January 1, 2021
I didn't quite achieve most of my 2020 goals, but I still made progress based on my intentions behind these goals.
For example, I wanted to read 50 books to challenge myself and to learn more. I didn't end up making it to 50 books, but I still read more books than I had in a while, and learned a lot. At the same time, this goal didn't always align with its intention. I often ended up pushing myself to finish a book I was no longer interested in just to increase my book count.
This year, I've decided to set intentions rather than resolutions. I think that setting more general intentions instead of specific resolutions will guide my activities to more honestly support my goals, and provide some much-needed flexibility in such uncertain times.
2020 was a tough year for me in many ways, and I wasn't always on top of my mental and physical health.
For one thing, I ate way too many Twix chocolate bars and had to get 4 cavities filled! I'm definitely staying away from those sticky treats in 2021.
I've never been very physically active, which is something I've been wanting to change for a while. I'm not sure what that's going to look like yet, especially since adult fitness classes in my province are largely on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have been curious about trying aerialism, so I'm going to start working towards that by improving my flexibiltiy with the 30 day splits challenge.
I'm also thinking this might be a good time to start regular therapy sessions. Although I'm feeling much better these days, I think that regular check-ins with a therapist might prevent future dips in my mood before they get too serious.
- Still not eating Twix!
- Found the split challenge too intense, so started using movr and am aiming to get 1 5-minute movr mini done most days. Haven't been very consistent with it so far.
- Started online therapy sessions every 2 weeks with a registered counsellor.
- Got a more comfortable bike and started cruising around the neighbourhood on sunny days.
- Took an intro to aerials course and hope to continue aerial hammock next year.
- Tried to get into a regular gym habit over winter break, but provincial COVID restrictions put an end to that pretty quick.
I want to continue exploring creative activities and maybe find something I want to continue long-term.
I've already started online singing lessons, and have signed up for ceramics classes at a local recreation centre.
I'm also curious about the maker culture, and hope to get some more insight into that this year.
- Starting weekly online singing lessons with Felicia at Sing IT Studio.
- Rec centre ceramics classes were cancelled (twice!), so waiting for another creative opportunity.
- Started monthly Maker Crates from KiwiCo to try out different crafts. Use my referral link for $10 off!
Other than that, I'd like to continue learning in general.
I'm still working towards a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Health and Community Services at the University of Victoria (UVic) on a part-time basis.
I'm now working at Craft CMS as their lead accessibility engineer, and will continue learning a lot in this role.
I'm planning to keep reading, but I won't be aiming for a certain number of books like last year. Instead, I want to focus on interesting books, along with other formats like articles, podcasts, and videos.
I'd like to improve my American Sign Language (ASL) and French as well. Since I much prefer learning languages in-person, I'll wait and see if any such opportunities open up this year.
- Taking part-time courses at UVic, and am aiming to complete 2 courses each semester.
- Reading interesting books, which can be tracked on my GoodReads 2021 challenge page.