Hey everyone! I figured today would be a great day to talk about how 2021 went and my goals for this new year.
In 2021 I had a word of the year. My word was Fearless. This past year I was able to see how God used that word to build me up.
At the beginning of 2021, I met up with our church pastor who gave me some awesome tips on writing. That meeting was something I was definitely nervous about. But it went great and I loved getting to talk to Pastor Steve (Thanks for everything!)
I went to my first Youth Retreat in April and it was soo cool. I hadn’t done something like that before so I was actually nervous to be going without my parents or my brothers. But I had an amazing time worshipping and learning about God and I hope to go to the spring retreat again this year.
Also, I took a new members class at church so I can officially call myself a member of the church! I love to serve through the worship team (I’ll get to that in a minute), helping in children’s church, and just recently I became our youth group’s Junior Secretary!
In 2020 I joined the Young Writers Workshop (AKA YWW or YDubs) and one of my assignments was to write a short story and submit it to a magazine. That was very scary. Although I didn’t get published this time, I hope I will be one day and I will keep trying!
I joined my church worship team in mid-2021 which was definitely something that took courage because I know nothing about singing and I’m not the type of person to willingly step on a stage in front of 100+ people to sing. But I did it. And I absolutely love getting to sing for Christ and the church. I’m on the worship team about once every other month. Sometimes more. After the first time I sang onstage, my nervousness began to ease and now I feel fearless when I’m on the worship team.
In July, I went to summer camp (at the same place as the retreat) and it was a lot of fun! Though, I was not so fearless this time when I went. I was homesick the first and second day to the point where I could barely eat, was dizzy and felt sick. I was nervous about everything there. I wasn’t sure if I’d keep my meals down or if I’d have the energy to play games and help my cabin/teepee out. Something was wrong with the mailing system which made things worse because I couldn’t hear from my family or CoCo or Writerfeels9 who all wrote notes to me. But the next couple of days went a lot better as I started to get into the routine of camp. All in all, I did have a good week. I learned a ton about Christ and ways to preach the gospel and I made a couple of great friends. My cabin leader was the best leader anyone could ask for and I’m not sure how my week would have gone if I didn’t have her. She helped keep our group under control and she was super easy to talk to and very understanding and caring. I owe her many thanks for an awesome week.
I almost forgot to mention that I got Camper of the Week at camp which made my week so much better! I did not know that was something the camp did and I was so surprised when they called my name (to the point where I cried lol). I’m so grateful for the time I spent had there and for all the leaders who worked so hard to give us a great time.
Other events that happened in 2021:
My amazing penpal and best friend, CoCo visited just a couple of days after I got home from camp and we had an amazing time. We spent most of the week in the woods and outside. We were able to have an in-person prayer walk and a bear-y loud (iykyk) dance party! We also studied God’s word together and talked about how amazing He is under a starlit sky. It was one of the best weeks of my life and I miss that girl so much! Although this doesn’t have to do with being fearless, it is definitely something I had to mention in my 2021 review.
My brother got a puppy in September! Her name is Lila and she is a mini Aussie. Lila is so sweet and timid. She is a quick learner and is soo obedient. I never thought we’d actually get a puppy because my parents were always against it, but after we fostered Kasha the black Lab for a year, we all felt like we needed another dog and my brother was willing to buy and take care of one. Lila always makes us laugh and she is so fun to have around!
In November, my family went on a road trip to visit family! We also took our new puppy and went on an exhausting two-day car ride. But it was really worth it for the amazing views we saw there and because we got to see family we hadn’t seen in three years. It was really nice to see my family again!
I believe that completes my 2021 review! Now for 2022 goals.
For 2022 I had the idea to have one resolution/goal every month. Instead of piling multiple resolutions on myself all at once, I want to focus on a single new habit or goal each month. I haven’t come up with all 12 goals yet but I have some ideas and I’m excited to implement them!
For now, I’ll just explain my goal/new habits for January. I often spend a lot of my time on Youtube and recently Instagram. These things have become useless and time consuming for me. So, I’m going to limit myself. Beginning with Instagram. My plan is to only spend half an hour on the app every day. Because that can be hard to keep track of sometimes, I’ve decided to only allow myself on between 8 and 8:30. This way, I’ll still be able to keep up with family and friends, but I won’t be on for an excessive amount of time or randomly throughout the day.
For Youtube, I’m going to cut down on my subscriptions. This means I’m unsubscribing from youtube channels I never watch and/or the ones that aren’t Christian. So now, everyone I’m subscribed to is either a Christian channel and/or a channel that I watch a lot and lifts me up/encourages me. The second part of this Youtube resolution is that I will not be on Youtube any day of the week except Saturday. On Saturdays, I have only an hour to be on.
I will also have a word of the year which I haven’t quite decided on yet but I have a couple of ideas. I will probably make a separate post about the word I choose.
So that’s my plan for 2022 and my 2021 review. I hope you enjoyed hearing about my goals and are encouraged to reflect on this past year and make goals for yourself!
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future’”Jeremiah 29:11