What Are Your Plans for 2020?

Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and you’ve gotten off to a great start on this new year and new decade. It’s exciting to have a brand new year ahead of us and a fresh calendar to pencil in upcoming events and activities.

2019 was an amazing year for me. It’s going to be a hard year to top. I’m thankful for all the good things that I either achieved or received in 2019. Now I’m planning to make 2020 a fantastic year.

Plans for 2020

I see this year and the new decade as part of my “go go” phase. I intend to stay active while I can. This doesn’t mean that I fill my calendar with all kinds of events. On the contrary, I’m selective with what I add to it and there is blank space for relaxation and spontaneity.

For blogging purposes, I group my plans under Health, Leisure, and Travel. Embedded in them are time with my family and friends and new learning. I like the simplicity of having three items for each group and add a bonus item under Travel to round up my list of ten.

Health

  1. Greet every new day with a smile.
  2. Continue to maintain good health by doing meditation (15 minutes daily), outdoor walks (6x/ week), strength workouts (3x/ week), yoga (2x/ week), and swimming (1x/ week).
  3. Try a new fitness activity.

Leisure

  1. Continue to enrich my life with arts (3 exhibits/ month), books (3x/ month), concerts (3x/ month), movies (3x/ month), and lessons of French and Spanish (30 minutes daily).
  2. Volunteer at a fun event in the city.
  3. Try one local dish at each new travel destination.

Travel

  1. Do four fun trips in Canada with my family.
  2. Revisit wonderful countries like Spain and Iceland.
  3. Attend a reunion with my longtime friends in California, USA.
  4. Explore one Canadian province and three countries that are new to me.

I use a simple spreadsheet to track my activities and goals. Stay tuned for my progress updates in my monthly wrap-up blogs.

Wellness Weekend link-up

A friendly reminder that I’ve changed the title of last year’s Wellness Wednesday series to Wellness Weekend and it’s now on the 3rd Sunday of every month. The first Wellness Weekend link-up is on Sunday, January 19. The optional prompt is Warm up. You’re invited to join in on the fun with your wellness-related post.

So what are your plans for 2020? I’d love to hear your comments.

Copyright Β© 2020 natalietheexplorer.home.blog – All rights reserved.

48 thoughts on “What Are Your Plans for 2020?

  1. Shelley January 5, 2020 / 7:05 am

    Happy New Year Natalie! Your goals for 2020 are perfect for you. So organized too. Way to go! As for me, I just took a quiz to find out what my word of the year should be, it came back as Bloom. So I guess that’s what my goal will be for 2020. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    • Natalie January 5, 2020 / 10:22 am

      Happy New Year Shelley! Bloom is a great goal to start the new year and new decade. I look forward to reading about your actions and results throughout 2020.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Shelley January 5, 2020 / 10:43 am

        Thank you, Natalie!!! Ditto to you!

        Like

  2. Debbie from Deb's World January 5, 2020 / 5:59 pm

    Happy New Year to you Natalie. I like your goals for the year and the explanation of how you track your activities – I’m always impressed with how much detail you list in your posts, and now I know how you do it, with a spreadsheet! My word is JUMP and I’m keen to jump into many new things this year πŸ™‚ #lifethisweek

    Like

    • Natalie January 5, 2020 / 6:31 pm

      Happy New Year to you Debbie! Jump is a great word as it signals an energetic and fun start for the new year and new decade. I look forward to reading about your adventures this year.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com January 5, 2020 / 7:44 pm

    It sounds like you have a lot of terrific plans for 2020! I look forward to following you on your various adventures! Where in California will you be?

    Like

    • Natalie January 5, 2020 / 7:51 pm

      Happy New Year to you Janis! I’ll be in Orange County approx. the last week of May. I thought about doing a train trip towards San Diego but haven’t decided for sure yet. I’d love to meet you in or around Orange County if you’re available.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Jennifer Jones January 5, 2020 / 11:44 pm

    Happy Brw Year Natalie. Sounds like 2020 will be a great year for you. A bit envious about Iceland. I have Iceland on my bucket list. Visiting from #lifethisweek Will share

    Like

    • Natalie January 6, 2020 / 8:33 am

      Happy New Year, Jennifer! You’ve chosen a perfect WOTY for you. I look forward to reading your posts around your Values in 2020.

      Like

  5. Pear ~ Life In a Pear Shaped World January 6, 2020 / 5:18 am

    All the best for an awesome 2020. You are all set with these fab goals. I am very jealous of your travel goals.

    Like

    • Natalie January 6, 2020 / 8:34 am

      Happy New Year, CJ! All the best for an amazing 2020.

      Like

  6. Laurie January 6, 2020 / 12:36 pm

    Happy New Year, Natalie! I love your plans for 2020. Your fitness goal #1 is the best! We were planning to visit Iceland in 2020 also, but that may bet pushed back to 2021. I think our schedule this year is pretty crowded already and there is a race I would like to do there in June. This will give me a chance to read your posts about the country, before we go, though.

    Like

    • Natalie January 6, 2020 / 12:57 pm

      Happy New Year, Laurie! I love my health goal #1, too πŸ™‚ I look forward to reading about your running race(s) this year. I was in Iceland a long time ago. Will share my experiences after my trip.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Allison | Start a Simple Life January 6, 2020 / 12:47 pm

    Natalie,

    I love your goals and how you broke them down into how often you will do them. That definitely helps to keep them organized and to get them done.

    I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures!

    Happy New Year!
    ~Allison

    Like

    • Natalie January 6, 2020 / 1:01 pm

      Happy New Year, Allison! I’m glad you like how I broke down my goals. That’s one of the techniques I use to get them done πŸ™‚

      Like

  8. Jo January 6, 2020 / 9:10 pm

    I love how you break your goals down into the parts of life that are important to you. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2020.

    Like

    • Natalie January 6, 2020 / 9:48 pm

      To a happy and healthy 2020, Jo! Welcome home from the UK. I hope you didn’t have too much jet lag and are settling in nicely. Look forward to reading about your holidays.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. 3sistersabroad January 7, 2020 / 1:30 am

    Happy New Year Natalie…wow what a year it will be for you. The secret is out…spreadsheet ….haha….I do hope you get all that and more done this year. #SeniSal

    Like

    • Natalie January 7, 2020 / 7:58 am

      Happy New Year, Bree! The secret of a simple spreadsheet is out πŸ™‚ Looks like you also have some fabulous trips planned for this year.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. csuhpat1 January 7, 2020 / 9:35 pm

    Very nice plans. Like them. Happy New Year to you and your family. #MSLTL

    Like

    • Natalie January 8, 2020 / 7:37 am

      Thank you, Patrick. Happy New Year to you and your family, too.

      Like

  11. Agnes Knowles January 7, 2020 / 11:41 pm

    I am thrilled to hear you have had such a positive year, Natalie! Too many of us cannot say the same! Your plans for 2020 sound fabulous… and if you make it out to the west coast, please look me up!!
    Happy New Year!

    Like

    • Natalie January 8, 2020 / 8:03 am

      Happy New Year, Agnes! Thank you for your visit and comment. West Coast Canada is beautiful. I was on Vancouver Island a few months ago. I’ll stop by your blog shortly.

      Like

  12. Suzanne January 7, 2020 / 11:48 pm

    Happy New Year Natalie and have fun crossing off your year’s wishlist. The Squire is into creating spreadsheets, I have yet to master that little gem.

    Like

    • Natalie January 8, 2020 / 8:07 am

      Happy New Year, Suzanne! I have one simple spreadsheet. Some people use index cards, an app, a sheet of paper, chalkboard, whatever works.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Denyse Whelan January 8, 2020 / 3:06 am

    So good to read of your enthusiasm for the new year and decade and your plans read like they will make it a good one alright.

    Thank you for joining in the first #lifethisweek in 2020. So glad you did. Next week’s optional prompt is 2/51 Good News 13.1.2020. Looking forward to seeing you link up again. Cheers, Denyse.

    Like

    • Natalie January 8, 2020 / 8:12 am

      Happy New Year, Denyse! One week into 2020 already, so far so good. Thank you for hosting. I look forward to continuing our blogging connections.

      Like

  14. leannelc January 8, 2020 / 5:55 am

    Hi Natalie – well you certainly have 2020 sewn up and looking exciting. Mine is much less organized and there will be very little travel, so I’ll just enjoy your trips vicariously. You certainly aren’t letting retirement slow you down and I’m finding it really interesting seeing the different ways people handle this next phase of life. Happy New Year!
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 😊

    Like

    • Natalie January 8, 2020 / 8:15 am

      Happy New Year, Leanne! We’re unique individuals and how differently we live this phase of life make it interesting when we share our updates. Thank you for hosting. I look forward to continuing our blogging connections.

      Like

  15. Candi Randolph January 8, 2020 / 6:27 am

    I love how your goals are very specific, Natalie, and look like a lot of fun as well as learning new skills. Enjoy!

    Like

    • Natalie January 8, 2020 / 8:17 am

      Thank you, Candi, for your visit and comment. A new year brings with it a fresh start. Happy New Year to you!

      Like

  16. Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond January 8, 2020 / 7:01 pm

    Happy New Year, Natalie and it is lovely to see you back at #MLSTL. You are always so inspiring with all that you fit into your year and I love how you divide goals into different areas of your life. I hope to be linking up to your Wellness Weekends. I look forward to reading more of your adventures in 2020 and thanks for the positivity which I always feel when I read your posts. xx

    Like

    • Natalie January 8, 2020 / 7:35 pm

      Happy New Year, Sue! Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to continuing our blogging connections and friendship this year. Hope to see you at the #WW2020 link up.

      Like

  17. Christie Hawkes January 9, 2020 / 7:45 am

    Happy New Year to you Natalie! Your 2020 plans sound amazing! I especially love that you included start each day with a smile under health. It is so true. A simple smile can change your whole day and someone else’s. Making it a practice must surely improve your overall health. Here’s to a fulfilling 2020!

    Like

    • Natalie January 9, 2020 / 8:04 am

      Happy New Year, Christie! I put the smile goal as my first goal to start each new day with positivity and gratitude. So far so good πŸ™‚ Hope all your plans in 2020 come true as you like.

      Like

  18. Nancy Andres January 9, 2020 / 2:02 pm

    Happy New Year Natalie and great to read this post at #MLSTL. I am now following you so I’ll get notification of Wellness Weekend. For those who missed the announcement above, it’s on the 3rd Sunday of every month. The first Wellness Weekend link-up is on Sunday, January 19. I’ll reshare on SM and thanks for the look-see at your plans for 2020.

    Like

    • Natalie January 9, 2020 / 4:45 pm

      Happy New Year, Nancy! Thank you for your visit and comment. I hope you join in on Jan. 19th.

      Like

  19. Erica/Erika January 9, 2020 / 9:21 pm

    Hi Natalie, Another beautiful heading photo! Interesting how your first category is β€œHealth.” I am intrigued about you revisiting Iceland. One of our best vacations ever! We want to return there. We have a lot of great plans coming up. I will share in a future post. I look forward to continuing to connect and share in 2020!

    Like

    • Natalie January 9, 2020 / 9:41 pm

      Hi Erica/ Erika, I can’t wait to hear about your upcoming plans. I was in Iceland a while ago and loved it. I remember seeing some of your stunning photos from Iceland. I look forward to reading more. Happy New Year!

      Liked by 1 person

  20. Sheryl January 11, 2020 / 9:38 pm

    Happy new year! It’s fun to read your plans for 2020.

    Like

    • Natalie January 11, 2020 / 10:55 pm

      Happy New Year, Sheryl! Thank you for dropping by and commenting.

      Like

  21. Retirement Reflections January 11, 2020 / 9:54 pm

    Happy New Year, Natalie – I always admire your positive attitude — and how you put your optimism into action. I look forward to following your 2020 adventures ahead!

    Like

    • Natalie January 11, 2020 / 10:59 pm

      Happy New Year, Donna! I always appreciate your encouragement and kind comments. It looks like you have a few celebrations in January, a very nice start to 2020.

      Like

  22. anexactinglife January 29, 2020 / 2:32 pm

    Hi Natalie, I love your goals especially fitness and culture! 3X/month is smart – not as regimented as weekly!

    Like

    • Natalie January 29, 2020 / 2:40 pm

      Hi Dar – 3x/ month is do-able and most importantly enjoyable. I’d like to have a few days per month when I have nothing planned but relaxation πŸ™‚ Thank you for stopping by.

      Like

  23. Dr Sock February 2, 2020 / 5:45 pm

    I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. However, I have been trying (again) to add meditation into my daily routine. I managed it for about three weeks, and then went travelling and stopped meditating!

    Jude

    Like

    • Natalie February 2, 2020 / 7:47 pm

      Hi Jude – Traveling is a disruption even when it’s a trip we want to do. The good news is we can resume meditation any time.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.