OUTFIT DETAILSSlouchy Oversized Tunic (on sale in a few colors), Black Leggings, Suede Over-the-Knee Boots (similar)
Red Wool Beret, Cashmere Tights, Kendra Scott Jolie Earrings, YSL Lipstick
Happy New Year! Cheers to 2020 and a new decade! While it is a new year and new decade, I think it’s important to remember you don’t have to wait for a whole new year to start something. Any time is the best time to take the first step toward achieving your dreams, whether that’s picking up a new hobby or starting a business. I started 2019 without any huge goals or resolutions. When doing my annual review with Johnny we both realized I accomplished quite a lot, especially with Color & Chic! For that, I want to say thank you. I’m beyond grateful and humbled to have your support, especially to those of you who come to read my blog.
Let’s get started with what I’m looking forward to in 2020! I hope this post inspires you to make a few goals you can stick to.
Spend More Quality Time with Family
I see my family a lot, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m spending quality time with them. Currently, my family lives about 40 minutes away from our apartment and on many of the drives back I realize I didn’t get to be with my Mom, Dad, brother or sister. I see them but I’m either helping to take care of my Dad because of his brain injury, helping my Mom with chores around the house or handling other things my siblings need done. We do get together for holidays such, but since it can be a feat to get all of us together, the time usually goes to figuring out logistics for my Dad’s care or something coming up, any house projects (oh the joys of living in a home that’s more than a decade old), or planning for the future.
I’m hoping since I’ve been home for a year now, we will be able to spend time doing something together. Whether it’s sharing stories, reflecting on good memories or just having a good laugh, I’m hoping to make more of these memories. I won’t even ask for a vacation since it’s been more than a decade since we’ve gone on a real vacation but just time to be with one another.
Re-Fill My Investment & Savings Accounts
In 2020, Johnny and I will close on the very first home we are building together. While very exciting, it’s a huge financial stress point. Building and buying a home won’t make us broke by any means, thanks to our habits of always saving money and investing. However, if I’m being honest, it does make me very uncomfortable with how little I’ll have in my investment and savings accounts. This is relative and very subjective because what makes me uncomfortable could not make another person feel the same way. Johnny sent me an interesting post on the spectrum of wealth I highly recommend reading.
Since our credit scores will take a plunge right after we close on the house, I’m going to be saving practically every dollar I can. This may not sound fun but what I’m looking forward to in 2020 is making a game out of this and seeing how much I can save! To me, the financial freedom I hope to achieve means being able to make any type of purchase without having it financially impact me in a big way. That won’t happen for at least a few years, if not a few decades, but it’s something I want to achieve since I’m already essentially debt-free.
Grow My Business
Color & Chic grew a lot in 2019 and this makes me very excited for what’s to come! Even though business books are my favorite to read, there is always so much to learn. Almost every day I feel like I’m learning from some type of mistake or error or just seeing ways I can improve. I love Instagram but I really want to see growth here on my blog. This is truly my corner of the world and something I have complete control over. It’s been heartwarming and humbling to get emails and messages from fellow readers on how I’ve positively impacted your life. Now, I want to have a bigger impact and bring you more value.
One thing I’m especially excited about looking forward to in 2020 is working to double my blog views and really start my YouTube channel. I have really exciting content, especially in the lifestyle space, to create in 2020 and can’t wait to share!
Take Care of Myself
I’d be lying if I said I’m 100 percent healthy emotionally, mentally and physically. I’m doing great, I’m happy and I have so much to be thankful for. However, there were definitely times in 2019 I let my responsibilities, my compassion for others and my job get the best of me. I remember days where I literally forgot to eat because I was so busy and it wasn’t until I was helping my Dad with the last bite of his dinner I realized all I’ve had was hot water with lemon and coffee in the morning. Moving forward in 2020, I want fewer days where I feel burned out from wanting to accomplish everything. It’s going to be a priority for me to meditate and pray more (I’m Buddhist). What I’m looking forward to in 2020 is taking some time for me.
“Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission.” ?Zig Ziglar
If you’ve made it all the way to end of this post, thank you for reading. I hope this post encourages you to make a few goals you can stick to and actually accomplish. I prefer to make two or three resolutions I know will make me a better person and also actually improve my life. Plus, it’s nice to have three things to set as a North Star and always use to evaluate yourself against. Here’s to the next decade!