Looking Back At My 2020 New Year's Resolutions

Oh the innocence of January 2020...we were all blissfully unaware of what the year would bring.

The idea of looking back at my new year's resolutions has me laughing a bit, because goodness knows I haven't really been thinking of them much at all this year.

Like most people, things pretty much went to the wayside once COVID hit.  But, I still like the idea of looking back on the year, and who knows, maybe I will surprise myself!

1.  Utilize my planner.  I would like to be my most organized self this year.  And to do that, I need to ensure I am writing things down (I am so forgetful if I don't get it down), and looking ahead at what is to come.  In the past, I have been on and off with planners - I will use them religiously for a month or two, and then let it go.  I hope this is the year I can be consistent, and in turn, more organized. 

Surprisingly, I utilized my planner all year.  I definitely can't say I was 'my most organized self', but I can say that my planner did not go to waste.  I kept it at my desk, and even though there wasn't much to write in there, it was super handy to have for things like payment reminders, and the few appointments I did have. 

2.  Give back each month.  This idea came from Steph @ Life According to Steph.  She posted on instagram that the last day of the year she always gives to two charities that she doesn't normally give to.  I absolutely loved that idea, and did it myself.  It was really learning about new organizations, and I would like to continue to do that throughout the year.  At the end of each month, I will look up two 'new to me' charities and donate.  The amounts won't be large, but I am in the mindset of every little bit counts, and hopefully the organizations I find are, too!

If there was any year to give back, this was the one.  There was definitely no shortage of opportunities!  I was able to contribute to some new to me organizations, especially in the first half of the year.  With the immense need everywhere, though, I did end up focusing more on organizations I regularly support during the second half of the year.

3.  Improve my packing process.  I travel a good amount throughout the year between visiting family and work.  With that travel comes lots of packing.  And the more times I pack a bag, the more I hate it.  I am hoping if I can improve the process a bit, it won't seem like so much of a process.  I know I can do this, and what steps I need to do (like not wait until the last minute, make lists), but I think making it a resolution will (hopefully) help keep me accountable!

This one definitely makes me laugh!  Packing is a whole lot easier when you aren't going anywhere!  That said, with working remotely, I was able to spend more time with family, and actually go on our annual vacation to Lake Michigan.  But still, packing isn't as much of a process when you are sticking close to home.  Once travel gets back to normal, though, I know it is something I will once again need to focus on improving. 

4.  Sunday = day of rest.  This was a resolution a few years ago, and thinking about the past year, it's something I want to again work on (since I didn't do all that well back in 2018).  My hope for this is to feel more recharged come Monday morning.

This was one of those that COVID really messed with.  Even on 'days of rest', the heaviness of the year was still there, which made that recharged feeling I was hoping for at the beginning of the year a bit difficult.

5.  Move more & eat better.  Would it be a list of resolutions if there was nothing about health and fitness?!  Whether it be a walk after work, or getting up from my desk more often throughout the day, I want to move more.  Not necessarily do an insane workout, but just more movement.  And of course, I can always eat better.  Biana @ B Loved Boston said in her 2020 Intentions post, 'I want to be kinder to my body with the food I eat'.  For some reason it really stuck with me, and has given me a little different mindset when I think of food and how it affects my body.  Of course, I am not going to be 100% clean with my eating (that will never happen), but I do want to be better.

This was actually a silver lining of COVID!  Being at home has meant healthier lunches, and less take out.  Of course, on the flip side, being home means having easy access to allll the food and snacks.  So that might be a wash, haha!  As far as moving more, it has definitely been easier to get up and move around.  Plus, having an Apple Watch has been a game changer.  Reminders to get up are so handy, and closing activity circles are a great motivator to move more.  That said, there were plenty of blah days with everything going on where I just wanted to plop on the couch and do anything but move around.  So maybe it wasn't a silver lining?!  Really, though, I do think I made improvements, which I will definitely count as a win!

Overall, I feel pretty good about my resolutions for this year.  While I didn't knock any out of the park, I definitely made improvements, and that's what is important.

With that, I leave you with a cheers...to the end of 2020, and the start of 2021!


  1. You did GREAT with your resolutions this year, especially the moving one!! I have been so impressed by how many workouts you've been getting in... when I get an early morning ping on my watch I always know it's you completing a workout before I even look! Haha!

    1. Thank you! The Peloton certainly has helped with that. Little did I know when I got it what the year would bring and I truly don't think I would have kept as sane (or consistent) without it! It's amazing how motivating that watch is, too. And getting the pings when people finish workouts definitely helps to keep me going some days. :)

  2. Emily, you've been CRUSHING it on the Peloton these past few months. I am so glad that we both ride so early in the mornings! I LOVE high-fiving you through those 45 minute rides even though its hard to 🖐 during those arms sections and we have to make sure to keep those phones off during Robin rides! Here's to a better 2021!

    1. Same to you!!! All your milestones are AMAZING! Yesss to those high fives, and to NO PHONES, haha!