2020 Goals Refresh

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I debated writing this post. A 2020 goals refresh…am I really going to go there? I don’t know about you, but the past several months have been rough. Here’s the thing about 2020, it truly has been one of those “when life gives you lemons” moments. At the start of quarantine, that is, when all of my work and income disappeared from my calendar, I panicked a bit. WHAT am I supposed to DO? If you’re curious about what my goals looked like at the beginning of the year, you can start here, and come back to the update.

From the time I took my business full-time in 2017, I have had a Plan B and encouraged other business owners to do the same. The entrepreneur life may look and feel like a dream at times, but then reality can come crashing in…obviously. As I examined my plan B and weighed my options, I was angry at first. Because I didn’t fail.In fact, I was on my way to doing the exact opposite. This is the year that I introduce new services to my clients, the year I launch an online course, the year I have uninterrupted work hours at home while my daughter is in Kindergarten. This is my year.

Until it wasn’t. After throwing myself a little pity party, I sat down and evaluated a few things. First, I acknowledged that I am simply not in control of my life. I can set goals, make plans and hope for the best, but God is ultimately in control. Life is going to happen and goals will need to be reevaluated. Second, contentment and gratitude should always be practiced first. Goals are a wonderful thing, but meeting goals should not be a standard for happiness. If we do this, then a content life will always be just one step out of reach. Once I had the chance to remind myself of these important things, I got back to work with evaluating my goals for the year. Were they still realistic? Or did I need to find a blank piece of paper and allow myself to start again.

Instead of reviewing these goals in-depth I’m going to share a few tips that have helped me to create a new plan or step up my game in areas where I had been previously lacking!


My health goals for this year seemed relatively straight forward, exercise daily and create a monthly meal plan. These two goals are very habit centered. It’s not that they’re difficult, or even all that time consuming, but when I fail to accomplish them I lack healthy habits surrounding them. At the beginning of Covid-19, I let these goals fall off almost altogether. I was overwhelmed by everything going on in my life personally and the world around me. After about a month or so, I finally had to acknowledge that I wasn’t serving myself at all by dismissing these goals.

I started by evaluating what was holding me back and found one main culprit, boredom. So I set out to make things a bit more fun and challenged myself to add 1-2 new recipes a week while planning. I stocked up on two new cookbooks (Magnolia Table and Mastering the Art of French Cooking) that I’ve been eyeing for a while, and it’s been smooth sailing ever since!

For exercise, I have been doing all Beachbody workouts for the past several years mostly due to how affordable and accessible they are. This spring, I started the new Barre program and really enjoyed it. But I knew that I needed to make a switch to something different all together, so I did a bit of research and found Alo Moves. Two weeks in and I am completely in love! You’ll have to do the 14-day free trial and see for yourself, but I promise you won’t regret it.


There’s not much to update in this section. I simply want to encourage anyone reading this to start taking accountability in this area of your life. From career plans to financial plans, things change at a moment’s notice. Recent current events are proof of that. Without a strong financial plan. I wouldn’t have been able to navigate the first several months of quarantine quite as well as I did.


Accomplishing deep work in my business looks different…once again. With Kenna back at home, I felt the fire for my business fizzle out quickly. Working at home with a young child is stress on a level that I don’t particularly care to relive. In order to tackle this goal, I simply gave myself some time off.

At the start of Covid, Zach and I agreed it would be a smart decision to go back to work as a nurse. So I spent a few weeks working outside the home for the first time in years and allowed myself to put my business on the back burner for a while. Now, that I’m on the other side of training for my new job, I’m easing back into work hours for my business. I’m still yearning for that uninterrupted deep work, so I’ve found it best to sneak in a few early morning hours and then again in the afternoon while Kenna plays.


What a blessing this goal has been to my life this year. Every morning, I wake up early and have some of my favorite moments of the day. Curled up in a corner of the couch with my cup of coffee and a cozy blanket, it’s just me and God. Every morning I spend a few minutes in scripture as I read through the Bible in a year. I’ve definitely missed a few mornings here and there, but it’s something that I can rely on in an unstable world. I’m currently reading through the She Reads Truth Bible and I can’t recommend it enough! The book summaries, devotionals, supplemental passages and timelines have deepened my level of understanding unlike ever before.


The garden has brought me so much joy during this season of life. We put all of the herbs in the garden that I wanted to try and more! Much to my surprise (I tend to have a black thumb) they’re all doing great! There’s lavender, thyme, mint, cilantro and basil. Each plant looks great, smells beautiful, and brings a smile to my face each morning. If you’re hesitant or overwhelmed by the idea of starting something new… Just start! There’s no better time than the present (literally.) And it might be just the thing you need.

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