My first quarter check in

2020 has turned out to be one of the weirdest years I (along with many of you) have ever experienced. January felt like it took 7 years to end, February flew by, March brought us a pandemic and well April… April has just sucked the life out of me. This certainly was not the 2020 I had originally envisioned when I wrote my Goals for 2020.  

That being said, I feel like now is the perfect time to take a quick look back at those goals I set for myself for the year and see how things have been going.

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My 2020 Goals

  1. Read more
  2. Get into school
  3. Drink more water
  4. Grow the G&G family
  5. Get in a better daily routine
  6. De-clutter and simplify the house
  7. Move
  8. Get under 200 by December
  9. Improve eating habits
  10. Cut sodas


I’m going to be honest… This whole Coronavirus mess has really thrown off a lot of my plans. The desire to move and start back to school have been put on hold until, not only the infection rate begins to go down but also the market stabilizes. Now unfortunately is just not a good time to look at buying a house. My original desire was to be in a new house by October of this year. But sadly I really don’t see that happening at all this year. The good thing is that we have been working hard on remodeling the house.

We’ve begun the process of picking out paint colors, have cleaned out a lot of the junk we had just sitting around, and have developed plans for the remodeling process to keep us on track as we move ahead. So, even though we may not be able to put the house up for sale and buy a new one as quickly as we planned, we’re going to use this time to work on really getting the house picture perfect and making it as “sellable” as we possibly can for when future opportunities open up.

paint colors


As for school, considering college campuses are closed at the moment, I just don’t see being able to sign up at this point. That being said, the kids and I have begun taking Spanish courses online which have been a great refresher for me. I’ve also started several online courses to help with my current career path. Even though I may not be getting a “formal” education, I am still educating myself and narrowing down avenues I’d like to take once I am finally able to sign up for school again.

My health and fitness journey was really derailed at the end of February when I ended up becoming very sick. It took me almost two weeks to recover from just the physical effects of the illness and even longer to regain normal energy levels. To top it off, that’s when social distancing  and safer at home measures were put into place and we were essentially put into quarantine in my area. It’s led to a bit of anxiety and depression and I ended up just not taking care of myself the way that I really should have been.

I’m still drinking sodas, unfortunately more now than before and my eating habits really have not been the best. I have managed to drink more water though and I’ve recently started ordering fresh fruits and veggies from a local farm to table delivery company in my area so I’m slowly starting to improve my eating habits again.

local fare

I’ve started working out again as well. So hopefully with the change in eating and getting back into working out at home, I can get back into this health thing.

Along with everything else that’s been going on, I’ve been working hard on getting into a better daily routine. With the husband starting to work from home almost two months ago, our daily routine and schedule got a little wonky around the house. We’ve been able to get that back on track though and have really started to form a schedule that works for me and my entire family… the husbands work schedule and phone calls and all. Getting on a better schedule has opened up the ability to start reading more and joining those online classes I talked about previously. It’s also allowed me more time to work on Growing the Goldfish and Gin experience, as well as being able to start a new side project.

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Let’s end this on a good note, shall we? Even though 2020 may not be going exactly the way I had hoped it would, I have been seeing some awesome growth with Goldfish & Gin. I’m amazed by how many people have actually subscribed to this little page of ours and I want thank each and every one of you. I hope to see continued growth for the community as time goes on.

How are you doing with your 2020 goals so far? Let me know in the comment section below.

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