With 2022 just about to begin and 2020 being, like, yesterday, it feels like two years of our lives have been fast-forwarded through a blur of sweatpants, online deliveries and cooking at home. This whole COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to take a look at ourselves and our lives and figure out what we find most important.
As we move into 2022, I need to say it: I think resolutions are outdated. I think that waiting until the New Year to resolve to do something can be a bit of a cop out sometimes. But, in saying that, this time of year is always a time of reflection; reflecting over the past twelve months and reassessing what we want the next twelve to look like.
Each year, I like to reassess my goals and make sure I’m still on track with what I want to be working towards, and this year, is no different – except there are some major changes coming.
Goal 1: Finally finish a novel (and maybe pitch it?!)
I’m guilty of starting a lot of things and not quite finishing them. Even as I write this, I know I should be working on the final three chapters of the young adult fiction that I am this close to finishing the first draft of. I want to finish a project, through and through, and be content enough with it to try my luck at taking it further. It’s going to take a long time, but I really need to put my patience and persistence into practice and just get. it. done. Wish me all the luck!
Goal 2: Slow down
I am so guilty of filling up my diary every day that sometimes I forget that it’s totally okay to relax. Yes! Relaxing! It’s a thing! I know I don’t schedule enough time to relax because whenever my diary is a little bare or I decide to watch something on TV, I feel a little sense of panic that I should be using my scarce free time wisely and be doing something.
With twins expected by the end of January or early February, I know I will have a lot of speeding up to do. Double the diapers, feeding, patting and shushing. But, I don’t want to wish away the little years. I want to do my best to enjoy them (in my crazy, sleep-deprived state) and be in the moment instead of planning out all the things I have to do.
Goal 3: Prioritise me time
Wow, could I sound any more selfish? But I know that to be the best version of myself for my family, I need a little bit of me time. Whether it’s reading or writing or going for a walk with an audiobook, I need time out – and grocery shopping, cooking and exercising doesn’t count.
Goal 4: Reassess my career
It’s probably not a shock, but writing isn’t my full-time career. As a soon-to-be-mother-of-three-under-three, I need to reassess what my options are for going back to work after my 12-month maternity leave. Working full-time in a relatively senior position doesn’t seem practical with three young children, and I’ve been exploring motherhood and the workforce (such an interesting topic) and trying to figure out what my next steps will be. If you have any advice, personal insight or anecdotes, I’d love to hear them in the comments below.
Tell me what you’re planning, wishing or hoping for in the New Year – besides COVID-19 not ruining any more of our precious time.