The reason why I say 2022 Goals, is because there is too much hype around New Year’s Resolutions. As I said in my post, Third Culture Christmas, I do believe there is a lot of truth to the Russian saying that you spend the New Year just the way you meet it (Как Новый Π³ΠΎΠ΄ Π²ΡΡ‚Ρ€Π΅Ρ‚ΠΈΡˆΡŒ, Ρ‚Π°ΠΊ Π΅Π³ΠΎ ΠΈ ΠΏΡ€ΠΎΠ²Π΅Π΄Π΅ΡˆΡŒ).

I feel like with COVID-19 disrupting so many things, it’s often harder to hold yourself to goals, so I decided to set goals that I know I can achieve. Although, if I am not sure about a goal, I am okay with putting a question mark beside it. So, here are my goals!

Plan for Getting COVID-19:

I don’t mean to sound negative right off the bat, but because of Omicron, it’s becoming even more necessary to plan for COVID-19. It just recently occurred to me that I don’t have a plan for getting COVID-19. After almost two years, I have not got COVID-19, and neither has anyone in my family. It’s only been some friends of mine who have got it or had family members get it. There is an element of luck to not getting sick, even if you do everything right. I was certain when my Mum got sick that we were going to get COVID-19, and I was amazed we didn’t, even with Mum having a nasogastric tube and Dad flying in to help us!

The best advice I ever got was if you have a health problem, throw everything you possibly can at it until something sticks. It doesn’t matter if it’s something weird, but if it works for you, use it! Lately, I have been doing a massive Google Search on what to do to relieve COVID-19 symptoms, so I just need to compile all that data on it and be ready. And, of course, recovering is not the full story. I need to see if I will get long COVID-19. Anyway, thank you next!

Start Journey to Financial Independence:

I am not going to say what exactly I will be doing to start this. I will say this though, I can’t start with my original business idea because there is a 1.5-year backlog at immigration for permanent residence. The good news is I have an idea to tide me over. I may end up sticking to that idea permanently. Who knows?

Start Writing A Book:

I have been talking with some of my TCK friends about collaborating on a book! Originally, I thought of writing a book about my stories and insights, but I feel like I’m happy with my blog. Watch this space!

Read At Least 50 Pages Per Day:

I was in a funk with reading in 2021. Lately, I have been hanging out at my local library, and I realized how much I have missed reading! Plus, as an entrepreneur, it’s even more important to read. And I love it too, so I’m excited! Now, I have a great set of books lined up. I maxed out my library card!

Speaking of libraries, I revisited this episode of this British show I love. Watch the part before the intro because anyone who has worked at a library will tell you this is true. Glad they made fun of it!

Blogging Goals:

Here’s an overview of what to expect next year. I am going to be catching up on posts I planned to do. I have a backlog. I’m thinking at the end of the year, I am going to do Blogmas, but again, do culturally themed posts. We’ll see though. I’m already feeling inspired by posts I can do this year. I am also going to be doing at least THREE guest/collab posts! Looks like it will be a great year for blogging!

One last thing: If you have any questions you want me to answer, or give me any feedback, please do!

Continue What I am Doing for Mental Health:

COVID-19 has helped me a lot in terms of learning more about what I can do for mental health. It was tested to the LIMIT when my Mum got sick! You get more insight into your mental health when times are challenging. There’s no silver bullet, but I am more than willing to do the work I need to do to improve whatever needs to be done. I would say I’m somewhat okay now.

Additionally, I have been doing everything I can possibly do to help my Mum mentally while she recovers. I don’t know what it is about appendicitis that messes with you mentally, but it does. I’m not a mental health professional though, and if my Mum needs more help, I will encourage her to get it!

Continue Calgary Parks Challenge:

After Omicron burns itself out, I intend to continue with my Parks Challenge. I have four parks to write about, that I put off for a while. That’s a good thing to do while waiting for Omicron cases to drop.

So far, I have seen 11 parks, written about 6 parks, and I have 62 parks left to see!

Continue Physical Health Habits:

I’ve been working on my physical health as well. It’s been tough to do so because it’s easy to be a couch potato in lockdown. Even so, I found a solution and I’m happy to continue to improve on them.

Question Marks:

I’ll mention a couple of goals that I have question marks with. I really want to learn how to drive in the winter in Canada, but so far, that’s not been possible. Will it happen this year? Hard to say.

Additionally, I have got signs that I am aching to travel. I was jealous of my Dad when he came here because he got to fly and I didn’t. I was like, “I’m the person who meets him at the airport. Meh.” A friend of mine sent me a photo of a mall lately, and I kid you not, I thought it was LAX! I’m really hoping I can travel at least once in 2022.

One thing I am already thinking about is travelling over the Christmas season. I have had a string of tough Christmases since 2017, which was the year I got appendicitis. The only Christmas where I was truly happy was in 2018 when I travelled to Yosemite. I feel it’s time to experience the Christmas season elsewhere. I have already thought of a few local places to visit if COVID-19 is still a problem, but also some international ones, just in case. Here’s my list:

  • Banff: Want to see what it’s like at Christmas.
  • Jasper: Ditto
  • Yellowknife: Okay, pretty hardcore climate, but I would like to try it.
  • Jamaica: Those close to me know why.
  • Germany: If you have seen how they do Christmas, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Will I go to one of those places, or will I go someplace else? Watch this space!

I wish you all the best for 2022! What are your 2022 goals?

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  1. Such interesting goals you’ve set for 2022! Here’s hoping they all come to fruition. I was genuinely amazed reading the first point- planning for COVID! Trust me, you’re lucky to escape it. I’ve lost loved ones to it and I know what a thief COVID is. But there were times before I got my vaccination that I just wished to get infected ans have it done with. Hope you stay safe. Wishing you a fabulous New Year 2022! πŸ₯³

    1. Thank you. I hope your goals come to fruition too. I’m really sorry to hear you have lost loved ones to COVID-19. I have other friends who have lost loved ones too. I do feel lucky, but it’s so weird. Thanks for commenting and Happy New Year to you too!

  2. Happy New Year and best of luck achieving your goals for 2022. That’s very exciting that you’re planning to write a book and potentially collaborating with your TCK friends. Glad to hear that you’re going to continue with your Calgary Parks Challenge.

  3. They all sound wonderful. I especially like the idea of traveling. Hopefully 2022 will be the year to end the pandemic and traveling can be back to normal again.

  4. Wishing you success in achieving all your goals. We are all going to catch Covid. The severity of the illness will depend on underlying conditions and degree of protection. As to learning to drive in the winter, many Canadians who have lived here their entire lives still can’t figure that out. So, my wish for you in 2022 is health, hope and happiness. Stay well and celebrate the little stuff when you can. Allan

    1. That is true about COVID-19. Whenever I hear about high rates of cases among Covidiots, I’m like, “Well, well, well. My karma ran over your dogma!” Still, I hope the best for everyone I know in that regard. Good to know about driving. I kind of like a situation that keeps me on my toes. Thank you for your kind wishes and I wish you health, hope and happiness too! Happy 2022!

  5. I definitely follow the SMART acronym for goals. It might take a while to publish this book though. It’s okay to want to buy books. It’s never a waste of money. I still can’t believe it’s 2022 either! Like WTF??!! Thanks for commenting and Happy New Year!

    1. You should see our house in California, and my aunt’s place. My aunt’s place is worse than ours. At least we don’t usually have books over the floor. My aunt has books ALL OVER the floor! I remember being a kid and thinking every home had lots of books until I started going to friends’ places lol

  6. Those goals sound great – I hope you get to them soon! I’ve been procrastinating on writing a book (a story, really πŸ˜‚) for so long it’s ridiculous. Can’t wait to read your book!!
    Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

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