2020-A look back and a look forward

I’m a big fan of goals and accountability. Even though I didn’t reach many of my goals this last year, I’m okay with that. I went back to school and that meant a lot of things needed to give.

I just finished Jon Acuff’s book Finish and I’m applying some of his principles to my 2020 goals. By slimming down my goals, they should be more attainable and also reduce my stress in the process.

In 2019 my goals were:

1. Read 25 books – I read 48
2. Journal 500 words 5 days a week a total of 130,000 words – I journaled 171 days for a total of 85,500 words
3. Exercise 5 days a week for 30 minutes for a total of 240 days – I exercised 171 days
4. Write 12 freelance articles – I wrote 9 of which I received 6 rejections and 3 were published
5. Blog 52 times – I blogged 20 times
6. Attend local writing group 24 times – I attended 15
**BONUS: I went back to school to pursue a master’s degree in counseling

Here are my 2020 goals:

  1. Read 25 books
  2. Complete 4 master’s classes
  3. Read through the Old Testament
  4. Blog 12 times
  5. Write 5 freelance articles
  6. Exercise 30 minutes 5 times a week
  7. Journal 500 words 20 days a month


  1. Anonymous

    Great job on all that you accomplished last year. I was impressed, and challenged!
    I normally just set goals in my head and hope I’ll meet them each year. I liked the example you gave of actually writing them down. I’ll give that a try and see if I do better at meeting my goals. (Also I’ll try to set realistic goals this year 🙂

  2. Kelly L Griffiths

    I enjoy reading how you did on your goals. Not a goal-maker myself, but when I see how your goals stack up against your reality, it motivates me. You probably accomplish more for having written them down. How was Finished?

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