Reflecting on my 2020 Resolutions

Tonight seemed like a really great night to look back on the resolutions that I made for myself at this time last year… before the reality that was 2020 hit all of our lives.

2020 Resolutions >

The gist of last year’s resolution is in bold. My explanation of how well or poorly it went follows.

I want to be more aware of time. This is a resolution that I genuinely feel I accomplished in 2020. While it was likely forced on me because of the pandemic, I do feel that I am now, more than ever, aware of time. The time I take, the time I make, the time I kill and the time I waste. I’m more aware than ever of how much time I both have and don’t have and why time is both my best friend and worst nightmare depending on what day fo the week it is.

I want to love and appreciate myself. I’m going to say that I got half-way there in 2020. While I love and appreciate certain aspects of myself, I still have (and probably always will) major insecurities. There are parts of my life where I’m too confident for my own good and parts of my life in which I’m a shell of a human being. Overall, progress was made, but there’s more room for growth.

I want to proofread my posts before I hit publish. I epically failed at this. I genuinely write my posts as they come to my head. I know that it sounds like an excuse, and that’s because it is one. If I worried about checking my spelling and grammar before publishing, I’d never get anything published. My spelling and grammar sucks. I’m okay with that.

I want to put myself ‘out there’. I started working and lost both time and motivation to make this a project for me.

I want to take better care of myself, my mental health and my well being. While anxiety is still a massive issue in my life, I’m happy to say that I cut a lot of sugar out of my diet. I still do believe that my body is a temple and that I need to treat it a lot better than I do, but I’m accepting of the fact that I am a work in progress and that quitting Pepsi and Redbull might not be in the cards for me. Though I definitely can cut down on it a lot.

I want to learn more about photography and how to take beautiful photos. I took two courses in photography and one course in editing this year. I’m not sure if everyone would think the photos I take are beautiful, but I definitely do.

I want to go somewhere that I’ve never been and experience something I’ve never done. Pre-COVID I was too broke to go anywhere I’ve never been. Since I’ve started working, I’ve been playing it safe and not going new places because, I both don’t want to get sick and I don’t want to make anyone else sick. This might need to be a plan for 2021… if vaccines roll out by the end of next year.

I want to teach my friends and family of the importance of sustainability and making eco-friendly choices. I’m really proud of how far my friends and family have come with respect to making sustainable and eco-friendly choices. I think having an open dialogue and teaching one another about waste accrual and hyper consumerism and the negative effects they have on the planet really made the people in my life take positive changes. It’s amazing to see.

I want to reach a point where I no longer need to worry about money, or how I will afford things. I am not there yet, but I am trying.

I want to spread kindness to whomever I meet, wherever I go.  I truly believe that you can never give too much kindness. We all have our bad days, I know I’ve certainly had mine, but through it all I’ve tried to do good by those I’ve met.

I want to test out Vessi’s Waterproof shoes to find out if they’re actually as good as they’re hyped up to be. I got these for my birthday and they are AMAZING. I am so glad that I own them. They’re a pricey item, but if they are within your budget, I highly recommend.

I don’t ever want to spend another New Year’s Eve alone. Epic fail on this one.

With all that’s happened in the past 12 months, I’m really not sure if this year was about openness, honesty, generosity and goodness in the way that I had hoped it would be. But, I still have hope for this world. And at the end of the day, I definitely still do want everyone to remember that you cannot do all the good that the world needs, but, the world does need all the good that you can do.

43 thoughts on “Reflecting on my 2020 Resolutions

  1. I’ve never put much faith in New Years resolutions. They are made at a time when we tend to feel inadequate about ourselves, and in need of some type of improving when that might not be the case at all..

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    1. Yeah, they’re definitely not for everyone. And I do agree that we can feel inadequate when we’re making these. I guess it’s my own way of trying to feel like I’m improving. To each their own, right?

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  2. OMG. RIP: your NYE goal. 😂
    Aside from that, I love that your Rez List was so…substantial! I make ~1/year, so all hail Queen of Resolutions Vee!
    I am simply a poseur.
    *Except*…
    Only 35% of Americans (sorry to lump you into that reprehensible demographic!) made a 2019 resolution. Apparently, that’s up to 43% for 2021, whether that’s progress or not? It’s Americants we’re talking about, so I’d bet most resolutions were “leave my house” or “stop wearing masks”…
    Against that yard stick (again, sorry for the empirical measurements…these are *my* people) you did fantastic!
    And how did I miss your photography classes? Good on you!

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    1. I think wearing a mask is a good resolution for American’s to make. lol at Americants… Actually, lol at this whole comment.
      And yeah, I made work pay for photography courses for me. They were virtual, of course. But still, very informative and well worth it. I convinced them that if I took these courses when the world was on pause, when things went back into play again, I’d be a great photographer for them.

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  3. I appreciate your ability to summarize and speak your truth V. We are all works in progress and when we follow our intentions, we’ll, that’s just pure golden magic ✨ I love the spreading of kindness because it’s simple and free and affects real lasting change ❤ Here’s to more growth in 2021 in the areas you choose to expand in. The power of love coupled with the belief in oneself is electric 🌠💖😊 Happy New Year V✨

    Btw, I will be spending New Year’s with my Mom here and we always toast those who aren’t with us. I will be thinking of you in spirit so you won’t be totally alone….you never are anyways for your spirit guides and guardian angels, like your uncle, are with you always ❤

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    1. I’ll raise a toast to you and your mom when it strikes midnight. Such a nice sentiment. Thank you for telling me. I think it’s a great idea to raise a glass those we aren’t in the room with. I think we should all do that!

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  4. Looks like you did pretty well with your 2020 Resolutions! COVID-19 definitely made it harder to accomplish some of them, but I believe that resolutions never “run out” on their expiration date, which suffice to say you have your whole life to continue improving and developing yourself. There’s 2021 and beyond to look forward to!

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    1. You’re totally right. With respect to the resolutions I did not accomplish, I can always carry them forward with me. I don’t have to just drop them because the year’s over.

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  5. Let’s see…

    I bet you’ve experienced something you never had before now.

    You’re always gonna worry about money. Oh, like you’re not

    You had plenty of time to buy a dog. Or a turtle. You’ve only yourself to blame.

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    1. I actually applied for a dog from local animal shelters twice. Ultimately, because of the home I live in not being large enough for a large dog, I have to adopt a small creature. And, because I live in the city, those creatures get a lot of applications. Everyone wants to adopt them. So, I lost out. Maybe 2021 will be my year though. Maybe one of them will pick me.

      One was an adorable little Dachshund named Tuesday. Ohhhhh that would’ve been adorable.

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    1. Yeah, I’ve tried that. I have an issue in which I can read my own writing ten times over and not notice. I read someone else’s writing and can spot spelling mistakes within 10 seconds, but my own… it’s like I’m blind. lol

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    1. Thank you ❤
      I appreciate the comment about being a real person. That's all I've ever wanted to be. Someone who doesn't shy away from the truth, no matter how good or bad it might be.

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    1. Well, start 2021 by giving yourself a 7 out of 10. That way you’re being kinder to yourself on day one of the new calendar year. Sending you lots of love, health and prosperity for the year ahead ❤

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  6. That all sounds very good to me. We are all works in progress. There is no such thing as perfection but it’s good to know one’s shortcomings and attempt to do better. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed a misspelling or bad grammar. Your writing is clear and to the point. New Year alone…well that’s all down to Covid, I’m sure and I hope by the end of next year things will be better. I think life will always be different going forward but we are so adaptable and I have no doubt it will all start to seem normal. Best wishes to you V. Keep up the good work!

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  7. Hi V, you have had a good year considering what the year has been. I am always so happy for you that you got a job, a place to stay, and driving etc.

    I love your quote ” And at the end of the day, I definitely still do want everyone to remember that you cannot do all the good that the world needs, but, the world does need all the good that you can do.”

    I too am awful at proof reading my blog post. I am particularly bad as I write a good few on my mobile phone . This is something I want to break big time. It is a terrible habit I have got into and need to get out of.

    I think you have had a great 2020 even with the craziness in the world and in your personal and family life. I think you should pat yourself on the back – seriously – really. I think you have done a lot, been through a lot, and your are still so strong. Well done. May 2021 be even better and I am sure it will as you are really an amazing person and blogger. I look forward to more blogging tips from you- ( I am being naughty for asking). Have a happy new year, and stay well, safe and happy.

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    1. I made just one resolution for 2021.
      It’s the most important. So it’s worthy of standing on it’s own.
      Resolutions aren’t for everyone, I get that. I hope though that you remind yourself how important progress is over the year. You’re worth all of the progress you have the potential to make.

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