Can you believe it’s the beginning of a new decade? I’m not sure about you, but I feel like a lot of people have been emphasizing that how it’s a new decade this year. Maybe that’s also because the year 2000 was all about the Y2K scare, but 2010 went by unusually quiet too.
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First Published: Dec 30, 2019
20 Goals for 2020 Resolutions
Whether it helps you to give the new decade more emphasis or not, I hope that you’re writing down goals. They can be, however big or small, because sometimes we just need some small wins too.
For me, writing them makes them more tangible. Also, even if I don’t happen to check off everything on my list, it’s interesting to see what I valued at the beginning of the year and how my priorities manage to change even within that time frame.
Word of the Year
Last year my word was play, and I think we did pretty well! We’ve been climbing indoors and outdoors more than ever, and I even took up a job as a route setter at the local climbing gym. Strange how I always tend to turn my hobbies into some sort of job. Since it’s part time, I hope it stays a hobby I love for a long time.
Next year, our word of the year is
There are a lot of creative things I’ve been wanting to pursue that’s been pushed low on the priority list ever since the blog became our full time job. I’ve wanted to paint, play piano, learn illustration, and so much more.
Route setting has also been a creative endeavor, and I hope the more I get comfortable with it, I can continue to be more and more creative.
Below, we have either combined goals or Jacob’s goal is written after mine if they’re different.
- Visit one new major national park.
- Visit one new state (DE, ID, NE, RI, VT, WV).
- Climb at a new rock climbing destination.
- Visit Bonneville Salt Flats.
- Hike the Subway.
- Visit Monument Valley. The first time we didn’t get to see it because it was completely covered in clouds.
- Create a bucket list for Utah.
- Visit one new country.
- Rehab exercises every night to get fingers back to at least 90% // Stretch at least 3x a week.
- Do one dynamic or “scary” move every week // Consistently climb v6.
- Find a dentist and get invisalign – rolled over from last year.
- Call home once a week // Write handwritten letters once a month.
- Read 12 Books // Read 10 Books.
- Paint for at least one hour every week. Don’t have to finish anything, but carve out time and get the art supplies out. // TBD for Jacob
Work and Blogging Goals
- Post to IG 3x a week (@estherjulee + @jacobthefu) or have them prepped for our social media manager if we know we won’t have wifi.
- Build consistent traffic to 500k unique visitors a month.
- Continue our one sec of video a day (Check out 2016, 2017, 2018)
- Partner with one of our dream brands.
- Post 2 videos a month.
- Donate $25 for every item not completed. You can help us decide where the money goes at the end of the year.
Our Failures = More Giving
We didn’t complete 7 of our goals last year and have $175 to donate. What organizations should we give to?
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Essential Tips for Successful Goal Setting
- Reflect and create goals that are important to you. Give yourself room to change them later if needed. This isn’t so you have a way to get out of doing them, but over the course of the year, you may change as a person and so will the goals and what’s important to you.
- Set S.M.A.R.T. goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound)
- Write them down so that they are more tangible, and if you share them with the world, you might feel more accountability.
What are your 2020 goals? Do you have any goals we can work on together?
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Esther + Jacob
Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.