Can you guys really believe that we are in the year 2023. Blows my mind. Life has change so much yet so little. I’ve been looking back at my year and making goals since 2018, well on here. And here I am in 2023, continuing the good vibes. A few days ago, I posted my 2022 year in review, check it out!
So, I host a vision board annually and this year we were able to get it done before the actual New Year. And I believe it is so important to know what you are working towards before the actual New Year is here. We met on December 11th and at first I really wasn’t excited about it, because I didn’t feel accomplished. Though as time has gone by, I’m really happy that I got it done and have really thought out my plan for 2023 … I just need to put it in action.
Let’s just say I am praying to Lord Almighty that this year is full of unlimited blessings, happiness, and success. A year filled with more highs then lows. A year where I feel as though I came out on a top. A year where I step into my purpose.
Alright, so here we go …
2 0 2 3 G O A L S
Iman – Faith
My faith has always been important to me. I remember going to asalatu (what we call our Mosque in Yoruba) class and just really focusing on the stories from the Quran that were told, memorizing the Quran, the community, and so much more. During that time I was building a strong connection with my religion. Listen, your girl is nowhere near perfect. I’ve made some pretty poor decisions on how I chose to live my life or just the things that I did in the past. Though as time went on and now that I’m older, the bond with God has only continued to get stronger.
In 2022, my five daily prayers were on and off, not very consistent. Like the previous years. I am glad to say for the past month, I have been consistently praying and going on 2 weeks of not missing a prayer. I know some Muslims are like gasping right now, but hey this is my journey. The joy I felt when I hit the 1 week mark of not missing a prayer, I felt like I was on top of the world. So, I’m going to continue. I will always have a goal to strengthen my iman and become a better Muslim than I was yesterday. Just very thankful I am entering a new year with praying my 5 daily prayers consistenly.
May Allah make it easy for me.
Family – Motherhood
Ash has grown into a kid right before my eyes. He will always be my baby till the end of time. You can just tell how much he has grown by how he conducts himself. Sometimes, I just sit and silence while he does his thing. The conversations we have, blow my mind. Its a reminder that, he won’t always be little … I can barely hold him now. It’s a reminder that I need to make more memories and ensure that I am more present. Mom guilt, will forever be lingering in the shadows. I’m really just winging this motherhood thing, but I just want to make sure that I continue to grow our bond and raise him the right way. I just don’t want to miss anything.
And then, we have baby girl coming this year. My hope is to just cuddle and snuggle up as much as possible. To provide for her, so she can be a healthy, and happy baby.
I just want to be a good mother to both of my babies.
I just love my husband. I mean I love us. We hit 5 years in May of 2022 and are now headed into year 6. Just to see how much progress we’ve made over the years and how our bond has grown is beautiful. This year, I want to build on the bond that we have created. Continue to learn and understand one another. We definitely dated more in 2022, but I need biweekly in 2023, do you hear me!? I always pray for God to strengthen and cover us in this marriage. So yeah 2023 more loving on the hubster lol.
As some of you know, I was laid off back in August of 2022. Completely blindsided. It did make me realize that I was remaining comfortable and being stagnant. And I know that in order to continue growing, you need to also make sure you continue learning. And stay up to date on the latest training materials. My goal for 2023 is to get at least 3 certifications, first starting with my PMP and then go from there. I really want to say 5, but I know I’ll have a newborn, so giving myself some grace. I am finally back on my job search, so hopefully I find my new home this month! More to come on this!
Let me tell you personal development is all up and down my vision board. It is literally everywhere. Confidence. I am very confident in myself, but when I get in unfamiliar spaces or an uncomfortable situations I kind of cower. Maybe cower isn’t the right word, but I feel as though I immediately put myself in a box. That right there needs to stop, I really think I’m in my head and I need to get out. I could honestly list an entire page of things, but I’m not.
I literally just glanced over to my vision board and I want to rise to the challenge. I don’t care what it is, whatever comes my way I want to have the will power and commitment to get it done.
I don’t travel much. I don’t even see it as a big deal, like its not something that I’m constantly thinking about. But one day, Ashraf came to me and was like mommy I want to go on a vacation. LOL, I’m pretty sure I just looked at him in shock for a second. So we got to talking and he said he wanted to go to a beach. That’s when I realized, I have to start making more memories away from DFW and get out of dodge. So, here’s to more trips this year. Also, I’m tired of the same old thing for birthdays … dinner parties or having a party. Definitely hoping that I travel to somewhere, but idk since I’ll have a 2 month old … well time will tell. Cheers to more traveling.
Oof, thank you Lord thank you Lord. I can say that ya girl has gotten so much better with money … well to an extent. Credit score is looking pretty good, but I know I can achieve so much more. I read Tiffany Aliche’s book, Get Good With Money and I want to get into investing this year. The goal is multiple streams of income. This is something I have always preached. Along with my previous full time job, I do content creation part time which has come in handy. So 2023, I want to build on that and create more avenues of income.
I love my therapist. She has gotten me through some things. This year, I want to make it a priority to get back into therapy. Definitely by the time baby comes, I hope to have appointments set. I have already been dealing with certain emotions this pregnancy that I didn’t experience with Ash, so it honestly does worry me about my postpartum health. I did experience postpartum depression last time, so I hope to get ahead of it this time. I’ve been so free to go out and about the past 4 years, so life will definitely look different. That scares me.
Health & Wellness
Listen, working out has been slim to none lately. Goal is to definitely continue to listen to my body and move when I can especially as I get heavier. My big goal is to not be hard on myself once baby comes out lol. And to remember that we’ve been here before and we can get back to where we want to be. One thing I plan on doing differently is to be aware of the food I put into my body early. I am hoping to have a meal prep service weekly, so I have food ready to go. That way I am not worried about cooking and can focus on me and the baby. And once the six weeks is here, either plan on getting myself a Peloton tread (I am praying that they rerelease the Tread+ by this time) or join orange theory. What can I say, I genuinely enjoy running now.
Last, but not least my hobby … my side hustle. When I first started this it was mainly as a hobby and since then it has slowly become a side hustle. I could go into detail about what I plan do, but I’m not. I just want to show up this year. Like regardless of what I have going on or what my feelings are … I just want to step into my purpose. I want to build a community and have a network of creatives that are doing the same thing. I want to surround myself around those I can not only learn from, but become inspired and motivated just by being in their presence. I just really hope to find my community and people this year and that means showing up and ridding myself of the imposter syndrome.
Whoa, I think that was the longest New Year goal post I’ve done.
Well 2023, I am ready for you. I am excited per usual, because I am a sucker for a fresh start. Just like my girl Mattie James says, I’m going to be intentional. Oh and that word is powerful, intentional. My girl, Lyse, mentioned that during her vision board presentation and it just really resonated with not only me, but everyone.
So 2023, bring it. Here’s to 2023 being intentional while stepping into our purpose.
I’d love to know if any of my goals resonated with you at all! Please show your support and let me know you are here. Leave a comment below and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Happy New Year babes.
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