The world was a wee bit different when I made my 20 for 2020 list back in January.
My 20 goals for 2020:
Journal every day for a month: I did this in January and I’ve been journaling consistently since then.
- Read 30 books: this is something the pandemic has encouraged, I’ve already read 23 books and I still have six months to go, so I should definitely exceed 30 books.
Sew something: I made pillows and Roman shades. I also made two face masks (not what I would have predicted I would sew back in January).
- Make soap: I haven’t done this yet.
Make a cleaning and maintenance schedule for my homeand follow it: well, I made the schedule, but haven’t actually followed it!
- Start a new vegetable garden: I’m still working on this, but I do at least have half of a vegetable garden growing and producing.
- Plant fruit trees and shrubs: I haven’t done this and probably the only fruit trees I’m going to get around to planting this year are apple trees which are going into the garden.
- Join the YMCA and go to an exercise class: Well, this isn’t going to happen. I know I can do some exercise classes online, but the garden building has taken much more time and physical effort than I anticipated, so I’m not going to worry about other exercise until I’m done with the garden.
- Volunteer 20 hours: I’ve been doing the Master gardener hotline, so I might make it to 20 hours.
- Pick another charity to donate to monthly: I haven’t done this yet.
- Take Domino to the beach: Nope
- Go camping: Nope
Host something at my home:Yes! I did this in the nick of time, I hosted February’s book club at my house. Install garden watering systemand rain tank: The watering system is set-up, but a rain tanks aren’t going to happen this year.
- Go to a meditation class or retreat: Here’s another one that’s not going to happen in person, I can look for something online or wait until hopefully next year.
Buy foods in bulk: I just made an order for bulk dried goods at Azure Standard and it should arrive by the middle of July. My goal is to order bulk goods twice a year. My original reason for this was to reduce waste, which is still important to me, but after the pandemic and people going crazy buying up stuff, it will be a comfort to know I have the basics in stock. Make a landscape design plan for my yard:I’ve made a design plan and then edited it again and again. I can’t say I have the final version, but I’m happy with my current version. I expect this to be a continuous work in progress as I plant and things grow. Learn something new: take a class for fun: I went to a gardening symposium at the beginning of March and also took the Slow Retreat course with Brooke McAlary this summer.
- Do a digital detox challenge: I haven’t done this yet.
- Write letters to agents for my garden book: Nope.
Here’s what I’m going to focus on for the second half of 2020:
- Read at least 7 more books.
- Make soap.
- Finish my vegetable garden.
- Plant apple trees.
- Take at least one exercise class per week online starting in September.
- Volunteer 20 hours: I think I have 14 hours to go.
- Pick another charity to donate to monthly.
- Take Domino to the beach: hopefully in the fall, he’s not a fan of the summer heat
- Go camping: another good autumn activity
- Do a digital detox challenge.
- Write letters to agents for my garden book.
As long as I have my vegetable garden finished by the end of the year, I will be happy with my 2020 accomplishments. I’m thrilled to be getting summer produce out of the garden. All feels right in the world when I’m out in the garden searching for green beans or checking the color of tomatoes (even though everything is far from alright in the world).