• Jen Knight

Expat Goal Setting: 20 before 2020


As the end of 2019 is drawing near and the holidays are approaching, many of us expats are focusing on travel and family time.


It can be tempting to give up on our goals for the year and just say we'll start over in January. But don't give up yet - there is still plenty of time to accomplish things both big and small!


Last weekend I took a moment to reevaluate my goals, and wrote out a list of 20 things I want to accomplish before 2020 in my bullet journal. (You can read more about how I use my bullet journal as an expat in my blog post HERE)


I first heard of this exercise from Boho Berry, a pioneer in the bullet journaling world, back in 2016, and did my first "17 before 2017" in November that year. Since then I have made it a habit to reevaluate my goals each fall.


To make my list, I thought about the different categories of my life that I like to work on: health and fitness, home, family and friends, fun, career, personal development, finances, and spirituality.


Here are some of the goals on my 20 before 2020:

  • Find a pilates studio in my new neighborhood and try a class

  • Get a big green plant for the living room

  • Spend Christmas and NYE in France with three of my best girlfriends

  • Attend an evening networking event in Shenzhen

  • Have a solo day of pampering at a spa

  • Publish 4 blog posts to support my expat community (one down ;)

This exercise is a great way to stay motivated, on track, and feel proud of how you finished off this decade!


Do you need help reaching your goals and overcoming the obstacles that stand in your way? In my FREE expat confidence cheat sheet I outline the exact exercises you can do daily to increase your confidence and embrace discomfort to reach your goals. You can get it HERE!


About me


Hi, I'm Jen! I am a US expat and have lived abroad for over six years, first in Shanghai, then Thailand, and now in Shenzhen.


I always strive to learn, grow, and be the best version of myself, and I'm so grateful I get to spend my days working with amazing expat women like you:


Women who are smart and want to reach their goals, but need help overcoming stress, overwhelm, and other obstacles so they can create their best lives abroad.

©2020 by Jen Knight