Not Quite The Beginning I’d Expected, But I’ll Take It
There’s an old wives tale that says where you are and what you are doing when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve is what you will find yourself doing throughout the new year. For more years than not, New Year’s Eve has found me and my loved ones in a church praying in the new year. When COVID struck in 2020, it was bought in virtually, and I was just fine with that. Ironically, we will be doing the same thing heading into 2022 since my husband and I were both diagnosed with COVID-19 on the 30th. I’m not sure what that means in turns of the old wives’ tales exactly. Either my husband and I will be resting throughout 2022 or not quite up to snuff. Either way, I’m thankful to be counted in the number.
So, what are we planning for 2022
We aren’t. One thing 2020 and 2021 taught is that it’s nice to have plans, but they can go awry at any moment. I still hope to achieve some specific goals this year. I have a feeling that this year is going to be like no other in terms of its importance. There is a definite urgency in it. Like I did last year, I have divided my goals into five sections (no particular ranking): Personal, Spiritual, Marriage, Family, and Business.
One thing 2021 taught me was the importance of taking time for myself and taking time to take care of myself. I tend to nibble here or there throughout the day, sometimes missing meals, grabbing energy where I can. It’s not healthy and I know I can do better. My goals for Personal care in 2022 are:
- Make and attend doctor, dentist, eye, and chiropractor appointments.
- Find a therapist and regularly attend therapy lessons.
- Once bi-weekly, have a meal by myself wherever I chose–unapologetically.
There is no doubt about it. I need Jesus. This world needs Jesus, and quite frankly, I don’t see the world succeeding for much longer if we don’t have Him in our hearts and in our lives. Recognizing that, my Spiritual goals for 2022 are:
- Develop one-on-one meditation and Bible study time with God
- Develop and maintain a consistent Bible study routine.
- Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men“
If you were to look at the marital stats out there, you may get discouraged. There are approximately 2,015,603 marriages in the United States. That equates to a a marriage rate of 6.1 marriages per 1000 total population. There are approximately 746,971 divorces (45 reporting States and DC). This equates to 2.7 per 1000 marriages. There is a divorce rate of over 50% and while it lessened during the pandemic, there are people who expect it to rise again once the quarantining periods are over. Still, I believe wholeheartedly that marriage is a good work and deserves the effort and nurturing that it required to make it great.
My marital goals for 2022 are:
- Openly communicate my thoughts and feelings with my spouse
- Actively show love in his love language
- Actively cultivate a marriage that teaches our children what healthy and positive relationships/love looks like
2021 made it quite clear how important it is to have that relationship with your family. We spent quite a lot of time together this year, and I was so thankful for that time. I have been blessed to see my littles grow up before my eyes without having to miss milestones because I was in an office miles away somewhere. The flexibility of remote working has been such a blessing to our family. It has also yielded some goals that I would like us to bring into 2022.
- More creative play and activities with the littles based on their interests (gymnastics, theatre, art, sports, etc.)
- More family game nights
- More family trips off the beaten path
I had a few ideas about what I wanted business to look like in 2021. Some of them came to fruition. Some not so much. In 2022, I want to have a more concise plan of achievement. I want to list some attainable and measurable goals that will require me to put forth effort instead or operating in a laissez-faire mentality. Let’s see how it goes. My 2022 business goals are:
- Obtain five sponsorship posts for brands I believe in
- Obtain new position heavily involved in social media management
- Build SFF as more than a blog, but a brand
So, there you have it. That’s what is pushing me in 2022. How about you? Do you have any goals that you would like to share in the new year? What is driving you this year? Share below in the comments. I look forward to reading all about it!