My 2024 Goals + Word of the Year

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And just like that, we are a couple of days into 2024! I always spend the first few weeks of a new year and reflecting on the year before, and this year is no different. It helps me plan for the year ahead and create goals once I get my bearings after the holidays. Goal-setting is important to me, and writing them down makes them feel real, so today I’m sharing some of my goals with you as well as my word of the year to let you in on the fun (and keep myself accountable)!

Just like in school or at work, I format all of my goals to be SMART goals, meaning they are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. It might seem like overkill, but when formatted this way, it’s much more satisfying to check it off your list! I should be able to easily look back at this list at the end of the year and be able to easily tell if I achieved the goal or not (and I plan to do that in some follow up posts this upcoming June and December!) This year, I decided to pick several goals intended to help improve the different facets of my life, including mind, body, and spirit. I have them categorized below:

Goals for 2024

Mind

Read 75 Books

When I was a kid, I LOVED reading. I read all the time. I was the one with a flashlight under my sheets and staying up until 1 a.m. just so I could finish my next book. Then, along came college, and grad school, and residency… I read A LOT, but not necessarily for pleasure. It took me a long time to consider the idea of reading for pleasure again, but last year was the year for it! I purchased a Kindle Paperwhite, and it goes with me everywhere! It’s one of my favorite things I own, and it has made reading on the go so much easier.

I chose to pick a reading goal that would challenge me, but also not overwhelm me. I wanted to pick something that would encourage me to choose reading rather than scrolling on my phone or binging something on Netflix. After counting the number of books I read the last few months of 2023, I decided to do a little math and figured out that 75 books would be the perfect number for me. On average, I easily read over a book per week, so 50 felt a little too low and 100 seemed like it might be too much. Meeting in the middle felt like a good place to land for this year’s goal! (At the time this post is being published, I am already on book 4 for the year!)

Practice Italian Daily

Last year, I began practicing Italian daily to prep for a trip we had to Italy. We’d been once before, and I wanted to improve my language skills to communicate with locals more easily and be a respectful traveler. After the trip was over, I felt so encouraged by the experience. I loved being able to convey my gratitude and joy surrounding the things I was experiencing. It was fun being able to help translate for my family and friends we were traveling with. I am definitely not fluent, but I know enough to get by! After the trip was over, I continued with my pursuit to expand and improve my knowledge of the language. I’ve been practicing for over 200 days so far on either Duolingo, Rosetta Stone, or listening to a podcast that teaches basic Italian.

I decided I wanted to carry on with this habit by completing at least one lesson on Duolingo or Rosetta Stone each day. We have another brief trip to Italy planned this upcoming summer, so that has been a great motivator to continue on. Language is beautiful, and I think it adds so much to the ability to learn when traveling.

Pass the CDCES Exam

The Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist designation has been a professional goal of mine since starting my career after residency. Caring for patients with diabetes is a huge component of my job, and I know studying for the exam and completing the ongoing education to maintain the certification will allow me to improve my ability to do my job. I’m going to make it happen this year! Rob is after a different board certification soon as well, and we are committed to being study buddies this winter and taking our respective exams in the spring!

Body

Intentional Movement 5x/Week

I really hit my stride with fitness toward the end of 2023, and I wanted to create some goals to keep the momentum going! I know exercising five times per week seems like a lot, but I chose that for a couple of reasons. First, I was already consistently working out 3-4x per week, and I wanted something to challenge me beyond that. Second, I feel like I need to practice what I preach to my patients all the time which is the guidance from the American Heart Association. They recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise OR 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week to minimize the risk of developing heart disease and promote longevity of life. This should be done over several days in a week. In addition, they also recommend 2-3 sessions of strength training each week which am incorporating as well. My Garmin smartwatch helps track all of these goals for me, and it makes it easy to keep track of my exercise minutes over the course of a week!

I feel so much better when I’m exercising. My brain is happier, my energy levels are great, I get more restful sleep, and I know I’m investing in a healthier me for the future!

Hit Daily Water Goal

This is another goal I can track on my smartwatch! I have historically been the actual worst at drinking water. I’ve basically lived my entire life as a raisin. After a week of drinking an appropriate amount of water, I feel like a new human! So far, I’ve noticed an improvement in my skin’s health. My lips have been chapped for the last 30 years, and apparently that was all my fault because no amount of lip balm could save me haha.

There are a myriad of benefits of drinking plenty of water, and I’m excited to see what consistently doing that does to improve my overall health!

Get At Least 7 Hours of Sleep Each Night

This is going to be a real challenge for me. I struggle to get everything done in a day, and I do not like leaving things on my daily to-do list unfinished. I also have trouble turning my brain off after a busy day, so I usually find myself staying up too late to read or doom scroll on my phone because it seems like the ONLY time I get to do something leisurely. I know I am at my best when I am well rested, and I will be more equipped to deal with daily stress and recover from my workouts if I give my body the proper time recharge. I’ve started to set a timer as a heads up to start getting ready for bed and winding down for the night if I haven’t already. I’m also limiting my reading time before bed to no more than 30 minutes.

Spirit

Schedule Creative Time 3x/Week

Being creative is one of my favorite things to do. It fills up my cup, and makes me so happy. It could be painting my nails a fun new way, baking a new recipe, or doodle. I just want to make sure I’m giving my self some time to play and take a break doing something fun.

Meditate Daily

I’ve incorporated meditation and quiet time into my morning routine after I work out. It’s a great way to bring my heart rate down, listen to my body, and acknowledge whatever’s going on in my head. It’s only been a week so far, but using guided meditations on Audible or Spotify have been really helpful! It’s challenging, but such a lovely way to start the day.

Make Plans with a Friend Once Each Month

I am the queen of saying “we should get together soon!” and then not finding a way to make happen. Life is busy for all of us in some form or fashion, but I’m committing to change that! I’m planning on getting together with friends at least once a month to catch up and pour some love back into my relationships.

2024 Word of the Year

Every year I choose a word to encompass the general vibe I want to embody. I try to pick something to use as a mantra that will help push me toward the goals I’ve set for myself. I’ll be honest, I have some pretty lofty goals this year. When I was reading back through my list, I thought “who gave this girl the audacity to try and do all this?” And then it hit me! AUDACITY. It’s such a fun word, and its true definition is “a willingness to take bold risks”. It’s the perfect little nudge I needed. What will move me forward when I’m feeling imposter syndrome or nervous to step outside my comfort zone in the name of growth? The audacity! Who does this girl think she is? I guess we’ll find out at the end of the year!

I’d love to know what goals and intentions you have moving forward into 2024? Or maybe you chose a word of the year you’d like to share? Please leave them in the comments below! I’d love to know what you’re working toward.

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