Week 1: Meet the 22 for 22

One of the very most beneficial things I did for my Buy-No-Clothes-in-2021 Challenge was to do a weekly check-in. Each Saturday, I sat down with the list of rules and goals I had set for myself, and I considered how I may or may not have made progress towards them.

Naturally, knowing me, I can’t go very long or very far without goals or progress. So for 2022, I have taken a page out of Gretchen Rubin’s book and decided to pursue 22 in 22.

That is, 22 goals. They don’t have to be big goals, or new goals, necessarily. Some of them are continuations of the really important lessons I learned last year, and represent a desire to see those good things continue.

What is important is that each one connects to at least one of my Ideal Life Themes (the ones we spent most of the last part of December reviewing for the year!). The themes of Parenting, Marriage, Scheduling and Planning, Spiritual Life, Work, Good Habits & Routines, Personal Style, Gravitas, Body Positivity & Health and Mental Health are the biggies that I am setting before me as central to my 22 in 22.

With no further ado, here are my 22 in 22:

  1. Connect better with the scalawags, according to their Love Languages
  2. Do the heart work necessary for my marriage
  3. Scoop the kitty litter as an act of love
  4. Complete and update our home binder info
  5. Read Bible every day: both on tablet and hardcover
  6. Create a dashboard for progress on creative projects
  7. “Don’t Look Down”: Keep chipping away at finding a literary agent who shares my vision.
  8. Learn strategies to mitigate the dopamine loop re: creative endeavors
  9. Create a workflow for new projects and know how long each part takes realistically
  10. Goal-setting, tracking KPI and next steps for becoming podcasting royalty
  11. Know all my logins and passwords and keep them update
  12. Set aside “unplugged” hours of the day
  13. Develop the Go-To Catalogue
  14. Mise en Place and Weekly Planning
  15. 1€ or less CPW for each individual item, less than 0.20€ per item globally
  16. Improve my posture
  17. Track steps, water intake, monthly(ish) cycles
  18. Eat mindfully and with pleasure
  19. Get off the Hedonic Treadmill
  20. Practice Mindfulness: articulate and savor the good moments
  21. Do Ideal Life Exercise every day
  22. Learn something fascinating about psychology every week

While I will, for myself, each week, debrief the progress, I won’t bore you to tears with all the details. I will, however, continue, once a week here on the blog, hold myself accountable by sharing the highlights and the lowlights of my progress.

I will need to talk through what some of these really mean. Not to mention, it’s all well and good to say, “I want to improve my posture,” but without a plan to actually make that happen? Well, then there can’t be any measurable progress because I won’t have measured anything.

Figuring out the measurables on some of these goals is going to be a mindtwister. But I’m always up for a challenge–especially when there are ideas to be had!

So…that’s the plan for 2022.

How are you going to hold yourself accountable to your goals this year?


Have you listened to the Sing With Your Feet, my new podcast yet? You totally should. And you should share it with someone who needs a little fairy dust in their lives!

Take a listen here:

Episode 32: Environment and Ecology Sing With Your Feet

Talking Points: “Not on my Green Parenting Bingo Card,” LiElla is back!; Geeking out and going out green. Episode 32 is part of our series on the Ideal Life Categories, this week's theme being "Environment and Ecology." The series began back in Episode 15: The One About Our Bodies, in case you want to get caught up! Links: Learn more about LiElla Kelly, Death Doula, on her website and blog, Leaving Well…The Blog. or on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leaving.well.death.doula/ or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=leaving%20well%20end-of-life%20planning You can contact Lily by email: lily@lilyfieldschallenge.com, or find her other work here: https://linktr.ee/lilyfieldschallenge
  1. Episode 32: Environment and Ecology
  2. Episode 31: Mental Health
  3. Episode 30: Contentment
  4. Episode 29: Commitments
  5. Episode 28: Lucidly Ever After

Published by Lily Fields

I am passionate about contentment. This is a challenge, because I am equally passionate about progress. I get up at 4:00AM to chip away at a solution to this monolithic problem: how to make progress on my contentment. Born and raised in the USA, I married a French philosophy teacher in 1999. We have lived in France since 2007. We stayed young and carefree until life threw us two curveballs in the form of little humans one after another in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Now I am a slightly older, slightly more exhausted version of myself, but with mystery stains on my walls and a never-ending pile of laundry.

36 thoughts on “Week 1: Meet the 22 for 22

      1. I will do that. I might even renew/revise my “16 year- old O level French” . In my ideal life I am a person who is going to make my past work for me. Fairy God mother does that sound good? 🤣🤣🤣🤣 See you doing it already !!! Thank you. 😊

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  1. Oh yeah, we are packing up my room. My daughter’s girlfriend is arriving tonight. So, by 8 am tomorrow, I have to be gone!! No pace to go yet- but God’s got this!! I’ll stay with my Mama a few days if I have to. Best scenario- the management company I’m applying to in the morning, will approve us, and sign lease, and give us the key tomorrow afternoon. Then a frantic scramble to get a bed! lol But we already know where we’re going for that, so really no problem. The reason I have to have my husband the lease is, I don’t have enough income to comply with their requirements. So, with him on there, no prob. Will keep ya updated!

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