Four Things I am Giving Up in 2020

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I cannot be the only one who is both completely shocked that 2019 is coming to an end and also completely ready for it to be over. Don’t get me wrong, I am ridiculously proud of this year and everything we accomplished.

To recap, in 2019:

  • my first book, Dirt Cheap Adult, about all the money-saving lessons we learned the year we earned $16,000 total, was published! (Grab it here on Amazon or here at Barnes and Noble online!)
  • We went on two weekend vacations this year – one we returned to Grinnell Iowa and saw a bunch of our friends, and the second was to the home opener for the Kansas City Chiefs for my husband’s birthday. Total spent for both trips: $1,000 (travel, hotels, food, activities, tickets to the football game and parking pass).
  • We refinanced the house and will be saving an additional $200 a month going forward.
  • I started a job where I finally feel valued and respected as a human and not just a position. I absolutely love it and I’ve actually made friends (I had a “general rule” that I didn’t make friends at most of my previous jobs because I was in management).
  • I stopped calling myself a “blogger” and stepped into the title “Responsible Lifestyle Coach,” and I don’t know that anyone else has noticed, but it changed the way I approach content and services I offer in a way that makes me feel excited about what I write and what I create.
  • I successfully completely the National Novel Writer’s Month (#NaNoWriMo) challenge in November, which is 50,000 words in 30 days. I started writing on November 3, and missed two days. So I wrote my second book, Green and Growing, about how sustainability is personal development in action. It’s in the editing stages right now, and I am trying to decide if I want to self publish or pursue a literary agent.
  • My blogger friend Daniella and I launched the GYST bundle to help you get your life organized and get everything put together. I love it and I’m using it myself, and I’m so excited to be able to share these resources with everyone.
  • I read some amazing books this year, but the number one book that changed my life this year was The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach. Peter and I have always been really good with money, but after everything I learned in this book, I was able to set us up even better for long-term financial success.

After everything that we were able to accomplish in 2019, I wanted to really focus in on setting effective goals for 2020, both personally and professionally here on the blog.

So, without further ado…

Four Things I am Giving Up in 2020:

4. Buying Clothes

Ya’ll, I have decided to do a full on clothing ban for 2020. This means I will not be buying any clothes (new or used) this year at all. This is huge for me, as the self-proclaimed Thrift Store Junkie. But in 2020 I have a lot of other things I want to focus on, so I am giving up my favorite time (and spare change) suck.

3. Procrastination

When I was writing Green and Growing, I woke up every morning at 4am (yes, even on the weekends!) because I had to complete the challenge. Every single morning when my alarm went off, I motivated myself to get out of bed by repeating, “Time is Words.” AND I DID IT. I was able to face a challenge and go for it.

I have a TON of ideas for what to create to bring to life all the things I’m envisioning for this space, and I realize that I can’t do anything if I don’t focus intentionally and create the time to do so.

2. Learning without Growth

I have been on a mission for the past three years to learn and grow myself. This has involved courses, webinars, books, podcasts, and more, all with the intention of growing myself into a better person and developing characteristics I find valuable. This has also ended up meaning I have taken a lot of courses, read a lot of books, and finished them all going “well that was fun, what’s next?” without taking the time to actually apply them. As a result, I haven’t actually grown very much. 

In 2020, I’m going to take a much more action-oriented approach to learning and growth. I’m still working out the exact details for how this will work (because as we know, intention to change without the actions behind it leads to nothing more than wishful thinking and some haphazard attempts that don’t stick). 

1. Focusing on Growing my Business Over Community

I get it, blogging is a business. Coaching is a business. My goal is still to be able to stay home with my kids in the next five years. But if I focus on “what kinds of products/services/offers/blog posts will make me the most money,” I lose the chance to really nurture this community and serve your needs. This year, I am going to step away from focusing on the SEO/strongest keywords/best affiliate programs and get back to sharing my heart in a more authentic and (hopefully) valuable way. And if those topics happen to align with strong keywords and affiliate programs that I truly use and agree with in my own life, then that’s just a bonus. 

What’s Coming in 2020

Once I decided this goal for the new year, I started looking for what things this community was asking for most consistently, what questions people had, and listening to what people truly need. 

And my heart and mind exploded with ideas! 

In two weeks, I launch the offer I’m most excited about to date (I think I probably say that about everything, but hear me out…). Starting in January, I am opening the doors to a vegan meal planning subscription service. Every week, a new booklet will hit your inbox, with not only a dinner meal plan guide, but also a grocery list of all ingredients for the recipes used that week, and some tips for what to prep ahead during your weekly GYST practice to get a head start on your week and make the dinner prep even easier. 

Not only that, I will also send out a monthly e-magazine, featuring nutrition and sustainability tips, an extra Recipe of the Month, and whatever else I decide I want to include in the magazine that month. 

This idea came specifically from this community and things people have been asking for, and I cannot wait to share it. I had this idea a long time ago, but pushed it away because I didn’t think I was capable of consistency or creativity on that scale. Ever since I completed the #NaNoWriMo challenge, I know I am completely capable of this task, and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to share simple, healthy, nourishing recipes that don’t have 12,000 ingredients or a bunch of steps, with ingredients that are budget-friendly. 

If you have been reading with me for this long, thank you! I would love if you would leave me a comment with something you are either giving up in this next year or something you are stepping into. 

And if you know of someone who would benefit from reading this, would you please share it? Thank you so much! 

Thanks for sharing!


  1. Brenda

    December 21, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Haven’t decided what to give up yet, but this is very inspiring. Thanks.😊

    1. Amanda Kintz

      December 21, 2019 at 10:15 pm

      you’re so welcome, thank you for reading!

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