I know it’s cheesy, but I love a new year. I love turning to a blank page in a notebook. I love setting goals and benchmarks. I love feeling like it’s a fresh start. My boyfriend and I actually set goals together this year (this was great for us individually as well as a couple, in my opinion), and we plan to hold one another accountable to achieving our dreams. We are both very driven and want to accomplish a lot in our lives, so having a built-in accountability buddy is very helpful. I’ve listed out ten goals below (it’s a lot, I know), but some are one-and-done, some are life-long routines that I need to implement, and some are long-term to be accomplished steadily throughout the year. Let’s get started!
Develop a healthy relationship with my mind, body, and soul.
one | further my industry knowledge bi-weekly through educational courses, trainings, or certifications
There are lots of trainings, courses, and educational opportunities I have in my saved folders that I’m going to make it a priority to get to this year. I love learning, and in my industry, it’s so important to stay up-to-date on all the new information available.
two | outline my book idea(s)
I’ve always wanted to write a book. It’s been a goal of mine for the past two years to write that book, and I’ve never made any head-way. In 2021, I plan to outline my book idea(s) and finally make some progress on this life-long goal.
three | remain heavily involved in my non-profit work and investigate new opportunities
I currently serve on two non-profit boards, and I hope to maintain that involvement throughout the year. I also want to find a local literacy foundation to start working with that I can remain involved in in the years to come.
four | distribute a regular newsletter to my blog readers
I used to send a weekly newsletter, and I want to start that up again. I need to brainstorm some more ideas on how I’d like to see it designed and what information I’d like to include, but I’m planning to start distributing again in February.
five | develop a consistent, sustainable workout routine
If you’re a regular reader, you know I had a pretty good workout routine down prior to October of 2020 when I had a slew of health issues pop-up. I’ve been back on the grind for two weeks now and feeling better than ever. I hope to keep it up in the months to come since working out always makes me feel at my best.
six | cook at home more regularly
I started this habit in 2020, and I’m keeping it around for 2021. I invested in a meal kit delivery system at the end of 2020, and I really love it. It makes cooking so much easier. As someone who never knows what to cook, it’s really nice to have it show up at my door 80 percent ready for me to make.
seven | travel to two new cities (if safe)
If it’s safe with the pandemic, I’m hoping to travel to two new-to-me cities this year. I haven’t gotten to explore half of the United States, and I’m itching to see some new cities. I haven’t wanted to travel to any cities in 2020 because of COVID, but hopefully, 2021 is a little better for travel.
eight | learn how to crochet
I tried to pick up crocheting during quarantine, but I picked it up a little too late. I’m planning to dedicate one night a week to crocheting to truly learn the art.
nine | read 75 books
I read 71 books in 2020, and I am determined to keep up that reading pace. I created a thorough 2021 TBR List (post coming next week), and I have piles at the ready no matter where I am (seriously). I can’t wait to see what new favorites come out of this year.
ten | plan intentional time with my friends and partner
If 2020 taught us one thing, it’s that friends and family are some of the only things that make life worth living. Both my boyfriend and I want to be more intentional in our dates — I want to do one new date activity a month together, and he wants to go on one extravagant (for us) date a quarter. I want to carry over this intentionality to my friend groups by taking dedicated time for girl’s nights and get-togethers.