How to Thrive in 2020!

New Decade, New You? 2020 Vision? Roaring 20’s? I could go on with all of the 2020 puns but I will spare you. Whether you have a laundry list of resolutions, or you have just set yourself one goal for 2020, this is the year to THRIVE! Last year I made myself a list of goals that I wanted to achieve by the end of 2019, and I am happy to announce that met ALL of my goals! WOOT WOOT! (insert happy dance). Now, riding the high of 2019, let’s talk about how to completely thrive in 2020.

1. Be Basic

Yes, be basic! Whatever that means to you, DO IT! Drink that Pumpkin Spice Latte, wear those leggings and over sized shirt, go to Target everyday. Don’t let the internet trolls comments keep you from doing something “basic”. I used to avoid doing certain things because I didn’t want to be labeled as a basic person. But I have learned over the last year, that I really do not care what anyone thinks about my life choices. If I want to sit on my couch all day and watch The Office, I am gonna do it. If I want to wear my hair in a scrunchie, I will. Bottom line what I am saying is this, cast aside those fears, or whatever is holding you back from doing that thing you want to do. Stop living your life, making choices to appease, someone else, and do what YOU want. If there is a trend you want to try, DO IT. If there is something you truly love doing that may be “basic”, DO IT!

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2. Take care of yourself

2019 was the year that we began dabbling in Self-Care, and encouraging people to take care of themselves, mentally and physically. Well 2020 is NO different! This year we are taking all of the self-care, with NONE of the guilt. Self-care is so much more than face masks,and bubble baths. True self-care is therapy, letting go of toxic relationships, taking your vitamins, exercising and healthy eating choices.

With that let me say this, YOU DO NOT NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT TO THRIVE. What I mean is eat your fruits and veggies, get at least 20 minutes to exercise, just take care of your body. Nourish your body, nourish your mind.

For so long therapy was such a taboo topic. If you went to therapy, you did not tell anyone for fear of what they may think. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma about therapy. However, 2020 is the year we stop caring what other people think, and start doing what is best for ourselves. Therapy can help anyone, and I encourage everyone to go at least once. You might surprised to know how many people go. Talk with your friends, get some recommendations, find a therapist and GO! You will thank yourself!

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3.Filter yourself

Filter yourself, what the heck does that even mean? Sure it could mean filtering what comes out of your mouth, and honestly we could ALL probably work on that. But it means, filtering out the stuff in your life that doesn’t make you a better, happier person.

First, take on your social media. Purge any friends that do not bring you joy, and never fail to make you feel some type of way. Block, yes I mean block, anyone or anything that just serves to upset you. Some might think it is childish to block something just because you do not agree with it, but on the internet we are constantly bombarded with everyone’s thoughts, feelings and opinions. It can be exhausting, and overwhelming. So there is no shame in hitting that block button.

Next, filter your mind. Let me be honest with you for a second. I used to be VERY negative. While I did not always say the negative stuff that came into my mind, I still constantly had negative thoughts, about other people and myself. I was ALWAYS sad and stressed. I didn’t want to live my life as a negative person, so I decided to try a new technique to change my mindset. Whenever I had/have a negative thought about someone else, I stop, and recognize the thought. Then I try to identify where this thought is coming from. (If the thought is about another person, it usually stems from my own insecurities.) Then I replace the negative thought with a positive thought. For example, if I have the negative thought that “I am a terrible mother because the house is a mess”. I recognize the thought and emotion. Then I replace the thought with, ” Yes, my house might be a mess, but I am grateful to have a warm home to make a mess with my family.”

Now I know this can be easier said then done, but of you are truly intentional about changing your mindset, and practicing, you will be surprised how more often you have positive lots, and less negative thoughts.

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4. Try something new

I know it sounds cliche right? Just trying ONE new thing can start a catalyst effect. Trying something new is always scary, and it takes confidence to step outside of your comfort zone. Confidence you may not have known you had! Now I am not saying that you have to try something big like sky diving or anything like that. But try that one thing you have always wanted to try. Maybe it’s a new clothing or make up trend, a new haircut or color, or maybe it is something big like skydiving. Whatever it is that you want to try, DO IT! My advice, find a friend who is willing to try it with you, and join you for emotional support. Often times it is easier to try something new with someone else, especially when you have a cheerleader in your corner. If you want to try something but money is a hindrance, search for deals on sites like Groupon and even AirBnB has experiences!

So what will you try this year?

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5. Do something nice for someone else

If there is one thing you take away from this list, let it be this! You might be asking yourself, “How is doing something nice for someone else going to help ME thrive?” First of all, let’s change that thinking. We don’t do nice things for others to get ahead, we do nice things for people to be nice. No matter what your beliefs are, it all boils down to this, treat others with love and kindness. Life these days is hard enough, so be the light of kindness this world needs. I recently watched the movie “Klaus” on Neflix, and man did it open my eyes to the kind of person I want to be. There is a song in the movie, Invisible by Zara Larson, that has become one of my new favorite songs. In there song there is a line that is my new motto for 2020:

If kindness lives in everyone , Then all it takes is standing up

You don’t need to do any grand gesture, but rather something small.

  • If someone is having a bad day, ask them if they want to talk.
  • If you hear someone talking about someone else, stop them.
  • Send your mom flowers.
  • Donate meals to your local church for the hungry
  • Volunteer
  • Give your seat up for the elderly
  • Compliment someone

No matter how small,make it your mission to do something nice for someone!

This is our year! We are going to stop letting negativity keep us from living our best lives. Let’s take care of ourselves and try something we have always dreamed of doing. 2020 is the year we will ALL thrive!

Happy 2020!

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The New Year is in full swing. Way back in my younger days, I would have made, and broke my New Year Resolution by now. But this year I have decided to take a different approach to my “resolutions” and that is how I came up with my “Goals for 2019.” Something just really feels different about this year, and I have so much motivation to do things I have always wanted to do. So here they are, my goals for 2019.

My first goal, and the goal that almost all of my other goals relate to, is to FIND MY HAPPINESS. 2017 and 2018 were good years, I graduated college, we moved to Raleigh, I started my career, got married, got pregnant, bought a house, had a baby and here were are. SO MUCH happened to us in the last two years, and now it seems that life has slowed down a little. Now don’t get me wrong each of these things make me happy, and I know that I am extremely blessed, but somewhere along the way I lost my happiness. Between work, and big life changes, stress seemed to take over my everyday. Recently, thanks to the birth of my daughter and the start of my blog, my fire has been reignited! So in 2019 I will continue to surround myself with people, things, and experiences that continue to light passion. For way too long I allowed other people to create my happiness, well NO MORE. I DETERMINE my own happiness, so look out world, I am coming for you.

So in 2019 I will continue to surround myself with people, things, and experiences that continue to light passion.

In order to find my happiness, I want to surround myself with wonderful people, and thankfully I am already surrounded by some pretty AMAZING people. But I want to meet MORE people. So in 2019, my goal is to meet at least one new person a week, even if it is just through social media. Sometimes I can be really outgoing, and I will talk to just about anyone. I want to be that person more often! I really like that person, she is always happy and smiling. SO if you have not talked directly to me yet, please leave a comment, start a conversation with me, I would love to meet you!

Another goal I have for 2019 is to travel more, even if it is just around the East Coast. Now that we live in Raleigh we are within an eight hour radius of SO MANY places! We are grabbing this goal by the horns. We have already traveled to the mountains in Boone, NC earlier this month, and this weekend (February 1st) we are driving down to Savannah, GA for a short weekend. Even though she is only three months old, I want my daughter to experience all the beauty of the world, and we will start with the United States. We have two other trips planned for this year, Orlando and The Outer Banks, both place I have been before but Elliott has not. I REALLY want to go to Nashville, Gatlinburg, D.C, and Hilton Head this year as well, so we will see!

New Orleans 2018

My last goal for 2019, is to continue growing my blog. I know a lot of people start blogs, and it only lasts a couple months and they forget about it. But I really want to make it to my “first birthday”. I started this blog as a hobby, and a way to offer my advice and insight about all things motherhood, and life. I plan to keep blogging a hobby, for now. I have had so much fun writing blog posts, posting on Instagram and connecting with other bloggers. Bloggers are probably some of the nicest people! I hope to maybe one day meet some of the bloggers I follow! As I grow and reach new stages in motherhood, I know I will have so many fun stories.

SO there they are, my goals, I know they are pretty big goals but like they always say “Go big or go home!” I hope you follow me on my journey to find and maintain my happiness . Leave me a comment and tell me your goals for 2019!

Here’s to you 2019, you mysterious minx!