It’s 2020 and like most people who step into the New Year with updated goals, clear vision, and newfound energy, I’m still riding the wave. I have new books to read, a new class I’m enrolled in, and lot’s of words for the year to keep me focused. One thing I’ve learned over my many “New Years” is to keep the same energy sis. All. Year. Round. It’s easy to get caught up in the New Year New Me” but after a few weeks it’s usually back to the “Old Me Who Dis”. So what can we do to stay on track and keep the NYE fireworks poppin’ all year? Let’s talk about it.
I’ll admit I had a rough ending to the 2019 year, but it was a great decade overall. I achieved so many things over the past 10 years and never would’ve thought it would begin living in a dilapidated basement as a single mother and end with having a baby while turning 40, buying a house, and reaching 20 years with my kidney transplant. Life has many ups and downs but it seems like the more you focus on the blessings, the good, the miracles; the more surrounded your heart is by peace. For that I’m grateful because it took me many years and trials to learn how to be at peace in such a stressful society.
This New Year I decided to leave the past in the past. I spent a lot of time forgiving myself and writing down things that I want for the future and then taking action. The first thing I did was enroll in a course that will provide me with education on my passion as well as keep me on track. It’s an online course – there are many of them available for almost every desire that you can dream of. I’ve put off taking action for a long time and this year, on New Year’s Day, I began a 100 day course with 40 other people. It’s been great and most of all it’s a small step in doing something for myself which will assist in fueling my dreams.
Another thing I did was put out a poll in Instagram of books everyone’s reading this year. Reading books are a big goal that many people set in the beginning of the year.
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What books are on your reading list this year? I see a lot of y’all listening them in stories but I wanted to post it here so we can share and discuss and refer back. So far I’ve seen “Show Your Work” by @austinkleon recommended for creatives by a fellow blogger, and while in @target yesterday I saw a book I need to add to my list “Everyday Millionaires” by @chrishogan360 because every year I try to get better financially. Drop your recommendations below and tell us if you’re still and old fashioned book reader or a modernistic @audible or @kindle user. I do all 3. Don’t forget to save this post so you can remember what to add to your book list! #2020books #whatimreadingnow Screenshot this pic to get shoppable product details with the LIKEtoKNOW.it shopping app. @liketoknow.it #liketkit http://liketk.it/2IUXy P/C: @praya1 #dcphotographer
I’ve always been an avid reader. Growing up I rarely watched TV as I was always in a book. Of course as adults we get pulled away from reading but I think it’s important to read. I still buy hardcover and paperback books and this year I’m devoting time to read more and gain as much knowledge as possible about the things that interest me. I’d love to start an online book club, if anyone would be interested let me know! I’ll admit that I’ve found a friend in audible and most of the books that I read in 2019 I actually listened too. 🙂
Another thing many of us do is choose a word that helps guide our year from start to finish. My word this year is “action”. I’ve had words in the past such as Hope, Persistence, and Peace. But I’m at a place where action is what I need to focus on, actually doing things that I love and making progress, even if they are only things that I can see. It’s day 22 of 365 and I’m still on track so far. How about you? How is your New Year going and what steps have you taken to ensure your day 1 ends up filled with as much vigor as your day 365?
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