Friday, January 21, 2022

2022 Resolutions

Time for 2022 Resolutions!

2022 is divided into three categories: 
1. Book goals (obviously) - 5 goals
2. Monthly goals - 4 goals
3. One-time goals 4 goals

Total of 13 goals for 2022. 

Book Goals: 

1. Read my oldest 10 books on my TBR. 

This is my favorite goal every year. 
My TBR ("to be read" list)
 is stored on my library's website 
and, helpfully, the library orders it by date added. 
Every year I read (or delete) the oldest 10 books on my TBR. 

1. American Apartheid: 
Segregation and the Making of the Underclass 
by Douglas Massey

2. Without Merit: a novel by Colleen Hoover. 

3. The Natashas: Inside the Global Sex Trade

4. Bleachers by John Grisham

5. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society* 
by Mary Ann Shaffer

7. One Day: a novel by David Nicholls

8. Let's Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson 

9. Women in Clothes 

10. Dolly: My life and other unfinished business 
by Dolly Parton 

*I'm quite sure I briefly started this one but never got into it.
 Willing to try again. 

2. Read Two Books I Own 

I don't own a lot of books, 
but I do have a very small stack I've acquired. 
I thrive under library due dates that force me to read 
and struggle owning books with no time constraint. 

Books I own: 

The Night the Lights Went Out By Drew Magary 
(Adam loved this book)

Still Evangelical by Mark Labberton 

The Lies that Bind by Emily Giffin 

Moloka'i by Alan Brennert 

Swing by Ashleigh Renard 

Julie & Julia by Julie Powell 
(saw the movie and loved it)

3. Finish "The Source" by James Michener 

My father-in-law lent me this book. 
I started it April 2021 and ugh, 
it's long and tedious and... ugh. 
But I'm determined to finish it! 
It's a million pages (ok, so like a thousand) 
so maybe if I read 10 a day?

4. Read "Trans Like Me" 

I started this book TWICE in 2021 
and never got more than a few pages in. 
I know so little about the transgender community 
and I would like to know more. 

5. Learn my librarian's names. 

This is so simple but so important. 
I am terrible with names, 
but our librarians are so important in our lives. 
There are a dozen (or more?) at our local library. 
They all know me and my kids 
and greet us warmly by name 
and we chat and laugh together. 
And of them all, I can only remember two names!!!! 
I must do better!

Monthly Goals : 

These are goals I want to repeat every month. 

1. Take a class. 

I love learning about a very wide variety of subjects, 
and I find classes to be deeply stimulating and enjoyable, 
but I never make time for them. 

Specifically, I want to take at least one sex-related class. 
I won't elaborate on here for fear of the bots that will swarm this post, 
but generally it's an area of my life I want to keep improving. 

Along those lines...

2. Monthly date night with Adam. 

Continuation from 2021. 
We had about 50% success rate last year 
and I want to improve that. 
It should also be easier now that Carson is no longer breastfeeding. 

3. Write 20 minutes a day, 4 days a week. 

I'm in the middle of the book 
"the Power of Writing it Down" 
which suggests writing for 20 minutes, 4 days a week 
boosts a significant improvement in mood. 
I've blogged and journaled off and on throughout the years, 
but I want to start writing consistently. 
I already started this month 
and have enjoyed it immensely. 

4. Have Elizabeth over monthly. 

Elizabeth is the fake name I give to all the females in my life. 

In this case, Elizabeth is my kid's best friends. 
She is a charming, bright, vivid girl, 
full of potential to change the world. 
She has had a rough start to her young life 
(a lot of trauma and maybe even abuse?) 
and she still has many uphill battles to climb. 

I don't know if we can be a help Elizabeth, 
but I want to keep her close to us 
so that if she ever does need us, 
she knows we are here for her. 

One Time Goals 

1. Get my ring fixed. 

It's hard to tell in this picture, 
but two of the prongs are badly bent. 
I stopped wearing it for fear of losing the diamond. 
This is not a hard task, 
but it's one I will ultimately put off and forget about, 
unless I make it a goal. 

2. Save photos off my phone. 

As I was consolidating all the photos in our lives, 
I realized I have no permanent backup of Nov 2014-June 2017 
other than my iPhone cloud and our physical family yearbooks. 
I want to save these photos on an external drive 
along with the photos from before and after these dates. 

3. Finish wiping old laptop 

I wiped one of our old laptops in December 
but have one more to go. 
It has tons of documents on it from grad school and more, 
and I need to go through them all. 

4. Recycle laptops and fridges. 

Continuing from #3 above, 
I want to recycle our old unused laptops. 
We also have a broken wine fridge, 
mini/beer fridge, and an old printer that need to go. 
Our township used to do an annual electronics recycling day, 
but they stopped that during covid. 
If they don't restart this year, 
I want to find a place that will recycle them responsibly. 


  1. Great goals! I like how organized them. :) I'm struggling to think of goals this year (not shocking after the lack of success last year) but after your podcast suggestion, I'm going to listen to that and see if I can come up with some goals! Basically, I just want to finally lose this weight and it's all I can think of ha.

  2. Also, Guernsey is one of my favorite books. It took a minute for me to get into the style of writing, but I ended up LOVING it. And the movie on Netflix is adorable, I've watched it MANY times.

  3. Looking forward to hearing about your progress! And I agree about the library due date being a good motivator. My mom passes on books she reads but then it just feels like an item on my "to do" list that I'm not ready to tackle yet!