• Carmen

hey 2020!

Not everyone knows this about me, but I used to be a goal coach.

I started my own goal-setting workshop back in 2016, self-published a workbook to go along with it, and taught 500+ people my favorite goal-setting strategies. I don't regularly host my workshops anymore, but I'm still a goal enthusiast at heart.


Photo by Jamie Delaney

I recently stumbled upon a tattered list of goals I wrote back in 2015 and was pleased to discover I'd accomplished quite a few of them in the last five years, such as leaving academia, getting fit, becoming a mom, getting fit again (just in time for baby #2!), starting a podcast, buying a dream house, freelancing for magazines, catching the eye of literary agent, and consistently reading the Bible, to name a few. Other goals (like welcoming a second child, traveling to Italy, and officially getting a book published) are on the horizon. And, of course, sprinkled in there are many mistakes, setbacks, regrets, and still-to-be-determineds...but all in all, it's been an amazing five years.


Since January 1st is almost upon us, I figured this would be a good time to join millions of other goal-getters in reflecting on what I want to accomplish this year, writing it down, and doing my best to make it happen. I know many people fail (myself included) and that has led to some seasonal cynicism, but I choose to embrace furious optimism instead. It's worked pretty well for me so far 😉


So without further ado, here are my 2020 goals:


Goal 1: Read six chapters of the Bible a day.

I'm doing this challenge encouraged by Rachel Jankovic, and I really like her approach to what many women (especially women with young children) consider to be a daunting task.




Goal 2: Consistently exercise and reintegrate boxing into my workout routine.

Guys, I miss combatives SO much, and I cannot wait to be able to do more than walk on a treadmill and lift weights. (Currently, if I try anything more than that, my body decides it's time for labor, and we don't want that just yet.) Realistically, this goal will have to wait until Sofia is about a month old, but that's okay. I've got other things I can do in the meantime.


Note: I personally don't measure my fitness progress via weight lost. I measure it by time spent working out and visible results.


Who wants to be my Mickey Goldmill?

Goal 3: Stay on budget (looking at you, grocery and restaurant column.)

Jeff and I are pretty good at staying on budget (one thing that helps a lot is that he's figured out how to get all our flights for free!), but we still need to be better about eating at home. So, after some strategizing, I *think* may I have perfected our ALDI grocery list and daily meal plans...but I'll keep you posted. In fact, I'll dedicate a whole post to it for my meal-prepping enthusiasts.


If my plan works, this $160 trip to ALDI should last about two and half weeks 🤞 And it's paleo-ish.

I've got some other sub-goals, like researching alternative forms of education (cuz I'm really not enthused about public school at the moment), reading more fiction, and reaching my daily writing quotas, but I think those will be easier to integrate into my routine than the three I've listed.


What are you working on in 2020?

Hurray for you! Hang tight. You'll get the guide soon.