For the past few years, I’ve done a resolutions post at the end of the year for the upcoming year, but we’re changing things up for 2022. I originally had come up with the idea of a bucket list a few weeks ago, and I was also tagged by Bill and Paul to share my goals for the next year (thanks friends!). So I’m combining them into one post because there are no rules anymore.
- Thank the person who tagged you.
- Write your goals for next year.
- Write how you’re going to achieve these goals.
- Tag at least five blogger friends. (But I’ll be breaking the rules and not tagging anyone because I think anyone who I’d tag has already been tagged.)
- This last one is optional, but in 365 days, write a post about whether or not you’ve been successful!
2022 Bucket List/Goals
Read 50 books
I’m lowering my goal I had set for 2021 because I didn’t come close to 75 books. Life got in the way, but those times when I wasn’t reading, I was making memories, having fun, or enjoying time with the important people in my life. I think 50 is reasonable for 2022; I plan to spend a lot of time sitting out on my balcony once the weather gets nice and read.
Go to multiple sporting events
This is vague but it includes baseball and hockey games, both of which I went to this year. I’d love to go to Hartford Yard Goats and Springfield Thunderbirds games during their respective seasons, and I’d love to see the Worcester Red Sox at some point this summer, too.
Run at least five 5K races
I’m assuming that 2022 will look a bit more normal on the race-front. Thinking back to the 5Ks I did in 2019, and assuming those races are held again this year, I could easily run five. There are some definite races I have to do, and who knows, I might find some other ones along the way.
Go away on a short vacation somewhere fun
Josh’s family has a place up in Maine that he’s promised to take me to, which I’m excited about. I’ve never been to Maine, and it’s about a half hour away from Portland; I know it’s super cute there and they have the Portland Sea Dogs, too. I’ve never really been away on a mini vacation, so I’m looking forward to going there for a couple of days or a long weekend.
Celebrate one year in my condo on July 18, 2022
I’m not quite sure yet what this will exactly look like, but I’d like to mark the occasion somehow because it’s such big accomplishment that I even bought a condo and moved out in 2021.
Tackle projects in my condo
I’ve found and favorited a handful of digital art prints on Etsy that I want to purchase in the new year. I can just print them out at my parents’ house and all I have to do is buy some 8×10 frames.
I also want to look into painting my kitchen cabinets. They’re currently dark brown, and I think painting them cream or light gray—like a lighter color in general—will make the space look a bit brighter. And finally get rid of the ugly lights in the main bathroom.
Go to five new-to-me breweries
I tend to be a brewery repeat visitor—although there’s nothing wrong with that—but I’d like to go to new-to-me breweries this year. I’m sure that will be easy to accomplish on any day trips Josh and I take around the state, but I think it’s a lot of fun to visit new places and try new beers.
Binge-watch an entire show
I mean, this is pretty easy to accomplish with all of the streaming services out there. In order for this to count, I’d consider binge-watching an entire show as starting and finishing the show in 2022. Possible contenders are Madam Secretary, Manifest, Community, and Chicago Fire. (I’ll also take more suggestions for shows!)
A quick check-in of my 2021 resolutions:
- Read 75 books: My total for the year 48. Less than I wanted, but still a lot of books.
- Run the first in-person race when it’s available and safe to: I was able to run my first in-person race on the Fourth of July. It was a four miler, and although it was my longest race distance so far, I still had a lot of fun—and got to wear my red tutu.
- Run a sub-30 5K: I’m too lazy to look back at my times for this year but I don’t think I came close to this. Which is fine. My focus on running this year was more about just getting out than my times.
- Write two blog posts a week: I don’t think I was super consistent with this, but I was also busy this year, so I wrote when I could.
- Finish the story I’m currently working on: Hahahahaha. I never touched it past this spring because I got so busy. Every once in a while I think about it and hope the Google doc is doing well.