Well, 2022 has had a pretty crappy start to be honest. In the first two months we had to quarantine from covid exposure, had two major family emergencies (we were so lucky not losing anyone), actually got covid and I was really sick for three weeks, two of our three animals had seizures, and of course Russia/Ukraine happened.
So obviously this has been a lot to deal with, and I have been very overwhelmed. But I am very proud that I still did my skincare routine every day and did things like dance therapy, crafting, therapy, and getting outside with the dogs when possible to keep my mental health somewhat in check.
Just like when your New Year's resolution fails, sometimes you have to readjust your goals, or do the bare minimum, or simply take a break before you get back to it. I wasn't ready until now to tackle the bigger things, and that's okay. I've been sorting out my bookkeeping, the mail, made some calls I had put off, and I'm working my way up to do my taxes. By crossing thing after thing off, even if it's just one thing a day, I lessen the anxiety over being behind and make my way back to where I was before this all happened. :)
Have 1 date with myself
I didn't have time, with the quarantining/being sick and spending time in PA, but I made an effort to do a lot of crafting! I also got an ocarina which has been fun learning to play.
Have 1 therapy session
Well, I sure did this one lol. When things started happening I scheduled weekly appointments for a month to talk and check in on how I'm doing, which I'm very grateful I was able to do.
Read 1 educational/self-improvement book
I was reading Atomic Habits by James Clear, but my library hold lapsed and it was over a month to get it back so I have not finished it. And honestly I have not had the mental space to read self-improvement books since then, which is okay.
Photo by Kelly Sikkema
Have 1 proper date together
My partner did my usual birthday dinner of steak, mashed potatoes, and wine mushrooms, and the same for Valentine's day. We also did a night of chocolate fondue. You can only do so much when you have covid! ;)
Do 1 hiking trip
I did go on a small one early January, technically too short to count but with the circumstances I will allow it this time.
Keep my inbox cleared up
After New Year's I started getting tons of spam every day, so it was really overwhelming. But I cleared everything up by late February/early March. :)
Do weekly bookkeeping
I did my monthly bookkeeping for January, but being so sick I didn't get February done until this week actually. So my weekly goal was not met after the first two weeks of the year, but I am pleased with being caught up and to start on this goal again.
Send 1 newsletter to my subscribers
As you can see I didn't write anything after the first week of the year (which is such a shame cause I was on a roll!), but I got a January/February newsletter sent out this morning so better late than never!
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