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Setting Goals for 2020 and Reflecting on Lessons Learned This Past Year

2020 Goals and Reflecting on 2019
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With a new year on the horizon, it’s time to reflect on this past year and set goals for 2020. 

Goal setting with the new year in mind has never been something I thought necessary until now. Since my life is undergoing a period of transition (moving from emerging adulthood into full-fledged adulthood), establishing specific goals for the new year will keep me focused on achieving my aspirations.

To obtain what I consider a successful year, I must apply the lessons I’ve learned in 2019 to my 2020 goals. From this year emerged various changes that have transformed my aspirations and outlook on what I want from my life; and what I don’t. 

I launched a blog, graduated from college, and uplifted my life cross country. With these differences extend so many possibilities for prosperity in the new year!

Launching The Painted Blog

Launching The Painted Blog has been a remarkable adventure. Communicating my thoughts with like-minded people and demonstrating my skills has been monumental.

When I began composing my blog in January, I was optimistic about the possibility of heading a prosperous blog. Woefully, there were instances when personal matters took over my life. And blogging just wasn’t my priority.

After a while, I found myself making excuses as to why I couldn’t prioritize blogging. I had classwork to focus on and graduation.

A slew of flimsy excuses was given and excuses would scarcely get me anywhere. I humbly acknowledged that. One day I was carefully analyzing my stats. First disappointment set in then hunger. Time to do better and be better!

These past few months, I’ve dropped the justifications.

Blogging is therapeutic for me! It’s an exciting imaginative world that I’m ready to explore. 

I’m becoming a better blogger by the day! Taking a break from things you love is self-care but don’t neglect your commitments.

Graduating from College

Graduation was exhilarating and nerve-racking at the same time.

College was the most rewarding, stressful experience of my life. I gained life-long friends (greetings, Shade Squad and Eller Squad) and learned from some of the most qualified instructors in the world.

It struck me on graduation day that this was the beginning of a new chapter. World travel, career growth, and lush living were in my future. 

Though I have been searching for my dream for about five months, I’m still optimistic. Naturally, some days are more encouraging than others, but the place where I can ultimately launch my career is out there.

Like many other graduates, I have existed primarily as a student my entire life. Making the transition from being a student to a career woman is difficult. But, I’m getting there.

Overall, graduating from uni was a crucial milestone. My college mentors and friends have taught me so much that I will continue using as I search for new opportunities! A big thank you to you all!

Moving Cross Country

The final significant change this year has been moving cross country. I moved to Ohio five months ago. 

I lived in Arizona for 13 years! Yes, 13 years. As one would expect, my life has altered drastically. I haven’t seen my friends, boyfriend, or cats since moving. On top of that, I’m not as independent as I was while living in Arizona.

I know this transition won’t last forever, but it’s hard to manage. Countless students graduate and aren’t able to live on their own yet. I’m one of them!

Moving is a grueling task, but moving to a completely new state in emerging adulthood is indeed worse. Although it hasn’t been painless, there is an abundance of opportunities here I’m looking forward to investigating in the new year. 

There’s a whole city I have barely explored, and countless possibilities will be available to me in the new year!

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This past year has been a year of transition and growth. Next year will be the year of personal accomplishment! 

A few of my 2020 goals are:

    • Get hired at my dream job.
    • Hit or exceed all my blog goals.
    • Keep the connections with my friends, family, and mentors strong. 
    • Settle into my own home.
    • Travel outside of the country for the first time.

I’m appreciative of all the important moves I’ve made this year, both good and not so good. Let’s transcend our goals in 2020. Happy New Year!

What have been the highlights of your year? What are your 2020 goals? Tell me in the comments!

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    I love all the New Year’s post that bloggers are publishing, it’s so refreshing to see everybody on this new wave accepting this new energy for the year! I think it’s a really good self-reflection tool to get your self motivated and be intentional about your next steps!

    1. Bri A. Thalman

      I completely agree! It’s nice to see everyone approaching the new year with such positivity.

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