Usually, I clean my house on Boxing Day and prepare for the new year and all that jazz, but I’m off Wednesday and Friday. I can take a break today.
While I had the chance, I thought I would like to do an end-of-year revisit to my 2021 goals before working on my 2022 goals.
GET MY DRIVER’S LICENSE.
I’m still so proud of myself for getting my license. Now I need to get comfortable driving.
2. CREATE A MONTHLY BUDGET.
I really need to start saving better. This year has been chaotic. I’m struggling to even have money in my account without even spending it like crazy.
CREATE A MORNING ROUTINE (And Actually Stick To It!)
I have a printout of my routine and have a little checklist next to it to make sure my daily routine gets followed.
ELIMINATE ONE BAD HABIT.
In July, a friend and I decided to finally stop smoking. We did it cold turkey and honestly, we feel better about ourselves.
COMMIT TO (ALMOST) DAILY WRITING.
I’ve been writing and posting more. I try to write something I feel everyone will actually enjoy reading. Somedays, I worry about the blog and if I’m writing enough but I’m going to take breaks due to my mental health and try not to think how many readers don’t like what I have to say.
SPEND MORE QUALITY TIME WITH HECTOR.
We’re out of the honeymoon stage, and now we see each other when we see each other. And sometimes, I have to remind myself that distance makes the heart grow stronger.
PAY OFF ALL CREDIT CARDS.
I have some debt, but it’s nowhere near as bad as it was at the beginning of 2020 or 2021. I had charged off cards and maxed out cards. Never again!!! Reminder to self: pay off your credit cards as you go.
8. BUY A JOURNAL AND COMMIT TO 5 MINUTES A DAY OF WRITING.
I said last time maybe I didn’t take this seriously, and I think I got so distracted with the bullet journal format I didn’t think about the therapy behind reflecting on a day and moving on from something. I’m a pressure cooker type of person. I let all the little things build and build until I’m ready to explode.
9. MAKE SELF-CARE A PRIORITY.
When I changed jobs, I became a giant living, breathing working machine. I started to neglect myself. I have no energy for self-care or anything else. I hated reading my Christmas card saying, “thank you for being one of our most reliable agents.” Usually, I accept any type of praise, but this upset me.
KEEP A REGULAR SLEEP SCHEDULE.
I force my body every day to just work itself until it’s exhausted. That’s how I forced myself to get a sleep schedule: no melatonin or sleeping pills, just exhaustion.
. DO SOMETHING COMPLETELY OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE.
I participated in a terrain run with no training. My friends woke me up at six am, which was a mistake. I was ready to fight everyone. I got myself a hot chocolate and a cookie, and by 9 when we arrived, I was prepared to run. I didn’t do the mud obstacles. I didn’t want to get dirty. And we skipped the ones with long lines, but I tried my best, and I think I did okay.
12. DO MORE FOR MY COMMUNITY
Just once, I would like to volunteer and make a difference. I got distracted and lazy. I feel you have to work with your community and so many people don’t.
MEDITATE AND PRACTICE MINDFULNESS EVERY DAY.
I set an intention and write it down. I have courage and be kind. Yes, it’s a Disney quote. But I say it every day. After I wake up, I spend 5-10 minutes in the morning sitting and just paying attention to my body. I focus on my breathing and surroundings and remind myself every day that’s enough.
SPEND MORE TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
I am doing better at meeting people and even just calling them. I no longer feel like I’m annoying. If they didn’t want to talk to me, they would say so. I’m actually planning to visit people more in 2022.
15. STOP BEING LATE FOR EVERYTHING.
If it’s something I don’t want to go to, I show up late. And sometimes I’m on time, and my boyfriend is late. It’s just the perk of having two people who don’t care about time.
BE MORE FOCUSED.
Since I actually enjoy writing my blog and writing my story, I don’t have to force myself to focus on doing them. When I stopped forcing myself to focus on my goals, I did much better. Also, having a routine has helped.
GET IN BETTER SHAPE.
I still feel silly being in a gym alone. I learned a lot after working with a trainer, and now I am in better shape. I have much better stamina and strength. Now that I have the basics of properly working out and properly eating, I want to focus on losing weight now.
DRINK MORE WATER.
I highly recommend a water reminder. I don’t need it as much now because I drink water all the time, but it was necessary when I first started.
MORE PHOTOS OF MYSELF.
I found no excuse not to feel comfortable in my skin. I save pictures even when I look bad because I’m not scared of looking bad anymore.
20. RESTART MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL.
In 2022, I plan to give it one more honest chance, and if I still don’t feel comfortable, I plan to give up altogether. I’d instead try and fail than not try at all.
21. FINISH MY BOOK
Not completing This goal hurts. I was so excited, and I dropped the ball. I wrote all of 3,000 words, and then life got in the way.
These goals don’t just go away. Whatever I haven’t completed will be added to my goals for next year.