“This post has been sponsored by PAPYRUS®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I can’t believe that the end of the year is here. It feels like I just moved back to New York a few months ago. Where does the time go? I’m in even further disbelief that the entire decade is ending. Since we will soon ring in 2020 and the start of a whole new decade, I started thinking about the future.
I popped in Duane Reade the other day—something I do often, as it is one store that carries pretty much everything—strolled down the card aisle, and stumbled upon the most exquisite New Year’s cards from PAPYRUS®. As I started to shop, I found myself inspired and started brainstorming some ideas of my own for how to improve in the year to come.
One thing I have learned in 2019, is that the energy you put out into the world comes back to you. This year—and the past few, quite honestly—has been a whirlwind, and I’ve been going with the flow. After reflecting a bit, I’ve decided that I want to be more intentional in 2020 with everything I do. I plan to craft the lifestyle I want, not just let life happen. If you want to shift your lifestyle or refocus on what really matters to you, read on to see how to be more mindful and set your intentions for 2020.
Connect with Friends In a More Meaningful Way
We text, DM, and check status updates online, but how do we really connect with our close friends? We may have an idea of what’s going on in our BFF’s life from what they share online, but reading their latest post isn’t enough. In 2020, I plan to strengthen my relationships with my friends by connecting without following them.
I picked a few new year’s cards from Papyrus while shopping at Duane Reade. These aren’t just any cards; they are truly stylish and ornate paper messages of thoughtfulness that eloquently reflect my personal style. I plan to handwrite a lovely message and mail—yes, I said mail—them to some of my closest friends. This practice is one way I intend to be more purposeful in 2020. Too often, we mindlessly scroll without pausing to even process what we are ingesting. In 2020, I want to connect in more traditional ways, and Papyrus’ unique cards are a great way to start.
Prioritize Your Goals
While talking with a friend recently, I mentioned all the goals I hadn’t accomplished this year. After listing off a few, I started to feel depressed. She quickly reminded me of all the things I had accomplished, and suddenly my mood completely changed. Just because I didn’t cross some big projects off my list this year, doesn’t mean I didn’t succeed.
Instead of being overly ambitious and trying to become a billionaire, cure cancer, and end world hunger in less than 365 days, I’m going to set goals that I can actually accomplish in 2020. I will prioritize two main goals next year and devote my effort and energy to these two projects. With these intentions, I plan to knock out these two major goals by the end of 2020.
Forget FOMO—Embrace FEIN
FOMO, or the fear the missing out, has taken over our lives. We sit with friends and family at dinner or an event and turn to social media to see what others are doing, as if we feel like we are missing out on something better. What happened to being present in the current moment?
In 2020, I plan to set my intentions to the present and FEIN: Find Enjoyment In the Now. Yes, I totally made up that acronym—but it works! I am going to talk to the people in front of me and enjoy their company instead of staring at my phone and wondering what others are doing. I plan to walk with my head up and breathe in my surroundings instead of shuffling along with my head pointed down at a screen. By enjoying the moment, I will, in turn, feel more fulfilled by my actions, resulting in an overall happier life.
Whether it’s sending beautiful Papyrus cards or just looking up from your phone and living in the moment, set your intentions for the new year—and decade, for that matter. You’ll be more grateful and thoughtful, and your positivity will be contagious to others.
Happy New Year, and don’t forget to check your mailbox for one of my cards!