It’s a little bit past mid-year but better late than never: I wanted to give you a little update on how I have been doing with my 2022 goals. It is wild to me that we are already 7 months into 2022. I’ve hit some of my goals and completely forgotten about others, but overall am feeling pretty good about how 2022 is going. If you feel comfortable sharing, I’d love to hear how you are doing with your goals.
2022 GOALS Check-in.
At the beginning of the year, I had mentioned that my biggest goal was to slow down. To pause and savor life’s littler moments in my personal life and to be more intentional about everything I do professionally. To have less little things on my plate so that I can focus on the bigger picture. I am, overall feeling really good about both of those things. I have felt a lot more present in my personal life, and much more intentional with work. I’ve also stopped rushing so much.
Things I want to do this year:
Be able to run 3 miles in a breezy way.
I am sad to tell you that I am not here yet. I was basicaly there and then COVID kicked the living daylights out of me. And I just haven’t been running. I ran a little bit while I was in LA but my goal is to get back on track next week. I am not beating myself up over this. There are 5 months left in the year, and sometimes there are just things you can’t control, like getting really sick. It’s frustrating as I was so colse and then got totally knocked down. I couldn’t exercise for about two weeks and for the following two weeks just did baby workouts. I’m only just now getting back to my harder workouts with my trainer; running is next!
Be a little bit bored.
This goal might sound a little bit funny but it came from reading this book, Bored and Brilliant. The idea is to not fill every second with work/activities/etc. Reclaiming the idea of spacing out, which is often (at least for me) when the best ideas come. At the beginning of the year I was feeling like there was just too much on my plate. Stepping back from the podcast was not easy but is the best thing I have done for myself and sanity in a long time. I think there is a good lesson here: to be intentional and take stock of every single thing in your life.
There will always be elements of any job or life that are less fulfilling or you don’t enjoy (for me it’s all the accounting stuff, recording sponsored instagram stories, reviewing contracts) that you will always have to do in order to you know, survive and be an adult. But if it’s draining you and you don’t actually need to do it to live, why keep doing it? Even if it’s something you really loved at some point, it is okay to let it go. Move on, you will free up space for your next big idea or project, even if you’re not sure what it is.
Anyway, I was “bored” for about a month, right now I am not bored. The 5 hours a week I spent on the podcast has been invested back into the blog and newsletter, creating better video content (you will see the fruits of that in the next few weeks), improving my photography, and getting more involved with politics down here. But I don’t need to be bored, everything I’m working on right now feels really exciting.
Build out a better morning routine.
I did nothing here. And I still hate mornings. I do love starting my day with an audiobook though.
Learn to drive.
I still have 5 months. I did not expect to be a homeowner before a licensed driver but here we are. I’m going to do it, I would really like to be driving by the time I move in. This doesn’t bother me that much though. I still (even in the heat) walk pretty much everywhere and get a ride or uber everywhere else. I know my uber bill is wayyyy lower than a car payment and insurance could ever be. A weird justification, but it will happen.
A thing I want to stop doing this year:
Spending too much time on social media.
It’s gotten a little bit better. But not much. My screen time is down, but maybe an hour a day? Step by step. I have a post-it note that says “create more than you consume.” Some days I’m really focused and other days I just find myself doomscrolling.
On the work front:
A big, bold blog redesign.
I DID IT! I am so proud of how it looks. More about the redesign in this post.
Grow my email newsletter.
My email newsletter is a big focus right now. Transparently, it hasn’t grown much, but I haven’t put much effort into marketing it/growing it. Honestly, I was so focused on just getting the content to a place I liked (we switched providers which has been very helpful!) that I felt proud of. Now that the content is in the right place I am going to look into different ways to market it. Along those lines, you can sign up here if you’d like!
Pushing myself creatively.
YES! I feel really happy about this. My friend Laura and I have been shooting regularly and I absolutely love working with her. I find that we just work really well together. Same goes for reels, I hired a younger friend to help me out with filming and editing those. All of these things require more time and planning and I think having fewer things on my plate has allowed for that.
Dry brush regularly.
I am doing medium with this. I always feel so good when I do it (it’s great for your skin and also your body’s health) but sometimes I forget. Hey. It’s a silly goal anyway. You can read more about the benefits of dry brushing in this blog post!
Take better care of my hair.
I’m feeling good about this one too. I never thought I would cut my hair this short but it has made my life so much easier, and it looks cuter than I thought it would. I can blow it out with the Airwrap (I just use the round brush attachment) in 15 minutes or so which is wild to me. Charleston’s humidity is not great hair weather but it’s still long enough to tie back into a bun.