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Start Your 2020 With This Inspirational Playlist

🎉 Happy New Year! 🎉

It is finally 2020! The start of a new year! A new decade! It is a time for goal setting and new selves. But, don’t forget to make this important goal for this year: Don’t forget all your 2020 goals. Sometimes, we are too wrapped in life that we forget our goals before February. I am guilty of this, as so many people. So, keep on working on your goals and don’t forget them!

What are your goals for 2020? I am going to share mine below, but I would love to hear about yours in the comments!

My Goals for 2020

I wrote out my goals for 2020 a few days ago. But, I did a little differently. Instead of writing them for the entire year, I wrote them out for the month of January. I feel like writing monthly goals are more attainable and trackable than yearly goals. I can get so much done if I stick to monthly goals.

My goals for January are:

  • Road at least 10 books, which 4 have to be self-help and 2 have to be in Japanese
  • Write at least 15 blog posts
  • Edit at least 10 past posts
  • Post each week on social media with 10 posts on Pinterest, 20 for Twitter, 20 for Facebook, and 10 for Instagram
  • Attend Tae Kwon Do weekly
  • Do Yoga 5 days a week for 10-20 minutes
  • Attend a WordPress meetup
  • Pitch some ideas on articles for online magazines
  • Listen to 10 podcasts each week
  • Finish a fanfiction that I have written for like 5 years
  • Try to get up by 7:30 am each day
  • Come up with a new story idea
  • Study Japanese for about 10-20 minutes per day
  • Figure out how to get this blog up and running. Maybe need a coach to help.
  • Journal each day

It seems like a lot of goals, but January is a big month. And the easy way to make these goals happen is by blocking out your day. If you read “Do It Scared” by Ruth Soukup, she mentions this idea of mapping out your day to fit in what you want to do and have to do. You can get the nifty Passion Planner to help you (which I loved in 2019) or just make a time-table and stick in a place where you can constantly look at it.

For me, I like to make things physically and put them on places like my door or my bedroom wall. It is easier for me to see my goals in that way. But. whatever way you make your goals visible, make sure you see them constantly to remind you what you want.

On a side note, I am currently transforming my door into a vision board of sorts. Right now, as I am typing, there are only four words and two quotes on my door. I need to track down some pictures next week. But, I am hoping to fill it up by the end of January on what I want my dream life to look like.

(I will update you, my beloved readers, on my January goals next month. I also will let you know about my February ones! I pinky promise!)

Music to Create Your “A-Ha” in 2020

Here is a playlist that is filled with songs that will bring some inspiration for the new year! I picked songs from all over the world. There are a lot of different songs on this list from different decades and genres! They will inspire you to follow your heart, your goals, and go for your 2020!

What is your song for 2020? Let me know in the comments!

Panic! At the Disco – “High Hopes”

THIS is the inspirational song of the late 2010s! I don’t have to tell you why this is such an inspiration! Just listen to the song itself with its encouraging beats and powerful lyrics! Furthermore, Brendon Urie’s vocals are amazing!


I have talked about AKB48 many times before, like last year and a few years ago. This mega idol group from Japan is always on international news sites for its scandals and sometimes “risque” music videos. But, no one really pays attention to the group’s inspirational songs like “RIVER”.

Inside your heart too

A river is flowing

It is, a river of sweat and tears!

Even if you make a failure

Even if it makes you cry

It is OK to start over

Don’t say any complaint

Cling onto your dream, yeah

Until the day where your wish come true


This song has so many inspirational lyrics! It is a great song to inspire you, even if it’s in a different language. This song is a must-listen for its lyrics. They inspire us to cross that deep, dark river and pursue our dreams! Although crossing that river can be tricking, like achieving our dreams, it will be a worthwhile adventure.

La Compagnie Créole – “C’est bon pour le moral”

When I was looking for inspirational songs from different countries, someone on the web recommended this song; “C’est bon pour le moral” (It’s Good for the Morals) by French Guinea/French West Indies band La Compagnie Créole. This 1987 song is such an upbeat and fun tune that will brighten up anyone’s day! I don’t know much about the lyrics as they are in French (and Google Translate isn’t the best source for a translation), but the beats will surely inspire you to be more positive!

Marc Antony – “Vivir Mi Vida”

I’m gonna laugh, I’m gonna dance
live my life, la, la, la, la
I’m gonna laugh, I’m gonna enjoy
live my life, la, la, la, la


Most of the world remembers Marc Antony as (a) Jennifer Lopez’s ex-husband or (b) his major hit song “I Need To Know”. Yet, a gem in his recent discography is “Vivir Mi Vida” (Live My Life) from his 2013 album 3.0. This cover of the song “C’est la vie” by Algerian singer Khaled, it is upbeat and positive as the lyrics suggest that “No matter what goes on in life, I am just going dance and enjoy it!” Antony’s version is a salsa tune, so it will get you up and dancing in no time! But, the lyrics are also inspiring as they will fill you up with positivity!

Foorin Team E – “Paprika”

Some people love “Paprika”, some don’t. If you ask my students what is “Paprika”, they will sing the Japanese lyrics and dance to it. The English version is the most requested song during lunchtime as the kids really love this tune! However, if you ask my co-workers, they don’t want to hear the song as they find it annoying (it is played everywhere in Japan).

I don’t why my coworkers don’t like “Paprika” because I really love the 2020 Olympics support song. I find the lyrics to be inspiring about setting goals, reaching them, and supporting each other. I really enjoy the dance and seeing my students dancing and singing it. But, the jewel of the song is this encouraging message found inside the song: “Follow your dreams!”.

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Start Your 2020 With This Inspirational Playlist

This Post Has 33 Comments

  1. Lorita

    Great playlist! And all the best in achieving all your resolutions this year!

  2. zeeshan ali

    very inspirational

  3. Ashli Ferguson

    OOHH yes such a good list!! Can’t wait to give it a listen!!!

  4. Hina

    Happy New Year! It’s a great playlist.

  5. John

    Pretty good mix of songs. Like most.
    Great post.

  6. Tom

    I attended my first WordPress Camp last year in Dublin. It was a brilliant experience and one I would highly recommend. I am hoping to attend 2 in 2020.

  7. Mary

    Happy New Year! I was reminded that I don’t have my goals listed yet for this new year woah!

    1. Marjie Mare

      I would love to fulfill one of your January goals and attend a WordPress meetup. BTW, Marc Anthony is my all-time favorite artist.

  8. Ivana Mearns

    Some great songs on that play list, thank you! It’s always great to have a list with recommended songs.

  9. Maysz

    Who says is my favorite song because I love Selena Gomez 🙂 Happy new year!

  10. Fransic verso

    You have awesome goals for this month. I like the music list and have listened to some of these.

  11. Marjie Mare

    Thanks for sharing that awesome playlist. This is the perfect way to start my 2020. Happy New Year!

  12. Traci Edwards

    Music can really set your whole tone so this is a great resource.

  13. Neil Alvin Nicerio

    Happy New year! I will save these songs to my playlist.

  14. semmarys

    All the best for your goals for 2020. great playlist.

  15. Holly

    This is a great playlist. You have some awesome songs on here that will inspire.

  16. Joline

    What an upbeat, inspiration playlist! How are you doing with your goals so far?

  17. Chad

    I super love the playlist! It is really great. I’ve never heard of AKB48, their song is my fave.

  18. GiGi Eats

    Oh! I want to add EDIT AT LEAST 10 POSTS from the PAST to my TO – DO list for this year!! I want to revive and remake some of my old recipes and take new photos because I know my photography skills have gotten way better!

  19. Stephanie

    I love a good playlist and finding new music. I’ll have to give this one a listen tomorrow!

  20. Norma

    Thanks for sharing your marvelous list of 2020 playlist songs. I really liked some of your songs

  21. Karen Monica

    I love some of the songs that you have listed in your playlist. Will need to listen to the rest of it too.

  22. Angela Campos

    This is such a great playlist! I’ll be sure to put it on while i’m working!

  23. Fatima Torres

    So many great hits on this playlist. I’m loving the memories you’ve brought back.

  24. Christa

    Those are all such great goals! I’m such a fan of having a list to keep me accountable.

  25. Neely

    Always love a good playlist! Inspirational ones are the best!

  26. SMS

    bookmarked!!, I like your blog!

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