My Vision for 2020
My last post was the announcement of my 2020 Word Of The Year. So now it’s time to think about how and where my word is going to show up in 2020. I’ve spent a chunk of time looking back to the year just gone, so now it’s time to look ahead at what’s to come. There were only a couple of surprises in 2019, and I’m hoping that trend continues in 2020.
I’m looking forward to …….
- Maxines Challenge: I’ve posted many times about this challenge and how much I enjoy it. I’ve registered for the new challenge which starts on 20 January. This will be a great way to kick off my year of health and fitness. There are a few goals that I’m hoping to meet, and the discipline of participating in the challenge will help me with that.
- No Chocolate: I posted about the almost impossible (for me) challenge of going without chocolate for a long period of time. I went without chocolate from 1 September 2019 until Christmas Eve, a period of 115 days. Since the challenge was completed I have had chocolate – all those Christmas presents, but I’m now ready to go chocolate free again. I have been quite surprised that chocolate no longer has the hold over me, that it did previously. I haven’t yet set a date, but it will be in the next few days and I plan to be chocolate free until Easter.
- Port Fairy: Each year on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June, we stay with friends at a B&B in Port Fairy. It’s also a doggie weekend for us as we take our dogs, and there is lots of fun for dogs in Port Fairy on that weekend.
- Bali: We are going to Bali with those same friends, for two weeks in August. I”ve never been there, so really looking forward to it. I’m mostly looking forward to lots of walking, reading and spending time with our friends.
- Scottish Vic Conference: This is an online virtual conference about Scottish history and research. As a keen genealogist with Scottish ancestry, I’m very much looking forward to this conference, later in January. The conference comes from Scotland which means it will be an all nighter for me on the other side of the world. There could be a challenge for me in staying awake, and being able to concentrate all night. Lots of coffee should do the trick.
- You Project Conference: I have purchased a ticket for Craig Harper’s You Project Conference in February. The You Project is an inspirational podcast about health, fitness, motivation, and with generally excellent advice, that I listen to and love. The conference will feature all the regulars from the podcast. I’m expecting this conference to be a highlight of 2020 for me.
- Dog Obedience: I’m planning to take our three year old toy poodle, Oscar, to dog obedience classes, starting in February. Not because he’s naughty and needs to be trained, but because I know that he will enjoy the experience. I have taken other dogs in the past and they’ve loved it. I’m sure Oscar and I will also love it.
- Cycling: I plan to once again, make cycling a regular rather than occasional part of my exercise program. I’ve been riding for years and really love it, but it seems that over the past year, gym and walking has taken up most of my time. 2020 is going to be the year of the bike – both the road bike and the trail bike
- Walking: My big walking goal for 2020 is to walk 50k on one day. I’ve walked this distance, and longer, many times in previous years, but not for a long while. I feel the need to get my long distance walking mojo back.
- Blogging: I intend to continue blogging on my three blogs. The main change will be that I will be posting more regular updates to all three blogs. I have blogging ideas in my head and am looking forward to a few changes in 2020. I really enjoy networking with other bloggers and reading their blogs. I intend to spend more time doing this in 2020.
I”m hoping for ……
- Noosa: I’m hoping to be able to visit my son and my grandchildren in Noosa, more than once, in 2020. Time and work pressures are all that will stop this happening
- Blogging: I desperately need and want to devote more time to blogging. I love all three of my blogs but they do cause me a bit of stress from time to time. That stress is mainly due to time issues. I’d like to spend more time on content, technical issues and networking. There are changes, some small and some large, that I’d like to make to the blogs. It would be great to have those changes instigated by the end of 2020.
- Rain: I am definitely hoping for rain, lots of rain in 2020. My poor garden is looking a bit tragic, and we’re only a few weeks into summer. I don’t hold out a lot of hope but will try to stay positive and keep those rain dances going. As I revisit this post to do the final edit, we have had 24 hours of very light rain. It’s not enough to save the garden, butit’s rain all the same, and we are very happy looking out at the plants, which look much fresher already
- Family: Of course, my hopes for my family are that they stay healthy, happy and safe. I also have my fingers crossed and dearly hope that I get to see more of them in 2020.
- Time: A theme that seems to run through many of my posts is ‘time’. I seem to always be a bit time poor. As I read over my expectations and hopes for 2020, I have realised that time is the only thing that will prevent the items on my list from happening. Every one of my hopes and dreams for 2020 seem to be dependant on time. I’ve been thinking of this problem I have with time, quite a bit lately. My lack of available time is mainly caused by the hours that I work. I’ve posted on the blog many times, that I enjoy my job and love working. I’ve have always said that the moment I notice I’m no longer enjoying going to work, is when I will retire. I could honestly not see that happening in the near future. Until recently! Lately thoughts of retirement are filling my headspace. In a few weeks I have my official retirement birthday. I haven’t made any decision, but I can feel myself leaning slightly towards retirement.
- Positive Ageing: I will be continuing with the City of Greater Bendigo’s Council for Positive Ageing. I look forward to another year of putting forward my views and spreading the Positive Ageing message. I’m also looking forward to another year of positive ageing myself!
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