The other night I was laying in bed with my daughter, and I asked her what her New Years Resolutions were. She told me that her top resolution was to eat more junk food. I explained to her that New Years Resolutions were about doing something better for yourself or others. Since we don’t allow junk food most of the time, her response was probably born out of desperation for Oreos and Cheetos. I’ll give it to her, because it means that ultimately she is junk food deprived and I’m taking that as a small success. Surprisingly, my healthy New Years resolutions for 2020 have only a little to do with food.
Food isn’t eliminated as a goal. As I mentioned in my Noom Weight Loss Review, I still want to lose 55 pounds. At this point I am really at peace with that and I don’t feel like I’m in a hurry. I’m okay with continuing to make healthy choices and inching toward short term goals. Nothing crazy.
Have More Fun In 2020
My biggest goal this year is to have more fun with my family. Taking more trips with my husband and kids is a priority. Even more of a priority this year is taking trips with my husband and NO KIDS. Having been married since we were barely adults, now 20 years, we are at a stage of life where we want to spend time together. With that said, we waited A LONG TIME to have kids. We were both wrapped up in our careers and didn’t make that a priority. At 38, with a 10 month old, we are feeling the squeeze and need to escape. We already have a trip planned in February and so success is right around the corner.
Become Financially Fit in 2020
At the top of my list is paying down debt this year. I suspect this is a goal of many people this year, and every year, and I am vowing to get serious about this and stop ordering so many things on Amazon. I’m not going to stop but I am going to slow my roll. Another thing that I need to do is stop ordering dinner. On average, we order dinner once a week. It is often expensive and cost 4x what it would cost for me to make it at home.
Work toward success as a Food Blogger in 2020
This isn’t my first go-round with blogging. I have another successful blog and store at Boscobel Farm (my historic Virginia Farm). Last summer, I decided to separate out my recipes and let them live here at That Amy Cakes. Since doing that, I have realized that I love food blogging so much more! With that said, I make many more things a priority over writing content. For example, I have trouble sitting down and working if anything is out of place in my house. I work so hard all day to get things right and then by the end of the day, there is no time left for me to do what I love. This year, I am going to sit down and get it done regardless of what is going on in my house. Not only that, I am going to do it every single day.
Making Less Complicated Dinners in 2020
This is probably the opposite of what everyone else wants to do. I think most people hope to get a good family dinner on the table every night and strive toward that goal. Not me, not this year. I spend at least 2 hours cooking dinner. Sometimes, I start it at 11:00am. I do a little prep, 3:00 rolls around and I do a little more. Then I start cooking dinner around 4:00pm, we eat at 6:30pm. I feel like I spend my entire flipping day making dinner, and YOU KNOW WHAT?!?!?! No one ever says “OH MAH GAH, this is so good”. Not a one! I know that is classic Mom life but, I’m done.
You know what I find really easy? Soup with toppings. Panini’s. Frozen sweet potato fries. Salad. I am also vowing to make meals ahead so that by the time I am exhausted in the evening from driving kids around and taking care of a sweet little baby all day, I can throw the food in something like my Instant Pot and cook it.
My healthy New Years resolutions for 2020 are all about simplifying and having more fun. I think I can accomplish my professional goals as a consequence of pursuing the other things. What are you improving/dropping in 2020? Do you have any tips? Connect with me in the comments!