My goals for 2022 | ♛ The Joys and Trials of a Christian Teen ♛

I looked up the Biblical and general meanings of some of the numbers in the current year, 2022, and here’s what came up;

2 – balance, union, peace, purity, and the contrast between physical and spiritual things

22 – light, strength, love, and the desire to achieve your goals

As you can see, this year’s numbers have very powerful meanings. The time flew by so fast. It’s literally been two years since 2020…wow. It’s time to start anew, and venture into 2022. To start the year off the right way, I want to share some of my resolutions and goals for the year, all of which I plan to complete by or before December 31st, 2022. I think posts like these are so fun to read and such a great way to start off the year.

Making positive goals for the future is always a good thing! Let’s go!

Spend more time with God.

I’ve always loved praying and spending time with the Lord, but now coming forward, I want to be even more proactive when it comes to reading the Bible and truly meditating on God’s Word and music. This morning, me and Goodmommy had a great Bible study, and I’m looking forward to having many more!

Finish writing the first draft for my novel.

I’ve actually stated this several times on my blog, but some of you might not know that I’m in the process of completing the first draft of a novel that I’m working on. So far, the draft is about 41,000 words, but I’m planning on going up to around 60,000. I’ve always wanted to be a published author, and I know that I’ll get there soon, with the grace of God.

Eat a salad 2-4 times every week.

Having a healthy diet is so important, and I’ve been eating salad frequently (on and off) for the past year or so. Therefore, this year I want to make more of an effort to eat salads a few times a week. When you treat your body well, you will see results on the inside and out.

Step out of box and practice new art techniques.

Ever since I started a Visual Art class, I’ve been using many more art mediums to create my artwork, a lot of which I had never heard of before. I want to become familiar with new art techniques. Making realistic portraits (especially of myself) is something that I’m not the most familiar with. However, I’ve been practicing and I’m hoping to continue to perfect my skills.

Reach (at least) 200 followers on this blog.

I’m so thankful to God, as well as my Goodmommy and all of you for helping me reach 51 followers on ♛ The Joys and Trials of a Christian Teen ♛! My blog is daily, and considering that I started blogging in August of 2021, I believe that as I expand my blog, obtaining a minimum of 200 followers by the end of this year is more than obtainable. Thank you all for your support. You are appreciated. :>

Continue to stay active in my clubs and extracurricular activities.

I’m currently enrolled in Creative Writing Club, American Sign Language (ASL) club, and Book Club. Since my schedule is much more leisurely compared to last school year’s, I want to make sure that I remain active and participate in all of my clubs to the best of my abilities.

Read (at least) 12 novels.

While I love reading, and always have, I want to read more. I think that considering my schedule, reading at least 12 novels in 2022 will be fantastic for getting more in tune with one of my hobbies, as well as obtaining some inspiration for the novel that I’m in the process of writing.

I must admit, documenting my goals for this year was a wonderful process, and I know it will help hold me accountable to my ambitions. These goals were very thought out. I am confident that I will be able to stick to all of them, and exceed my own expectations. I’m excited to do a follow-up either at the end of this year or the beginning of next year to share my progress with you all!

Please don’t forget to follow my blog and like this post, if you haven’t already. Also, feel free to share in the comments: Do you have an goals for 2022, and if you do, what are they?

Have a beautiful day! This year is and will be a great one filled with many blessings: I can already feel it in my spirit! 🎉

How to Make Your Home Look and Feel Festive for the Christmas Season

How to Make Your Home Look and Feel Festive for the Christmas Season

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Bells are ringing, angels are singing, and snow is falling…in some places, at least. Christmas will be here before we know it, and it’s about time that we start presenting that festive spirit in our homes.

Christmas decorations are that perfect touch that makes the holidays even more special. They light up the house with a joy and cheerfulness that simply can’t be replaced.

To make sure that we make the most of this time of year, here are some tips on how you can make your home come alive with the essence of Christmas!

1. Show In and Show Out with a Festive Wreath on Your Front Door

Come on, now. Although the inside of our homes are important, we can’t forget to show some love to the front door. A festive wreath, bow, or other decoration sitting on your porch can be an amazing way to start decorating for Christmas. Not only is it a great way to get into the Christmas spirit, but it’s also a simple touch that you can use to make your home set apart from the rest!

2. Light Up the Halls with Candles

Candles are a classic symbol of the holidays. They can fill up your home with delicate yet delectable smells like lavender, gingerbread, cinnamon, candy cane, or other festive scents that will make you want to jump for joy! If you’d like to light up your home with a cheery scent and bright illumination, then candles are probably the right way to go.

3. Sing Along to Your Favorite Christmas Melodies

Singing in general is a gift from God, and a wonderful way to make the holidays even more special. Having a Christmas sing along with your family and friends can be an amazing event to kick off a party! But, even if you aren’t what some would call a “social butterfly”, you can always cuddle up in a warm blanket by the fireplace and listen to some festive jams to put you into a merry mood!

4. Warm Up with a Lit Fireplace

Christmas is that holiday where we want to feel cozy in our homes. In many places, it is a cold time of year, and every now and again, we need to be creative and find ways to stay warm. If you aren’t a fan of candles, a lit fireplace is very convenient if you want to warm up as the winter breeze flows in the air. And a housecoat as well and some hot cocoa probably won’t hurt, either!

5. Enjoy Some Classic Christmas Sweets

Candy canes, sugar cookies, caramel chocolate. Yum! There is an endless list of classic sweet treats that will likely bring some nostalgia to your life, this Christmas. Indulging in some decadent desserts can make that Christmas spirit come alive so much, that you’ll be able to taste it…literally.

Hopefully, you now have some ideas on how to make this Christmas like no other! We all want to make the most of this time of year, and filling our homes with a festive, Christmas atmosphere is one of the best parts of celebrating this blessed holiday!

Have a blessed, joyful, and festive day, everyone!