Taking a Look Back on My 2021 Resolutions

In early January, I told you about how much I love setting New Year’s Resolutions and some resolutions that I really enjoyed. My resolutions are usually measurable goals that I strive to accomplish throughout the year. I set goals in different categories, such as personal, professional, financial, and even joint resolutions that I share with my husband. I set my goals back in January and it’s now time to look back and see how well I’ve done with accomplishing those goals. Let’s take a look. 

Go to Five New Places 

This is a joint goal that I shared with my husband, and it’s a recurring resolution for us because we love it so much. We purposely don’t define what counts as a new place because it could be a new restaurant or a new country or anything in between! The point is for us to get out there and try new things. I’m excited to report that we knocked this goal out of the park. With access to vaccines and travel restrictions lifted, we’ve been able to enjoy plenty of new places! In June we took a short trip to Miami. I used to live there, but my husband had never been, so I loved showing him around. Some of my favorite parts of that trip were exploring new places in Miami that I’d never been to either. For example, we went to Shark Valley which is a national park with miles of paved trails where you can roll along with alligators and other wildlife! 

Another new place we explored were the restaurants that we’d never been to in the Adirondacks. We regularly go to the Adirondacks, but never took the time to explore the local flavors, so we had a delicious time exploring the foods of the Adirondacks. For our anniversary we went to Buffalo, NY, for a weekend and explored the breweries and a cat cafe!

And our favorite new place is South Africa! In November we finally went on our honeymoon, spending two weeks exploring all the incredible things that South Africa has to offer including historical tours about apartheid, cage diving with sharks, and a safari with beautiful wild animals. 

Wake Up at 6 A.M. Every Day

I did not exactly master this one. I have never been a morning person. In fact, I am kind of a monster in the morning. I can honestly say, however, that I have gotten a lot better at waking up early this past year, but I definitely did not wake up at 6am every day. 

Finish the Blueprints for Our House

This is another joint goal with my husband. We bought land back in 2018 with the intention of building our dream home which will feature premier accessibility. The plan was to begin building in 2021, right after our wedding. However, the pandemic definitely threw a wrench in that timeline. We decided to slow the process down and set a smaller goal of finishing the blueprint for our home so that we could begin building in 2022. While our blueprint is starting to really take shape, I can’t say that it’s finished, so I would give us a B+ on this goal. The good news (or bad news?) is that we realized that we likely won’t be able to start building our home in 2022 because the price of lumber is still significantly high. This means we have more time to finish the blueprints and make sure that our house design is exactly what we want before we break ground. 

About Stephanie Woodward: Stephanie is a brand ambassador advisor for Quantum Rehab® and works as a disability rights activist. She has received many awards for helping communities become more accessible, as well as for her actions in fighting for the rights of disabled individuals as it relates to Medicaid and other support services. Click here to learn more about Stephanie.

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