2020 Goals and Expectations


2019 was the most life-changing year I’ve ever had. Guess what? 2020 is going to change my life even more.

Looking back, if you told me what was going to happen in 2019, I don’t think I would have been too terribly surprised, because I think of pretty much everything. XD I’d considered the possibilities, but that’s just what they were. Possibilities. I had no idea what the future would bring. 2019 started out with the future being very much up in the air. 2020? 2020 has a lot of unknowns, but I know far more about it than I did about 2019. I am looking forward to so much this year.

Lord willing, in 2020, my dreams are going to come true. Isn’t that a strange phrase? It is odd to me to actually have my dreams come true. All my life, my dreams have simply been dreams, far-off distant fantasies that are delightful to think about and pine over but in reality, would never happen. At least, that’s what I thought. Not in actuality, it’s just my brain didn’t register that I was actually going to grow up one day.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A wife and a mom. Well, this year, I’m going to be a wife. Does that mean I’ve grown up? I don’t know – it doesn’t feel like it. But I think I’ll write about that some other time.


Today, I’m going to write down the dreams and plans I have for 2020. Because I like to look back at the end of the year and see what actually happened. I actually did pretty well with 2019’s goals. My goals were:

  • Read through the Bible chronologically
  • Shoot 20 photo sessions
  • Make some local friends
  • Save enough money for a car
  • Start, finish, and publish The Watermelon Club
  • Get strong
  • Take some classes

So I achieved more than half of them. Saving money for a car and TWC were ambitious goals that I didn’t complete, but that’s okay. Let’s look at next year!

January: See Andrew, plan the wedding, work on building the new website, photograph an engagement shoot.
February: See Andrew, plan the wedding. 😀
March: Hopefully go visit Andrew in MO! And get my driver’s license.
April: See Andrew. :) Also attend bridal shower! And photograph a senior shoot. AND engagement photos (that will double as branding for our new website!!)
GET MARRIED. (Our date is May 31st!)
June: Go on the honeymoon, move, and set up housekeeping!
July: Start working on growing Aria Lewis Photography in MO.
October: Shoot two weddings in Asheville.
November: Go to my parents’ for Thanksgiving
December: Spend Christmas with Andrew’s family, and vacation in Amelia Island with mine.

There’s something on the books for 10 out of 12 months! We are going to have a busy year. And these are just the things that are planned! There are a lot of things that we haven’t planned that WILL happen, and a lot of things we haven’t planned that COULD happen. (Like guys – this time next year, I could be pregnant. *gasp* NOT planning on it, but that’s a possibility!) But, we also have things we need to do like, buy a camera and train Andrew because he’s going to be my second-shooter for the October weddings (and always).


This year, I’m using the Cultivate What Matters planner! I splurged when they released the 2020 planners and I am so excited to use it this year! The CWM planning system encourages women to look at the big picture and what they want their legacy to be and then make practical goals based off of that. The themes for this year for me are contentment, joy, relationships, practical homemaking, and business. This year, so many things are going to be new for me, and therefore for the first two quarters of the year I’m going to wait to set more specific homemaking goals. With CWM, you can go and change your goals later or add new ones, and there’s a recap every quarter! That’s going to be really motivating for me. Also, each goal has you brainstorm baby steps to get you going.

pc: Natalie Broach

The goals I’m going to start with are thus:

Invest in my friendships

  • This year with so many changes and busyness, I really want to make sure I’m still making time for the people God had put into my life! He has taught me so much about friendships especially last year, and I want to make sure that my friendships are still a priority, even when most of my priorities and my whole life changes.

Relaunch the business

  • Eeeep, I’m super excited but also slightly nervous about this one! I’m excited to move to MO and almost start over from scratch with all the training and experience I have, but also just be seen differently in a new community. I know people will see and think of me so much differently as I will be a wife, not just a stay-at-home daughter who they don’t know if she’s in high school or college. I think that having that basis, that they’ll take me more seriously from a professional basis as well, if that makes sense. I’m going to have to work hard to gain traction and get things started, but I’m excited to rebrand to Aria Lewis Photography and pretty much gain a new start where I can do everything perfectly from the beginning (or near perfectly!).


Grow intentionally

  • In the middle of the craziness, I never want to stop growing. I never want to stop marveling at God’s immeasurable grace. There are many areas I want to grow, spiritually as always, but also I’m going to be married! And I know there is going to be so much room for growth as I navigate these coming months! Growth in learning how to live with Andrew (not that I assume he’s hard to live with, but eheh, that’s going to be new to say the least XD) and become a homemaker. Lots of room for growth.

Become fit and healthy

  • I am REALLY out of shape. XD So while I’m not necessarily unhealthy, I definitely want to get stronger and more fit (and lose my puffy stomach) before I get married (and keep it that way afterward!). Especially since Andrew and I are going to do some hiking on our honeymoon! I don’t want to be an out-of-breath decrepit old horse (so glamorous!). XD Besides, being fit just makes me feel good!

And that’s about it for my goals right now! I’m definitely starting in slow, but I imagine I’ll have more as the year goes on!

What are your goals for the year? What do you expect to be the highlight of 2020 for you?

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  • Reply Hannah Foster

    I am not very good at making beginning of the year goals, but I love reading every one else’s. :) But I think one thing that I want to challenge myself with this year is trying new things even if I may fail. So often I am afraid to try new things because I fear failure, but I think it is better to try even if it does mean failure. So hopefully this year I will be trying new things. :) Also I want to keep writing and get my first book closer to publication.

    I love that you are not having a super long drawn out engagement. My husband and I were engaged for about four months. We also got married really close to your wedding date (May 25th.).

    January 6, 2020 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Allison

    Hee hee, I love goal posts and this one was no exception. I… still can’t wrap my mind around how big 2020 will be for you, but I am SO EXCITED, and am looking forward to being your friend in a different way than I have before. God’s gonna do some great things this year. :)

    January 6, 2020 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Claudine

    Girl, I am so excited for your 2020! You have such wonderful goals, and I’m sure you’re going to make Andrew a very happy man. I haven’t picked a lot of year-long goals, but I did set some monthly goals for January, including:
    -Write handwritten cards to 2 friends
    -Cook dinner twice a week
    -Exercise 4x a week
    -Daily cleaning
    -Do a birthday photoshoot with number balloons (super excited because I’ve never done one before!)
    -And more.
    Happy New Year and keep up the great work!
    love in Christ,

    January 6, 2020 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Callie

    Woohoo Aria!! Those are fantastic goals!😃
    You really never know exactly what the year will hold…thank goodness God’s hands are holding it❤️
    I actually got out my planner this morning and made a list of 10 goals for 2020…
    1. Get to know the Lord deeply
    2. Publish my first coloring book
    3. Establish a healthy lifestyle that honors Him
    4. Get ahead this year in college
    5. Manage Time wisely
    6. Keep my room in order
    7. Manage my finances frugally
    8. Guard my heart and mind
    9. Use my words carefully
    10. Be modest🌸♥️
    And same here…I’m sure things will start getting crazier as the year gets rolling 😄
    Praying for y’all!!😊

    January 6, 2020 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Natalie

    Eeeep! I’m SO excited for you! You definitely have an exciting year ahead of you. I don’t think 2020 is going to be quite so exciting for me. I don’t have any definite plans, so I’m not sure what the highlight of the year will be. But I am really looking forward to a nice family vacation.

    Some of my 2020 goals are:
    Read 60 books
    Start a blog
    Start a business
    Sew 4 dresses for myself

    January 6, 2020 at 11:32 am
  • Reply Emma

    I’m so excited about 2020 for you, Aria! Congrats on you engagement! I can’t wait to read your future posts!! :)

    One of my highlights this year is my graduation from High School:)

    January 6, 2020 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Elle

    Beautiful post :) Continuing to pray for y’all as you enter this new season!

    January 6, 2020 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply natashaannh

    Your coming year sounds SO EXCITING and lovely! It must be a surreal feeling to have your little-girl dreams begin to come true. ^__^

    A few things about my 2020:
    I’m going to be trying out a new job this month, so that’s pretty big.
    I’m also going to two of my cousin’s weddings this year. They’re the first of my cousins that are my age to be getting married, so I’m looking forward to that.
    I don’t have goals written out, but the things I’d like to do include diving into the Bible, budgeting, buying a car, and (maybe just a dream) buying a new camera, and a laptop. :)
    I, also, would like to start exercising again. I did pretty well for quite awhile last year, but gotta get back into it. 😉

    January 6, 2020 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Isabel

    2020 will be such a big year for you, and I’m excited to hear all about it 😀
    I love the picture Natalie took of you, so pretty!
    Best of luck with all your 2020 goals :)

    January 6, 2020 at 4:31 pm
  • Reply Kendra

    Just wow. This is incredible. Your 2020 is looking like it will be extremely exciting!!

    January 6, 2020 at 5:47 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    amazing goals & plans, aria! i hope you accomplish all of them. 2020 sure sounds like it’s gunna be an exciting year for you 😀

    January 6, 2020 at 6:43 pm
  • Reply Kiara

    Great goals!My goals for this year is to write more books and try to read the whole Bible in a year.😊♥️

    January 7, 2020 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Esmeralda

    I enjoyed reading your goals for 2020, Aria! It sounds like you have an exciting year ahead of you!
    One of my goals for 2020 is to get into better shape and to stay healthy. 😀

    January 10, 2020 at 2:04 pm
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