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⭐ DEC 9 – End of Year Intentions or 2021 Goals/Intentions
(Bookish or otherwise)
My personal goals for 2020 were:
Goal #1: Continue taking steps to get out of debt, which includes building up an emergency fund.
How I did: Success! I paid off my non-federal student loan and do, indeed, have a small emergency fund, which I am still working on building. I currently have between $2500-3000 in it. That’s not counting the money I socked away for my upcoming move.
Goal #2: Simplify my class structure and grading.
How I did: You know, this is ongoing. I did have to simplify a lot with the move to online because of ol’ Rona, and work sessions with colleagues have been paramount in me maintaining my sanity and managing my workload over this past year. So I’m going to say yes to this even though it looked nothing like I planned.
Goal #3: Work on completing more items on my 20 Before 40 (Is Over) list.
How I did: Yeah, it’s a wrap on that. I did nothing beyond what I had already done. So I have officially completed half of my list. 20 Before 40 became 20 Before 40 (Is Over) and finalized at 10 Before 40. I like all the ten things I did, so I’m happy.
Goal #4: Find more balance in my life with all of the different personal and work commitments and interests I have.
How I did: Again, given the circumstances, I think I did pretty okay. I have a dedicated work station at my home, which makes it easier to walk away from work in the evening. I generally stop working when I’m done. I have maintained connections with friends, some of my personal commitments, and my book club through FaceTime and Zoom and other platforms. So even though I have been in the house, I have stayed connected, and that’s the best way I can think to have maintained balance this year.
My goals/intentions for 2021 are:
- Stay alive/healthy. This includes both surviving the pandemic and managing my other health issues, primarily the prediabetes.
- Continue taking steps to get out of debt and to build my emergency fund.
- Move into a two-bedroom home with two parking spaces and a separate office that fits my price range and has a good commute (≤10 minutes).
- Embrace the kind of writer I am today and make time every week to work on writing projects.
The only reading challenge I did this year was the Goodreads one, and I’m on my way to completing that (45 books, down from my initial goal of 65). If I make it to 45 books, I’ll either aim for 45 or 50 books for next year, but other than that, I’m not really looking to join any reading challenges.
I would like to read the following books next year, though:
- The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet
- Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This is me, being honest with myself. Oh, and I also will probably read a bunch of middle grade because it soothes my soul.