It’s that time of year: when everyone starts their New Year’s Resolutions. 2019 may have been the best and most eventful year of my life, but there are still some things I would like to change going into 2020. 

2019 was quite the year for me, and it is going to be difficult to top it. Going from student to intern to professional all in one year has truly made this year special.

This past year I have been solely focused on bettering my professional life. Hours upon hours of studying, learning repertoire, research, and professional development have helped get me to where I am today.

I have officially reached my professional goal of 2019: becoming a Board-Certified Music Therapist. I will of course continue to strive to better myself as a music therapist in 2020, but I also want to focus on my personal life this next year. 

So, here are my 2020 New Year’s Resolutions:

Treating My Body Right

This is one that we often see on resolution lists, but I really want to work on it. I have not been treating my body the way I should be. I’ve been eating whatever I want and never exercising. I don’t get enough sleep, and I push my body to its limits. This needs to change in 2020. I plan to eat healthier, work out in my apartment complex’s rec area, and start a regular sleep schedule. 

This resolution is known as one that gets let go after a few weeks in the new year. I plan to have a loved one hold me accountable so this hopefully does not happen to me. I encourage you to have an accountability partner to help you with your goals for the new year!

Being Efficient with My Time

I am one to overstretch myself by saying “yes” to everything. I find that I mostly do this to avoid any conflict, but it in turn affects my mental, emotional, and physical health. Next year, I hope to improve in this area by only doing the things that match my interests and fit in my spare time.

Do Everything With Intention

This applies to both my personal and professional life. At the end of this year, I found that I got stuck in a rut of simply doing the same things week after week. I know that this can quickly lead to burnout, which I definitely don’t want to happen! This next year I want to do everything with intention. I will seek out new material and repertoire, I will do meaningful things in my personal life, and I will change things up when applicable. 

2019 has been a marvelous year, and I cannot wait to see what 2020 has in store. What are your New Year’s Resolutions?