20 for 2020

Happy New Year and New Decade! 

For the past couple of years, instead of creating resolutions for the new year, I've been putting together a list of specific tasks/goals/fun stuff I want to do during the year. It started as 18 for 2018 and now I'm up to 20 for 2020. The idea came from the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast (you can read more about 20 for 2020 in her blog post here). 

In 2018 and 2019 I only managed to accomplish about half of my list, but it's still a fun activity and a great motivation to do things I might not have done otherwise. 

One of my 2018 goals was to send out Christmas cards. It was my first time ever sending out my own cards and I don't think I would have done it if it wasn't on my list. I enjoyed it so much I sent out Christmas cards last year too!



One of my 19 for 2019 goals was to try a new restaurant monthly. We definitely wouldn't have done this without the list and we ended up eating some delicious food! Monroe's Hot Chicken in Downtown Phoenix was our favorite because we've been obsessed with hot chicken ever since our trip to Nashville. We've been back multiple times...burns so good!

So all of that to say, today I'm sharing my 20 for 2020 list!


Visit 2 New States Together
Re-Read the Harry Potter Series
Complete a Whole30
Declutter 4 Areas
Put Together Facts of Life Book
Send Birthday Cards to Family/Friends
Go to Theatre 12 Times (Movie or Live)
Make 2019 Photo Book
Have NYC Oil Painting Professionally Framed
Watch 3 Never Seen Classic Movies
Keep Up with Allergy Shots Schedule
Take a Pottery Class
Try 10 New Restaurants
Get Fitted and Buy 2 New Bras
Pay Down Mortgage to $75K
Take a Cookie or Cake Decorating Class
Volunteer 3 Times
Monthly: Clean Car
Find Local Dogsitter
Buy 2 New Pairs of COMFORTABLE Everyday Shoes


I feel like this list is very doable and I should have no problem finishing way more than prior years. I've already made progress on a few of the items:

  • Our next vacation will include 2 new states and we started booking flights this week! 
  • I'm already on the second Harry Potter book. I haven't read them since they originally came out and I forgot how amazing they are!
  • I'm 11 days into a Whole30! 
  • All of the January birthdays have passed and they all got cards (on time too)!
  • I cleaned my car last week, so 1 month down, 11 to go!

Did you create a 20 for 2020 list or resolutions for the year? If you did, let me know in the comments what they are! I've already started a side list of items after reading lots of other 20 for 2020 lists!


1 comment

  1. Hi Sam,
    So glad I found your blog. I had started a blog for fun, taking pics of my pups, flowers and outdoor critters and haven't done much with it for a long time. My favorite thing about your blog is your pups! :) We have a house full and all are rescues except for my yellow lab, Roxanne. We've had her since she was eight weeks and she just turned fifteen on the 8th. :) Your goals are awesome and I love your befor and after photos. I love thrifting! I actually had an ebay store for awhile and sold a bunch of thrift store finds and kept a few as well. Florida is home, but we now live in Cary, NC it's nice, but I'm missing palm trees and sunshine. Arizona is one of the states that hubby and I have talked about checking out for when it's time to retire. We need warm weather, flat yard and pool. :)
    I'm looking forward to your following your blog. Stay safe!
    -Marie

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