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As we step into a new year, I’ve been taking some time to look back on 2023. It was a year like no other, filled with its own set of challenges and victories. I set out with a few keywords in mind – adventure, growth, and prosperity – hoping they would guide my journey throughout the year. And what a journey it’s been!
There were goals I managed to hit and others that, well, didn’t go as planned. That’s the nature of setting goals, isn’t it? We aim, we strive, and sometimes we have to regroup and rethink. Through it all, the lessons learned have been invaluable.
In this post, I want to give you a rundown of how 2023 went for me – the successes, the setbacks, and everything in between. I’ll also be sharing a sneak peek into my plans for 2024, including a special word I’ve chosen to guide me through the year. But more on that later.
So, let’s dive into the journey of the past year and look ahead at what’s coming.
Reflections on 2023
Achievements of 2023
2023 was a year filled with personal growth and meaningful achievements. I’m proud to share that I managed to live by the 80/20 healthy lifestyle principle. This approach allowed me to enjoy life while keeping health in check, and it really worked for me. Another major win was losing 10% of my body weight. It wasn’t easy, but it was definitely worth the effort for my overall well-being.
Family time took on a new meaning this year. We made a conscious effort to spend more time together without screens. This brought us closer and created some unforgettable memories. On a personal spiritual level, sharing my faith with my kids was a goal I held close to my heart, and I’m glad to say I made significant progress there.
Financially, building an emergency fund was a top priority, and I’m relieved to have achieved this. It’s given me a sense of security and preparedness for whatever life throws our way.
Challenges and Learning Experiences
However, the year wasn’t without its challenges. My health became a major focus, requiring me to take a step back from work at times. This shift in priorities meant that some of my professional goals, like growing the business by a certain percentage, took a backseat. It was a tough call but a necessary one.
Being in and out of the hospital was not only challenging health-wise but also financially. The debt I was hoping to pay off only grew. It was disheartening, but it also taught me about resilience and the importance of having a plan for such unexpected situations.
Despite these challenges, I find myself grateful for 2023. It brought my family closer, and I reconnected with relatives I hadn’t seen in years. The quality time spent with my kids was priceless. It was a reminder that sometimes, the most valuable achievements are the ones that money can’t buy.
2023 was a testament to the fact that life is unpredictable. Goals are important, but so is the flexibility to adapt when circumstances change. The lessons learned this year have been profound and will surely guide me in the years to come.
My Word for 2024: Grit
Heading into 2024, I’ve picked a word that really sums up my mindset for the year ahead: Grit.
What Does Grit Mean to Me?
Grit is all about hanging in there, even when things get tough. It’s that inner strength that keeps you going, no matter what. This year, I feel like “Grit” is exactly what I need. It’s not just about being strong; it’s about being resilient, pushing through the hard times, and coming out stronger on the other side.
Why I Chose Grit
After the rollercoaster that was 2023, I realized that what gets us through is not just the easy, happy times, but the ability to stick it out through the rough patches. With everything going on in the world and in my own life, I know 2024 is going to have its share of challenges. But I’m ready for them, and that’s where “Grit” comes in.
Grit in Day-to-Day Life
It’s not just about the big moments, either. Grit plays a role in the everyday – sticking to a routine when I’d rather not, handling the unexpected without losing my cool, and just keeping on when the easiest thing would be to just stop.
Personal Goals for 2024
Continuing My Health Journey
After losing an incredible 65 pounds last year, I’m setting my sights on shedding another 60 pounds in 2024. With a solid diet plan, support from my doctor, and my newfound ease of movement, I’m confident this goal is within reach. But it’s not just about weight loss; it’s about overall health. Finding a workout routine that I actually enjoy is a big part of this year’s plan. Now that I’m more comfortable moving, I’m excited to explore different types of exercise and find what works best for me.
Navigating Financial Goals in a Tight Economy
Let’s talk finances – it’s no secret that things are more expensive and managing money has become a bit tougher. That’s why I’m doubling down on budgeting this year. I’ve set up a new system using a Google Sheets spreadsheet to meticulously track every expense. It’s all about being intentional with our money. The plan is to prioritize savings and debt repayment, setting aside funds for these before anything else. It’s going to be challenging, but I’m committed to staying on top of our finances and making every dollar count.
Investing in Myself
2024 is also about investing time and energy into myself. I’m keen to dive into new hobbies – I’ve got a few in mind that I can’t wait to try out. Another small but significant plan is to take myself on coffee dates. I’ve already shortlisted some quaint coffee shops nearby to enjoy some alone time. And lastly, I’m dreaming of a short solo trip, maybe a weekend at a nice hotel, just to recharge and reflect. It’s about finding joy in the little things and giving myself the space to grow and relax.
Professional Goals for 2024
Regaining Ground in Business
2023 brought its fair share of challenges, especially in terms of revenue. This year, my primary professional goal is to bounce back and return to my previous business levels. It’s a big task, but I’m ready for it. The plan? Diving deep into my 2023 metrics to understand what worked and what didn’t. I’m also gearing up to plan more content for 2024, ensuring consistency in everything I do. To keep my ideas organized and my content strategy on track, I’ve started using MilaNote, a tool that’s fantastic for storyboarding and brainstorming.
Growing My YouTube Channel
I’ve always had a special place in my heart for YouTube. The community there just feels like the right place for the type of content I love to share. But to really make the most of it, I’ve got my work cut out for me. I need to hit 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours. This means consistently creating high-quality content that resonates with viewers. As someone still getting the hang of filming and editing, I’m setting a realistic goal: one quality video per week. It’s a challenge, but one I’m excited to take on.
Building and Leveraging My Email List
In the business world, your email list is your goldmine. We’ve all experienced the persuasive power of a well-crafted email from our favorite brands. My aim isn’t to promote overconsumption, but to ensure my content reaches more eyes, which in turn, helps with ad revenue. The key? Regularly sending out engaging emails and growing my subscriber list. This year, I plan to focus on building a strong, engaging email strategy that keeps my audience informed and interested.
And there you have it – a look back at the rollercoaster that was 2023 and a glimpse into what I’m setting my sights on for 2024. From embracing the 80/20 lifestyle and nurturing family bonds to tackling financial goals and investing in personal growth, last year was a testament to the power of perseverance. It set the stage for this year’s guiding principle: Grit.
As we step into 2024, my focus is clear. I’m determined to continue improving my health, manage my finances more wisely, and indulge in the joy of personal hobbies and self-care. Professionally, the path is set for recovering and growing my business, making a mark on YouTube, and strengthening my connection with you all through my email list.
But enough about me – what about you? What are your goals for 2024? How are you planning to face the challenges and seize the opportunities this year presents? I’d love to hear your thoughts and plans, so feel free to share them in the comments below.
Your support and interaction mean the world to me. It’s what keeps this blog going and what makes this community so special. So, here’s to us all tackling 2024 with all the grit we can muster. Let’s keep pushing, keep growing, and keep supporting each other every step of the way.
Here’s to a year of growth, resilience, and success. Let’s make 2024 a year to remember!