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2020 Vision: Week 17

Submitted by Bethany on Sun, 04/26/2020 - 10:00

Okay, okay, yes, I have been slacking on the blog. 

What can I say, my real-life job has taken over! Well, that, and watching copious amounts of Doctor Who. We are on season six already despite only watching it for like 3's just so good! 

Anywho. Goals. I've got 'em. Some of them are harder to work on than others during lockdown and while we are still in this transitional phase of life (i.e. in a tiny flat in London with limited space for things like yoga or having a dedicate study in which I can work on writing.) Some of that might just be excuses, and some of it is real limitations. 

We thought about creating new goals for this time of quarantine. The podcast that inspired this type of goal setting in the first place even suggested changing your goals from "20 for 20" to "19 for Covid-19." But I'm not ready to do that, I don't think. I can still work on a lot of these and I have faith that as we move through 2020 I'll be able to get on track with the rest of them before the end of the year! 

So let's see how we are doing, shall we? 

1. Walk 20 minutes a day
I'd say I'm consistently getting this one done about 5 out of every 7 days. Mondays we go to the grocery store, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays I go to work. On Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays we do try to go out for our once-daily exercise that is allowed under lockdown, but some days I just don't want to, and that's okay. Our area is starting to get busier as people get restless and it makes me really anxious when we go out and there are tons of people around. So far early mornings seem to be best for avoiding crowds! 

2. Win a Healthy Wage
Truth time! I weighed in at 228 this week and that was a breakthrough for me. I had gone back above 230 when we went to the States and it took all this time for me to get through that barrier again. I'm hoping now I'm on the right track to still get to 210 by June 30th! 

3. Do yoga 3x a week for 20 minutes a time 
I really just don't have space for this in our tiny flat. I also don't have a yoga mat and while I don't mind doing it on carpet, here we only have hard flooring. So, this one is now on hold until we get to Wales. There we will be in a big house with plenty of room to carve out a yoga nook with carpet! 

4. Do a 20km walk

5. Run 2 miles in under 20 minutes

6. Read/re-read 20 classic novels

7. Read 20 different theologians 

8. Read 20 psychology books

For several weeks I couldn't read anything at all.  This article really spoke to me and helped me understand why! I'm back to reading light fiction (mostly mystery novels that draw me in) for now, and I'm just glad to be able to read again. I'm sure I'll get into my real goals and reading heavier/more important things as the year goes on! 

9. Meditate for 20 minutes a week
Also feeling blocked on this one...I know it would be so helpful though. Ugh. 

10. Visit 20 churches
6/20 I am looking forward to getting back to this one when things open up! 

11. Make the perfect steak at home 

12. Sew pockets into my thrift store dresses
I've decided this one will definitely wait for Wales when I can buy supplies and set up a little sewing/craft area. There just isn't room here and I don't want to buy too much stuff that we'll just have to move anyway! 

13. Work on learning a foreign language 20 minutes a week
Whoops, forgot this one this week. 

14. Try 20 new to me foods

15. For 20 consecutive days eat 20g of carbs or less
Oof. As of last Wednesday we started going low-carb...but I forgot this goal was for 20g or less. We've been doing 100g or less and even that has been hard. I miss my toast! And we have so much rice to eat, haha. Not sure I want to remind Joel how strict this goal really

16. Practice 20 dishes for Come Dine with Me
I am starting a list of things I want to try - mostly creme brulee recipes so far for some reason. I have the dishes now for it, just need the fancy torch! Another thing I'm guessing will wait for Wales. 

17. Every single day set aside $20 towards savings and/or debt repayment
I am about to be caught up on this one! It's amazing what actually getting paid regularly can do for your finances, haha. 

18. Spend 20 minutes a day (or 140 minutes/week) writing towards something to publish 

19. Go on 20 free excursions
4/20 I might need to start thinking about what this one means... we've been exploring a lot of the parks and palace grounds near our flat. Does that count? Hmmm....

20. Play 20 sessions of board games
Along with reading my game playing ability seems to have disappeared for a bit. It's like I want to want to play but I don't find myself actually wanting to play...I'm not sure that makes sense to anyone else but there you go.