Each year, instead of resolutions, I choose one word to guide me through the year. For 2020, my word was consistency. As I did a post at the beginning of this experience, I figured I’d do an update on my 2020 vision board results and how I manifested consistency.
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This one-word principle is something I’ve been doing since 2007. Words are powerful, and having one word to encompass your year rather than goals makes things so much easier to track and keep focus. I’ve had words change my life in so many ways, and learned some major lessons along the way.
Major lesson I learned in 2020
Previously, I had always thought that it was my crazy work schedule that was preventing me from making routines/habits. The pandemic and subsequent lockdown showed me that this was NOT true. Being home 24/7 taught me that my motivation was lacking in areas of my life, and through that I learned that MOOD follows ACTION.
You have to have action first to create a mood. For example, one of my downfalls is cleaning. I am rarely in the mood. But once I begin, you better watch out. Because I become a cleaning fiend! Once I realized that I just needed to start, things became easier. Not feeling like writing? Just start. Not feeling creative? Just start. Don’t feel like doing your workout? Just start!
2020 vision board results
At the beginning of the year, I had a few goals. Things I wanted to focus on while building consistency. Habits I wanted to create, areas of my life I wanted to improve. My 2020 vision board results are in a few categories including health, business, and personal development.
Weekly YouTube/Blog posts & growing my online business
This was the biggest goal of the year. Go all-in on building and growing my online business. I’d consider this a major success but more from necessity than choice. When the pandemic hit, as the majority of my work was in person, I suddenly found myself laid off from work and unemployed. The local yoga studio has closed permanently. All this meant I had to pivot and focus online. At the beginning of the year, I knew this was something I wanted to pursue in-depth and now it was the only way I could get an income.
My blog content goal initially for 2020 was 2x month, then weekly, building up to twice a week by mid-year. During the initial lockdown in March, I started creating content for this website twice a week. Then I also began creating two YouTube videos per week to complement the articles. Subsequently, my YouTube subscribers grew from 1813 to 2550. If you’re interested in yoga and learning how to live life to your fullest potential, considering subscribing to my channel or my email list. I’d say being consistent with content creation was one of my big 2020 vision board results, but little did I know that in March ALL my business would be online!
In October celebrated 1 year on Patreon, and my yoga community has tripled in size. This was also the month I released my first product for sale on Amazon and I did a soft launch of my 7-day yoga challenge. After releasing a few notebooks for sale on Amazon, in November I released my first Coloring Book.
Invest in myself and my business.
My goals for the year were to experiment with journaling daily, invest in my, and my business. And to take courses, learn, discover, and create. Plus, create habits that are about self growth. Frankly leveling up my business has been something I’ve been reluctant to invest in. I’d been using Tailwind a while, and at the end of 2019 I invested in a year of coschedule. But 2020 was the really year of leveling up my online business.
- 6 months subscription to cronometer to get my new diet on track.
- A years subscription to Insight Timer meditation app. Over the year I’ve completed a few of the courses on the app.
- Purchased a Canon Ivy mini printer for journaling. Highly recommend.
- Completing Judith Lasater’s Experiential Anatomy course
- Years subscription to Zoom. Cos everyone is on Zoom now right? lol!
- Finished James Wedmore’s rise of the digital CEO course
- Retook the Pinning perfect course. Seriously, a resource I barely used previously. Now, it’s my favorite community for pinterest growth.
- After years with a free email list service I leveled up and invested in FloDesk. I’ve been using them for 6 months and couldn’t be happier. It’s easy, affordable and the emails look amazing.
- After an intense and infuriating video editing session I leveled up my videos by investing in adobe premiere. The difference in time spent editing was immediate and much less of a headache. Plus I’m still learning new things about the program (I just discovered the crop feature!).
- Purchased a new mic for my videos. The Rode Wireless Go is amazing. Much better quality than the cheap mic I bought in 2019.
- Invested in Canva Pro. Seriously, why did I wait so long?
- Upgraded my computer for the first time in years. New monitors, hard drives, and more memory.
- Taught myself how to use a wacom tablet, and Inkscape. This has been a level up for my coloring printables.
- Launched an Etsy store to sell my printables, and made some products to sell on Amazon.
Build a consistent home practice for yoga, breathwork, and meditation.
Back in December 2019, I had a lofty goal of creating a yoga room in our spare room. In the first quarter of 2020 I slowly started purging and decluttering. When the pandemic hit I knew this needed to be a priority, so in April focus was my yoga room DIY remodel. This included: removing popcorn ceilings, sanding, priming, painting (and painting again), laying laminate wood flooring, and installing baseboard. We did everything ourselves, with me doing the majority of the work, a labor of love.
We also installed the Yoga wall in my yoga room. We’d removed it from the yoga studio when it closed, and now my yoga room was shaping up to be one of the best 2020 vision board results of the year. My zen sanctuary. It’ll forever be a work in progress, just like me.
Another part of this goal was to design a fitness program for myself and stick to it. This part was severely lacking. I tried running again but had issues with knee pain. My physical fitness has been an area of focus the last few weeks, and definitely something I’ll be pursuing deeper in 2021. I just bought some hook attachments for my yoga wall to use my TRX and resistance bands, so that’s something I’ll be documenting in the future!
Experiment with alternative therapies & schedule my ‘down-time’, self-care, and vacations to avoid burnout.
During January and February, like most people, I focused on my health. The major change was beginning a vegan keto diet for my PKD. A year later and I’m still doing vegan keto, and it’s had some great benefits to my health. My GFR has increased from 63 to 76, and my creatinine went from 1.05 to 0.90! The major difference though is in how I feel. 2019 I struggled with many bouts of pain, and this year I felt amazing. No pain! However, the diet change was a learning curve for sure, but the results for me were nothing short of a 180° turnaround. During the year I took part in a research case study participant on “PKD & keto diet”. That was a first!
Well so much for vacations lol!!! After my ONE AND ONLY vacation during this year, a week at Disneyworld, I got a 9-month staycation. Due to the pandemic, my monthly massages came to a halt. Plus I could no longer get to the gym or yoga studio. Basically, I became a hermit. Only partly joking.
Keep being authentic.
Honestly, I’d say this has been an area of major personal progress this year. I’ve done a lot of introspective work. Nothing like a pandemic to make you realize what’s important in life. This continues to be a journey for me. Being authentic means allowing yourself to be vulnerable. I’ve spent a great deal of time convincing myself I can do everything myself. Truthfully, getting to know myself better and wanting to share from a place of connection has been scary. But so rewarding.
Another one of my 2020 vision board results was reading a ton of books. This is something that’s been a desire for a while. I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm but in 2020 I wanted to read more, and boy did that desire manifest. Along with reading my non-fiction books, I am using my kindle much more. This is one area of my life that I’m looking to improve on further in 2021, reading more and tracking books read. Here are all the books I read in 2020.
- Atomic Habits – James Clear
- Elements of Investing – Ellis & Malkiel
- Hello world – Hannah Fry
- Daring Greatly – Brene Brown
- The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson
- Words of Radiance – Brandon Sanderson
- Oathbringer – Brandon Sanderson
- Yogabody: anatomy, kinesiology & asana – Judith Hanson Lasater
- Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson
- The Well of Ascension – Brandon Sanderson
- Edgedancer – Brandon Sanderson
- Hero of Ages – Brandon Sanderson
- The proper care & feeding of husbands – Dr Laura Schlessinger
- Perfectly imperfect – Lee Woodruff
- Autobiography of a Yogi – Paramahansa Yogananda
- Work in progress – Michael Eisner
- Yoga Myths – Judith Hanson Lasater
- Rhythm of war – Brandon Sanderson (currently reading)
Experiment with different monthly challenges, and track progress
Initially, as I looked back I thought that this year didn’t go that well. Then I realized that I did better than I thought. The issue was that I just didn’t track as well as I hoped. Plus they were less about a daily habit, than a goal for the month. These included
- Vegan Keto
- Journaling daily, and left handed journaling
- DIY project
- Creating notebooks for sale
- Producing 7-day yoga challenge
- Learning skills (wacom, inkscape, premier)
- Daily to-do list journal
- Posting to instagram daily
- Connecting with friends consistently
As my habit for posting to Instagram daily was successful I decided to begin sharing to my YouTube community tab daily. Since September I have only missed a handful of days of daily posting to both platforms. Monthly, goal setting is something I will be pursuing
Re-evaluating for 2021
While 2020 didn’t go quite how I planned, I’m pleased with how much more consistency I’ve had throughout the year. At least compared to previous years. Honestly, things may not have been as successful without the opportunities from the pandemic. After all, growth and change take time, and the lockdown gave me nothing but time to commit to the projects. In all, it’s been a year of growth and productivity, personally and professionally, with many 2020 vision board results. Moving forward into 2021 I am making some changes. Mostly, I am willing and prepared to invest time and money in myself and my business. That mindset shift has been a game-changer of 2020, and something I plan on expanding more into 2021.
- How did you do with your goals for 2020?
- What major lesson did you learn?
- Do you have any highlights of 2020 to share?