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Personal and Blog Goals for 2021

“The only goals you don’t achieve in life are the goals you don’t set.”  ― Matt Fox

I have always been a goal setter, a list person, a “to-do girl” I don’t think of New Years resolutions as much a goals I set for myself each new year.

With Covid, we are unable to plan things, but we can still set goals for ourselves each new year.

I like the idea of a clean slate, a fresh start to the new year, and planning things I would like to achieve both blogging and personally.

Maybe one of the goals is for me not to lose my sanity over all of this! It is unnatural to not be able to socialize and have human contact! However, at the same time, it really does take more people “doing the right thing”, to improve our situation.

Personal Goals

Medication- One of my goals for last year was to get off of one of my pain medications. It took a year to titrate, but I did it! I was able to get off a medication I had been on for 10 years. I won’t go into the “science of pain” but one builds up a tolerance and has to increase dosage to get the same effect. Amazingly, I am at the same pain level off the medication as I was on it.

To play my guitar- In a previous article, “Does Fear Hold you Back”, I spoke about not playing for 10 years due to my illness. I let the fear of “not being good enough ( self-judgement) give me an all or nothing attitude. If I couldn’t play as well as I did 10 years prior, I wouldn’t play at all. I want to get past this mindset, and play for enjoyment. I am also considering a refresher course, on-line.

Home Work Outs- I have a home treadmill and have been using it in the morning to work out. I also have home gym equipment such as Therabands,, resistance bands, a medicine ball, kettlebells and weights. I have enjoyed my routine and will continue to utilize this until I can get back to the gym to swim. I want to strengthen with weights and work on endurance as well.

Alternating workouts help motivate me and keep me interested. With EDS, I can overdo it on the treadmill and end up with many trigger points in my legs and feet. I have to be mindful how I workout.

Volunteer-Since my day to day health is not predictable, I can’t look for a full time job. I may be interested in volunteer work, and I know I have mentioned on the blog, my interest in working with dogs. I need to make this happen! I would be happy to clean kennels, walk the pups, do what’s needed, for about 2-3 days a week, but will wait until I get the vaccine to look into that.

Travel- Well, our trip to Italy did not happen in 2020, so I am hoping as things improve and we get vaccinated travel may happen. I am not sure if it will happen in 2021 but when it is time, we will need to do it! A change of scenery is so needed!

Blog Goals

Like to Know it- I am a bit late to join on the LTKI bandwagon, but I need to sign up!

Themes- Research Word press themes- May want a fresh look for the new year

Instagram- Really need to focus on how to increase following. I have to admit, I don’t know what people are talking about with “invisible hashtags”. I have been enjoying doing Instastories, and will post more days a week. I have and will continue to promote posts once a month.

Photography- My hubby installed ” The NIck” a powerful program of filters and editing features for photography. I need to watch the into video and experiment with different filters/editing for the blog. It is used with Lightroom, which is what I use to edit blog photos currently.

Provide readers with more “How to” post on dressing.

How about you? Do you have set goals for 2021?  I’d love to hear about them in the comments. 

Stay Safe

Jess xx


  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 13:36h, 14 January Reply

    These are such wonderful goals, Jess! And I do hope you get back to playing your guitar. Embrace it for the process of playing to bring you joy. And even if you feel not quite good enough at it, know that I don’t even know how to properly hold a guitar so you will always be better than me! Haha. I am determined to exercise more as a way to keep myself centered and keep my moods from swinging so wildly out of control. As for social media, I have all but given up on growing a following. I don’t understand any of it any more! And YAY for titrating off the pain meds! I know it was a struggle for you but so worth it in the end. Thanks for sharing your goals and linking with me. May you have a very successful and happy new year!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:27h, 17 January Reply

      Thank you my friend. I am going to just try and play for enjoyment. I understand! I have tried to deal with feeling down and exercise does help. Either fresh air or the home treadmill. I know what you mean about social media. I keep plugging along, but really dont get IG much! Best to you in the New Year!

  • Neti*
    Posted at 18:38h, 11 January Reply

    Happy 2021 Jess. I have to say that I fly by the seat of my pants and most days I do not fly at all. .LOL. But, I do plan to continue Enjoying everyday, because we know how short our life here can be. I look forward to more from your blog too. . .

  • [email protected]
    Posted at 11:37h, 10 January Reply

    Hi Jess: I am into setting daily intentions for this new year and so far have found it very helpful for me. I definitely understand your feelings about coming back to playing your guitar. I majored in music and my instrument was violin and I never felt I was “good enough.” So, I finally quit playing for many, many years. I also had horrible stage fright whenever I played solos in front of people. In retirement, I have begun taking flute lessons, a totally new instrument for me, and I absolutely love it. But, I am doing it on my own terms without the worries about performance I had in college. I have also begun taking my violin out to play once more and hope to just be able to enjoy it for myself.

  • crystalsandcurls
    Posted at 00:27h, 10 January Reply

    These are fabulous goals – I especially love the idea of volunteering with dogs 🙂 x

  • mireilleftm
    Posted at 12:32h, 09 January Reply

    I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s goals! Each are different and similar at the same time! We all want to grow as a person and blogger, we want to help others and we want to be in good health.

  • Lisa D.
    Posted at 09:30h, 09 January Reply

    I haven’t really set any goals. I try but I have more of ‘daily” goals I set for myself each morning. I have started a planner which I have done in the past but only keep it up a month or so then it gets forgotten. I’m really gonna try and keep it up this year.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:41h, 09 January Reply

      Sounds good Lisa! I do try and set yearly goals to work toward, but dont beat myself up if i don’t accomplish it.

  • tanjakofol
    Posted at 08:16h, 09 January Reply

    I really wish traveling would become a thing again! And I’d like to learn some guitar as well, I got the basic when I was a kid, but gave up on it later and never got back into rhythm again.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:40h, 09 January Reply

      Hi! Yes, I miss it! I studies guitar in college, and graduated in Performance. My illness had prevented me from playing for a number of years. I say, give it a go! It is never to late to learn something. 🙂

    Posted at 00:43h, 09 January Reply

    Bravo!! So proud of you to be able to give up one of the pain meds. That was a major accomplishment! Well done. I would like to see…just experiment…with getting off my meds for OCD. Not sure how much they help. And wondering, since I have been on the same drug for 20+ years, if maybe there is something new that would be more affective. But the idea of slowly weaning myself off is not at all appealing.

    I enjoyed reading your goals I am wanting a new treadmill. We gave our rather large one away last year this time and then COVID. Have been unable to go to the gym since February. Really want a new one but one I can easily wheel from one place to the other. I know I will use it. Have always been a jogger.

    Wish I could get PC interested in taking pictures for me. I have a tripod and a remote so can try to do it myself but usually resort to the reflection in my skinny mirror instead. Would like to create a new blog banner and learn more about Instagram, too, You are ahead of me…I have not heard of invisible hashtags!! Can’t keep up with it all.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:44h, 09 January Reply

      Thank you Leslie! Titrating off medication is very difficult. I had to do it with every med I have been on. The pain med was the most challenging! You may find something more effective if you look at other meds.
      I am enjoying my treadmill but have to slow it down some. Because of my EDS, I ended up with many trigger points in my legs and feet, so adjustment is needed. Kudos for jogging!
      Instagram is a tough cookie to figure out! I like your mirror shots!

  • Jodie
    Posted at 18:59h, 08 January Reply

    I’m not so good at setting goals anymore. It reminds me too much of work, LOL!! But it couldn’t hurt. I just love doing what I’m doing.
    Have a great weekend, Jess,

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:45h, 09 January Reply

      Hi Jodie! Thats great! It really is what is important, to enjoy what we do! You too!

  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 09:59h, 08 January Reply

    Good luck with your goals Jess, I like the sound of learning to play the guitar! Jacqui x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:19h, 08 January Reply

      Hi Jacqui! I went to college for jazz guitar, but my illness stopped me from playing for bout 10 years, so I am now looking into playing again. Thank you!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:56h, 08 January Reply

    I am so glad you were able to get off one of the pain meds – job well done Jess, I know it wasn’t easy! You would be amazing working with dogs so I hope you can do that. I need to learn to edit photos, I have a list of things I have to do this year and that is one of them!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:20h, 08 January Reply

      Hi my friend, thank you! It has been tough getting off the meds, but I am glad I did it. I still take other meds for my condition. I edit my photos using Lightroom which is a bit more user friendly than Photoshop. I enjoy doing it!

  • Michelle
    Posted at 02:32h, 08 January Reply

    These all sound like very worthy goals! And congrats for getting off of your pain meds! That is a huge achievement. It takes so much self discipline to do that. You have my admiration. And good on you for be willing to pick up the guitar again! I don’t know what it’s like to have that kind of talent and have it interrupted with illness, but I do many things just for fun.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:22h, 08 January Reply

      Hi Michelle, thank you! It certainly was a test of my will! It was quite difficult, but I am glad I did it. So important to do things to have fun and enrich our lives!

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