5 Things I’m Looking to Accomplish in 2020

2019 was good. Not great, but good. For 2020, I’m hoping to take what I learned from 2019 and make the new year a great one.

I start every year with good intentions to accomplish many goals/resolutions and most of the time I fall short. This year, not only did I decide to shorten my list (and in turn, make it more reasonable), but I also am posting it HERE so you can all hold me accountable. With that said, let’s get into it!

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
  • Focus on the Present – 2018 was an AMAZING year. So amazing that it was hard to let go of. At the same time, with my husband being in medical school and the uncertainty surrounding the next few years of our lives, I also kept thinking about the future. I had a “I’ll be happier after I’ve/we’ve done this” attitude which is not healthy. For 2020, I want to focus more on being in the moment, and on being content with the time and place I’m in.
  • Write One Blog Post a Month – Last year I set a hefty goal for myself to write one blog per week. In total, I wrote 6 blog posts (including this one) in 2019. Not only did I not come remotely close to accomplishing that goal, but I barely wrote anything at all. I had the best of intentions, but I lacked motivation (for many things). The picture above was intended to be a blog post that never got written, and is just one instance of many. This year I’m looking to better motivate myself to write about what I love, while also allowing a more attainable goal to strive for.
  • Get Out More – The reality of my life: I go to work, come home, eat, watch Netflix, sleep, repeat. The truth is that I do not want this to be my reality. In the summer, I read a book entitled This Is Where You Belong. I found it to be absolutely fascinating for a number of reasons, but most of all it encourages the reader to get out and do more in their community. Because of this, I am setting a goal to see or do one new thing unique to where I live each month. We’ve lived in South Florida for over a year now and have barely scratched the surface of what it has to offer, so it’s time to change that.
  • Become a Better Cook – I can literally count on my hands the number of times I have cooked a meal since my husband have been married (4 years now, and yes, I really am that bad). Last year I created a goal that I would learn one new recipe a month, but since I failed that goal, I’m going to attempt again this year. If you have any favorite recipes, I would love to try them! Maybe this could even be part of a series? Hmm…
What do we do at Disney? We eat.
  • Be Smarter With Money – We really do try, but budgeting is something we find difficult. Over the years I have become better at not spending money on unnecessary things, but there are still many ways I could improve. Our worst expense is definitely food, as we love it and eat out far more than we should (my previous goal should hopefully help with that). Once again, if you have any helpful tips for creating and sticking with a budget, please send them my way!

So there you have it, my main goals for 2020. Do you create New Year’s Resolutions? If so, I would to read them!


  1. Cassidy Mills
    December 31, 2019 / 7:50 pm

    These are awesome goals! I want to do the same things 🙂 we should find some fun things to do around here!

    • Madeline
      December 31, 2019 / 8:38 pm

      Yes we definitely should!

  2. Courtney
    January 1, 2020 / 7:02 pm

    I really love your blogs! I going to also work on being more present-I think we all fall in the trap of the mindset you describe. Enjoying the season you are in is something I have to constantly remind myself.

    I can share some great, super easy recipes that will also help as your family eventually grows! I’m not the greatest cook, but I’ve become really good at Pinterest crockpot recipes. Gives you more time to get out and do some exploring in South Florida to come home to an already done meal 🙂

    You are just adorable. Love you, little sister ❤️ Time to move back to Tampa so we can rendezvous more often!

    • Madeline
      January 26, 2020 / 1:14 pm

      Pinterest crock-pot recipes sound like my cup of tea 🙂

      Hopefully we move back soon!

  3. Brittany Foley
    January 2, 2020 / 7:28 am

    Great goals!

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