Here we are—about to wrap up the first week of 2023. While I had a slow start to my new year, I ended the week busier than ever and feeling accomplished. I seemed to have gained steam after writing about some of the challenges I was entering the year with, so if you are feeling like that, too, I encourage you to jot some thoughts down on paper. And while I was writing, I also felt compelled to create a list of goals I would like to accomplish this year.
As I’ve mentioned (and you know from following along), 2022 was a year of transition for me. I stepped into a more demanding role as a caregiver for my grandmother, left a full-time job, returned to horseback riding, and launched not one but two new business ventures. Oh, and I returned to blogging, too! It didn’t seem like a lot when I was doing it, but after some time reflecting, I was like, ‘Damn, I did a lot in 2022!‘ Still, those were just a few of the many things I did in the past year.
So, what’s on tap for 2023? There are a few obvious goals, like growing The Hospital Bar (which is happening!) and working with more aligned mission-driven clients in my consulting role with In Steil Comms. But a few others might surprise you. Take a look!
- Practice another language: This goal always ends up on my list more times than I would like to admit when a new year rolls around, yet never gets accomplished. When you have so many competing priorities, even setting aside ten minutes a day can feel like a lot. I recently made the switch from the learning platform Duolingo to Babbel and set a daily reminder in the app to carve out time for my language practice. I am also feeling slightly more determined to improve my language skills than I’ve been in past years when I knew I wasn’t going to be traveling abroad anytime soon.
- Invite movement into my day: I’m pretty good about working out, but I’m not consistent. I used to find that booking a boutique workout class or having a membership was like a built-in accountability buddy and a reason to motivate me. But since I’ve been doing at-home workouts since 2020, a lot of times it falls off my agenda. My goal this year is to be diligent and schedule some kind of movement every day. This could be going for a sanity stroll, doing a cardio workout with The Ness digital, or going to the barn and riding a couple of horses. I’m hopeful that giving myself some options will make sticking to this goal easier.
- Continue riding: I am so grateful that I’ve been able to return to my passion as an adult. It is like therapy for me, and it’s a great way to practice self-care, be outside in nature, and meet new people. My goal is to continue riding and to be able to ride consistently once a week (which is difficult as the barn is an hour away, and I don’t have access to my own horse). But we are going to strive for once a week, which is why it’s a goal. My dream goal would be to compete again, but for now, we will stick to riding weekly!
- Set boundaries: The thing about writing your goals down is that often, you come up with new ones in the process. Like this one! This was not on my original list, but it absolutely should be. Setting boundaries is so important, and it’s not something I have been particularly good about in my personal or professional life. Working with a business coach in 2022 reiterated the importance of boundaries and made me want to prioritize my time much more this year.
- Keep investing in myself: I can’t stress enough how important it’s been to continue learning as an adult. I am constantly taking classes, attending workshops, and seeking out experiences, so I can be the best advocate, caregiver, entrepreneur, etc. The ironic thing is that I never loved being a student until I was in college. Now, I seem to want to be a student forever.
What are some of your goals for 2023?