We are hours away from the start of a New Year. I don’t know how it was for all of you, but 2022 was a challenging year for me on so many levels. I had a lot of highs with just as many lows, and I’m going into 2023 hoping like hell it will have more highs than lows for me.
So how did I do on my 2022 goals? Let’s find out!
- Find a job that makes me happy.
This is one goal that I can safely say has been achieved! If you didn’t know, I am working as the Arts & Leisure assistant at a retirement community. Basically, this job combines all my skills (writing, organization, typing, multi-tasking to name a few) while helping me work on skills that I need to improve (such as my people, phone, and advertising skills to name a few). I’ve been at this job four months and I can honestly say I love it. I love my residents, they are all so wonderful and always make time to stop and chat or give me advice. I feel very protective of them and want to make their later years of life as much fun as possible! I feel like the work I do there matters, it gives me a sense of purpose I’ve never really felt at any previous job. I genuinely love working where I do and I have no intentions of leaving there anytime soon.
2. Have a more minimalist lifestyle.
Up until the beginning of December, I was doing a really great job of accurately keeping track of everything I used up, sold, decluttered, etc… and then I moved into an apartment with my boyfriend on December 10th, and keeping track of everything went out the window. So while I cannot provide the most accurate and up-to-date numbers for all of you, I can say one thing for certain- I definitely used up, sold, and decluttered more than I kept. Seriously. The amount of stuff I first came into the apartment with has dwindled significantly, and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off me.
I know I will never be an extreme minimalist who only lives with like 20 items and I also know I will never be a hoarder either (my anxiety won’t allow it), but I do think I can live somewhere in-between and feel content with that. The main thing I wanted to take away from this goal is to be more mindful about where my money goes and if I’m buying something because it truly adds value to my life or space, or if I’m just buying it for some reason (like boredom, interesting ad online, etc). So I would consider this goal to be a success as well!
3. Write everyday.
I didn’t achieve this goal. Out of the 365 days in 2022, I only wrote on 228 of them. So basically, I didn’t write 4 months out of the year if you look at it that way. I mean I know 228 days is better than none and that it’s over half, but I feel like I let myself down on this one!
4. Put myself first more often.
I’d consider this goal to be a 50/50. This is one goal that I did well with at times and didn’t do well with at other times. This goal seemed to fall apart a bit more in November and December when I was preparing for my move- I exhausted myself mentally and physically to try to get everything done in time and when I didn’t, I was super hard on myself. Even now I’m still feeling some effects from all those stressful weeks. So while this goals wasn’t fully achieved or failed, I definitely learned from it and that’s probably the most important part.
Also, out of the 13 books I wanted to read in 2022, I only didn’t finish one and that was Wonderbook. I was hoping to finish it before the Strat of the New Year, but the move made it difficult to achieve that goal. But 12 out of 13 isn’t bad, so I’m very pleased with how well I did!
My 2023 Goals
So once again, I wanted my goals to be a mixture of writing and life goals. I’ve realized the best way for me to achieve one is to also work on the other as well. It’s the best way for me to feel balanced and to not feel guilty that I’m prioritizing one over the other (though that still doesn’t happen from time to time).
So here are my 2023 goals:
- Finish a first draft of a novel.
Have I been been saying this is a goal for more years than I can remember? Yes. Is it a goal I have achieved? No. I’m at the point where I’ve reached a place of frustration and disgust with myself. I have binders, notebooks, and folders full of all sorts writing. The binders mainly have my novels in them, and all of them are in pieces, some without middles or endings… some aren’t even in order because I just wrote whatever came to mind and then did nothing with them. Honestly, my anxiety and my perfectionism aren’t reasons anymore. I have two degrees. I’ve been a freelance writer. I write and run my own blog. It’s not like I don’t have experience writing… so why am I so afraid to write my damn novel? I don’t know, but this year I just need to sit down and do the damn thing.
2. Knock down my debt/Improve my credit score.
My credit score is so awful I won’t even post what the number is. That’s what happens when you have two student loans for two degrees and some medical debt from when you had to get a kidney stone removed and didn’t have medical insurance! Since one impacts the other, I decided to put these two together as one goal. I have a number in mind for how much debt I would like to pay off and what number I would like my score to be by the end of 2023. Wish me luck on this one because I think it’ll be the hardest one for 2023!
3. Get in better physical shape.
As much as I hate to admit it- I need to start exercising. My mental health, my emotional health, and my physical health haven’t been the best over the past 2 months and I’ve had so many people make the suggestion that I exercise because of all the benefits it will provide me… and I have to admit that they’re right. As much as the thought of running that doesn’t involve chasing a celebrity or running from something scary (like a clown) fills me with dread, I know for the sake of my overall health and to improve my body for other future goals, I need to get into better physical shape.
These are the three main goals I want to achieve in 2023. Throughout the year I’ll probably have mini goals which will be shorter term and not require the same amount of effort that these bigger goals will.
What are your 2023 goals? How well did you do on your 2022 goals? I would love to know! I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!