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20 RESOLUTIONS FOR 2020

Hi, my dear readers!

It’s that time of the week again… Another post from yours truly! Since we’re headed into the magnificent year 2020 in just two days, I thought it would be amazing to follow up 2019’s resolutions post, which you can check out here.

While we go through some of my dreams for 2020, I want you to consider your own. Maybe jot down a few, say them out loud, or commit them to memory. Do whatever you have to do, but I want you to think of some as well, okay? Thank you!

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Happy New Years from a certain HUGE guinea pig. 🙂

1. Learn to play the guitar

Well, this is actually very similar to one of my 2019 goals of learning to play the ukulele! While I have learned to play my trusty uke, I’m ready to upgrade to a guitar. For those of you who play this instrument, what are some recommendations do you have for a beginner guitar? 🙂

2. Step out of my comfort zone

While I feel as if I have been slowly inching out of my comfort zone since adolescence, I have taken to doing things a little more adventurously than what I would normally do. Therefore, I want 2020 to be a year in which I’m confidently unafraid to do some new things (while still remaining safe and smart LOL). Maybe you guys can relate to this!

3. Listen to music more

Yes, this relates to #1, but I love music so much and I want 2020 to emphasize my love for it a little more. Music gives me a rush, and some of my happiest moments are when I’m alone, windows down, breeze in my face, jamming to songs on the radio. More music in 2020, please!

4. Read more books

This was a resolution in 2019, but I think it’s a good one to continue for 2020. Reading is kind of like #3 in the fact that it gives me a rush, takes me to a new world, and provides a world of possibility unlike anything I will experience in my own waking life. I challenge you to read more as well! Let’s see what journeys we’ll go on through the books we read.

5. Fear less

I’m not fearless. In fact, as a Type A person (and wow, I still wonder if I’m really Type A or not), I’m very structured. I fear things I do not expect, and therefore I stress out about the what-ifs. So in 2020 I want to stay safe and healthy, but I also want to remember to fear less, to stay brave and strong instead of wallowing in the unknown.

6. Early bird habits

Now that I’m back from college I am excited to regain my early bird ways. In 2020 I want to keep this up, which means early bed times and early risings. But this is how I am most effective in my day-to-day existence, so I’m excited to develop my reliance on daylight instead of the dark.

7. Stay off phone

Another repeat from 2019, but this is just as valid. There are moments where I’m pretty good about this resolution, but then I lose it and do terrible once more. 2020 will hopefully bring a less technology reliant Katie Kay. But we’ll see…

8. Eat healthier

Ugh. I am gonna have to go there. This may be the most common resolution of all time, but there is truth in this one. I need to eat healthier. I’m a sucker for fast food, and I am  not the biggest fan of fruits by any means (just ask Miss Givenchy. In 2020 I hope to cut back on the ease of greasy foods for some healthier alternatives. Hopefully this is not just wishful thinking.

9. Keep up with my Spanish (y voy a escribir en el idioma también)

Okay, okay. I know I never write in Spanish on this blog, but it turns out I am actually (somewhat) fluent in this language. There was once a time when I lived in South America and was forced to speak Spanish more than here in the English-dominated United States, and I’m a little afraid I’m going to lose my skills now that I am done with college and pursuing a career that really has nothing to do with my degree. Therefore, I’ve gotta do something to retain this language and not lose it completely. Part of me will always speak Spanish, but I want to keep up my proficiency as best I can!

(Side note: I always say I am going to write a post in Spanish, but I always forget, so maybe that should be another resolution: Spanish posts in 2020!)

10. Stay up-to-date on politics

Without going on a rant (which I could very easily do), I want to say that politics is important. To my fellow Generation Zers, please get out there and do your due diligence by studying our government and voting. And I’m guilty in the sense that while I love nothing more than hopping on YouTube and listening to political pundits for hours at a time, I should do a better job on keeping a firm and open-minded approach to what’s going on both in my country and the world. It’s so easy to stay one-sided in today’s society, but I think the best way to solidify one’s opinions is to gain as much info as possible (even if opposing viewpoints make you want to tear your hair out).

11. Eliminate negative thoughts

This is an impossible resolution.

See what I did there? I immediately began with a negative thought. What about this one:

This is probably an impossible resolution.

Okay, slightly better, but still negative with a slight scent of optimism. Let’s try one more.

This is a possible resolution.

Is there a difference between this one and what I wrote above? Probably not.

This is my resolution.

There we go. It’s my resolution, and I’m sticking with it.

12. Catch more sunsets and sunrises

Oh, here my writer side takes over. Sunsets and sunrises, oh my! There’s something so dreamy about these two points in the day, especially when the sky churns into peachy cream and it’s spring and life seems ready to pop. So judge me if you will, but I do want to catch more sunsets and sunrises, especially since we don’t know how many of those we’ll get in our lives.

13. Exercise

Another basic resolution, but important too. This past year I really slacked off on not exercising, so I’m ready to start jogging at least once a month (LOL) instead of once a literal blue moon.

14. Clean more

While I love cleanliness, I’m also very prone to dropping things around my room. This year I plan on doing less of this and more of putting things where they’re supposed to be. 

15. Listen to dreams

I promise this is not mumbo jumbo. Specifically, I’m talking about listening to bedtime dreams so that I can analyze them (LOL). Do some of you guys find yourself loving dream analysis? Because I do too! Dream analysis is a great way to dig into your psyche, and for writers it’s a pretty neat time to get some inspiration for future material. In 2020 let’s dream–and analyze!

16. Get lost in a forest

Okay, yes, we’re getting into some weird territory on this resolutions post, but I’m serious: I want to get lost in a forest. Maybe not really lost, but there’s something freeing about going into nature and disappearing from the busyness of life for a little while. In 2020 I want to be able to go into some beautiful natural landscapes and let my mind relax.

17. Stop worrying so much

While I wouldn’t normally consider myself a worrier, I do find myself fretting over certain things. For example, I’ll consider something I’ve said and think, “Did that offend the person I was talking to?” Or if I send a text and don’t receive a response, I think: “Did I say something wrong?” This is just a minute example, but I really want to worry less in 2020 over both the little and big things. Chau!

18. Skate better

This is probably the most ridiculous resolution, but here we are. I’m one of the worst skaters in history (both on roller-skates and ice-skates). It is to the point of utter ridiculousness that I lean on my thirteen-year-old sister to support my endeavors in the rink. While I’ve definitely gotten better over the years (to the point where I can manage without falling), you can still find me hugging a wall and getting passed by toddlers. It’s time to skate better. 

19. Less time on YouTube

I’ll admit it: I’m on YouTube way too much. (Miss Givenchy would definitely agree.) Something happens, and I’ll traverse topics from politics to bullfrogs to space-time continuums to opinion pieces on pop music. While I appreciate the availability of information on this video sharing site, I want more time devoted to the real world outside of the tech world. (Of course I write this as I type away on a computer.)

20. Write blog posts that matter

This last one is straight from my heart! You guys mean the world to me, and I want to write things that matter to you. I’ve seen over the years that you guys are the best audience and you support so many different writers and bloggers all over the world, and so I want to produce content that you enjoy and gain meaning from. I mean, why else write? 🙂 Here’s to a fantastic 2020 on this blog–and yours!

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A double rainbow in Tennessee! (December 2019)

THANK YOU!

Thank you guys so much for reading this post and for joining me in another year on this planet. 2020 is upon us, and I wish nothing but the best for all of you, wherever you may be. Remember to spread positivity and kindness in this new season of our lives. ❤

Now that I’ve written this post, it’s time to put the resolutions to action, so I’m going to start right now, even though we’ve got a little bit of 2019 left. 

Until next time,

-K.

59 thoughts on “20 RESOLUTIONS FOR 2020”

  1. Oh, wow! I am quite impressed with 1, 7 and 10 – but I’d be careful with 16 🙂

    Guitar – make sure the size is the right one to fit your body (ask an expert in the shop or at least go in a music shop first and browse, see what size suits you).
    I’d got for acoustic, also something with plastic strings as the are gentler on the fingers and not such a big jump from ukulele.

    Ah, ukulele songs are soooo sweet, especially the Hawaiian ones. My son plays guitar, he started on ukulele this year. Such a joy.

    Blessings to you and yours and a Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you so much, Patricia! I really appreciate your advice. I’ll definitely make sure to try out some guitars before I buy anything, especially since I will be coming from a ukulele.

      And kudos to your son! Music is a beautiful art form, and I’m glad you enjoy it!!

      💕💕💕💕💜💜💜💜💕💕💕💕💕

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  2. 10, impressed me more… Like to see now a girls also attracting towards politics. Really it’s very important for the generation between the age of 20-30 to stay up to date with it because at last they are the future of the country so it’s obvious to look into this matter that where your county is going today, and where it is after 5-10 years… Thank you for sharing this with us…

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    1. I definitely agree with you!! Politics is extremely important, and all generations should pay attention more (especially that group you mentioned between 20-30).

      Have an amazing day!! 💕💕💜💜💜

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  3. Ok .. guitar…. go to a music store and play around with them. Find one that you really like… that’ll be the best guitar for you to start on. Some people take to electric guitar better and some take to acoustic guitars better. You have to figure which is best to you.

    Then! Either Walmart/amazon get you a poster or book that has all the chords and play around with them. Get used to playing around with it. As you progress, learn others songs try to write your own. And then start learning the notes and such…

    But a guitar you love and a chord poster/book is how I started out and not a bad way to start!

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  4. Dear Katie,
    This is such an awesome post! Wonderful resolutions, hopes and goals for you and so many of us!! These will definitely help us all do better in 2020!! Bellissimo, Katie, Bellissimo!!
    I so appreciate all your support and views on my blog!! Wishing you health, happiness and love in 2020 and always!!
    xoxo
    Chuck

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    1. Dear Chuck,

      Thank you so much for being one of my most supportive supporters over this past year! I wish you an amazing 2020, and I am excited to read your blog in this upcoming year. 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💜💜💜

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  5. (!) Get closer to Jesus! Have a better quiet time with him! Do something for Him!
    (2) Get out of child care!
    (3) Start my own bakery! I love too cook!
    (4) Have a novel published!
    (5) Have more children’s books published!
    (6)Get a short story published in Woman’s World Magazine!
    (7) Be more happier this year!
    (8) Learn to play the piano!

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  6. IMHO hands down the best guitar to learn on is a Baby Taylor. They are 3/4 size so a bit smaller but they have the main Taylor quality which is how easy they play. They sound beautiful too! I’m 6’2″ and I play mine almost every day.

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    1. Thank you so much for the tip! I will let you know what I end up getting. The plan is to buy one here in the next few months when I can afford one, but the Baby Taylor will be on the top of my list. 💕💕💕💜💜💜

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  7. All great tips, Katie. As for guitar tips, steel strings will hurt if your fingertips aren’t calloused. They get this way after much practice. It’s a good thing, but takes time. Short nails are a must as you know. Playing that first F barre chord will be an experience. Have fun and don’t let the initial fingertip pain deter you. Happy New Year !

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    1. Thank you so much for the tips, Dennis! Luckily my nails are short as is. As for the strings, I will make sure to be careful with what I choose. I’ll expect some pain–but I definitely think it will be worth it! I hope your New Year 2020 is off to a great start.

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  8. Ok, I basically don’t make resolutions, but I DO affirmations, and I also create visioning boards. Those all mean I can accomplish them. There is a saying, “That which we resist persists.” I have done this for years and it works for me. OK, so #18 is the particular one that caught my eye. You wrote: “This is probably the most ridiculous resolution, but here we are. I’m one of the worst skaters in history (both on roller-skates and ice-skates). It is to the point of utter ridiculousness that I lean on my thirteen-year-old sister to support my endeavors in the rink. While I’ve definitely gotten better over the years (to the point where I can manage without falling), you can still find me hugging a wall and getting passed by toddlers. It’s time to skate better. ”

    Now if you want to do this, how can you want to do something you believe to be ridiculous? This is to help see what makes us not accomplish what we set out to do. Then you affim to yourself that you are one of the worst . . . Now will that help you really? and then affirming that you cannot do it correctly leaves little for you to work with to get better.

    When I was in college, I took ice skating. I forget the name of my favorite lady ice skating star, but she had short cut and angled hair and I thought she looked so confident. So I watched her on the TV, and then when I went to class, while the teacher was talking, I was envisioning the physics so to speak of what she was doing and how she did it. So what happened was that I never once fell in class, and keep in mind I was no professional at all. i just believed I had figured out HOW she did it, and that because of that, I could do it too, and guess what? I did it, and then when I started skating outdoors later on (not on ice skates but regular skating), I just envisioned myself being able to do it, and once again I did it.

    Now here I am and I think in 2015 or 2016, I decided I could skate with the practicing gals who did roller derby skating in our park – no hurting each other, but learning all the moves, etc. And I got a free set of skates for that from an ad online, and just the right size and with knee, head and elbow and wrist protectors. So I was substituting at school, and when I would get done, I would go out and practice, shaky old lady that I was. But the thing is that I did not fall down and I practiced on a tennis court near school all by myself. I won’t say I was as great as I was in my younger years, but I believed. And therein lies the magic word. I believed!

    My hubster likes wrestling and watches it all the time. When I was 74, after having breast cancer, I believed I could wrestle my husband, and I wrestled him on our bed and I won, using my legs to bow him over. He was trying hard, but I believed I could do it. It was just a fun thing, but I believed I could and I did. So believe you can and you will! Hugs and blessings for the New Year, Anne always

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    1. Anne, I love this so much. Thank you so much for your sweet words and the life lesson you give with it. You are absolutely right in the fact that how we label our goals affects our mentality toward them… Thank you for sharing your positivity and your determination through your skating experience. “I believed I could and I did!” What a motto we all should we keep and use on a daily basis, even through the mundane things of our lives. Wow! Thank you once more, and I’ll be sure to put this to practice. ❤ ❤ ❤

      Wishing you an amazing day, Anne!

      Katie ❤

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