My word of the year and 2020 goals

Goal setting is pretty much the cornerstone founding content of Honeybee Joyous so I definitely couldn’t resist writing a post about my 2020 goals. Since 2018, I’ve been choosing a word of the year alongside my goals or new year’s resolutions. I’ve also been creating a vision board to go along with my goals, which I usually use as my phone lockscreen to help me stay focused on my intentions for the year.

A lot has changed in my life since New Year’s Day in 2018, but I’m still going to stick to what I’ve done in previous years. Keep reading to find out my 2020 word of the year, see my vision board, and read about my goals for 2020.

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the bottom of this post to share your goals and intentions for 2020 with me and our Honeybee Joyous community!

Before we get started, check out my 2018 goals, 2019 goals, and recap my 2019 so you know where I’m coming from today!

I usually start off these posts by going back through my goals from the previous year and checking off what I’ve accomplished. I’m not going to do that this time around because throughout 2019, my priorities changed and I decided to ditch the vast majority of my goals. I don’t have regrets about how I handled this year, but I’m excited to set some new goals for 2020 that match where my priorities are currently.

My goal setting strategy

This year, I’m going to go against the traditional goal setting advice for making goals highly specific and measurable. “SMART goals” are supposed to be easier to stick to and more motivating because you have a clear indication of when you’ve reached them. I think this goal setting strategy is important and can be very useful, especially in a career setting (we use them in education both for teachers and to set measurable objectives for student success). However, I’ve found that a goal like “Grow Instagram following to 1K by the end of the year” is not helpful, motivating, or achievable for me personally.

I’ve set goals like this in the past and I’ve found them difficult to stick to or feel motivated to achieve as the year goes on and my priorities change and evolve. Most people say not to set generic New Year’s Resolutions like “exercise more” but I’ve found that in my personal life, the opposite type of goals aren’t helpful either. So, this year I decided to try something different for my 2020 goals.

I’m returning to my own goal setting advice. This year when I sat down to make my goals, I started with a couple of big ideas and broke them down into smaller steps and smaller goals that will help me work toward achieving those bigger ideas. My hope is that this process will keep me accountable for my goals and help me feel invested and motivated rather than feeling pressure to keep up with things I said I wanted to do. With this method of starting with very big ideas, even if my priorities shift, only my mini-goals and specific steps will need to change, not my overall goals.

With all that being said, let’s get into my plans for 2020.

My word of the year

In 2018, my word of the year was REACH. I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone and be an agent of change in my own life.

In 2019, my word of the year was DELIGHT. I wanted to focus on appreciating the small moments of life rather than always worrying and being on the go.

For 2020, I’ve settled on my word of the year being


A lot has changed for me in the past couple of years and I often find myself second guessing everything, being reluctant to open up to people, and being indecisive about changes and choices.

This year, I want to focus on trusting God’s plan, trusting that other people have my back and I don’t have to do everything on my own, and trusting my gut when I make decisions. Last year’s word choice was to help me worry less and in many ways, this year’s word choice is working toward the same goal. I’ve always been a worrier and I feel like a large part of that is the difficulty I have trusting myself and trusting others.

In 2020, I want to be more confident and be more at peace. I think focusing on TRUST will get me there.

my word of the year "trust" on my little words project bracelet

I also chose to purchase a bracelet from Little Words Project that features my word of the year. My plan is to wear this every day to keep my word at my focus and a reminder close at hand. I got this idea from the wonderful Kayla of I’m excited to keep my focus on my word of the year for 2020.

(My other bracelet is from wellDunn Jewelry, a company owned by one of my extended family members. I highly recommend their jewelry. Super high quality, handcrafted in Montreal.)

My 2020 goals

1. Renew my passion for storytelling by recommitting to Honeybee Joyous.

Find a new vision or niche for the blog.

Revamp pages to match the new direction I’m taking.

Brainstorm a cache of posts to draw from when I’m stuck.

Post at least two times per month (a reading recap and another post).

Post whatever I want, whenever I want to Instagram.

2. Run to make my body feel strong, capable, and confident. Exercise often, uninhibited, and with joy.

Run at least one 5k.

Run the Christmastown 8k again and improve my time.

Sign up for a 10k.

3. Read 52 books.

Focus on branching out in terms of authors and content. Read more outside my comfort zone.

4. Make space for my faith each day.

Spend time at the beginning of the year really thinking and reflecting about how to develop a spirituality routine.

Pray the rosary, read the Bible, go to church, and talk to God.

5. Stay focused on my word of the year.

Trust God, trust my gut, and trust my loved ones.

My 2020 vision board

I started doing a vision board of some sort in 2018. In 2019, I also made a vision board but simplified it to make it easier to focus on what I really wanted to accomplish most. This year, I simplified it even more.

I don’t really believe in manifesting or the law of attraction, which is what I know a lot of people have in mind when they create a vision board. Most people see vision boards as very woowoo while goals are more concrete and serious. However, I like creating a vision board each year because I’m a visual person and if it’s out of sight it’s out of mind for me. (That’s why both my bedroom and classroom are full of piles instead of neatly organized hidden bins. I need to see everything to remember that I have it. We’re working on that.)

When I make my vision board, I pick images that represent the goals I already set. I make a collage of these images that I then set as the lockscreen on my phone. This keeps my goals in a place where I can look at them every single day.

I kept my 2020 vision board quite simple, again so that I can stay focused on the things that matter most to me this year.

vision board for 2020 featuring hands praying a rosary, a shelf full of books, a woman blogging, a woman running, and my wrist wearing my 2020 word of the year "trust" bracelet honeybeejoyous

Do you create a vision board, choose a word of the year, or set goals for the new year? What are you hoping to accomplish or focus on in 2020? Leave a comment down below so we can talk about it!

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