Personal New Year’s Resolutions for 2022
2021 has absolutely sped by, and to be honest, I’m not 100% that I achieved that much. That being said, I do love lists and setting new year goals, so without further ado, here are my goals for 2022, broken down into hobbies, health and misc.
The whole COVID pandemic has made it difficult to really engage in hobbies, but I’ve selected a few fun new years resolutions that I think are doable from home so they can be achieved in 2022, no matter what the year throws at us!
1. Read 75 books
I am a big reader and usually set a goal of 50 books per year. However, at the time of writing, I have read 65 books in 2021, so I wanted to set a bit of a stretch goal for 2022!
2. Sew one item with a sewing machine (draft excluder/guinea pig cuddle sack)
My mum bought me a second-hand sewing machine a couple of years ago, but I have yet to try it out. I’ve picked a couple of simple patterns to have a go at and am determined to try at least one in 2022!
3. Finish crochet blanket
I have been working on a crochet blanket for mine and my husband’s bed for literally the entire time we’ve been together (6+ years at this point) and still haven’t finished it. I am determined to finish it this year so that I can move on to other projects.
4. Bake a couple of times per month
I love baking and secretly dream of entering Bake Off one day. However, I definitely need to up my baking game if I’m ever going to achieve that! To do so, I want to commit to baking something a couple of times a month.
5. Do 1-3 theatre shows
I love performing in amateur theatre and was delighted to tread the boards again in 2021. If I can, I would love to perform in a couple more shows in 2022.
I feel like, generally, my health was pretty good in 2021, but there is still room for improvement!
6. Eat healthily
This is a very general goal, so I have broken it down into these additional sub-goals:
- Eat 5-7 portions of fruit and veg per day.
- Eat fewer takeaways (currently, we tend to order a takeaway at least once a fortnight and it would be better for our wallets and waists if we cut this back).
- Reduce added sugar (Go down to having one sugar in coffee, no sugar in tea and chocolate/pudding 1-3 x week).
7. Do 150 minutes of exercise per week
This is recommended by the NHS for adults engaging in moderate exercise. I am not a naturally active person, but this has been surprisingly doable during 2021, and I want to continue into 2022. To achieve this, I will:
- Do 10 mins of yoga every day.
- Join a yoga class (when I feel it is safe).
- Go climbing 1-2 per month.
- Go for a run once a week.
8. Go back to the gastroenterologist to try to sort IBS
As you may know, I have been struggling with managing my IBS for the past couple of years. Because of COVID, it has been difficult to see the gastroenterologist at the hospital, but, while I am managing my IBS better, I would still like to try to get some answers in 2022.
9. Spend less time on screens
This is a very general new year goal, and I don’t really have a plan for how to do this. I’m just very aware that I spend all day on my laptop working, then watch TV in the evening to wind down and also reach for my phone multiple times a day. I’m going to try to find a habit to replace reaching for my phone and try to get out more of an evening to prevent me from watching TV!
These remaining goals didn’t exactly fit into the other two categories.
10. Travel abroad
Again, this is very general. Who knows what the pandemic will have in store for us next year, so I won’t be too upset if this doesn’t happen, but, even if it’s just for a weekend city break, I would love to travel abroad again in 2022.
11. Make more time for seeing family and friends
Because of the pandemic, it’s been difficult to see friends and family for the past two years. Even though things have now opened up, it is hard to get out of the mindset of just spending every night and weekend at home with my husband. Therefore, in 2022, I would like to actively make more time for seeing friends and family.
12. Make more time for volunteering (one hour per week?)
And my final new year’s resolution is to make more time for volunteering! I love how fulfilling my volunteering work with Moroccan Children’s Trust is, and I would love to dedicate more time to it.
Are you setting any fun new year resolutions for 2022? Let me know in the comments! And if you’re interested in my business goals for the new year, you can check out my blog post on that here.