It is a day that focuses on resolutions, but (and if you want to say it’s just semantics, I wouldn’t argue with you) I’ve never been a fan of resolutions and prefer to set goals for the year. Psychologically, the term goals works better for me in setting up a sense of accomplishment.
The first of those goals is to get back to writing these blog posts on a more regular basis.
So, elephant in the room; this is my first post in quite a while. My last post was in July of 2019 when I wrote a tribute to Michael Schornstein and his tragic passing. And the one before that was back in September of 2018. Needless to say, I have not been as prolific in posting as I was when I started this blog many years ago.
My intention is for that to change in 2020.
I’m writing this a few days before Christmas 2019 and by the time you read it on New Year’s Day 2020 I’ll be in the process of enjoying a few days of rest and relaxation at a first class resort (thank you, hotel points earned through my travels for my employer) on Amelia Island with my wife. I’ll post some photos from the stay in an upcoming blog entry. But writing some posts ahead of time like this will be part of my plan to post more often and more regularly.
I hope you’ll be with me. If you like to have your information gathered in one place via RSS (like I do), you can add this blog feed to your reader. If you prefer to be notified of new posts via email, you can sign up in the area on the right for notification of new posts to your favorite email client. Or, you can just drop in once in a while and see what’s new here. Whatever method you choose, it will be fun to have you along.
My second goal is a combination of several goals that end up resulting in one over-arching goal. My end goal is to retire in 5 1/2 years. Truthfully, I’d prefer to retire in 1 1/2 years, but I don’t want to be bagging groceries or eating dog food in the winter of my life, so I’m stretching out my work years to maximize my SS, 401K and retirement benefits, while paying down a majority of my debt. To that end I’m:
My third goal this year is to improve my overall health. That involves being even more conscious of my diet (which I’m pretty good at after the past two years) and increasing my exercise, which I do not have a strong inclination to do, lol. But, I have two chronic conditions that would ease up if I did, so I NEED to work on those things even more.
My fourth goal is one I have every year, spoken or not, and that is to be a better person. If we can’t continue to grow and improve in our lives, what is the point? I want to be a better person than I was in 2019.
Those are the big four for this year. I have other, smaller, ones such as my photography, learning some new technology, minimizing possessions, travel hacking, etc., but those four are what I’ll be prioritizing.
If you’d like to share yours in the comments, I’d love to be inspired by them.
Happy New Year, 2020!