Hello everyone! Welcome back to BirthMay 2022! Today’s post will be my reflection on my goal to create peace in my life over the past year.
In case you’re new, every May I blog every day and call it BirthMay! Why? Because it’s my birth month and I’m super extra.
Now, every year on the 11th (the day before my birthday), I always plan to post a reflection piece on my goal for the past year. Since my yearly goal is always a little abstract, there is no real way to decide if I did accomplish the goal or not beyond my own personal feelings about it. I find that my goal does have a big impact on how my year shapes out though, so this post is always something I look forward to writing. And tomorrow, I’ll share my new goal! For now, I’ll focus on my Year 30 goal.
My Year 30 Goal Reflection: Create Peace
Saying goodbye to this goal is the hardest yet. Just two weeks ago I was ready to move on, but now, on the eve of my self-imposed deadline to “achieve” this goal, I feel like I could keep it forever.
When I selected this goal, I was worried my life was entering a chaotic period. For one, I was entering a whole new decade! That always brings the pressure to change up your life and refocus on what you want, right? At least for me it does. Plus, I was about to start a new job too. For over a year, I had been unemployed due to the pandemic, free to live my life and structure my time as I pleased. I took up the typical homey, cottagecore-y, grandma-y hobbies. I was gardening, baking, even trying out embroidering (this one was shortlived as I didn’t have the right supplies though), and just doing whatever I wanted. During that year, I’d focused on slow and intentional living, and I was worried about it going away.
My biggest worry was that my new job would bring back the stress and negativity that my previous toxic workplace had left me with. Luckily I didn’t have to worry about that! Although the actual job did not suit me at all, my coworkers were actually quite lovely and it was an hourly position so I didn’t have to worry about working more than my 40 hours. I also had the added bonus that I was at home, so I would sit at my desk to work, shut down the computer at the end of the day, and walk away to do my own thing.
I still balanced out my work life with a peaceful home life. Then, restrictions started to life as vaccines became more widely available, I got my vaccine, and options opened up again. I was no longer confined to the home, but I found that I still loved being at home. While it was always nice to spend some time at dance class, at the library, running to the store, or visiting my sister in the city, it was nice to head back to my peaceful home.
I adopted a little dog, and he came with his own challenges! I know he came from a family in the city of two parents and three human kids, then spent a little bit of time at the shelter, so it took him some time to settle into the chill, quiet suburban home of one mom and two grandparents. It took some work but now he’s a pretty chill dog. He’d rather nap than go for a walk, unfortunately, but he is a great little companion now. And he is an excellent proponent of peace, as he will bark at anyone and anything outside the home that makes noise as if to yell out “SHUT UP! I WANT SOME QUIET HERE!” which is probably not helping, but the intention is there (I think?).
It’s been an incredible goal for my new job too. I did give the first new job a try, and I really wanted to like it. But I didn’t feel it was a good fit at all, no matter how hard I tried. I was good at it, sure, but it just wasn’t something I really enjoyed. Instead, I was given the opportunity to go back to my previous industry but for a new employer with much better prospects. When I took the new job, it was a salaried position, so this goal has helped me focus on maintaining a good work/life balance. Plus, it helped me during the chaotic start of 2022 when I had more work than I knew what to do with! I love my job now, I’m good at it, I’m able to make it my own, and I have a fabulous team I work with. Finding the right environment is life-changing!
I went back and read what I wrote about my goal setting process for this one. I had picked the word “create” because I was intentionally giving myself the responsibility to bring in peace and keep it. I LOVED that I did that and I’m so thankful to 29-Year-Old Me who did that. I do think it worked and I do think I did a pretty good job at incorporating this goal into my life.
So those are my thoughts on this goal from the past year! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I hope you’re working hard on your own goals!
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