Volume 2, Issue 27: 2022 Goals, If You Are So Inclined
Hi friends! I know I said it before, but I’ll say it again: Thank you for being here. I appreciate you all so damn much. We have made it through the year and yes if all you did was survive then that is enough. I don’t say this flippantly. There are so many people who did not survive this year, our second year of the Covid-19 pandemic. So many of us lost loved ones and capitalism is killing people so yeah, surviving is getting to be a harder thing to do for countless numbers of folks. Surviving is already hard for most people! And now it’s harder. So again, I say, I appreciate you and I’m glad you’re here.
Further down today’s issue I’m going to share some of my goals / resolutions / habits / intentions / vibes for 2022. I want to make it very fucking clear: You don’t have to do any of this shit. If setting intentions is not for you, then don’t do it. You are not less-than for not doing it and people who set intentions are not better than anyone else. If your only intention is to exist, then that is enough. This little video below puts it really well and succinctly:
For me, I crave direction, structure, and control. We are on a tiny wet rock hurling through space and as individuals most of us are in control of so very little when it comes down to it. Setting intentions etc. is my way of staving off existential crises. I’ll make my silly little lists and check off my silly little boxes and make our silly little bed to avoid just dropping everything and howling into the darkness. Though, I may schedule some howling time as well. We’ll see.
Last year I wrote an entire post on intention-setting so I’m not going to go through all that again. What I will say is that I have been focusing more on building habits (more about that in the future maybe?) and also I absolutely know that when my therapist sees my intentions for 2022 she is going to ask, “How does each of these connect to your values?” so there’s my gift to you if you want to think about that. I made some tea and put on some jazz and Nicole and I sat for almost 3 hours and went over our goals from last year (LOL) and what we want to do and cultivate in 2022.
I am not recommending you do all that, but if it thrills you, go for it!
Here are some of my goals or intentions or habits I want to build:
Read 130 books (I read 146 in 2021)
Maintain a daily writing habit, which I had already started doing and it was working out until Xmas got in the way and this week was a mess. But it was making me really happy so I intend to write daily, Sunday through Thursday. Fridays and Saturdays are days off from writing.
Stretch daily. I was also doing that daily pre-Xmas and it made me feel good.
No internet after 9pm. Literally turn the wifi off on my phone. Only exceptions are if I’m listening to music or books or using the Calm app. Basically, no emails or social media after 9pm but turning the wifi off helps me stay honest.
Get up by 8am daily, even on weekends. I am not a morning person (or awake person, let’s be honest). I am a depressed person. I love to lay in bed and be under the covers and also I physically feel like crap when I sleep in too much. I hate being up by 8am and also I know for a fact that I feel better when I do that and I often have a better day. Note: I do not support attaching morality to “early risers” or anything like that. That is capitalism talking and I don’t approve. I just know that I, personally, feel better when I am up by 8am.
Leave reviews for things. Etsy! Yelp! Google Reviews! The little QR code on the post office receipt! It costs me nothing but 2 minutes and could have some really good impacts, especially for people in the restaurant and service industries or small businesses.
Give away some books. I’ll be hosting some book giveaways on Instagram in 2022 for sure.
Make pasta. I have a slight obsession with Pasta Social Club and I want to start making hand-shaped pasta. I think it will 1) make me happy but also 2) be really fulfilling to be creating things with my hands beyond my usual cooking and baking.
No phone while eating. I want to practice being more present and also, looking at my phone while eating hurts my back.
Team goals/intentions (for both Nicole and I):
Don’t start any projects after 8pm. Doing things, like organizing a bookshelf, after 8pm gets us all riled up and then sleep is terrible.
Watch list. Keep a running list of all the movies and shows we want to watch into a physical notebook (because they’re on different platforms) and keep it on the TV stand. This will help us in picking out what we want to watch on our weekly movie nights.
Listen to 1 record weekly. I think I’ve mentioned before but we had inherited many vinyl records years ago and we have over 100 we need to listen to and decide if we like it and want to keep it. When we talked about it, we realized that the big thing keeping us from doing this was that it was a dedicated 40-ish minutes to focus on an album and we just never make time. So I suggested we schedule it during one of the many common times when we are just usually staring at our phones, such as on Saturday mornings when we are drinking our coffee/tea.
Story time. Nicole loves to read to me and I love to hear her read to me and we haven’t been doing that so we want to get back to it.
Take more days off work. At least one day a month and we are going to plan it quarterly. So next week, we’ll plan which days we’re taking off in January, February, and March. We will also come up with a plan for the adventures we want to do on those days. It might be a hike. It might be the aquarium. It might be working our way through Atlas Obscura for San Francisco. It might include a trip to my new favorite place. It might be a movie marathon on our couch.
Use what we got. That means eat the snacks we have before buying more. That also means a buying freeze on candles, hand lotions, and nail polish. SIGH.
Monthly goal check-in. In 2021, we wrote down our goals, stuck them on the wall, and then didn’t look at them at all until yesterday. In 2022, we plan on looking at our goals the last Saturday of each month and seeing if there are ones we want to get rid of or zhoozh at all.
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