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.
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.
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.
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!