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5 Lifestyle Changes I’m Making in 2020

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“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

Winston Churchill


I’m all for new beginnings and seasons.


There’s an excitement that comes with it. A new year, month, week, birthday, or anything else. I can’t explain the feeling, but I love it. The excitement is so strong that sometimes I stall on making certain changes in my life or even starting projects. I would rather wait.


I know I’m not the only one. Is this you too?


2019 is almost over, and I think it should be obvious how excited I am. It’s going to be a new year in a couple of weeks! As an avid planner, this is my moment! The past few days have been spent reflecting, penning down my thoughts, and making decisions for 2020.

Have you ever been caught in that cycle of moving goals into the new year continuously?


That was me until the end of 2017. It became tiring. My goal list would be filled with so many things I wanted to own, places I wanted to go, and at the end of the year, nothing. I decided to change my approach and focused more on the journey rather than the destination. This led me to remove goals like ‘visit a new country’ to goals like changing my sleeping habits, saving a certain percentage of my income, etc. These journey goals focus on the lifestyle changes that will eventually result in that destination.


For 2020, I’m sticking to this same approach because it works. I not only will get to my destination, but I’ll also work on myself in the process. Win-Win. Next year, a lot of my journey goals will require me to make some lifestyle changes and I would like to share them with you. Here are the 5 lifestyle changes I’m making in 2020.


Let’s dive in, shall we?


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Switch to an eco-friendly lifestyle.


“The earth itself is irredeemable. This world will be destroyed for a new heaven and earth, therefore there IS a Planet B. That being said, I do believe wholeheartedly in CARING for the earth. Stewardship of the environment is the reason I am so passionate about sustainability. Treating the earth with disrespect is to disrespect its Creator. If someone invites you into their home or creates an artwork for you to admire, you don’t destroy or trash it do you? No! So why do we think the earth is any different?
The devastation of this planet is directly linked to sin. Sin is a disease that seeps into every facet of life and perverts. In regards to the environment, we see this in pollution, waste, plastic, decaying ecosystems, extinction and melting ice caps, just to name a few.
I won’t teach my children to be kind to the environment to save this world, but because of Who made this world. At the end of the day, all living organisms, the vast oceans, and marvelous landscapes were all formed for us to enjoy and proclaim it’s Creator’s glory. Therefore, intending to and being gentle with it, we are displaying our gratitude and worship. What a beautiful way to exist!
Humanity is putting its hope in a hopeless cause. We need a hope that is unchanging and immovable. We need hope that looks to eternity and restoration. Fighting to ‘Save The Earth’ is a cause grounded is frantic fear, attempting to mend what is already broken. ‘Care For The Earth’ is nurturing the earth out of a hopeful and thankful heart. One places you in bondage, the other sets you free. #carefortheearth”


A few months ago, I did a study on the creation story. This was because I wanted to understand work the way God intended it to be. Something else caught my interest. It dawned on me that we are to care for the earth, it’s an instruction from God. When I read this post on Instagram, it hit home and I decided that in 2020, I’m going to care better for the earth. This would mean me making some eco-friendly swaps. I know it will be hard at first, considering I’ve had a different lifestyle for 24 years, but it is something I’m willing to do. The plan is to take it slow and gradually transition into it.


I’m pretty excited about this one.


Embrace Minimalism

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Minimalism is interesting. I can easily link it to my faith and the impact it will have on my relationship with God which is important to me — I want to keep improving on it. Outside noise, distractions, and dependence on material things have affected my relationship with God in the past.


Embracing a minimalist lifestyle isn’t foreign to me, I’ve been on it since 2017 when I wrote a post on Minimalism and Christianity. I wouldn’t say I failed at this, rather I’ll say my journey wasn’t well-grounded and that’s why it got so hard and in no time I went back to loving clutter.


Things will be different this time around, I know this because my reasons are grounded, I have a better understanding. I want to protect myself from the influence of consumerism, and improve my relationship with less attachment to things.


Minimalism isn’t about having fewer clothes or furniture. It’s not having only two pairs of jeans, four shirts and traveling with one backpack. It’s getting to the point where you have total control over the things you own. You acquire based on functionality and not because you can simply afford to. It’s being okay with a clear space and not trying to fill up everything.


Minimalism isn't about having fewer clothes or furniture. It’s not having only two pairs of jeans, four shirts and traveling with one backpack. It’s getting to the point where you have total control over the things you own. Click To Tweet


Minimalism addresses key problems I’ve had for a while. Problems like always buying things I don’t need, cluttering up my space and being untidy. I’m looking forward to this lifestyle change and of course, I’ll share progress with you.


Always remember, the less noise you have on the outside, the quieter and calmer your spirit becomes. Cheers to the minimal life I’m embracing.


the less noise you have on the outside, the quieter and calmer your spirit becomes Click To Tweet


Slow Things Down


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Before jumping into this, there’s something I want you to do. After reading this post, take some time to be aware of how you feel and how different actions and activities are affecting your life. Doing this is what led me to understand that slow living is what is best for me at this point in my life.


Here’s the story.


This year, I battled with being overwhelmed and anxious. I took too many breaks but then realized that the breaks were just temporary solutions to a much bigger problem. My life’s pace was simply too fast for me, and that was the problem.


Yes, the world is moving fast but the thing is, you don’t necessarily have to move with it. I believe that’s the life the world has made us accept. Everyone seems to be busy, grinding, attending meetings and hustling. Honestly, I blame the government because If the basics were provided, I doubt people would be breaking their backs this much.


Got caught up in this endless chase for money, success and portraying that busy lifestyle. At first, it seemed very interesting but it wore me out. Initially, I thought I was just being lazy, but when I studied my patterns I noticed that it was the busyness that caused anxiety and overwhelms.


Not only am I going to slow things down, but I’m also resting in God this new year. Don’t confuse this with clearing up your schedule or taking naps. Resting in God is ceasing from your works and trusting completely in him. I relied so much on what I could do and that only caused exhaustion and burn out. In 2020, I’m resting and only moving when the Holy Spirit tells me to.

Resting in God is ceasing from your works and trusting completely in him Click To Tweet


Choosing To Be Present


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In as much as I do not like to admit it, most of my time is largely spent on social media. I make excuses that I’m connecting with my friends, spreading the Gospel, teaching and inspiring people. But honestly, most times I’m just scrolling endlessly. I live for community, experiences and shared moments. But I think I had more virtual experiences as opposed to the physical experiences I wanted.


I’m tired of social media! Phew, I finally said it. I’ve considered leaving but I’m constantly reminded of all the good it has brought and has to offer. So moving on, I’m approaching it with a sense of intentionality. I’m going to use it for actual work, personal branding, ministry and connecting with people.


This year, I spent too much time in the social space and it had such strong effects on my life. In 2020, my social media time will reduce drastically and my focus will be being present physically. I’m taking all experiences offline.
There’ll be more physical meetups, movie dates, lunch dates, picnics, etc. It’s going to be about creating memories and moments that will be cherished.


In 2020, I choose to be present.


Practice Wholesomeness


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The Merriam Webster dictionary defines wholesomeness as
“Promoting health or well-being of mind or spirit, promoting the health of body, sound in body, mind, or morals or having the simple health or vigor of normal domesticity”


In this part of the world, a lot of us were not taught to take care of our bodies and health. We have some of the most unhealthy habits and I want to change that.


This year I lost a lot of weight due to mental and physical stress. No attention was paid to my diet, physical habits and so on. I paid for this the hard way and in 2020 I don’t want to make the same mistake.


This particular lifestyle change is important because of how well we care for our bodies is how well we’ll perform. Our physical health plays a huge role in our mental health, they are connected.


I noticed that I was tired a lot this year. If you ever saw me, you probably would have heard me say ‘I’m tired’ a thousand times. This is something exercising or taking a lot of fruits would have helped.


In 2020, I’m living healthy, taking care of my mind and doing a lot of self-care.


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I’m looking forward to making these changes not only because they will improve my living but they will help me become calmer and more sensitive to my spirit. I’m still searching for my word for 2020, but I know it’s going to be about being with the father. Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I’m excited and looking forward to the new year. I can already see the person I’ll be with these changes and I am so proud of her.


Will you be making any of these lifestyle changes? What other changes would you be making? Let’s talk in the comment section. 


*Disclaimer: This is an original post and all the thoughts are mine and based on my experiences. All the images used in this post are unsplash images and each credited as well. 


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Elvis Uzoreply
November 26, 2019 at 2:44 pm

This post is really amazing and comforting, love the part about slowing things down, trust me this will help me well.
This new year i also consider staying more with the Father, slowing things down and working more on myself and my creativity.

November 26, 2019 at 8:27 pm
– In reply to: Elvis Uzo

Thank you so much. Yeah, staying with the father is a major thing. Looking forward to your progress

Ozioma Paulreply
November 26, 2019 at 3:22 pm

I could resonate with this so well. Particularly intentionally being present and resting in God. Thank you for sharing 👌🏼

November 26, 2019 at 8:28 pm
– In reply to: Ozioma Paul

Glad you could. It’s funny how we all experience similar things. Thank you for reading

November 26, 2019 at 8:54 pm

Thank you for sharing! I’d definitely be taking these and more into consideration for next year

November 27, 2019 at 10:20 am
– In reply to: Dammy


Mariam Momohreply
November 27, 2019 at 10:38 am

This is such an inspiring post!!!!
I’m rooting for you, Tonye❤️❤️

"…Estate management in uni to telling stories for brands…" – The Black Writerreply
November 27, 2019 at 11:04 am

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Fiction Limboreply
November 28, 2019 at 1:18 am

I really loved this post. I think this is my first time on your blog and I am surely coming back to read through past post.

2019 was full of ups and downs, I actually had two major goals I set, I was able to achieve one but then the other “saving a part of my income” was a total failure.

I conducted a self audit two days ago after requesting my bank statements and only found out how even more reckless I had been this year.

Reading this has giving me an eye opener.

Maybe I was getting it wrong all along!

As part of my plans for 2020, I am going to refocus my goals into changing my lifestyle and making better decisions when it comes to spending.

I am glad to have a couple more days left in this year to come up with a concrete plan.

Thank you for this timely post! ❤❤

The Black Writerreply
March 27, 2020 at 9:10 am
– In reply to: Fiction Limbo

Awww thank you so much for these kind words. Don’t beat yourself up. Good that you did a self audit to know where you can improve. You’ll do just fine. Just be intentional with everything.

November 30, 2019 at 1:32 pm

Hey girl. This was a great read and I know many can relate on some level.

I totally agree with that slowing down thing.

We spend so much time on secular things and get little in return.

Best to throw all our burdens on God because he’s always got our backs.

Also, I get tired of social media many times but it’s my job so 😩😩😩😩😩😩😩😩

I’ve decided to take breaks when my body and mind calls for it because let’s face it the internet isn’t running way.

I pray you’re able to tick off every goal you intend to achieve come 2020.

Wish you all the very best 💖💖💖

December 3, 2019 at 1:23 am

This was nice to read. I feel like we are going to be making the same changes in 2020.May God give us the Grace to make them changes.

The Black Writerreply
March 27, 2020 at 9:11 am
– In reply to: Oyinkansolaplus

Yaaaaayyyy Amen!

Destiny (PurpleJournal)reply
December 4, 2019 at 9:43 pm

First, thanks a lot miss Tonye. This is more than relatable!
I almost cried when I got to the part of slowing things down. I am so young yet I feel like I have a self-induced deadline for figuring my life and doing something worthwhile with it.
This self-centeredness seems to promise me a great result if I work hard but the truth is that it’s killing me and it such a silent killer. It has threatened my life so much, and here’s God saying let go of yourself, come to me. I’m like holding up a shield against God meanwhile I am refusing to let go of what’s really killing me. It’s just so promising. My greatest goal for the year is a mindset shift that will help me let go of this self-centeredness and urgent ambitions.
I’ll also love to start visiting places!
Thanks a lot.

The Black Writerreply
March 27, 2020 at 9:13 am
– In reply to: Destiny (PurpleJournal)

Oh wow. This is what I was studying just a couple of days ago. I’m definitely writing a post about this. We are in the age of hurrying. Everyone is in a hurry and it’s affecting every area of our lives. We need to slow down and put our trust in God. I pray that God guides you and you are conscious of the strength that you have to let God take over. Sending you hugs ❤️

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