I am officially out of the teens.
I can’t believe it! I have been asked what it feels like to be 20 and honestly, I feel old. My younger sister was showing me pictures from like eighth and ninth grade and I can’t believe it’s been this long since those times. Time really does fly!
As I move forward into 2018, I realize this is a whole new stage in my life with a whole new perspective. I am so excited for what God will do in my life, and in my 20th year, there are some things I want to do. There are some accomplishments I want to complete.
1. Learn calligraphy
Calligraphy is something I have wanted to learn for a while. Now that I am into bullet journaling, I figured now would be the perfect time to learn and try it out. Calligraphy is a cool skill and can be used for many different things (addressing and writing cards and letters, chalk art, Bible, and bullet journaling). When I learn, I will be sure to show you some of my work!
2. Take a weekend/three-day trip somewhere new
Ideally, that would be New York City. Even if it’s not, somewhere in my state would work too. It just has to be somewhere I have never been and I have to stay there for at least three days. I truly believe traveling to new places enriches the mind and it’s about time I start visiting the places that are on my bucket list. If you have any suggestions for places I should go, please comment below!
3. Learn to speak ASL elementarily
I am apart of my college’s ASL Club and it’s so much fun! My favorite show is Switched At Birth, and I used to try to copy the signs on there with one of my sisters. Now that I am somewhere I can learn (for free), I really want to become fluent in it eventually. Hopefully this year I can fingerspell pretty good and know the basic words and signs. The goal is to at least hold conversations about general things.
4. Go to a beach in California with a friend
I have heard so much about California beaches while being at college. I doubt they are all that but might as well go and experience myself right?
5. Start my photography business
I love photography. I take pictures with my phone all the time and I used to take a lot of pictures with my camera. I want to take pictures that tell a story. I’ve done photoshoots with friends and hopefully this year I will be able to get a new camera and get at least one client.
6. Buy a car
This is a big one, but if I could get my own car I would be so happy! I could bring it to school with me and not feel stuck on campus. I could drive myself to hang out with friends. And it would make it easier to run my businesses and get to clients easily.
7. Memorize Psalm 34
One day when I stressing out, I saw Psalm 34:18 somewhere (I don’t remember where), so I decided to read the whole chapter of Psalm 34. That chapter just has stuck with me ever since and has really helped me through my first semester of college and now it is one of my focus passages for my second semester of college. This year I want to really focus on memorizing God’s word. So one of the passages I am starting with is Psalm 34.
8. Learn to swing dance and/or country line dance well
College seems to be the place I have tried a lot of new things and learned that I really like doing those new things. I have taken a few swing dance classes and was super excited to try them out at school. Though I haven’t been able to be as involved as I would like, I have enjoyed the swing dances. I also tried a country line dance class and guys I love it! I love line dances (for a while that was the only way I would dance, when there was a line dance song on). By trying these two classes out, I have realized how uncoordinated I am. But I have also realized how much I love to dance. With hard work and a lot of time effort, hopefully, I will be able to go a couple of dances with no problem. (So far I kind of know one swing dance and know one line dance but need to learn to keep pace with the rhythm.)
9. Lose 30 pounds
I have been wanting and trying to lose weight for a couple years now. In my 20th year, I want to reach three-fourths of my end goal, and lose at least 30 pounds. Fingers crossed!
10. Write on every page in one journal
I love to journal. But I have never really completely finished one. I know I have over 25 of them, but this year I want to finish one, with every single page written on. Reading back through it will be so fun and I am so excited to fulfill this goal!
11. Start a YouTube channel
Now I say this, but I am so afraid to do this. I have a lot to say and I figured I could always just do blogs. But there are some pretty cool videos out there that I would love to make too. Ugh, the struggle is real!
12. Finish the first draft of one of my books
I have a couple of books in the works. My goal is to focus on one and finish the first draft of it. My goal is 55,000 words. Who knows, maybe I will end up writing more.
13. Overcome a fear
I am not sure yet what that fear will be. But God has not given us the spirit of fear. I should not be fearful of the things I am fearful of. This year one of them will be conquered!
14. Accept my imperfections
I am a perfectionist by nature. But no one can be completely perfect. That’s hard to remember so this year I want to embrace an imperfection and not let it get in the way of doing the things I want to do. I am the only one who can stop myself from reaching my goals and it is about time I got out of my own way and stopped blocked my own path.
15. Read through the whole Bible
A goal on my Impossible List is to read the whole Bible in one year. This year is the year! By the time I turn 21, I will have read through the whole Bible. I can’t wait for what it will teach me and for how it will stretch me, disciple, and discipline me and grow me.
16. Learn how to take care of my hair and do makeup
I hate doing both of those things. But it would be nice if I could do both for special (very special) occasions. Knowing how to do something such as box braids or eyeshadow means I could do my hair and makeup for myself, instead of asking and waiting for or paying for someone else to do it. But only for those very, very, very special occasions.
17. Start a Bible study
Whether it is at school or at home, starting a Bible study is something that has been on my heart for a while. I would love to be able to disciple as many as I can. I have a passion for sharing God’s Word and would love to share what I have learned with others, as well as walk alongside them in their journey.
18. Do a photoshoot
I grew up hating to get my pictures taken. But now one photoshoot couldn’t hurt. I want to capture memories so I can share them and remember them later. Whether it’s a sunset or sunrise, or any other type of photoshoot, it could be fun and I look forward to doing it!
19. Learn how to cook a decent meal
Cooking is definitely not one of my skills. But I know that when I get my own place, I will want to host parties and get-togethers often. So cooking might be important to become at least decent at. I am not sure what I will learn to cook yet, but I know it will be a whole three-course dinner. Pray I don’t burn anything!
20. Read 52 books
I love to read. I really, really love to read. This year I want to branch out on the genres I read and really enrich my mind with all that is out there. As Sam put it in iCarly, reading is like TV in your head. How cool is that!
So there you go!
20 is about to be my best year yet. I am excited to include you in the journey and to branch out and experience things I have never experienced before. This is a whole new stage of life for me and I can’t wait to see where God takes me.
Is your birthday coming up? Make a list of goals! If you turned 15, make 15 goals. If you turned 50, make 50 goals.
Has your birthday already passed? No worries! It’s never too late to make goals.
Let me know what some of your goals are in the comments below! 🙂