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Reading Time: 7mins 2secs || 5 Lifestyle Changes I’m Making In 2020
“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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