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Two weeks into the new year and still talking about goals? Well duh, how else are we going to achieve our goals? Consistency! Consistency is the key and I want to be better about keeping consistent this year than how I did last year. It’s just as important to check in on your progress of goals throughout the year as it is to make them in the beginning of the year. I only checked them twice after I made my 2021 goals last year and it wasn’t very helpful towards the end of the year because I started to feel down on myself. I wasn’t able to see the progress I had made throughout 2021. This year, I want to check in with my goals perhaps seasonally. I will check them once in winter, spring, summer, and fall which to me is enough to keep on track but also not too much that I feel overwhelmed/controlled by reaching the goals. ✨
I can’t believe we have already entered in to 2022, the past two years have been beyond anyone’s imagination. With this in mind, I try to extend myself grace and understanding on days of frustration and anxiousness… which if you knew me before 2020, would be very uncharacteristic of me. As I stated in my previous blog post Reflecting on 2021, I have a bit of a different system than others on how I set my goals. While I have a good amount of goals set aside for this year, I want to keep some of them private as they are personal. However, I will be sharing 5 of my goals in this post and categorizing them into one of my twelve sections. Without further ado, let’s talk GOALS:
- Commit to (2) clean outs a year (i.e. spring cleaning, etc) – Lifestyle 💖
Y’all know how much I love a good spring cleaning! However, that is usually the only time I do a big clean out every year but it shouldn’t be. I have decided to commit to at least 2 clean outs a year including the spring cleaning event because I don’t want clutter to build up. I decided to not limit myself to just closet clean outs though. It could be accessories, books, storage, random junk lying around. I couldn’t believe how much randomness is lying around my space so I wanted to make this goal a priority this year. This will also help feed into my donating more clothes goal, by nature.
2. Stay true to 2022 savings priorities – Finances 💰
This one encompasses a large portion of my finance goals this year without having to go into specifics. I have quite a few savings goals for 2022 but the only way I am going to be able to achieve them is to focus on them every month. When I had a rather large financial goal of becoming debt-free last year, the first few months of the year I was hyper-focused on that so that drive made me act accordingly. A tangible way that I want to work towards this goal is to educate myself on different forms of investing. I know there is a lot for me to learn so I want to read a few financial literacy books and attend workshops/classes like I did last year.
3. Drink at least 70 oz. of water a day- Health 🚰
This goal is pretty self-explanatory. Water is important and I think we all know that. For me, it helps clear up my skin, makes me feel hydrated and more alert throughout the day, and helps my headaches go away 🙂 I know I can easily hit this goal if I keep it on my mind because it just means I need to drink at least 3 of my 24 oz water bottles. One in the morning, one in the afternoon and one after my workout for the evening which will get me to my daily goal. If you are reading this, I implore you to make a daily water intake goal and challenge yourself to see if you can do it.
4. Read 17 books this year while utilizing the public library – Personal Development 📚
Last year, my goal was to read 15 books and I beat the goal by 2 meaning I read a total of 17 books. I wanted to match last year’s goal by setting the bar at 17 books. Hopefully, I will be able to read more and just keep adding a few on every year. The other part of this goal is the public library. Somehow in the midst of staying inside, keeping to myself, and being afraid of germs everywhere, I completely forgot about the public library. It is insane how expensive books are nowadays and I think I spent wayyyy too much money at Barnes & Noble last year. So I would like to go back to the library and see if I can borrow more books rather than buy them outright. Of course, there will be a few books that I truly want to buy to keep in my collection but there are certainly others that I don’t need to buy for only a one-time read. Plus, I found my public library card in one of my old wallets so it’s a win-win.
5. Take a holiday trip with my boyfriend – Travel ✈️
This goal is very special to me because my boyfriend and I’s work schedules are basically the opposite of each other so for us to be able to take time off at the same time in order to travel to a new spot is a bit challenging. However, that doesn’t stop us from trying! Ever since we graduated college, we have planned at least one out-of-state trip a year. We’ve had the best time exploring new areas, experimenting with new foods, and trying new activities together. Eventually we want to go on a trip internationally but that has obviously been put on hold the past 2 years so hopefully that is on the horizon but if not, we will pick another place outside of Virginia to take a trip to this year. In 2020, we went to The Highlands, North Carolina and in 2021, we explored The Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee. Here’s to seeing where 2022 will take us.
I would love to recap this blog post at the end of 2022 or at the beginning of 2023 to see if I am able to achieve my goals. If you would like to share a goal of yours for the upcoming year, feel free to share with me! I would love to hear all about your intentions for 2022. Additionally, if there is anything specific that you would like to see in a blog post this year, let me know because I would love to continue to connect with you in as many ways as I can. Thank you for reading along on my post today!
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