I realize I’m in the minority, but 2021 was a really good year for me. I met almost all the goals I set out for myself and am now living in another country (part of my long-term goal to live is as many countries as possible!). Here’s my reflection about 2021:
2021 Professional & Personal Goals Accomplished
*Take an online course on How to Teach Business English
*Continue with my health journey to lose weight, have more energy and less joint pain: I was able to lose all the weight I gained during the first couple of months of the pandemic through intermittent fasting, healthy eating and exercise
*continue to improve Spanish
*Read 50 books: well I ended up reading 44, plus 2 manuscripts written by friends and started but decided I didn’t like; go here to see the list of books I read this year
*Move to Mexico
*Travel: while it’s not as much as I would like, I have been able to do a little in Mexico
*Limit time on Social Media
What bad habit(s) did I break in 2021? One of the bad habits I wanted to break was spending too much time on social media. I also realized I had a bad habit of staying in bed in the morning and not working out because I ‘didn’t have as much time as I wanted’ and therefore being on social media instead. So I decided to tackle both habits at the same time by getting up and working out even if it was only for 20 minutes (better than zero!), thus also not being on social media.
What was the best thing that happened in 2021 professionally and personally? Moving to Mexico. Not only am I enjoying learning about the culture, which helps me professionally as well as personally, but I’ve met a lot of great people here. Personally, being in Mexico has helped my find myself again – the me I lost several years ago. It feels good to be back.
2022 Professional & Personal Goals
Professionally: read at least 3 books related to teaching or language learning and obtain my work visa/temporary residency in Mexico
Personally: continue with health journey and commit to 365 days of yoga/meditation; continue to progress with Spanish with a focus on improving listening; travel within Mexico and to at least 1 Central American country; read 40 books
Here’s to a happy, healthy, productive and adventurous 2022!