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20 Goals for 2020

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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Last Updated: June 27, 2020

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.

[ UPDATE ] Well… It’s time to pivot. I think it’s safe to say that we all had no idea how much COVID19 was going to derail our plans for the year. Since half the year is already gone, I think it’s a great time to reevaluate goals.

Instead of getting upset about not being able to meet current goals, we want to take the time to be grateful for our health, plenty of time to exercise creativity, time to snuggle with our kitties, and reconnecting with family and friends.

That being said, we want to refocus our goals on more local travel and seeing new parts of our city and state as safely and responsibly as possible.

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Travel Goals

  1. Visit one new national park unit.
  2. Check off 5 new things on our Las Vegas Bucket List.
  3. Climb at a new rock climbing destination (Priest Draw) ✓
  4. Check something new off on our Nevada Bucket List.
  5. Create a bucket list for Utah.
  6. Visit Sedona.
  7. Photograph Bonneville Salt Flats or Hike the Subway

Personal Goals

  1. Rehab exercises every night to get fingers back to at least 90% // Stretch at least 3x a week.
  2. Get back into climbing shape before lockdown.
  3. Learn to sew. Start with stylish face masks // Learn to shoot miniatures.
  4. Paint for at least one hour every week. Don’t have to finish anything, but carve out time and get the art supplies out. // Post one TikTok a week.
  5. Find a dentist and get invisalign – rolled over from last year.
  6. Call home once a week // Write handwritten letters once a month.
  7. Read 12 Books // Read 10 Books

Work and Blogging Goals

  1. Post to IG once a week (@estherjulee and @petiteclimbing) and 3x a week @jacobthefu) or have them prepped for our social media manager.
  2. Get our traffic back up to pre-COVID numbers (need to hit 15k sessions a day) since traffic tanked during lockdown.
  3. Continue our one sec of video a day (Check out 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  4. Partner with one of our dream brands.
  5. Post 2 videos a month.
  6. Donate $25 for every item not completed. You can help us decide where the money goes at the end of the year.

Goals Postponed for Another Year

These were some of the goals we had to let go of this year.

  • Visit one new state (DE, ID, NE, RI, VT, WV).
  • Visit one new country.
  • Monument Valley – the first time we didn’t get to see it because it was completely covered in clouds.
  • Hit 500k sessions a month on the blog.
  • Do one dynamic or “scary” move every week // Consistently climb v6. – Haven’t been able to go to the gym or Red Rock.

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?

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.

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What are your 2020 goals? Do you have any goals we can work on together?


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.

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