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New Years Intentions & Upcoming Events in 2020

Happy New Year!🍾✨

As we begin a new year (and new decade!), I always try to set some goals and intentions to improve my life in the coming year. These goals and intentions are framed a bit differently than traditional resolutions, which to me, feel more pressured and like you have to achieve no matter what. My goals and intentions are things that I truly want for myself and my wellbeing. I don’t feel immense pressure to achieve them, and I’m working on them at my own pace and on my own terms.

If you’re setting your goals and intentions for 2020, you can get some ideas on things you may wish to achieve in my post down below and you can see my process on how I plan my goals and intentions for the year!

And apart from setting goals and intentions, I also like to plan out the year so that I can look forward to all the fun travel and exciting life milestones that are in store for 2020. And this year…I have a big one!

My Process of Setting Goals & Intentions

When setting my goals and intentions, I like to keep three things in mind: 1) make them achievable, 2) set milestones, and 3) understand why you want to achieve them.

1) Rather than setting these large resolutions, I like to make my goals and intentions smaller, and more achievable. This way, I won’t immediately get off track a few weeks into the New Year.

2) While some of my goals and intentions for 2020 are admittedly a bit lofty, I have a plan to achieve each one at milestones throughout the year to make the goal seem a bit less overwhelming. While planning out each one is a bit tedious, it really will helps to motivate me to stay on track and meet the goal or intention, or check in on its progress throughout the year.

3) And finally, it is important to have a clear vision on why I want to achieve my goals or intentions and how I want to feel when they are achieved. The feeling of achieving something is so powerful and motivating, and if you’re feeling even better (mentally or physically) when they are achieved, you feel amazing!

My Goals and Intentions for 2020

My why: I have set my goals and intentions for this year to ultimately become the best version of myself, and fall in love with the process that gets me there. I want to continue on achieving these goals and intentions after 2020 and make this more of a lifestyle change, rather than a one-time thing.

Keep Cooking, Blogging & YouTube-ing

Obviously this would be my first goal/intention! I am somewhat creative at my day job, but nowhere near as creative when I’m cooking! Plus, the outcome is (often) tasty! I love to cook and write, and I have just discovered that making videos is also super fun! I’m still learning, but I think I’m getting there slowly by making more creative videos for my YouTube channel. I’m starting out the year with 25 subscribers, so I’m interested to see how many I will end up with by next year!

To achieve this goal, I am planning our my blog content on a seasonal basis (every 4 months or so) to ensure that I’m being inspired by the foods that become available over the year. I’m working to do the same with my YouTube channel, and I’m exploring combining cooking videos with home and garden content as well! I will be posting once a week on my blog and once a week on my YouTube channel!

If you have any ideas on what to see from me, let me know in the comments below!

Improve Posture

In a world where we are working on computers and are on our phones for most of the day, our posture is becoming poorer and poorer. Particularly, ever since working at a desk job (then coming home to work on the computer again at night), I’ve had much more pain in my upper back and neck, and it’s no fun at all. I’m slouching, I’m in pain, and it feels terrible!

This year, my goal is to improve my posture so that I’m in less pain and look more confident. I’m doing exercises throughout the day at work, and incorporating some back and neck stretches into my workout routine.

Get Strong and Fit

This item is on everyone’s list of goals and intentions for the new year, and it’s been on mine for the last 5 years or so! My weight has fluctuated over the years, but this year I plan on getting rid of a hefty amount of weight– about 30 pounds. I’ve noticed over the past few years, it’s been a lot harder to lose weight compared to 3 or 4 years ago. It’s a scary feeling getting older, and I don’t want to be unhealthy as I age. Making a big change this year will launch me into my thirties (and another big event!) looking fit and healthy!

To achieve this goal, I’m going to eat healthy and get at least 30 minutes to 1 hour of exercise per day. I’m going to avoid stepping on the scale until the end of March and just focus on how I feel for the first few months. Looking at numbers really frustrates me, especially if the numbers are stagnant or go up/down rapidly. I’m aiming to feel stronger and have my clothes fit better, and that way I will know if I’m on track! My exercise of choice is pilates, particularly Blogilates by Cassey Ho, which I do on YouTube at home. It’s always a full-body workout and leaves me feeling so motivated and happy afterwards!

Of course, healthy eating goes hand-in-hand with exercising, so I’ll be cooking up lots of healthy meals this year and eating smaller portions, less carbs, and less sugars. For our meals, I really want to include lots of vegetables, fish, and soups, similar to a Mediterranean-Japanese diet hybrid. These diets are clean and use lots of fibre-rich foods and healthy fats that make you glow from the inside out. Look for some tasty recipes coming soon!

Get Married!!!

Being happy and healthy on my wedding day is going to make our big day even more special! I know that looks aren’t everything, but I really want to look and feel good at my wedding and totally rock my wedding dress (which I’m trying on at the end of January!!!)!

We are getting married at Villa Eyrie Resort in the fall, and it is going to be the best party ever! We are going for a bright colour palette (very unexpected of me) with lots of burgundy, red, deep pink, green and white. It sounds a bit strange, but when you see what I am up to, you will totally get what I’m going for! Let me know in the comments below if you want to see some wedding posts as I plan our wedding this year!

Travel to Japan

I absolutely cannot wait to go on this trip! I’ve never been to Japan, but have always wanted to go to experience the culture, cities, and the food! We are going there in the spring and are staying in Tokyo and Osaka, and making day trips from these cities. Some of my must sees are: the Instant Noodle Museum, seeing the cherry blossoms, experiencing a fish market at 3 AM, and taking some cooking classes!


Get out in Nature

There are so many benefits about getting outside into nature, and I want to take advantage of them all! Not only does it give you exercise, it reduces stress and re-grounds you to focus on what is most important in life.

I am extremely lucky to live in such a temperate climate here on Vancouver Island and have access to parks, mountains, and forests just 15 minutes outside of the city. I want to do some local hikes/walks this year, particularly at Elk Lake, Mount Doug, East Sooke Park, and Thetis Lake starting in a few weeks as we make our way into spring!

Reduce Stress

Apart from getting outside, I’m looking to reduce my stress through a lot of self care this year. With my blog, YouTube channel and full-time job, I’ve been getting too stressed out when I don’t meet my goals. This year, I am going to take it easy and focus on putting out quality content vs. quantity.

Apart from my blog, I also have a full-time job, which isn’t that stressful, but it can be sometimes. Working to have a better work-life balance is a big goal for me this year to cut down on stress, especially when planning a wedding on top of all of that! To do this, I am planning on doing a spa day every Sunday, planning my week in advance so I know what to do each day, and stretching before bed every night to reduce any tension that has built up over the day.

Landscape our Garden 

If you’ve been following my Home & Garden page and my Instagram, you will know how much work we did to our garden this past year. It was completely out of control with invasive plants and weeds literally EVERYWHERE! Now that we got most of that under control (apart from our lawn, which we are getting professional help with in the spring), we are working on planning out our garden landscape in the front and back of our house.

For our flower beds, we want something that is low maintenance and requires less water. We are looking at a lush green landscape, in a Japanese garden style, with some native West Coast plants mixed into the landscape.

For our garden and greenhouse, we are looking to plant a lot of the same crops that we did last year, like tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and lettuce. However, I’m going to try my hand at growing corn this year, along with pumpkins, sunflowers, and perhaps some eggplant and artichoke! I’ll keep you updated on our plans in the next few weeks!

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