A few months ago I wrote about my 2021 Goals (it was really fun to go back and revisit this post!) and how I select and track annual goals. This year feels the same, but different – this time I’m brainstorming with my list of values physically printed out in front of me.
As we wind down 2021 (am I the only one ready to wave goodbye?)…I thought it would be fun to revisit some of my 2021 goals and see how I fared.
|Run 10K||Partial||Maxed at 5K for running, but did run every day in September + lots of walking + recorded my highest monthly mileage in June.|
|Get new running shoes||Yes||It did involve bringing home (and agonizing over) 4 pairs – I actually made a rating grid to test them out on different features and ran with all of them multiple times on the treadmill – but finally checked this off my list in June. Re-reading the above I sound neurotic, but an uncomfortable pair of shoes is just the worst.|
|Get two massages||Partial||One in January.|
|Get away for at least 1 night with John||Yes, yes, yes||Went to White Point for 2 nights thanks to his award-winning photograph. And, bonus, the food was included.|
|Publish 52 blog posts||Yes, yes, yes||Will get to almost 150 by the end of the year. So excited I finally took the plunge on this creative outlet!|
|Hike the entire Duncan’s Cove Trail||No||Overall did a lot less major hiking this year. That’s fine.|
|Read Great Expectations||Yes||Finished January 24.|
|Re-read the whole Harry Potter series (maybe with Abby)||Yes, yes, yes||Abby and I both read these books (I read Book #1 aloud to both kiddos) + we’ve listened to the audiobooks + watched all the movies in 2021.|
|Get to X lbs||No||But I ate healthfully, exercised regularly, and am (mostly) happy where I’m at. I won’t add a specific weight goal for 2022.|
|Use more stickers||Yes||I put stickers on letters I sent in the mail and placed them in my daytimer on days I had low moods. It was a note of whimsy, and also an easy way to see cyclical patterns, often related to hormone fluctuations.|
|Print off a book of quotes||Yes||Ordered on October 6. This was a decades-long project and I was so happy to bring it to completion.|
|Print off 2020 photobook||Yes||February|
|Get a new house facade||In progress||Major external renovations happening. New windows + a front door have been installed, additional insulation (our house was built in the 1970’s so the walls are thin and insulation was sparse) has been added, and metal siding and new gutters are currently going up!|
|Hang something over the couch||Can I sneak in a partial?||We bought a shelf to go to the left of the couch so that one big wall looks a little less lonely. I think I want to hang a giant mirror over here? It’s been four years of a very blank wall and it’s time to spruce things up!|
|Go to Amethyst Cove||No||See note above about hiking.|
|Go downhill skiing at least once||Yes, yes, yes||Went as a family over March Break and ended up with season passes for 2022 + John bought second-hand gear for the family.|
|Water fast 24 hours (x5)||Partial||Never completely a full 24 hours, but lots of intermittent fasting. I think intermittent fasting really does help with my energy levels, but I’m not feeling the need to extend to a full day.|
|Get rid of spider vein on forehead||In progress||Tacked this on to an appointment at the dermatologist. Think it will take another laser treatment. It’s been bothering me for years.|
|Re-read: Grapes of Wrath, Off the Clock, Bread and Wine, and Gretchen Rubin||Yes||I did intend to reread all the Gretchen Rubin books I own and only got around to reading one, but I’m still checking this off as completed. All the rest of the books listed I did re-read.|
|Go for coffee with someone new||Yes||Met two casual acquaintances at my favourite local coffee shop and have subsequently become a lot closer with both of them!|
|Get and use an Instant Pot||No||Not really interested anymore. Another big gadget to store and use and meals are working pretty well lately.|
2021 TA-DA LIST
I also keep a running list of things that didn’t necessarily make the “goal” list, but I’m glad to have accomplished in the year. Some highlights from 2021:
|Installed a new toilet in the en suite and fixed miscellaneous plumbing issues.|
|Submitted photos to Saltscapes photo competition (and John won!)|
|Planned and hosted a birthday party for Abby in March.|
|My audio question was played (and answered) on Best of Both Worlds. Between this podcast episode + Laura’s surveys for her upcoming Tranquility by Tuesday book, I gathered the momentum to start this blog!|
|Set up elisabeth-frost.com and started posting regularly (and SHU linked to some of my posts).|
|Had a call with Laura Vanderkam. As in the author whose book I have on my living room hutch!!! A phone call. With Laura!|
|Enjoyed another coffee with friend (and local author) Jan Coates.|
|Survived solo-parenting for the first time since March 2020.|
|Worked toward an exciting business acquisition opportunity.|
|Accepted an unexpected job offer pushing me back into the research sphere I left over a decade ago.|
|Read books with accompanying movies. Highlights included: Anne of Green Gables, Heidi, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox.|
|Went to NB x3 when the border bubble was open. Had a great time at the lake.|
|Hosted my father-in-law – whom we hadn’t seen in 2 years – twice!|
|Participated in a ladies’ Bible Study at our new church.|
|Almost finished reading the whole Bible again…but then stopped at day 311.|
|Survived a month-long lockdown + return to at-home learning. The kids spread their proverbial wings with neighbourhood friends.|
|Hosted A LOT of playdates for the kids + even 2 sleepovers.|
|Did in-home date nights almost weekly the whole year.|
looking ahead to 2022
I’m not sure how long this will make sense (somehow 50 goals in 2050 feels a bit excessive), but I have forged ahead and come up with 22 goals for 2022.
I put my butt in a chair and typed for 15 minutes and this is what I came up with – in no particular order. I’m glad to be starting now so I can ruminate a bit and tweak, remove, or edit. Obviously, I’m not tattooing these to my forehead, so it’s fine to modify the list as I go, but there is something satisfying about listing these intentions at the front of my annual planner and not touching them until year-end. It does feel very reno-heavy still, but 2022 should be the last big “push” in terms of upgrading our home!
Without further ado:
- Travel somewhere that requires an airplane. We had to cancel our much-anticipated trip to visit my sister in South Carolina in May 2020. I would love to be able to make it down to see her family, and it would mark Levi’s first trip on an airplane! Obviously, this goal is heavily dependent on COVID (as is much of life, it seems), and with the new variant, I’m also 100% at peace with the fact travel may not happen for a while yet. But it is nice to dream…
- Get away alone with John at least twice. Upping the ante for 2022. I would settle for one trip back to Paris, however unlikely (see #1).
- Take each child on a special date (not just popping into a coffee shop for a muffin – like an all-day sort of thing).
- Go to Grand Lake at least twice over the summer.
- Print off a photobook for 2021 (this feels a bit like cheating because I always do this and this particular photobook is already ~75% complete), but it’s my list…so I’m doing it.
- Run in an organized race. Doesn’t have to be timed, but something official with other people participating. A 5K Blue Nose event in Halifax, perhaps?
- Go out for coffee at least once a month with a friend.
- Finish reading (probably just to myself) all the Anne of Green Gables books. It has been almost two decades since I read the complete series.
- Get a blog comment from Laura Vanderkam and/or Gretchen Rubin.
- Research the steps to starting a podcast (I have a particular friend in mind I’d want to do this with; we joke about this possibility regularly and I’d love to make it a reality someday). This would be for fun, no pressure – just a bit of casual background research. AND/OR be a guest on someone else’s podcast!
- Get blinds/curtains for the windows and patio door in the living/dining room.
- Have all the bedrooms on the main floor painted. We haven’t painted or done any upgrades to the bedrooms since we moved in so I have no idea how old the existing paint is…but it’s definitely showing it’s age. (Plus get the trim painted and all the touch-ups from renovation work in the living room; bonus points if we get the pink tile in our en suite painted; bonus, bonus points if we introduce a note of whimsy – e.g. a pop of colour – in some of the bedroom closets).
- Upgrade electrical outlets on the main floor.
- Re-build the carport/expand the entry way. This is a big one, but after only a few months without it I am missing it!
- Get one week of meal-delivery kits.
- Enjoy at least three soup-and-sandwich oasis visits.
- Go out for a nice supper, just adults, when my brother and sister-in-law come from Denmark to visit Canada (COVID restrictions permitting) in the summer. It will be 3.5 years…I think, I’ve lost count?…since we last saw them.
- Go to the movies at least once with John and at least once with the kids.
- Get better at downhill skiing. Go at least once during the day without kids and go at least once at night to ski under the lights.
- Get a pair of (small) hoop earrings. I have never owned a pair of hoops.
- Get a dressier, down-filled puffer coat.
- Try to make a habit of Sunday-afternoon naps. I’ve had a hard time with Mondays this year, and I think going into the new week with a boost in my energy via a quick, restorative nap would be a great goal for 2022.
Life can take a lot of unexpected twists and turns in the run of a year (or even a day for that matter). I’ll likely have to abandon some of these aspirations, or at least be content for modified versions. But, for now, I say: bring on 2022! We’ll see how long my enthusiasm lasts…
What about you? Any specific goals/plans for the year ahead?