I guess I am doing this now, taking a look back at the things that I wanted to do in the last year, which I put on the blog for posterity. I guess it is fun to go back and revisit the things I thought about at the beginning of the year and kind of reflect how I did.
TRAVEL TO GERMANY.
Sadly, no. Doesn’t need explanation, right?
✔ STAY HEALTHY
Both Jon and I managed to not get Covid and I stayed healthy – and injury-free! – otherwise. We got vaccinated as soon as we were eligible, and then boosted as well. We’re still very cautious when it comes to getting together with people and/or travel, and we continue to wear our masks, wash our hands, and social distance as much as we possibly can for the foreseeable future.
✔ COMPLETE A 365 PELOTON STREAK.
I knew this was a bit of a lofty goal and something that wasn’t completely in my control (because as you know, life can always get in the way), but I did manage to complete my 365 Peloton streak by ‘earning a blue dot” (which marks on the calendar in the Peloton app that you’ve completed at least one, or more activities) every day in 2021.
✔ KEEP UP WITH MY PLANNER/JOURNAL.
I did really well last year with my planner (mostly because I made it a habit to record my workouts and my meal-planning in there) and I hope to continue to use my new planner in the same way. Having it on my desk where I work every day has been a great motivator to take a few minutes every day to write in it.
GET RID OF EXCESS STUFF.
I didn’t really work on this at all. I guess I am picking this up again this year?
✔ COOK MORE VEGETARIAN DISHES.
I am calling this somewhat accomplished, just for the fact that we’ve been working on our meal plan over the last year and incorporated a lot more vegetable into our dishes. I don’t know if we really cut out meat so much, as just adding a ton more vegetables to everything, but our meals have definitely become more vegetable-heavy.
✔ MAKE AN EFFORT TO SUPPORT SMALL/LOCAL BUSINESSES.
I have definitely supported more local businesses when possible (not necessarily small local businesses though). I have, however, supported more small business online by ordering gifts from sites like Etsy or directly from store websites.
I have still not quit Amazon completely. We’re not heavy Amazon users to begin with, but we’ve definitely ordered less. In 2020, we averaged 4 items/month. In 2021, we cut this in half (less than 2 items/month) and really just things I couldn’t find anywhere else. Not too bad.
BUY A BED FRAME.
Nope. We’re still living without a bed frame. Guess that didn’t make the priority list.
LIMIT MY SOCIAL MEDIA TIME.
I have thought about this a lot. Oh boy, did I. But if I am honest, I made no conscious effort to actually put some rules in place for myself to curb my social media use. I guess I wasn’t completely lying when I said at the beginning of the year that I wanted to be more mindful about it, because I definitely was more mindful, but I am not sure I changed anything intentionally. It’s hard when your phone connects you to so many people and resources in one convenient place, but can also be a source of unnecessary distraction, or worse, mental drain, if we’re not careful.
READ 30 BOOKS.
Nope. I read 21. According to Goodreads, I had more foresight and set my reading goal there at 20 books, but I think I actually meant to set it to 30. So, I didn’t quite make it and that’s okay. Reading was a bit of a rollercoaster ride in 2021 but it seemed to smooth out towards the end of it and I feel like I am on solid reading ground right now.
Well, I wasn’t all that successful at the things I wanted to do in 2021. I mean, I didn’t do terribly, 50% is alright, but I also didn’t complete all the things I wanted to do. I did, however, accomplish a few things that I didn’t put on this list, but that I am happy about. I love how Elisabeth refers to the list of these accomplishments as her “ta-da list”, because they’re definitely worth mentioning even if they didn’t make the official list.
So, here’s my 2021 TA-DA LIST:
- Finished watching a complete TV series (Schitt’s Creek) with Jon (big deal, as we’re not avid TV watchers – except for news).
- Went on a hike with my friend Susi.
- Successfully completely a 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse.
- Grew one serving of lettuce in my backyard container garden.
- Successfully completed another year of NaBloPoMo.
- Found Italian plums and made my German Plum Streusel Cake.
- Became somewhat of an (indoor) plant lady.
And in regard to new goals, there is always next year, which is already here. Time to come up with a list.
Did you set goals or aspirations for this year?