2021 goals

January 1st, 2021

Sparkling light-painted '2021' against a pitch-black background.
Photo by Jude Beck on Unsplash

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.

#Live more healthfully

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.

#Foster creativity

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.

#Continue learning

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.