal for the year and it’s one he and I have discussed.
Goodreads is a wonderful site that I have been using steadily over the last year. At the beginning of 2019 I set the goal of reading a book a week. And I managed to surpass this goal. So this year, I’m adding to the challenge. And tackling the to-be-read pile that has been growing exponentially lately.
- Read 75 books, half of which must come from my existing collection (aka, the to-be-read shelf)
- Book buying ban. I have a full bookshelf of reading material I haven’t touched and I often return to several book series during any given year for a re-read. There are two new release books that I will buy the day they come out, but otherwise, Amazon and I are on a break.
HockeyDad and I have built up a small printing business on the side over the last six years or so. I spent a lot of time the last few months thinking about what I want to do with the business going forward and finally came to a decision. My goal for 2020 is to build the business up to a steady source of income.
- Set up new branding
- Map out and follow social media calendar
- Create 4-5 products per month
It’s a lot. I’m not going to try to tell myself otherwise. But I am choosing to believe it’s more about building habits than total shifts in any one aspect. For the most part, each goal is building on things I started in 2019.
And really, isn’t that the way to do it? Do you have any 2020 goals? Share them in the comments and we can all support each other.
Here’s to a full and happy year for each you. However that may look.
See you at the rink,