I decided to write my intentions for 2020. Some of these concern my hearing loss, and some of them don’t. But they all work towards me wanting to grow in my relationships, career and more.
In 2020, I intend to:
In 2019, I created this blog. In 2019, I wrote more than I did during the year I wrote my book. I’m very proud of these accomplishments, but to me, it still isn’t enough. I know I could write more, and write better.
Writing my book helped me understand the relationship with my hearing loss. Writing my blog posts made me realize that I could be a stronger advocate for myself.
In 2020, I will continue writing more about my hearing loss, and striving to make each blog post better than the last. Not only that, I will also start writing more creative stories.
I miss the challenge of coming up with bigger than life plots, and of creating intricate backstories about each character that I write onto the page. I miss those moments where I would sit down to write and the world would just vanish as I created my own world on paper.
For some people, meditation helps them clear their mind. For me, it was always writing. Writing used to help me formulate my thoughts better, and to help me become more focused. It’s time to get back to that, and to stop being afraid of the challenge that writing poses to me. It’s time to love it again.
Educate myself more.
Writing my book, and doing this blog taught me a lot about myself – how I viewed certain matters around hearing loss, how I let it limit myself, and how to let go of those limits. But, I learned the most from my readers – from life lessons they shared to the varying opinions they had on my book or blog.
This made me remember the lessons I learned from reading books on my own. In 2019, I let myself forget my passion for reading. In 2020, I am going to start reading more books – on politics, socioeconomic issues, memoirs, biographies and more – and see what knowledge I can glean from them.
Not only will I read these types of books, but I will discuss them with others, and see what more I can learn from that conversation.
Pursue new experiences.
I had the opportunity to travel a lot in 2019 and I loved it. I went to Washington, D.C, Los Angeles and San Francisco. I learned a lot from each place and had experiences that I never thought I would have. I will travel more in 2020 – whether it be outside Canada or within.
Not only that, I will get out and try more – whether it’s different foods, different places in my city or hanging out with different types of people – to cultivate new memories and experiences.
Be open to more opportunities.
If there is one thing I learned about myself in the past couple of years, it’s that I am someone that needs to be consistently challenged to learn more and to grow more or I will end up feeling stagnant and restless.
In 2019, I had the opportunity to do things I never thought would happen – I spoke on a panel and did a presentation at a town hall in front of my company, I decided to join the board of directors of a non-profit (VOICE for deaf and hard of hearing children), and I made the decision to study for the GMAT to see if I can get into business school.
In 2020, I will be getting more involved with my company, vie for more public speaking opportunities, help VOICE grow stronger in its support for deaf and hard of hearing children, and submit my applications to business school (and see where it takes me).
I will continue to pursue and create opportunities that will help me learn more and grow.
Take the time to listen.
This intention seems small, but it’s a big one for me. I tend to talk more than I listen. After some reflecting, I realized that when I talk, I interrupt who I’m speaking to, talk too much and my purpose becomes lost. This year, I’m going to listen carefully, and speak meaningfully.
I bet that when I do, I’m going to discover that conversations become more focused, and I will become more empathetic towards what other people have to say, and they will also be more willing to listen to what I have to say.
Well, there you have it! These are my intentions for 2020. What are yours? Please feel free to share them in the comment below!
Here’s to new experiences, adventures and challenges!