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Are you ready for 2020?

December 15, 2019
Are you ready for 2020?

As the year and decade come to a close our thoughts usually take on a reflective mode as we look back on the year and our experiences. It is also a time to reflect on where we are in our life –

  • is it going to our plan?
  • are we happy?
  • what can we change?

Sometimes life isn’t what we would like it to be but everything has a reason and learning from the ‘not so good’ experiences as well as the wonderful experiences helps us to grow and accept who we are.

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I’m not one to make New Year Resolutions as I believe that by mid January our good intentions have flown out the window as life gets back into full swing after the holiday season. For me it is about having a LIFE PLAN that will provide me with health, happiness and challenge me with new experiences. You might like to read about Life Plan in my previous post ‘Forget New Year Resolutions – Why you need a Life Plan instead.

In previous years, as part of the #oneword365 project, I have selected a word (or two) for the year that will define the focus of my year. .

I have had varying degrees of success in living my WOTY and perhaps they will always be works in progress. For me, and many others I’ve noticed, the WOTY is a little like NY Resolutions. We start out with great intentions but soon lose focus. It works for some but not for me. And so….

My WOTY for 2020? – I don’t have one. For me the new decade will have the focus on simple things, such as doing more of what brings me joy and happiness and less of the opposite.

A New Year and New Decade

2020 is not only a New Year but the beginning of a New Decade. A fresh start and the perfect time to take a life audit and to set your intention for the coming year and also decade. Some of our goals or dreams take longer to achieve than others so putting short term and longer term goals into place will give you a plan to work with.

In a previous post, Thriving with the right mindset I wrote about implementing a life audit to see exactly where you are at this moment in mind, body and spirit. We can push ourselves and slowly fall out of step with ourselves so a new year is a good time to get back on track.

Quoting from ‘THRIVE in Collaboration with Adrianna Huffington’ journal:

Steps to implementing your Life Audit

1. Check in with where you are now

Grab a notebook or your journal and Write whatever comes to mind.

Check in with your mind. 

  • Are you feeling stressed? Tired?
  • Do you feel like there’s not enough time in the day to get things done? 

Now check in with your body. 

  • How does it feel?
  • Do you feel energetic or exhausted?
  • Light or heavy?
  • Relaxed or anxious?

How do you want to feel?

2. List your Dreams and Goals

Are you ready for 2020?

3. Break those dreams and goals into the different areas of your life

  • Health,
  • Relationships,
  • Purpose/meaning ,
  • Learning,
  • Creativity
  • Career

Rank each area in order of importance to you.

4. Set your intention

By setting your intention to achieve your goals or dreams you are ensuring you can focus and stay committed.

So I finish this post with the question:

Are you ready for 2020 to live the life you want and deserve? Don’t just think about it – make it happen!

Are you ready for 2020?

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  • Reply Christine December 15, 2019 at 14:20

    Hi Sue, thank you for this great post. Around October each year, I always start praying and pondering what my word the next year will be. As you said, it is a new decade as well as the year 2020. It makes me think of 20/20 vision. Time for a fresh vision for our life? I am feeling that for me the word will be NURTURE. Maybe nurture a fresh vision of what I want for the next decade? I haven’t got that far yet but I am looking forward to delving into what this might mean for me. If we don’t dream, plan and set goals, we just wander along aimlessly for the days, weeks and months of another year and then at the end of it wonder where it went. Life is too precious to waste. Xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 15, 2019 at 15:28

      You are definitely on the right track Chris so keep delving. We can discuss as well if you like. xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au December 15, 2019 at 15:12

    Interesting that you’re not doing a WOTY but you’re still being intentional (rather than resolute?) about how you want 2020 to be. I completely agree about resolutions not lasting and even WOTY can be a bit hit and miss. I’m not sure that I’m in a headspace yet where I want to make firm plans for the year ahead. That being said, I do think that 2020 will hold lots of interesting developments for us and I’ve chosen my W(s)OTY to reflect how I’m feeling. I’m also going to be looking for guest posts – so I hope you’ll have your hand up for me for next year xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 15, 2019 at 15:31

      Hi Leanne, yes I suppose I know how I want 2020 to be but I don’t want to just stick to one word. As you say it can be a bit hit and miss so I’m taking the pressure off and just going with the flow. Of course I will be a guest for you. xx

      • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au December 18, 2019 at 11:28

        Hi Suee – back for our last #MLSTL of the year and I’m sharing this on my SM xx Here’s to a wonderful 2020!!

        • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2019 at 07:30

          Thanks BBB I can’t believe another year of MLSTL and blogging is coming to a close. Here’s to 2020 and wishing you, Ross and the family every happiness. xx

  • Reply Miriam December 15, 2019 at 15:18

    Hi Sue, what a wonderful post, so perfect for this time of the year as we reflect, look back and and especially look ahead. Like you I’m not sure I’m going to have a word in 2020. This year my word was Open and I’ve certainly stayed open to lots of opportunities. I’d like to continue that in 2020 and embrace whatever the future holds, with intentions and plans to fulfil those life goals. Yes, I’m ready for 2020, whatever it brings. Wishing you a happy end to the year Sue. xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 15, 2019 at 15:21

      Wishing you a beautiful Festive Season, Miriam and a wonderful 2020. I can’t believe we are heading into a new decade. The last few months have been challenging for me but I’m coming through the other side now and getting my mojo back. Enjoy my friend. xx

    • Reply Jennifer Jones December 16, 2019 at 07:37

      Hi Sue Sounds like you e given a lot of thought to the year to come and will take it on intentionally. With the foundations you’ve put down this year, I’m sure 2020 will be your year.

      • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2019 at 05:43

        Hi Jen, my year started well and when I look back there have been many changes such as moving house, starting my Cert III which has been challenging and renovating our home. I’m hoping that my mojo will return in full force in 2020 but in the meantime I will be taking more care of myself. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and may 2020 bring happiness and success xx

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt December 16, 2019 at 05:58

    I’m still in awe that we are embarking on a new decade, Sue! 2020 just sounds so distant but we will be writing that date with 20s for 10 years in less than two weeks. 2019 was eventful for me with lots of travel but strange with having had foot surgery. This was a turning point year for me (I think it was one for you as well). I wish you a beautiful start to your holidays and the new year and decade, Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2019 at 05:42

      Hello Terri and so lovely to hear from you. You have had a big year and also a milestone birthday. I hope your foot is now fully recovered and you are back living your active life. Thank you for your good wishes and I wish you every happiness and success for 2020. Enjoy the holiday season – I love this time of year. xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan December 16, 2019 at 20:29

    Well said, good to see you back blogging too. I have a word for 2020 but it’s already about the way I am leading my life now so it should not be hard. I hope that you and Leanne will continue Midlife Share The Love Linky in 2020. My post today on Life The Week is the second last link up – next Monday I am announcing the optional prompts for 10 weeks into 2020. My 2020 Link up begins on 6 Jan. I wish you and your family wonderful Christmas and thank you for your blogging connections and friendship. Denyse

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2019 at 05:45

      Thank you Denyse, I’m have no blogging plan at the moment, just writing when I feel inspired. Yes, we will be continuing our MLSTL link up in 2020 and I hope to be back linking up with Life this Week in the New Year. Have a beautiful Christmas and New Year and may 2020 bring continued health and happiness for your and your family xx

      • Reply Denyse Whelan December 19, 2019 at 14:52

        Thank you Sue. I am glad to hear your link up will continue. I am looking forward to getting back to the link up on Life This Week from 6 Jan. However, I “am” enjoying a break of sorts. Thank you and Leanne for your lovely space in the internet each Wednesday where we share our stories. Warm (not too warm) wishes to you and yours for Christmas and 2020.
        Denyse #mlstl

  • Reply Patricia Doyle December 17, 2019 at 01:20

    Sue, I like that you are intentionally choosing to not pick a WOTY. For me, retirement is all about intentional choice! I am also looking ahead to both next year and the full decade. For me the decade will be my 60’s. I turn 60 in 2020. I have chosen a WOTY (blogged about the thought process this week) and will be crafting a 20 for 2020 – things to help my WOTY come to life. I’m also thinking the decade… with a 10 for 10 idea that I’m noodling. Because I do believe that to turn dreams into reality requires intent and planning. Ahh, there’s the planner in me!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 17, 2019 at 05:47

      Hi Pat, how exciting turning 60 in a new decade and I love your idea of 20 for 2020 and 10 for 10 ideas. I am a great believer in planning and sometimes go overboard so I think you and I have that in common – we are planners, we like to tick off the boxes and see results. Have a beautiful Christmas and New Year and may 2020 bring you peace, happiness and many items ticked off your list. 🙂

  • Reply Natalie December 18, 2019 at 07:18

    Hi Sue – I enjoy reading this post. You’re certainly a planner as you’ve already been thinking ahead for 2020. I’m a “make it happen” type and don’t make NY resolutions so I’m ready any time 🙂 I’m glad to hear that you plan to continue the MLSTL link-up. I’ll continue the Wellness link-up but am changing it to Wellness Weekend and it will be on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Link up begins on January 19. Wishing you and Mike a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year 2020! #MLSTL,

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2019 at 07:20

      Hi Natalie, yes I admire your ‘make it happen’ attitude and yes I would love to be part of Wellness Weekend in 2020. Can you put me on the mailing list for a reminder? Have a fabulous Christmas and a healthy and happy 2020. xx

  • Reply Bree December 18, 2019 at 07:50

    I am a let it happen….kind of girl. I prepare for holidays or plan…I take each day as it comes…Im a worrier so I have to work on whats current whats now…or I get to stressed. However going to the gym has wanted me to be healthier, eat as good as I can….Have fun!!! #MLSTL

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2019 at 07:25

      Hi Bree, yes I make plans and make things happen even when I’m feeling overwhelmed I still manage to tick them off even if it is with a sigh of relief! Working out and exercising is a great stress reliever and can become addictive which is a good thing! Have a wonderful Festive Season and best wishes for 2020. Thank you for being part of #MLSTL and see you at the link up next year. x

  • Reply Michele December 18, 2019 at 08:28

    Hi Sue, I also do not have a word for the year. I always struggle to choose just one. I am also a big believer in having a life plan. I do look at my goals each year, both long and short term and then plan out my projects and goal for the new year. I see it as a path to lead me to where I want to go. I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2019 at 07:29

      Hi Michele, I believe you and I have similar ideas on approaching life and I just felt that a WOTY actually puts pressure on because I lose focus after a while. A life plan for me is the way to go. I wish you and your family and wonderful Christmas and a healthy and happy 2020. Thank you for being part of MLSTL and hope to see you link up again next year. x

  • Reply Christine December 18, 2019 at 14:27

    I certainly am ready for the new year – always looking forward to new things and adventures! Onwards and upwards. Every year I do write down a few things I’d like to achieve for the year – sometimes I achieve them all, sometimes I don’t. I’m not sure they’re resolutions but a bit of a plan and a documenting of goals – I find it useful to keep me on track and helps me set my mind towards achieving those goals. It’s also really interesting to look back at what I’ve written down in years gone by and how many I achieved. All the best for 2020.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2019 at 07:32

      Hi Christine, I tend to do the same as you – write my goals and dreams and make a plan. It is interesting to look back and review the year. I used to be so vigilent and stressed about ticking goals off the list but now I’m taking a more relaxed view as life can take a different path and it is okay to change our goal and direction at any time. Wishing you a beautiful Christmas and a fabulous 2020! xx

  • Reply Jennifer December 18, 2019 at 20:45

    Having been through a year of flux and change in 2019, I am looking forward to a little bit of sameness. But I’m not choosing a word of the year, this time around. I lost sight of my word this year and decided to try it without one this year. I’m in the middle of some planning for 2020.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2019 at 07:33

      Hi Jennifer, I’ve read that many of us lost sight of our WOTY and that is a reason I’m not choosing one. My year has been up and down so I want to be more relaxed and take a slower pace in 2020. Wishing you all the best for the Festive Season and have a fabulous 2020! x

  • Reply Lorraine December 18, 2019 at 23:36

    I’m hoping to do something new in 2020 although I’m not entirely sure what ? I’m hoping to start with a vision board to help me focus. So no WOTY or resolutions but I do hope to find a new challenge.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2019 at 07:34

      Hi Lorraine, I’ve only just formulated what I want to do in 2020 and I’m sure your vision board will help you focus. Have a wonderful Festive Season and I hope you find new challenges and happiness in 2020. xx

  • Reply Allison Gonzalez December 19, 2019 at 00:17


    You certainly gave me a lot to think about here.

    I don’t do resolutions either. They always fail or fall aside for something better.

    What I’m looking to do for 2020 is a vision board, I’m so excited because I’ve never done one! I think it will help me keep focus and momentum on going out there and getting what I want.

    I also love the idea of a WOTY. I tried that in the past and forgot what the word was, lol. I’d like to come up with one for 2020 and I’ll place it on my vision board to be sure it’s front and center.

    Happy holidays!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2019 at 07:35

      A vision board is a great idea Allison. It does help to keep us on track and our focus front and centre. Keep that enthusiasm going and you will create an inspiring vision board, I’m sure. Happy holidays to you and thanks for stopping by to comment. x

  • Reply Christina Daggett December 19, 2019 at 03:04

    Hi Sue. My plan for the new year is simple. Go after what you want and make it happen. In this case, it’s renovating the apartment that we bought in Chiatura, Georgia. Happy Holidays and may you have the best year ever!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2019 at 07:37

      Sounds perfect, Christina. We are currently renovating our apartment which is taking a little longer than expected. I’ve learned to let go of wanting it finished ‘yesterday’ and just enjoying the process. Wishing you every happiness for Christmas and the New Year and enjoy your renovating. xx

  • Reply Debbie Harris December 19, 2019 at 08:01

    Greetings from Hungary! I admire your honest approach here Sue, like always, and believe you are on the right track for you. I know it’s been hard lately and you seem to be giving yourself some slack which I think is a good thing! My WOTY was Time and I think I stuck to it pretty well. I’m thinking of next year going with something like jump or splash, an action word. I‘ll see how I feel in the new year. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I love reading your posts and I wish you all the best for 2020. Sharing for #mlstl

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2019 at 07:38

      You are a globetrotting granny aren’t you! I hope you are having a ball and enjoying every moment. I like your idea of an action word so look forward to hearing what it is. Have a wonderful family Christmas and a very special 2020. I look forward to more chats when you come home. xx

  • Reply Agnes Knowles December 19, 2019 at 13:41

    I read the title with so many different intonations, Sue. For myself, and so many other women I know, this past year has thrown so many curve balls. We are SO ready for a new year. The fact that it is also a new decade makes it even better psychologically. New beginnings always hold so much promise and I’m starting 2020 with a smile on my face and positivity in my heart!

  • Reply Nancy Andres December 20, 2019 at 05:56

    You are so right Sue about “don’t just think about it make it happen.” Sending you my heartfelt thanks for hosting the fabulous #MLSTL party. Wishing you a beautiful holiday and many blessings in the New Year.

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle December 20, 2019 at 07:08

    I don’t plan to have a WOTY either Sue. I did for a few years but it didn’t really work for me. Like you, I just want to do things that bring me joy and happiness … and I want to follow my curiosities and learn new things. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy 2020! xo

  • Reply Pradeep December 20, 2019 at 12:40

    Hi Sue,
    I also do not make new year resolutions. Instead of that I like setting short term goals and working on them to make them happen.
    Thank you for this nice post.
    – bpradeepnair.blogspot.com

  • Reply Christie Hawkes December 20, 2019 at 22:56

    Your post got me thinking, Sue, about all the ways we can approach a new year…with resolutions, WOY, life plans. I’ve tried several of those with varying degrees of success. This year, my heart and head are full…with my mother’s move into a care center, building a new home, my daughter’s fiance was just approved for a K1 Visa to come to the United States. I’m struggling to think past next week, let alone a year…or five years down the road. I’ve decided, for now, to take things a day at a time. I did set some winter bucket list goals to make sure I’m proactively devoting time to the things I value. For now, that will suffice. I wish you all the best in the coming year…and always. Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

  • Reply suzanne December 21, 2019 at 04:49

    Sue, your steps for defining areas of your life that need attention and establishing mini-goals is spot on for commencing the annual ‘gut check’ exercise. Am I happy? is the truly relevant question here.

    I stopped making resolutions years ago and now live by one creed – Balance. At this stage of life, I know what I need to be happy, and I strive toward maintenance rather than change. Of course I will move beyond the status-quo and rise to the challenge if something prompts a change, but for now, life is really good.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2020!

  • Reply Corinne Rodrigues December 26, 2019 at 15:15

    I’m getting ready for a 2020 at present. I’m going with the WOTY again this year, because the practice has really helped me. You are not the first person to say that it doesn’t work. In fact, I recently wrote a post asking if this practice caused stress.
    For me, it’s all about setting my intention for the year and somehow that works itself into the year.
    The life audit is a great exercise. I’m going to try this too.
    I hope you and your family had a blessed Christmas, Sue. Continue to enjoy its blessing!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 29, 2019 at 06:51

      Hi Corinne, it is really is all about doing what we feel is right for us isn’t it? If WOTY works for you that’s great and I look forward to reading what your word will be. The life audit is a wonderful exercise so if you have the time it is worthwhile. Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful New Year. xx

  • Reply Nancy Dobbins December 28, 2019 at 03:55

    Hi Sue,
    You are so intentional in your planning, even without a WOTY. We have some big plans for 2020 that involve a lot of travel, so I am busy wrapping my head around that and planning for this looong trip. Not entirely sure how blogging with factor in, but I know that it will – and just look different?
    In any event, I look forward to being with you in 2020 as I learn so much from you. AND I hope that you and Leanne with continue with #MLSTL as it’s one of my favorites!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 29, 2019 at 06:56

      Oh how exciting, Nancy! Travel is a passion for Mike and I but alas we only take one holiday a year because we have responsibilities with his Mum etc. Sounds like a very exciting trip you are planning and I look forward to reading all about it. Happy New Year it sounds exciting for you already! xx

  • Reply Debbie-Dabble December 29, 2019 at 21:42

    Thanks a lot for this post! I have picked a Word for each year for some time now but I like the thought of choosing a Theme…The Word I have picked , which I will be revealing in a post after NY’s, will also be a theme for me for the decade… This year, 2019, was a terrible year filled with health issues , surgery and a lot of negativity for me….Also a lot of personal loss, losing young loved ones… 2020 will be the first year for me as a retired person and I need to change how I look at life…Last year my word was Focus and it became a year that I had to FOCUS on just getting through it… Now that it will be over, I need to get back to Living again and enjoying my retirement but also learning how to manage all this time I now have….I will be following along with you through this new year now that I have time to do so!! Happy New Year!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2019 at 06:02

      Hi Debbie, I’m sorry to hear that 2019 was so challenging for you but you seem to be ready to tackle 2020 and that is a good thing! Retiring is a huge step and if you aren’t prepared can be quite stressful. I was lost for the first 6 months but then I started blogging and in January will have been blogging for 5 years. I wish you well and so pleased you will be following along. I hope some of my posts will inspire and encourage you. Good luck and best wishes for 2020 and beyond. The most important thing is that you enjoy yourself and do what is right for you. xx

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