Twenty-Twenty Two

Hey pretty girl,

It’s been a while.

2021 was a year of hard work. Reflecting on the past year, I’ve spent a lot of time setting up my future, healing from my past, all while experiencing so many adventures in the present. At the end of last year, I set three overarching goals for myself: redamancy, philocalist, and spontaneity. When I re-read my blog post from the start of 2021 detailing these goals, I was honestly disappointed in myself. I truly hadn’t “achieved” a single one of these goals. Re-reading what I had wrote made me feel like 2021 was a failure.

However, what I realized is that none of these goals could ever be fully achieved. And while I may not be able to check them off as completed, I grew in each one of those areas. With redamancy, I’ve experienced both ups and downs this year of being able to love others to the fullest extent. With philocalist, I’ve not always been present in every moment, but I’ve stopped and appreciated more moments this year than ever before. Lastly, while I still struggle to leave the house without having a semi-plan for the day, I went on many spontaneous adventures (thanks to Jack).

In 2022, I decided to set some more concrete goals for myself. I wrote down a list of 22 goals for the upcoming year, and planned to get started right away on January 1st. The morning of New Year’s Day rolled around and I didn’t wake up with the same fresh start feeling I’ve had before. I felt the exact same. As a perfectionist, I’ve noticed that it’s easy to put aside goals if you feel as though you’ve already failed them on day one. I am choosing to adopt a new mentality this year when it comes to the daily goals I’ve set for myself.

January 1 is not my only opportunity for a fresh start. Each day that I wake up is a new chance, regardless of what yesterday looked like.

Twenty-Two Goals for 2022

  1. Visit my Future Campus (keeping it a secret still)
  2. Read Bible Every Morning
  3. Finish Sweat 2.0 (workout app)
  4. Earn my Real Estate License
  5. Finish a Devotional Book
  6. Graduate Summa Cum Laude
  7. Win Money at a Casino
  8. Get a Summer Job
  9. Write 30 Blog Posts
  10. Move to —- (eek it’s a secret)
  11. Decorate New Apartment
  12. Read 20 Books
  13. Share the Gospel
  14. Nail a Cold Call in Law School
  15. Paid Brand Deal
  16. Have a Testimony to Share
  17. 1 million+ views on Pinterest
  18. Build up my Savings
  19. Apply for Venice Study Abroad
  20. Make New Friends at Law School
  21. Travel Home on my Own
  22. Be Genuinely Happy

Looking at the goals I’ve set for myself for 2022, this year is going to be one of big change. It is crazy to think that this year I’ll be graduating college, moving to a new state and experiencing so many new things. It’s easy for me to look at this list and feel afraid. Afraid of change. Afraid of failure. Afraid of growth. When reading my Bible this morning, I came across a verse that soothed my fear.

“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control.”

2 Timothy 1:7

Here’s to a year of power, love, and self control.

With Love, Marin

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