The Reflection Pool

My “20 for 2020” List

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and many other books, has initiated a fun way to think about things you might want to accomplish in a year. She and her sister, Elizabeth Craft, who co-hosts the Happier podcast with her, started back in 2018 with an annual list. Part to do list and part semi-resolutions, the 20 for 2020 list gathers some thinking about what the year might bring.

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I wrote my list in January and have been working on it. It’s enjoyable and not too stressful. These are things I really want to do and try; writing them down has given me a little extra push to follow through. I’m assessing as I go, so we’ll see what happens!

I’ve decided to publish my list here as an extra piece of accountability. Maybe someone will come up with a brilliant idea to help me out or even want to tackle one of these with me? Let me know!

Here’s my list:

  1. Get a thistle tattoo.
  2. Try intermittent fasting 1x a week.
  3. Do 10 “real” push ups.
  4. Make ice cream two times.
  5. Go on a writing retreat.
  6. Read three books on writing.
  7. Attend a writing course.
  8. Do a 5 km open water swim.
  9. Visit London and another part of Europe.
  10. Get married.
  11. Write 2 blog posts per month.
  12. Keep a one sentence journal.
  13. Choose a signature colour.
  14. Grow my hair longer.
  15. Start a weekly family update.
  16. Read the bible more.
  17. Create a photobook.
  18. Get a new kitchen.
  19. Get a mammogram.
  20. Call my parents more often.

I’ll post an update in a few weeks.

6 thoughts on “My “20 for 2020” List

  1. Sue, I’m glad Doug highlighted your post in this This Week In Ontario Edublogs one, or I would have missed it. I love the diversity of your list. I’m curious on if you’re going to combine any of the items, like getting married in Europe (if that is even a thing to do). I’m also curious about your writing courses. Are there specific writing topics that you’re hoping to learn more about or will these be general courses?
    Excited to hear about the progression of your list.


    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Aviva. We’ll see how I do! Some things may well be combined. How about a writing in course in the UK? That would be fun. I’m thinking about writing fiction, so any course I take will be around that.


  2. Sue, I missed this too. Thankfully Aviva mentioned it.
    I have been working in real push ups for almost a year now, I am up to 3 sets of 5, lol! They are hard!
    Good luck!♥️

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