My 2020 Resolutions

I do my best to keep my yearly goals and resolutions SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Additionally, I only aim for 3-5 targets in different areas of life. Based on these guidelines, I created my 2020 Resolutions List based on 3 major categories.


My 2020 Goodreads Reading Challenge is 40 books this year. This is five less than 2019, because I anticipate starting my Master’s will take more of my free time and require me to read denser and larger books on theories, world events, etc.

Additionally, I hope to start my Master’s degree this fall!


I hope to save $5,000 to put towards my Master’s degree tuition. This will be tricky for me, because I do a lot of little jobs, not 9-5 salary. However, I anticipate living at home this spring and buckling down on my spending (sorry Chipotle), will help manage this!

Eco Living

First and foremost, I will not buy any clothes this year unless they are secondhand/thrifted or sustainable and fair trade (such as PrAna). This will also help me with my Minimalism Journey.

I also want to continue to cut down on food waste. Within the last month, I started collecting food scraps for our local community compost. I am also more intentional about cooking/eating fruits and veg that are going bad sooner.

Lastly, I want to try shampoo & conditioner bars. I really struggle even contemplating this transition, because I love my hair and traditional shampoo & conditioner has kept it manageable for 20+ years. However, I think this might be a critical step in my Zero Waste Journey, too!

Your New Year Resolutions

I would love to hear what resolutions you’ve contemplated for 2020!

If you’re struggling to make SMART goals or want some ideas to be more sustainable this new year and decade, check out my guest post 20+ Sustainable Resolutions for 2020 on Shift to Simple!

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