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2022 - More Joy

Well, we did it. We made it through another year. This years started off with a metaphorical bang for me - I came down with an as yet unknown virus. Fever, chills, killer sore throat, laryngitis, dry cough, nausea, vomiting…. The works. It’s likely the big C but we’re still trying to get our hands on a proper test. I was tested early at the doctor but they said I should retest because I was so early in my symptom onset.

As a result I have been drinking tea like it’s water, sleeping all day, and cuddling my cats while I try to rest and recover. Hopefully this mess is out of my system soon and I can start more on my 2022 goals! I set what I think are some pretty simple but powerful goals for the year and I will definitely be using this blog to track them. Goal One: Read More. Last year I seriously slacked on pleasure reading so my goal is not huge - read one book per month. I plan to review each book I read in this blog as accountability.

Goal Two: Write More. Now that I have started this blog I am going to focus on a minimum of one post a month. And I will get to spruce up my writing skills but doing so… I always loved writing but have not made it a priority.

Goal Three: Create More. Noticing a theme yet? I started making more art last year than I had in a long time and I was to create even more of that this year. I’m not forcing myself into any style or medium - just want to be making something all the time.

Goal Four: Move More. When I spend time in the woods, I am my happiest self. The goal this year is to get in at least a hike a week (health permitting). I even bought myself a set of snowshoes so that weather can’t interfere as much!

Goal Five: Cook More. I love to be in the kitchen. I love exploring recipes and trying new things. Last year I was so stressed and overworked I lost sight of the joy in cooking and made the same simple meals over and over. This year I want to find that joy in the kitchen more.

Did you notice a theme? My word for the year is More. More of what makes me happy. Do you set new year’s goals or words? What motivates you to keep them?

Image of a white woman in a gray and white checked hat standing in the woods
First hike of 2022

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