Looking Forward 2020

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It is January of a new year which makes it the season of resolutions. This January is also special because it is the start of a new decade. I feel as if I need to sign up for a gym membership or start a new diet before it is too late. However, whenever I make a resolution I never seem to follow through with it and, from what I hear, this does not seem to be a problem exclusive to me.
To preface this, I have nothing against diets or gym memberships but I do find that sometimes it is easier to change if you start small (read my first blog post for a real-life example!). Resolutions feel very large and in our busy schedules it is not always easy to implement significant changes. I have decided this year to compile a list of small things that I am looking to try out in 2020. My hope is that these are manageable enough to attempt a few times even if that means I do not continue them throughout the whole year.

Dancing the Night Away

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The first thing I want to do this year is see some of my favourite artists in concert. I love listening to music but I also think it is very important (and fun!) to support them on tour. Concerts are a way that a lot of artists make money, especially smaller acts, and they never disappoint. I have already purchased tickets for Rex Orange County and I would love to see other artists on tour this year such as Bleachers, Tame Impala, Kanye West & his Sunday Service, Kings Kaleidoscope, and The 1975 (for the fourth time might I add).

Turning Over a New Page

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I used to love reading as a kid and I really miss the feeling of being buried behind a great book. During school, I find that I have less time and energy to read which is why I want to challenge myself to read one book a month. This does not seem too daunting a task and I have already started a book called The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens which was given to me as a gift this Christmas. Here’s to more reading in 2020!

The Story of My Life

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In addition to reading, I also want to write more which is part of the reason why I started a blog! My family has a Christmas ornament which has a voice message we recorded 10 years ago stored inside. Every year we listen to it and I say “my name is Matthew and I want to be an author”. I do not know if I will ever publish a novel but I do have a lot of ideas to write about. I want to try and make some progress on a written work while also writing in this blog periodically throughout the year. This will also benefit me in my education and future occupation as I am in communications and I currently plan on doing post-graduate work for which I will definitely need to write coherently.

Plant Exchange

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This idea was actually presented to me by my youth pastor and one of my friends. They both told me that it is better for the environment to go “meatless” once a week. To go one day without eating meat will definitely seem easy to some, however, many things I casually eat have meat in them. This will also help me to be more conscious of my food consumption which will no doubt be beneficial to my personal health. This simple change also has a great impact so why not try it in 2020?

Challenge of the Day

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The final thing I want to try in 2020 is to do one thing every day that challenges me. This may not be possible some days but I still plan to try! These challenges include but are not limited to trying different food/drinks, talking to/meeting new people, going to events, travelling, and trying new physical activities.

I am known to partake in familiar foods instead of branching out. Last year, however, a few of my classmates challenged me to try sushi which I ended up enjoying. I also tried Kombucha, a London Fog, and Bubly (of which I am now especially fond). These may all seem silly but small challenges such as those listed above push me out of my comfort zone which allows me to grow and experience new things. Here’s to not ordering a hamburger at every restaurant in 2020!

These are all of the things that I am looking forward to trying out in 2020! I hope to reflect on my progress at the end of the year. Until then, thanks for reading and good luck on whatever you try in 2020!

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