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2022 Goal Review

Posted on: December 31, 2022

2022 is almost over and it’s time to take stock and see how I did with the goals I set at the beginning of the year. To be honest it was not a bad year, certainly better than the two before. I was fairly cautious about setting goals as so many plans had been dashed previously. We are still not comfortable about doing much travelling but are enjoying spending time with our two dogs instead.

I’m a habitual planner, so setting goals and making plans keeps me going.

Not meeting a goal is not a bad thing. It can just be added to the next year’s list. Or maybe it is no longer important and can be struck off permanently! Let’s see how I did with meeting my 2022 goals.

Goals for 2022

  1. Publish Amanda in France: Fire in the Cathedral

Amanda in France: Fire in the Cathedral was published by Central Avenue Publishers and released on September 13th. I am happy to report that this book is doing well and I’ve received many positive reviews.

2. Publish a collection of short stories

I am working on this and have polished the collection of stories but have not published it yet.

3. Learn how to self-publish

Haven’t done this yet.

4. Start writing a new book

I have started writing Amanda in Scotland: The Standing Stones (working title). I even returned to The Isle of Arran to do more research this year.

5. Market my books in person and online

I am pleased with my marketing efforts for 2022. Online marketing has gone very smoothly with great results. I’m eternally grateful to the blogging community who have been so very supportive. I also visited bookstores, libraries and schools in three Canadian provinces doing signings and presentations. I sold out of books in one store!

6. Return to Canada and spend time with family and friends in BC and Alberta

This was a highlight of the year. I saw so many family members and friends during my three-week visit to Canada in September, including both of my children and all of my grand and great-grandchildren.

7. Travel to at least one new place

I did this and the new place was Prince Edward Island, a Province on the east coast of Canada. A place I have wanted to visit since I read Anne of Green Gables when I was ten years old. I even had an opportunity to visit the house that inspired the author, Lucy Maude Montgomery, to write the novel.

8. Update my blog

I’ve done some work on this but still have more to do.

9. Buy a new computer

I did buy a new computer and just love it. The speed is incredible!

10. Take an online course

I’ve taken part in a few online courses, mostly via podcasts and Zoom meetings.

11. Read at least 48 books

According to my Goodreads challenge, I have read 46 books this year. But I also read 2 books that were not on Goodreads, and one of the books I read was War and Peace; that should count for 3 books at least! So I’m calling this a win.

12. Keep up to date with technology

This is something I really believe in and don’t want to fall behind. I have updated my new computer to Windows 11 and have had no problems with it at all. I tend to learn new things as needed.

13. Make new friends and stay in touch with old friends

“A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet” – Will Rogers. I have turned a few strangers into new friends this year but have spent most of my time keeping in touch with my long-time friends. I was happy to have met a couple of blogging friends in person which is always special.

14. Keep calm and stay positive, no matter what

I did a good job of this in 2022 and it certainly reflected in my health and attitude.

I’m happy with the results and am ready to face 2023 with a new set of goals, along with some carried over.

How did you do this past year? Any surprises?

Happy New Year one and all!!

76 Responses to "2022 Goal Review"

Sounds like you had a good year overall!

It was! And next year will even be better!

Good job on the goal accomplishment, Darlene. You should feel good about the year. Hope your 2023 is the best.

Thanks, John. I do feel good about the year. So often we feel we didn’t do enough but when we look back, we can see what we actually did.

Always a good thing to do.😁

I LOVE this post because it speaks to my love of organization. That does not mean that I am always organized. I usually have more on my “things to do”list that I can manage. But that is a must smaller list than my “to be read” stack of books. Bottom line, we will always be on an adventure of some kind. I’m so glad that we read War & Peace in 2022. In my humble opinion, that counts as 5 books. Especially given the epilogue section. I must go back and reread that part – so much to consider on Leo Tolstoy’s thoughts on freedom and choice, history and memory. Happy New Year!!

I agree, Rebecca. The epilogue of War and Peace just about buried me.

I agree, Liz, the second part of the epilogue was difficult. Had the book been written 100 years later, it would not have been so long and so wordy. It was a good story though and glad I completed it.

I’m glad I read it, too. I loved the characters, the setting, and the humor. There was no need for authorial pontificating ad infinitum.

I’m glad I’m not the only one to feel that way!

Nope! Tolstoy had reached perseversation by that point.

My to-do lists are always overflowing, but without a list, I would never get anything done. And yes, there ill always be some kind of adventure. War and Peace could easily count as 5 books, but I’m so glad I read it. Happy New Year to you and Don as well. xo

Very nicely rounded out year of accomplishments, I’d say!

Thanks, Irene. I did better than I initially thought. And managed to keep a balanced life. Happy New Year to you and Rick!!

Happy New Year to you and Paul!

I like how you have both personal and professional goals. Well done in 2022!

Thanks, Rebecca. It’s important for me to include both personal and professional goals as they overlap in my life. Happy New Year.

You did a great job with your goals! I’m reasonably pleased with mine. Like you, I published and marketed my novel. We also finally got our wills done, bought a house, and did needed renos on our current home. I’ve signed up for two courses in Jan. one online, the other in-person. So, I guess I’m on my way to another busy year. Happy New Year, Darlene!

You did do well! I think people like us need to be busy. I find the busyness spurs me on. Happy New Year.

You’re so right about needing to be busy 🙂

Kudos on your 2022 accomplishments, Darlene! For me, I finished the first draft and the first developmental edit on a new novel. I start the second developmental edit on Monday.

Well done! What a great way to end a year and start a new one!!

Thanks! I sort of planned it that way, but not really.

A good year. Well done, and here’s to 2023!

Thanks, Clive! And some of this accomplished while listening to songs you have featured on your blog. All the best for a Happy 2023!

Good to know I may have helped in some small way! Thank you for your good wishes 😊

Like Rebecca, I too like being organized, and applaud your accomplishments. You get a GOLD STAR, Darlene!

I’m just behind you in books read. According to Goodreads, I’ve read 46 books equating to 9140 pages.

My memoir # 2 didn’t make it into publication in 2022, but it is slated to release in March 2023. I so agree with your mantra: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

Onward, ho! I’m so very proud of you, Darlene!

Thank you for your kind words and encouragement over the years. I’m looking forward to your next book coming out. Something to look forward to in 2023. Happy New Year!!

Good going, Darlene! Happy new year! I hope 2023 is your best year yet!

Thanks, Carol Anne! Wishing you a fabulous 2023 as well!!

Hi, Darlene – I absolutely love those steps to success! Congratulations on a wonderful 2022. Wishing you a another wonderful year ahead!

Thanks, Donna. I thought those steps were amazing as well. Have a super 2023!!

I’m very impressed with the structure, Darlene. Because I used to do this kind of this with clients (including ‘the 6 ps’ – which I’m sure you’re familiar with!), I find it difficult to apply the principles to myself. Big mistake if I want to sell more books!! Anyway – well done, you, and I wish you and yours nothing but joy in the year ahead. Thanks for all the posts and your comments on mine x.

Thanks, Mike. I used to teach using SMART goals to the job seekers I worked with and it just made sense for me to use these principles myself. Thanks for your posts and comments!

You did very, very well! Congratulations!

Thank you so much, Anne. Happy New Year!

Great job, Darlene! You indeed accomplished a lot.

Thanks, Pete. Looking back it does seem to be more than I realized. Always good to take stock.

What a fabulous set of goals. I’ve never seen them presented like that before, and the variety of things was interesting.
My goals are generally the same old thing, a few writing goals and lose a bit of weight. But subconsciously similar ones you’ve mentioned are there, but never acknowledged. Besides, I like the word goals rather than resolutions. The latter adds pressure to not be a failure.
It’s been a pleasure to make your acquaintance this year, and I like the fact that I can ‘see’ you on Instagram too.

Thanks, Karen. I’m pleased we connected on social media this year as well. I believe we can never have too many friends! Happy New Year!!

Well done, Darlene, on accomplishing many of your goals. 💗

Thank you so much, Robbie. All the best to you and your family for a healthy and happy New Year!

Gosh, well done! And a very helpful post too.
All the best for 2023.

Thank you so much! Have a super 2023!!

One of the things that I love about the New Year is that it’s a good time to reflect on the past year and set new goals for yourself. It sounds like you accomplished most of your goals in 2022. Congrats! Have a happy New Year!

Me too! New Year is like a blank slate that we can fill the way we want. All the best for a fabulous 2023!!

Hi Darlene – wow you did a great job on your goals! I try not to announce too many goals, but I always have an internal list. I know what you mean about keeping up with technology – congratulations on your new computer – I got a new one a couple years ago and the speed is amazing! Learning how to self-publish is sounds like a great goal, although there are so many different ways to do it, that makes it complicated. Here’s to a happy and productive 2023!

I find if I write the goals down and then share them, I’m more likely to achieve them. I am very intimidated by the self-publishing thing but am determined to learn. Thanks for your comments. Happy New Year!!

I love how busy and varied you were this year, Darlene. So much and lots of different activities. Love the graphics on this post.

Thanks, Jacqui. I do need variety in my life as I get bored easily. Happy New Year to you and yours. xo

Hooray for you, Darlene! You accomplished so much. You’re an inspiration! 😀

That’s Jennie. Since you are an inspiration to me, I think we are even!!

That’s a nice list of accomplishments Darlene. I am spoiled with my new computer from a few years ago. So quick! I hope you do some signing in libraries also when you visit Canada. I keep thinking about trying to schedule a via rail trip across Canada – it’s a week but it would be a great experience. I haven’t done it for decades.

A train trip across Canada would be amazing. I hope you do it and write about it on your blog. Visiting libraries in Canada is a fun thing to do. So far I have visited libraries in Vancouver, Surrey, Calgary, Okotoks, and Medicine Hat. Maybe I could combine a train journey with stop-offs at libraries one day. Have a fabulous 2023!!

You have had a very productive year. That is wonderful!

Amanda in Scotland sounds like a fun read as have all your other Amanda books have been. Wishing you another productive year. All the very best in 2023!

Thanks, Laura. It was more productive than I thought. A good reason to keep track. All the best to you in 2023 as well.

Darlene, you’ve more than excelled this year! I love that you sold out of your books in a bookstore – brilliant! Oh, it must have been amazing to go to Anne of Green Gables territory and to see the writer’s house. As for the Isle of Arran, I’ve been there a few times and am always drawn in by the beauty and beguiling atmosphere.I look forward to reading your latest Amanda book set in Scotland! Enjoy setting your goals for 2023!

Thanks, Annika. I did have a good year and I’m happy about that. Visiting the house that inspired LM Montgomery to write my favourite book was certainly a highlight. There is something special about the Isle of Arran.

Good for you Darlene, reaching your goals. And yes, War and Peace should definitely count as three books, lol. Wishing you a successful and healthy New Year. ❤

Thank you so much, Debby. I have a good feeling about 2023. Wishing you all the best my friend. xo

Thank you Darlene. ❤

Sounds like 2022 was a successful year for you, even if a few goals went to the back burner. Life does that to everyone! Look at all that 2020 could/should/would have been, if not for COVID. Anyway, I’m impressed with all your effort, and you’ve given me a real gem in that quote, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” My goal for 2023 will be to become a better planner! 🙂

Thanks so much! I was born a planner so it comes naturally to me. Good luck with your plans!

Amazing and stellar blog post. Seems like your 2022 goal setting went pretty well. All the best in 2023 🎆🙏

All the best for your planning 👍👌👍

Congratulations on your accomplishments. My goal for this year is to grow my blog to 10000 followers… I m working hard to make that happen. Thank you for sharing such an amazing post.

Thanks! Good luck with meeting your goal.

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