Personal Goals Highs and Lows in 2021


Let’s be honest – 2021 was more difficult than 2020. But who would say it? Maybe it is just my personal experience, but I thought this year was a bit more challenging than the year before – that you know, wasn’t the best one of our lives.

On the other hand, I have to say that it was quite smoothly considering vaccination, and lockdown endings.

Workwise it was a bit unsure in the beginning, but in general, I am quite grateful for the way it is going now. So, I have decided to keep this tag and write about the highs and lows of this proper roller-coaster year.

What was your happiest event?

To be honest, the happiest event would be going to Brazil to see my family after almost three years without seeing them in person. As it didn’t happen yet, I would say that taking the now three doses of Covid jabs and having all my test negatives are a happy achievement considering the whole situation in the world.

We haven’t been abroad since September 20219, but we did have some staycations in this country. And visiting the Isle of kerrera, in Scotland, this September was one of the most amazing experiences of 2022. it made me happy. for sure!

What was the saddest thing to happen?

Saddest was no doubt, not being able to be with my parents when they needed me. The pandemic was tough for thousands of people around the globe, and I guess it was a bit more difficult for anyone who some miles were away from their family.

What was the most unlikely thing to happen that went ahead and did?

The most unlike thing that happened to me was getting a ticket to see Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum at the beginning of December.

If someone had said to me “you will have the opportunity to see Michael C Hall and his talented band live in your city”, I would think this person was joking, or something. But it really happened. And it was great!

Who let you down?

I am not mentioning names, but there were some situations this year that really made me feel uncomfortable. Not sad because I can`t control people’s attitudes.

But Someone quite close to me was judgemental and with a lot to say about my life and my appearance. I have tried to forget and forgive it. But I felt quite disappointed with the whole situation, and I can’t keep a straight face to it.

Unfortunately, things are not the same between us anymore. It’s quite weird seeing this person differently. She probably has her reasons to act like this. But it is what it is.

Who supported you?

My husband and my family. As usual, these are my wonder walls. I guess this year was a bit challenging for me, the fact I was far from my family for the last two years. It was quite important to have my brother taking care of them. I am very grateful for his strength and care for our family. I knew we would, and we just got stronger.

Tell us what you learned

That we can’t control everything in life. But we can control our attitude toward it. I was quite calm in moments when I would be freaking out. This has to do with taking seriously my meditation and mindfulness care quite seriously as well. It has helped to protect my energy more than ever. I guess dealing with the ups and downs of this year, made me pay attention to my mental health more carefully. And this is something that I take more and more seriously from now to go.

Tell us what made you laugh

Husband, Dougal, and my family. They are the ones that keep making me laugh and smile all the time. My nieces are at the age when they are curious and talkative. Dougal is clumsy as ever.

Tell us the things that made you cry

 Some moments when I couldn’t help or do anything about the mental health state of my beloved ones. It is quite a weird feeling venerable. So, it made me sad.

Tell us three things that make you feel proud.

My website has made me quite proud this year. It was quite an amazing year for business, and I had the chance to start another two blogs – one on home improvement and carrying on with my eco-living one as well.

The way my beloved ones dealt with their health issues. It makes me proud of them. And one personal achievement for 2022 that is a quite big one for us.

Tell us the things that made you proud of yourself.

Completing deadlines. I am quite good at organising myself. But to be honest, I am impressed with my level of professionalism. I guess it is due to my years of experience as a Journalist and my discipline.

Tell us the challenges you overcame

 My father’s health issues and a short period of unemployment at the beginning of this year. It was tough to deal with it all at the same time.

Tell us the things you would like to change about your life in 2022

I want to be more reserved about my life. I am quite low profile but being on social media makes things challenging sometimes. Unfortunately, people tend to take your achievements and goals as a person. And it’s quite annoying.

I will be looking after my health as well. I pretty much focused on work and cared about my loved ones and ended up forgetting about myself a little bit.

What is the word to go for in 2022?

Patience. I guess we are still overwhelmed by everything that happened in the last two years. But it’s now time to understand that you can`t control your life. So, take it easy and keep going!

Simone Ribeiro
Hi! I'm Simone, a citizen of Britain, where I live for over a decade, and of Brazil, where I was born. Midlands Traveller is where I combine my passion for travelling, business and an Eco-friendly lifestyle.