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Looking into My Goals for 2022


Happy Friday friends!
I mentioned today I was going to be writing about my goals or aspirations for the New Year.  I don’t think along the lines of “New Year New Me” but rather, what are some things I would like to accomplish or do this year. Do you set New Year Goals, or do you let the chips fall where they may?

I don’t say resolutions, but rather goals, which I can break down into achievable smaller goals in various areas of my life.

I think it is silly with the usual resolutions – where the same one’s pop-up year after year. ie..lose weight, join the gym, eat healthier etc. None of these are specific either. Not to mention you tend to “beat yourself up” if you don’t accomplish them.

One should take stock of what is important in life (to you) anytime, not necessarily just on New Year’s.

I’ve been thinking about some things I would love to do this year of 2022.

Education- Learning

  • Buongiorno! I have been studying Italian on Duo Lingo. I have been working on vocabulary and some common phrases for about 6 months. I love it, as it is fun, engaging, and I hope to use some of the phrases for our Anniversary trip to Italy. ( if we go- Darn Covid!)I would like to finish Unit 1 by the end of the year. (Specific goal) Comprendere? READ THE POST – PHRASES I WOULD FIND USEFUL ON OUR TRIP TO ITALY
  • Guitar – choose a piece that I would learn from start to finish.  Review Jazz chords. Play JUST for Fun!
  • Social Media- limit to 2 hours a day. Otherwise, family time falls short! ( hmmm. does watching animal videos count?)
  • Creating a new blog space- new look. I have joined LTKI, to work on more affiliate income.
  • Find time to continue sketching using charcoal pencils. (My dad was artistic!)


  • Work on not being so hard on myself. I am very critical (as many of us are) of myself in different ways. This has held me back when it has come to playing my guitar. Instead of just playing for enjoyment, I find fault in my performance. It certainly can hinder how we feel about ourselves, if the internal dialogue isn’t positive.
  • Since I was on heavier medications for my EDS for 11 years, it has been some time that I drove. Now that I am off many of them, I will take the car out several days a week to enjoy the independence!
  • Molto Importante- (very important!) Plan our trip to Italy for October 2022. This trip was supposed to be for our 20th Anniversary but has been postponed due to Covid. I am concerned about what restrictions may be there and if it will impede our trip.
  • Explore new places (restaurants, hiking spots) in our own area. Any restaurants with one name are preferred. LOL (STIR, FORK, COPPER) aren’t they hip? 🙂
  • Purchase more fashion on Poshmark or on-line thrift stores. READ BLOG POST- WHAT IS POSHMARK AND HOW TO SHOP THERE.
  • Help my brother and sister-in-law move in and enjoy spending time with them here in NC!


  • Cook with Blue Apron several days a week, and 2 days use recipes. Continue to eat healthy foods- more protein, (chicken and fish) ( I really could be pescatarian!) and be mindful of foods I cannot eat due to Gastroparesis.
  • Drink more wine. (Just kidding!) wanted to see if you made it this far 🙂
  • Work on building more strength, muscle and endurance this year. My endurance has increased since last year- ie. jogging on the treadmill, as has my strength. I’m looking to lift heavier this year and alternate my home gym workout with going to the gym for use of machines and /or classes. Strengthening helps the muscles when you have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome as weaker muscles develop trigger points.

and last...

  • Spoil Gibson and Truffles like there is no tomorrow! Oh, wait we do that all the time 🙂

I’d love to hear of some of your aspirations for the New Year! Let me know in the comments. 

Have a great weekend!

Jess xx

  • Carol Benton
    Posted at 12:29h, 11 January Reply

    Sounds like you’ve got an exciting new year on the horizon. Best wishes for accomplishing all of your goals!

  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 10:11h, 09 January Reply

    Buongiorno Rosalba! I have been working on it for about 4 months, so it is early going. I appreciate you wanting to help. I may just ask you sometime 🙂 Grazie!

    • Rosalba
      Posted at 07:36h, 10 January Reply

      Hi Jess, you can ask everything about Italian language of course, no problem, maybe you can see my email, so you could write me if you would like to improve better Italian language. See you soon, Rosalba

  • Michelle Churchman
    Posted at 14:01h, 08 January Reply

    It’s fun hearing about others aspirations! They are all admirable. Yay on studying Italian! I hope you get to make your post-poems anniversary trip this year. I’ve studied Spanish several times, and keep thinking of picking it up again. Ha! Had to laugh about “drink more wine.” At least maintain it! 😄 Dan and I are doing a plant-based diet (since August). I’ve discovered two food groups that seem to cause me problems – dairy and wheat. Occasionally, we will have an egg or chicken, but for the most part we stick to plants. It’s second nature now. I always adore pics of your pups.


    • Michelle Churchman
      Posted at 14:03h, 08 January Reply

      Post-posed anniversary trip. Post poems?! LOL!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:19h, 09 January Reply

      Thank you Michelle! I learned Spanish in school, and remember some of it, and there are some similarities with Italian. i do enjoy my wine on the weekends! It sounds like you have a diet that works for you guys.

  • The Grey Brunette
    Posted at 06:43h, 08 January Reply

    Drink more wine? LOL!!!! Love that!!! I also LOVE that photo of you with the boxing gloves on…. it made me laugh that you’re still wearing your handbag on your shoulder!!
    But, seriously, you’re going to be super busy with all these amazing goals. I hope you’ll share a video of your guitar playing. I’d love to hear!
    Happy New Year, Jess!
    Suzy xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:17h, 09 January Reply

      hehe! I have a perectly good explanation for the purse! I was i a sporting good store and was trying on the gloves 🙂 Believe me , if I was taking a boxing class I wouldnt have my purse on my shoulder Hahaha..:-) Thanks Suzy!

  • Jodie
    Posted at 17:39h, 07 January Reply

    I see nothing wrong with the drinking more wine, haha!! Gosh, hopefully you get to make it to Italy. That would be a wonderful anniversary trip and gives me ideas for us too.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:16h, 09 January Reply

      Yes, gives me some ideas as well! It really depends on the Covid situation.

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 11:30h, 07 January Reply

    Don’t forget doing a reel! Ha, ha! Ohh, and I love wine! But, it gives me a headache a lot, so I limit it to when we go out to eat somewhere nice. I need to get a list of some of your favorite wines sometimes, you seem very knowledgable! I hope you get your trip to Italy this year! We loved Italy! Just be prepared to WALK a lot and to bring comfortable shoes. But, you’ll be eating all the carbs, so the walking is a good thing!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:15h, 09 January Reply

      Oh yes! How did forget! LOL. I would be happy to share some of my favorites. We do enjoy different varietals and I enjoy reading about wines too. absolutely! I will also buy a lether belt bag for hands free travel.

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 06:50h, 07 January Reply

    I am so excited about your trip to Italy!! When I read your goal of drinking more wine, I chuckled – I am doing dry January – ha!! I definitely need to focus more on managing my blog/social media and setting and reaching goals.
    Have a great weekend Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:14h, 09 January Reply

      I hope we can go. I dont want to go if there are too many restrictions. We may end up having to get travel insurance. I have cut back to just weekends. I do enjoy my glass of Cab! Best wishes on dry Jan:-) You too!

  • Carla
    Posted at 06:31h, 07 January Reply

    The opening lines of this post sound exactly like me and echo my sentiments. Although, I did make the same new year’s resolutions as I have for the last several years (lose weight, read more, etc.) but I do also try to quantify them and re-visit them to reassess as need be. I like your goals and I wish you the best of luck on achieving them. teachinstyle.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:12h, 09 January Reply

      Hi Carla, sounds great that you make your goals a bit more specific. Thank you, best wishes on yours as well.

  • Rosalba
    Posted at 02:50h, 07 January Reply

    Buon giorno Jess, buon anno, ho letto che stai imparando l’Italiano, se ti posso essere di aiuto fammelo sapere, ti aiuto molto volentieri. Rosalba
    Good Morning Jess, happy new year, I read you are learning Italian language, can I help you? Feel free to ask me, I would like help you. Rosalba

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