My 2021 Goals
Looking back on 2020 is something I don't even want to do. However, even through a year of total horse shit, I have still managed to accomplish a few of my 2020 goals. I ran a marathon, went on vacation and completed 1 year of therapy. 3 out of 10 goals complete. That's pretty good if you ask me. I realized though that since my list of goals was so significant (10 goals is A LOT) I may have bit off more than I can chew - and therefore felt I didn't accomplish as much as I could have (which is totally untrue.) Even though I still did quite a good job accomplishing goals this year - I want to set myself up even better for 2021. I'm setting 5 goals and I'm making each one of them super actionable and very much in my control. So without further ado - here are the 5 goals I am setting for myself for 2021:
Read a book a week. I fell way behind on my reading this year - which is super odd since we've been in quarantine. You would think I'd have read more. Maybe if I had been one the of many unlucky people who have lost their job - I would have had the time. But fortunately, I sill worked this year, just from home. I love reading. Always have. One year I read 50 books! I felt so accomplished and better yet - noticed I was much more relaxed. Reading helps with my anxiety more than I can describe. If I read a book a week that means I'll have read 56 books. I really hope I keep this one up because it's fun and therapeutic. I just signed up for Book of the Month club and I plan on reading most of the books from Reese's book club and Belletrist. Got any book recommendations?
Publish 100 blog posts. Let's be honest. My goal is to grow my blog and my following so that I can reach more people and build a community. That's really hard to put into action though. Something I've learned this year is that you need to be consistent. That's how you get better at writing and that's how you draw more traffic to your work. 100 blog posts is roughly 2 posts a week which is exactly what I'm aiming for. I'm really excited to get the ball rolling on this and really intrigued to see how much better my work ethic and content is by years end.
Upload 50 YouTube Videos Okay so you probably don't know I have a YouTube channel. It's a bit of a hot mess. I've spent a lot of this year getting in my own way when it comes to my content on that platform. It feels oddly vulnerable and awkward. But I actually really love editing and uploading videos. It's fun and creative. I love watching people's day in the life, what I eat in a week, etc, and want to build something like that of my own - also it's another thing that would really help in driving traffic to my blog. Of all 5 goals this is the one that is likely not to stick. Only because I've been doubting myself like crazy about it, but I really hope I pull through and get past the awkward phase of it, because I think I can create something really special and engage with a lot of great people.
Workout 6 days a week. I know this sounds kind of dramatic but - when I turned 27 I could already tell my metabolism had gone down. I don't shed weight like I used to, which means I can't eat like I used to and I can't workout like I used to. I love working out. It gives me energy and makes me feel better. So not only do I have to workout more because I'll blow up if I don't but I have to for my own mental health as well. Whenever I fall off of my workout routine, I find myself feeling more depressed, puffy and tired. So the plan is to run 3 times a week and lift the other 3 days but I don't want to be strict on myself about that. If I feel like running more or lifting more I'll do that or if I feel like going for a walk rather than a run - I'll do that! Either way though - I really want to stay on track.
Lastly - I want to save X amount of money by the end of the year. I really need to put a financial goal within my 5 because - I am not awesome with money. I've really learned a lot about budgeting this year but I have a long way to go still. I"m not putting the amount that I'm going to save because I feel like that's rude and kind of tacky but - I basically calculated how much I can set aside of my salary each month without suffering or needing to dip into it on the reg. Then I added a little more to that final number for any side hustles or money gifted to me by family over the year. I really think I can do this if I buckle down, weekly budget and stay focused.
So those are my 5 goals. Pretty reasonable don't you think? And totally possible! I highly recommend this way of going about goal setting. Don't get me wrong. I'm all for shooting for the stars and dreaming big - but there's something to be said for "small" actionable goals - because they often lead you to that big dream you have.
There are also some words to live by that I'd like to Indulge in this year:
"You are never trapped in anything" And "Live in the moment and take things one day at a time."
These are in response to my Generalized Anxiety, which as I've noted in previous blog posts, has gotten worse over the years. I want to work on the paralysis my anxiety can put me in and the fear of the future I often find myself harping on. A few other one off things I'd like for this year are: 1. Travel - God I miss it SO MUCH. 2. Learn French - if I become fluent I've decided to book myself a trip to Paris.
3. Move my relationship forward. Whatever that means. Make it even stronger.
4. Lower my cholesterol - I know I sound like a 55 year old man but I have slightly high cholesterol for some odd reason and I'd love my next blood test to look differently.
5. Eat more vegan - for moral reasons...but I'm not sure I could ever give up eggs.
6. Grow my online community. - on here, on insta, on youtube. I have so much fun creating content and I'd love to push myself to get more involved and creative with other people on Social Media.
So what are your 2021 goals? What were the goals you thought you'd achieve in 2020 but didn't because COVID stole everything? What did you accomplish that you didn't expect to?
I'm dying to know! Your motivation gives me life! Here's to a year 2021. I just know it's gonna be a good one.
Self Care. Self Flare.