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End of 2020 Check-In

Submitted by Bethany on Thu, 12/31/2020 - 10:00

At the start of 2020, I made a list of 20 goals for the year of 2020. Now is the time to check in on how I did in reaching those goals! I did start the year by doing a weekly check-in...but you know how 2020 went. You lived it, too. That fell off my radar sometime in March and I tried to pick it up a few times over the summer, but once we moved to Wales and I got busy with my new full-time job I pretty much just completely forgot about it! 

I didn't forget about all of my goals though. I didn't reach all of them, but I at least made progress on most of them. This list is meant to be inspirational and aspirational not necessarily prescriptive, so I'm pretty happy with how the experiment turned out overall.

So how, exactly, did I do? Let's find out! 

1. Walk 20 minutes a day
I did pretty darn awesome with this one for a long time! Then work and winter set in...and it's definitely trailed off towards the end of the year. But it's staying on my list for 2021 and this time I even have a fun checklist I can fill in every single day. It's the little things like that that keep me motivated. I definitely walked more than I would have in 2020 because of this point on this list so I'm calling it a win even if it wasn't perfect. 

2. Win a Healthy Wage
I fully and completely accomplished this one, winning over $500 in the process! It was hard but so worth both health-wise and financially. 

3. Do yoga 3x a week for 20 minutes a time 
I looked back at my yoga app which helpfully keeps track of all practices. I rocked this goal in January...then fell off the wagon and only practiced about 3x a month for the rest of the year. Part of the problem has been having enough space to do this one, so I am recommitting to it in 2021. 

4. Do a 20km walk
I think I could have actually completed this one, especially when I was at the top of my walking game in about August. But we just never took the time to go do it. 

5. Run 2 miles in under 20 minutes
Hahahahaha. hahhahaha. Why did I even set this as a goal? I hate running. Even when I finally reach my goal weight and reach the best shape of my life I'm not gonna run. It's the worst. 

6. Read/re-read 20 classic novels
I read 2! To be fair, I did read plenty this year. I just found that I wanted easy mystery reads more than I wanted anything substantial. I needed escape from the reality of 2020. 

7. Read 20 different theologians 
I do plan to read more books like this as my life continues (it is, after all, my vocation!), but this was a lofty goal and I didn't reach it. 

8. Read 20 psychology books
I did the best on this one, reading 6 books that fall into this category. 

9. Meditate for 20 minutes a week
This really should have been the year to pick up a meditation habit, I'm sure it would have helped with some of the stress and chaos of 2020. But I just don't like to do it! Maybe I just need to recognize that this will never be me (just like I will never be a runner.) And that's okay. 

10. Visit 20 churches
This is a goal 100% would have reached were it not for Covid shutting everything down for most of the year. 

11. Make the perfect steak at home
I did it! I crushed this goal in November thanks to a special run by the local Co-op grocery store. They had a meal deal for 3 weeks where you got two steaks and french fries for only £4. We stocked up on that and had steak dinners like 4 times a week! By the end both Joel and I can confidently say that I have mastered making the perfect steak at home. 

12. Sew pockets into my thrift store dresses
I didn't quite get around to this one but it is staying on my list for next year! 

13. Work on learning a foreign language 20 minutes a week
I almost think maybe this goal was too small? I just kept putting it off thinking I could catch up and then at some point I basically just decided it wasn't worth it. 

14. Try 20 new to me foods
This could have been a fun one...but I just didn't get around to being intentional about it. 

15. For 20 consecutive days eat 20g of carbs or less
Tried this one for a hot second and then realized I love carbs! Plus with Intermittent Fasting and walking I was losing weight pretty easily without having to deny myself pasta and bread so....I didn't. 

16. Practice 20 dishes for Come Dine with Me
I planned a lot of dishes and dinners in my head but never quite got around to making any of them. I'll blame it in part on the fact that we couldn't have people over for dinner this fun practicing for a dinner party competition without the dinner party! 

17. Every single day set aside $20 towards savings and/or debt repayment
I crushed this one! And bonus, my student loans are 100% officially paid off- done, gone, forever! Wahoo! 

18. Spend 20 minutes a day (or 140 minutes/week) writing towards something to publish
Nope. Didn't get done. I did keep it on my daily to do list for the whole dang year I just....couldn't find the right motivation when I had the time and then once I started working full time again I just didn't have the time. I did actually get published this prayer and one devotion in a devotional book. So that's something! I absolutely still want to write my own full book someday. Someday. 

19. Go on 20 free excursions
Covid sucks. I think that's enough said about this one. 

20. Play 20 sessions of board games
I didn't keep track of this one as closely as I might have but I think I did probably accomplish this one. Of course, not exactly in the way I wanted since I was looking forward to hosting game nights with friends and that obviously couldn't happen. But Joel and I played more together than we did last year now that actually have our games with us! 

Overall, I'm pretty happy with the goals I accomplished and the progress I made towards others. I am definitely ending this year happier and healthier than before which is what this list is meant to facilitate! 


I also want to briefly check in about my word of the year from 2020, which was SETTLE. I wrote all about why I chose that word here

Settle was the perfect guiding word for 2020. It was the year we settled down from travel, settled in to a new life in Wales, and settled up my student loan debt. We also had to settle in some unexpected and unwanted ways in 2020 - settle for not getting to do all the things we wanted to do in London, settle for not having friends and family visit us, and settle for like just looking vastly different than we expected. 

There was a lot of bad in 2020, but there was a lot of good for us, too. We are ending the year in a very good place and looking forward to what 2021 will bring - including, hopefully, and end to the pandemic! 

Tune in soon for my new 21 for 2021 list and my word of the year for 2021!

XOXO, Bethany