Vision Board Magic for 2020!

Mari, Jenny and Brenda after we finished our Vision Boards!

This past Sunday, two friends came over and the three of us made Vision Boards for 2020. In preparation, I thought long and hard about what I want to maintain and undertake this coming year. I view Annual Goal Setting and Vision Boarding as two things:

  1. An opportunity to recommit to healthy habits 
  2. The chance to dive into new, challenging ways of being

For the second one, I like to be sure I’m not overdoing it. 

When I was younger, I was obsessed with achieving and doing and accomplishing. Can you relate?? With the grace of aging and gaining more insight, I am finally learning to simply be. I make less effort to over achieve, and I make more effort to notice how good my life is and to notice what is the most interesting and what calls me the most.

THOSE are the things I choose to intentionally spend my time doing.

Doing a Vision Board helps me remember every day what I am most committed to doing that year. I intentionally choose images that speak deeply to my sense of joy, happiness, calm, love and being of service.

My 2020 Vision Board!

Brenda, Jenny and I had a great time making our vision boards. And for those of you are interested, here are my goals and resolutions for the coming year!

With love and appreciation for being in my life!


2020 Goals & Resolutions for Mari Ruddy


  • I will send my book proposal to at least 4 additional publishing houses by the end of March
  • I will keep working on my book, making the next round of revisions 
  • I will meet with my writing group once a month
  • I will blog at least 48 times this year: once a week. And every time I blog I will send out an email to my list.
  • I will build my list from 166 to 500 by asking for help, refining my give away and making this a focus. Build my list by 334


  • I will train for and compete in the Timberman Triathlon on July 11, 2020
  • I will train for and ride the 45 mile Tour de Cure Twin Cities on June 6, 2020
  • I will ride in the Angel Foundation bike ride on May 30, 2020
  • I will train for and compete in the YWCA Women’s Triathlon on August 9, 2020
  • I will average at least 10K steps a day
  • I will meditate every day for at least 15 minutes a day
  • I will cook 2 new recipes every month.
  • I will investigate vitamins and probiotics to take


  • I will care for and love Sam, my sweet dog, this whole year
  • I will stay closely connected to my amazing friends, both local and far
  • Stay open to big love
  • Plan and do something fun for my 55th birthday!!
  • I will do one tarot card reading a month


  • I will organize Personal Ink Tattoo Day 2020 with the team
  • I will help the Looking Sharp Triathlon Team stay motivated for the Timberman and YWCA triathlon
  • I will fundraise at least $1000 for the Tour de Cure
  • I will fundraise at least $500 for the Angel Foundation bike ride


  • I will raise my LinkedIn consulting fee to $224.95
  • I will save $200 a month, $2400
  • I will live within my means
  • I will start a Roth IRA account and contribute at least $500 to it
  • I will continue to explore and understand my retirement accounts
  • I will do 3 rounds of the 100 Day Action Plan process
  • I will save at least half my tax refund

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2 thoughts on “Vision Board Magic for 2020!”

  1. Hi Mari,
    Thanks for the email update. I wanted to let you know, that if you have half as much fun as we did a couple weeks ago on our first try at winter riding with fat-bikes, you will have a blast! The rhythm takes a bit of getting used to, and I found it so strange not being locked in. The gearing on the bikes is awesome, I felt like I could climb anything, albeit climb slowly.
    I am amazed by your list for this year. I really never thought about looking at all that can be accomplished in so many aspects of our lives, and breaking it down into such achievable pieces. Thank you for this.

    • Dixie,
      I’m glad seeing my list for 2020 was inspiring for you!! I am hesitant to share my list but it does help me hold myself accountable. So extra bonus if it’s helpful to others.
      Of note, it’s going to be SUPER COLD tomorrow 1/19, when I was planning to go fat tire biking. As a result, my friend Tammy is not going and for the first time out, the bike shop doesn’t suggest going when it’s SO cold. As a result, I will ride my bike trainer in the basement for 1.5 hours instead! I did make it out cross country skiing today and we are going again on Monday, so that’s a winter consolation! I greatly appreciate hearing about your first try at fat bikes and that you loved it!!! That’s encouraging!
      thanks for keeping in touch!

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