Hey, let me slide into your blog feed with my list of “things I want to do in 2023” before January is officially over. Have I mentioned that this month was a blur? THIS MONTH WAS A BLUR.
But, I did finish my list of goals and aspirations. It’s probably not an exhaustive list, but I like to leave room for surprises and hopefully a long (what Elisabeth calls her) ta-da list – a list of accomplishments that weren’t on the list but are worth celebrating.
Without further ado, my goals for 2023.
Complete (another) 365 Peloton Streak.
Yup, my third year. I told you I would put this on the list again. This is not complicated – I’ll just be striving to get my “blue dot” every day (= one activity on the Peloton platform. Even 5 min of meditation counts.)
Complete the virtual Route 66 Challenge.
Tanja and I signed up for another Conqueror Challenge this year and this time we’ll virtually run, walk, and bike the 2,280 mi (3,669km) of the iconic Route 66. You track your workouts through your smartwatch or fitness app and keep chipping away at the distance. The miles are tracked in the Conqueror app, which shows you where you are on the map and how much distance you have accomplished at any given time (and also if you’re “ahead or behind”). I find this sort of long-term challenge super-motivating and can’t wait to see how we do!
Buy a bed frame.
You guys, I am putting this back on the list. We’ve lived in our duplex apartment for 4+ years and we still don’t have a bed frame. I am wondering, what does that say about me?
Finish my summer travel recaps.
I am super proud that I got the photobook of our family vacation done in time for Christmas and since I also included a full write-up of our time together, I should – technically – be able to crank out these travel recaps for my blog in no time. I want them on here for completeness (and because I want to share them with you guys).
Get my hair done professionally.
Can you believe that I haven’t been to a hair salon in over three years? I’ve been trimming my own ends (hooray for long hair) throughout the pandemic and I am going to say it, I don’t miss the hair salon expense. Why is it so freakin’ expensive to go to a salon, even if I just get a trim? Still, it would be nice to get pampered again sometime.
Finish the Outlander (Book) Series
As previously mentioned, I won’t be setting any more reading goals until I am finished with the Outlander series, but finishing the series is a reading goal in itself.
Travel home for Christmas
I know this is (somewhat) far away and not completely in my control (for various reasons) but I do hope to celebrate Christmas with my family this year. I haven’t been home for Christmas in several years and while I have enjoyed quiet Christmases with Jon, it’s not the same as seeing family for the holidays, especially if you get along with your family as well as I do with mine.
Complete Project 365 on Instagram.
Project 365 means one picture every day for all of 2023. (Stephany and Meike – and maybe some others? – are doing it and I love the idea).
Tbh, I am a bit tired of stories and videos on Instagram. I swear, I get dizzy if I look and scroll for too long, because everything is constantly moving. What happened to Instagram being a platform where you just share a photo? Have we even gotten away from micro-blogging on Instagram in favor of video snippets? In an effort to get back to the roots, I want to post more pictures but also purposefully look more at the photo feed of people that I follow than the story feed.
Advocate for myself better.
I suffer a bit from imposter syndrome and combined with some perfectionist tendencies, I can pretty much get in my own way a lot. I get complimented on my organizational skills and my thoroughness, but I also tend to overthink things, I go down rabbit holes, and I question my work along the way. My new colleague is much better about advocating for himself (why does this not surprise me, aren’t men always better at that? Rachel, do you want to chime in?) and I enjoy our conversations because I think I can learn something from him. We’ll see where this goes.
What are your goals for this year? Share one with me – big or small!