10 Goals Before I’m 23

Posted in Lifestyle
on April 22, 2016


I turned 22 on Monday. I was thankful no one played Taylor Swift. Don’t get me wrong, I love her, but I hate how playing her song “22” has become a trend for people who are that age. It’s weird. I digress.


I wanted to try something new for my 22nd birthday. I wanted to create a list of goals and plans I have for this year of my life. I don’t think we should make goals once a year. I think we should always try to improves ourselves throughout the year, which is why I’m giving myself 10 goals I want to achieve by my 23rd birthday.

Next year, I’ll check my progress to see how I did. For the time being, here’s what I hope to accomplish in this year of my life.

Get Experience:

For those who don’t know, I will begin my first job on May 2nd. Although I am nervous about this new chapter, I want to take advantage of all the learning opportunities within my field. I am beyond blessed to have a job where I’ll be working in different facets of my field. So, I’m hoping to put my talents, learn, and gain as much experience as I can.

Make My Health A Priority:

Throughout 2015 and even now in 2016, health was put on the back burner. I hate saying that because I have always been passionate about health and fitness. Unfortunately, with the stress of other life commitments, this slowly crept further away from my life. I’m hoping this is the year where I make health my number one focus, and I can become a healthier, happier version of myself by 23.

Write Every Day:

Journaling is something I have always done. However, I want to ensure that I’m constantly writing each day. I have gone through phases where I write every single day for several months. Then I go through a phase where I don’t write at all. I want to be consist because writing has always been therapeutic for me. Whether it’s writing a gratitude journal, prayer journal or a regular journal, I want to focus on writing each day.

Learn To Cook:

So, I’m not going to say I’m a bad cook. I can do the basis: chicken, any variation of pasta, etc. But, I know there is so much to learn. Even though I’m young, I’m hoping this is something I can focus on now that I’ll be living with Josh. We move into our new place tomorrow, so now would be the best time to learn! It’ll be a new adventure for us, but I’m hoping I won’t give up and order out five nights a week.

Have Adventures:

Just because I am leaving my college days behind, I don’t want to be the type of person who gets up, goes to work, comes home, and goes to sleep. I still want to have spontaneous trips and adventures with Josh or my friends. I don’t want 22 to be the year where I become boring. I want to be adventurous and get the most out of life as possible.

Continue Blogging:

For awhile, I was considering ending my chapter of blogging. I thought between the new job, and learning how to live on my own—having a blog would be too much. I am known for taking on too much, but I promised to continue blogging as long as I don’t overdo it. If there ever comes a time where blogging is too much, I will take a step back when necessary, which brings me to my next goal:

Take More Breaks:

I feel like I never give myself a break. When I’m not 100 percent focused on school, working, or blogging, I am planning a new project. With social media and blogging, it can be hard to unplug and take those necessary breaks from the digital world. However, I have been practicing social media and blogging breaks for myself in order to rejuvenate.

Begin Writing A Book:

Did I say I’m always planning a new project? Well, this is one I’ve been considering for a long time. The idea of writing a book has always been a dream of mine, but this dream has been coming up A TON recently, so maybe this this the year where I begin making that dream a reality. I don’t know what will happen with this goal by my 23rd birthday, but I hope I will have good news to report.

Never Stop Learning:

I can’t fathom the idea of not being a student. I’ve been in school for 17 years. It has been the majority of my existence. Because I am a nerd at heart, and I love to learn, I want to make a goal or reading more, watching documentaries, and learning in any possible way. I think that learning is essential. If I’m not learning, I’m not living.

Be Kind To Myself:

Unfortunately, this is something I need to work on. Many 20-somethings struggle to be kind to themselves because we live in a world where we are constantly criticized. I am at the age where I need to accept myself for who I am, and focus on the person I want to be. Self-love is so important, and I hope I have a better relationship with myself by 23.

What goals do you have for yourself for this year of your life? Make sure to share them in the comments below!

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  • I love this! The one about taking breaks definitely hit home with me because I also take on way too much and try to do it all sometimes and we need to remind ourselves it’s okay to take breaks. I also have a dream of writing a book some day, and I say go for it girl! 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Cara! I truly appreciate your kind comment! And yes, remind yourself you deserve breaks as well–maybe even a break when you decide to write that book, haha!

  • Maeve Rafferty Gerboth

    I love this list! And you are so right, it’s smart to make goals & intentions all year long. I think my favorite might be: “be kind to yourself.” Oh, that is so important lady. The 20’s aren’t easy – they are beautiful and messy. But we must be kind to ourselves as we navigate this season of great change & growth. xoxo

    • You’re comment was so sweet and thoughtful, Maeve! Thank you so much. I am learning that my 20s have taught me a lot so far and it’s only just the beginning of this period of my life. But, I plan to work on being kind to myself, and build a stronger, healthier relationship with myself, too!

  • Cindy @HometownQueenBee

    Great list! I wish I wrote down specific goals when I was younger. I am turning 34 next week and although nothing in these last ten years turned out the way I expected them to, I still wound up in a good place and I sure have learned a lot along the way! Good luck reaching all your goals this year!

    • Thank you so much, Cindy! I can already tell you right now that if you told me five years ago that I would be 22 years old with a Master’s degree, an amazing job and living out of my home state–I wouldn’t believe you! Sometimes, our plans change, but they are still good changes and everything will work out the way it is meant to!

  • Learn to cook is definitely on my list too! I can only to very basic things!

    • Same here! I want to expand my knowledge of cooking and really step up my game!

  • Abby

    Great goals! You know I can hook you up with some great starter recipes 🙂 My goal this year is to keep working on my MBA.

    • Please send some recipes my way! However, I do visit your blog for recipe ideas, I want to know your recommendations. Keep working hard on that MBA, Abby! I just finished my Master’s (technically) last night with my defense! It feels so wonderful to be done and know that I’ve accomplished this goal I’ve had for awhile now.

  • Awesome goals! Good luck with them 🙂 Never stop learning has always been one of mine too. Such an important one!

    • Thank you so much, Rachel! I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning, especially being a bookworm.

  • Emily Bendler

    I love these goals! Its great to have goals you can work on through out the year.

  • I need to complete some of these before I turn 23 also!

  • Such awesome and intentional goals, girly! Love them. Best of luck!

  • Good luck with all of your goals! I made something like this called 25 before 25. I turned 24 in January haha. Man, I feel old…but this is such a perfect way to make sure that you’re always improving.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • You’re not old at all! But I completely understand about “feeling” old. Good luck with crossing off all those goals from your list.

  • Adriana

    I love these!! Learning some serious cooking is something I want to do too!

    • I feel like we all are trying to become better cooks! It takes so much time and effort, but good luck with learning and gaining experience with cooking!

  • I’ve recently switched to a gluten-free diet, and I feel like I am learning to cook all over again! I love it, because I’m learning how to cook yummy substitutes for many things I feel I can only live without for so long! Great outlook for your only year of being 22! I wish I would have done this when I had turned 22!

    • Thank you so much for your comment, Erin! Congrats on changing up your diet! That’s so wonderful.

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