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Happy new year everyone. Welcome to my first post in 2022. Whoa! Time flies quickly. I cannot imagine it’s 2022 already. A lot of things have changed except for the Pandemic. Travels are still restricted, schools in my country are closed and our company training is still on zoom. But hey, despite all these, there are a lot of things to be grateful for in 2021 and lot of goals for 2022 to come up with.

Before diving into the year, I thought I might reflect on 2021 and set goals since it’s hard to navigate a city without maps. You cant expect to reach your destination without a guide. So as living without goals. I love to set specific and measurable goals to keep me motivated and inspired. I believe in the power of goal setting. If you do too, keep reading.

My 2021 Reflection

How would you describe 2021 in one word? What are your biggest accomplishments? It’s the best time to reflect on the year. See what went well and what things you can do better.

The most basic question to start with is “Was it a good or bad year”? Despite the fact that I could not go back to my home country, I say it’s a pretty good year. I also accomplished one of my biggest goals. I was able to get my driving license in a foreign country, in a second language. I am pretty proud of myself in this. I bought my own car and have the luxury now to go to any places I want to go.

How did I grow as a person?

We all feel a time in our lives the need for personal growth. I definitely needed to go out of my comfort zone last year since I entered the world of blogging. I learned so many new things such as creating and growing a website. Monetizing it and improving my writing skills, working with people, the list goes on.

I also took personal growth courses such as Rebekah’s Filled with Intention membership.

I believe in the power of using your mind to transform your life so I started journaling again and making gratitude list. I was gifted by Notebook Therapy some beautiful notebooks to start with. The simple act of setting goals and writing them down on your notebook makes a huge difference.

But the most fulfilling to me was reading books. Blinkist helped me a lot to read as many books as I can. I enjoy reading new ideas through them since their summaries are substantial.

My Goals for 2022

Back in my University years, I never thought of the significance of goal setting. Only after I lived in a foreign country I realized that I don’t want to live and wander aimlessly. I felt the need of setting goals for myself and my career.

Brian Tracy, one of the most prominent writers about personal growth and goal setting, taught us in his book the principles of setting goals. Create goals that are specific, challenging and with deadlines. So here’s a gist of the things I want to do in 2022.

Focus on growing my blog

I am so thankful for the times I had to stay home because I got to discover a new passion in blogging. I sometimes struggle write and this may sound counterintuitive because writing is a main part of blogging but I do enjoy the journey. I get to work and collaborate with different people which is fun.

I also hope to work more with brands this year and monetize my blog through sponsored posts.

One of the things I give importance to is my blog’s Domain Authority. I want to guest posts at least twice a month and advertise with fellow bloggers.

Travel across Japan

My dream country is Japan. Ive always been fascinated in their rich history and culture. Now that I am living in this country, I want to be able to travel more. It’s not my goal to visit all prefectures this year but someday, but I hope to visit all of the prefectures.

There’s are a lot of reasons to discover more and travel Japan. Beautiful sceneries is on top of my list. The four seasons is the foremost reason and my favorite season is Autumn.

If you have plans to visit Japan too, its great to take advantage of the JR Passes to save money. You can take great long trips around Japan with the train passes or you can also focus on one specific region. Either way is a rewarding experience.

Japan Rail Pass

Keep my side-hustles to save money

We all want to save money and become financially stable but a few of us know how to do it effectively. The truth is, it’s not that difficult. You just have to have the right mindset, habits and a few sidehustles to be successful at it. Change your lifestyle, live below your means and you should be okay.

I want to continue hustling so I can save money and finish building my home. At this point, I have three side-hustles and I have no intention to quit them this year.

Aside from my 9-5 teaching job, I teach private lessons after school. I consider my blog as a side-hustle since I get income from it too. Lastly, I do Vistual Assistant work but only blog commenting. I had no idea you can get paid commenting on other people’s blogs until I met someone on facebook group.

Here are more side hustle ideas you can try.

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My 2022 goals Pinterest pin
My 2022 goals Pinterest pin


As we have been gifted a new year, it’s the best time to set goals and resolutions. How would you describe 2022 in one year. What do you want to invite and attract? I would love to keep my goals simple and focus on building confidence in mylsef. Let myself grow as a person and discover new things.

Make these goals become a reality. Take actions to reach my goals and live intentionally. What are your goals for 2022? What do you want to achieve this year?



  1. Cassie | a Life on a Dime

    January 7, 2022 at 6:49 PM

    Sounds like an eventful year! Congrats on passing the driving test in your non-native language!

  2. Ebony

    January 7, 2022 at 1:56 PM

    Your post is so inspirational! I would love to visit Japan. one day and I love the motivation you have to save money to finish building your home! Saving this to share with my other friends. Keep up the amazing work this year!

  3. Ave

    January 7, 2022 at 9:18 AM

    Sounds like you had a pretty good 2021 and I hope you’ll achieve your goals in 2022. Last year was pretty good for me too! I hope to learn more about budgeting and investing this year. I’d also like to take up some side hustles.

  4. Rosey

    January 7, 2022 at 4:14 AM

    Good luck to you with your 2022 goals. I hope your blog is a huge success!

    1. Ali

      January 8, 2022 at 5:43 AM

      Thank you so much Rosey!

  5. April

    January 6, 2022 at 10:50 PM

    Happy New Year, Ali! We have a lot of the same goals for 2022. I just started my blog as well, and I want to really grow it and monetize it this year. Good luck on your blogging journey.

    1. Ali

      January 7, 2022 at 2:14 AM

      Thank you April. Happy new year to you too! Good luck on your blogging journey as well 🙂

  6. Miss Farah Al Zadjaly

    January 6, 2022 at 7:21 PM

    These are some gret goals. I wish you the best for 2022.

    1. Ali

      January 7, 2022 at 2:15 AM

      Thank you Miss farah

  7. readandreviewit

    January 6, 2022 at 7:15 PM

    Fab goals and reflection! I’m so glad you were able to get into journaling last year, I’ve recently started it too and it really does help. I really want to focus more on my blog this year too, and I’d love to visit Japan one day (I can’t believe you’re living there!) Thanks for sharing, hoping you can reach all your goals for the new year x

    1. Ali

      January 7, 2022 at 2:15 AM

      Thank you. Journaling is great. We can learn a lot from it. Also, I hope you can visit Japan someday

  8. Eleanor

    January 6, 2022 at 4:29 PM

    Good luck with all of these goals, especially keeping your side hustles going- I have the same goal! I love reflective posts about the past year, thank you for sharing x

    1. Ali

      January 7, 2022 at 2:16 AM

      Thank you Eleanor 🙂

  9. Caroline

    January 6, 2022 at 2:00 PM

    Wow, I had no idea you could get paid for commenting on other people’s posts! I like to do surveys for a side hustle too. Love your goals, I hope 2022 is a successful year for you x

    1. Ali

      January 7, 2022 at 2:16 AM

      Right? I never thought as well. Blog commenting is a real side hustle

  10. Talya Stone

    January 6, 2022 at 1:17 PM

    I love that you plan to travel across Japan this year! That’s always something I’ve wanted to do and I’m sure the side hustles will come in handy generating the money for that. Happy new year!

    1. Ali

      January 7, 2022 at 2:16 AM

      Yes, I love this country and I want to explore more 🙂

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