These are my 24 goals for 2024.
I have been a list-making, goal-oriented person for most of my life. But the pandemic, my stint living in a hospital, and the loss of both our cats, made me wonder what the point of setting arbitrary goals was. What was the point of anything?
I spent most of my time in bed or on my Animal Crossing island because I didn’t want to face reality. It was too much.
After three years of not posting goals, I’m back this year feeling a little more like my old self again with the help of my new coffee obsession and deeper friendships. Although, I’m still learning and slowly chipping away at the idea that I’m less of a person if I don’t get things done. Not being productive is okay. We all have different seasons in life. This year, however, I’m ready to give myself a gentle push to do more.
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Last Updated: January 4, 2024
24 GOALS FOR 2024
I don’t regret taking a few years off. I’m glad I broke from the Western capitalistic mentality, where you turn everything into productivity. Grief? Turn that into productivity, too! Because society says throwing yourself at work is much more acceptable than a depressive episode.
I’m sharing goals again because I get more done with some public accountability. However, this year is only about doing more than last year, not getting to 100% completion. When I’m too goals-focused, I lose sight of the important things, like spending time with people (our cats are our people, too).
WORD OF THE YEAR
In 2020, my word was creativity. This year, my word is REINVENTION.
I focused too much on my age and constantly told myself my climbing was going downhill, but I didn’t give myself enough credit for climbing again after injuring my heel after a nasty fall. This year, I’m going to pave my own path, discover new hobbies, and say f*ck ageism. I don’t have to believe what society says is age-appropriate. I’ve always been non-traditional, anyways.
Recap of Last Year
Also, this year, more than ever, I’m learning my memory is unreliable. My brain thought we spent the year mostly at home and playing pickleball, but our one-second-a-day video for 2023 tells a different story. Did you know our brains create false memories to construct complete storylines in our long-term and short-term memories? How many lies have I been telling myself?
Highlights and lows from the year include:
Safaried in Kruger National Park.
Visited the wells in Eswatini that we built with the Thirst Project.
Climbed in Moe’s, Hueco Tanks, Joshua Tree, Bishop, Leavy, and mostly Red Rock (home crag).
Visited two new national parks – Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns.
Learned to make kombucha and espresso.
Played pickleball for the first time.
Said goodbye to Jay, Ash, and Erin (lost them to Hawaii).
Got injured in Hueco, and couldn’t climb for a while.
Below, we have combined goals (or Jacob’s goals will be written in green).
TRAVEL GOALS + Climbing Goals for 2024
Visit Hawaii – two sets of couple friends moved to Hawaii last year.
Visit a new state, country, or continent.
Complete our Las Vegas Bucket List.
Visit one new national park unit.
Climb at a new rock climbing destination.
Go somewhere new on our Utah bucket list.
Find or decide on one major bouldering project for the season.
Climb 25 V3s and up.
Drink more water (2.8 x 32 oz water bottle).
Learn 12 new coffee recipes.
Do vocal exercises three times a week (if I get into this, I’ll take vocal lessons).
Pottery – Make a set of usable latte and cortado cups.
Learn more Korean vocabulary – Finish Korean Drops.
Learn Japanese – Finish Section One in Duolingo.
Try Korean Calligraphy.
Learn to Make Soap.
Learn to make shower steamers.
Go through all Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain prompts.
Read or audiobook 12 Books.
WORK AND BLOGGING GOALS
Focus on affiliate marketing with 12 product comparison posts.
Make a zen garden for my new coffee account.
Donate $25 for every item not completed. Help us decide where the money goes at the end of the year.
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ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL GOAL-SETTING
Reflect and create goals that are important to you. Give yourself room to modify them later if needed. Over the year, you may change, and so will your goals.
Set S.M.A.R.T. goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound)
Write them down so that they are more tangible, and if you share them with the world, you might feel more accountability.
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Esther + Jacob
Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.
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