A New Year Means New Goals

“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” — Joseph Campbell

One of my favorite highlights from 2021 | A surprise birthday lunch in the park with dear friends

A couple years ago, I decided to abandon the ritual of setting New Year’s resolutions. They never stuck and I quickly realized I couldn’t transform my lifestyle because of a fleeting thought I had every January. Rather than ruminating on resolutions, I decided to do something more productive, realistic, and specific. I decided to set goals every year and check in with them periodically to see if I needed to make adjustments or if I was “crushing it” and needed to set more. Spoiler alert: the former tends to be truer than the later given that I’m highly ambitious and tend to reach for the stars. 2022 is no exception, so I spent time reflecting on the past year and started writing down this year’s new goals. Want to see them?

I break my goals down into categories, making them easy to follow and ensure they’re balanced across the different areas of my life—personal, professional, health, financial, key relationships, and spiritual.

Personal Goals

I’ve been craving “newness” for a while…new skills, new adventures, new everything. The past year has had too much of the same, and I want to feel like I’m in a constant state of learning.

  1. Complete all my French lessons before my honeymoon.
  2. Read 3 books.
  3. Bake a pie and a cake using my new supplies.

Professional Goals

I took a lot of time to reflect on my professional life and my career’s trajectory…it brought me here. Blogs, writing, and storytelling are my passions. I’m going to do everything I can to make those a priority because 2021 was a year of high burnout and a work/life imbalance.

  1. Sell more blogs.
  2. Refocus my career path.
  3. Finish my novel draft (ambitious, but I think it can be done).

Health Goals

My health and fitness goals have dwindled the most year to year. They’re some of the hardest because we live in a world surrounded by temptations. For someone who grew up leaning into those temptations instead of resisting them, this is a muscle I’m going to continue to strengthen this year.

  1. Commit to adding a fruit and/or veggie to as many meals and snacks as possible every day.
  2. Focus on living a more active lifestyle with daily walks, strength training, and regular yoga sessions.

Financial Goals

I’ve been fortunate and lucky to be financially stable; it’s a true blessing for me. I’m always finding ways to improve in this area, so I can continue to live this way while also giving back to others every year. These goals are fairly personal, so I won’t share anything too specific other than it will be the year I finally pay off my student loans—a huge feat for me!

Key Relationship Goals

If the pandemic taught us anything, it was how pivotal our relationships are. And not just relationships with other people but our relationships with technology. Spending more time at home has meant spending more time in front of devices, and I want to reverse that habit.

  1. Plan a beautiful wedding with the love of my life.
  2. Plan monthly date nights.
  3. Plan regular “friend time” on a monthly basis.
  4. Be more mindful of media consumption (TV, phone, computer, social media, etc.).

Spiritual Goals

My mind has never held a lot of space for spiritual goals because I never truly understood the purpose until now. “Spiritual” always tends to get associated with religious beliefs, and there’s definitely a part of that present for me, but I think it’s more than that. I’ve deepened my faith over the last few months of 2021, and I’ve tried to take it one step further through meditation (focusing on faith, mind, body, spirit, and soul).

  1. Meditate for at least 5 minutes per day.
  2. Find a local parish.

I’m so excited to see what 2022 brings and even more excited to check back in with my progress on these goals. Setting these goals doesn’t guarantee that everything will go to plan, but it does give me something to work towards and positive things to look forward to, so that I can create the life I want to live. I can make adjustments along the way and pivot, but I’m ready for an enriching and enlightening year. ✨

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