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My Goals for 2022 + Self Reflection

Let’s address the obvious: I disappeared for a few months. I’ve still been journaling, but I stepped away from this blog because I was worried that my clients would find it. Believe it or not, when I’m in the role of a therapist, I share almost nothing about myself. The other day, someone asked me if I have pets and I contemplated saying “what would it mean to you if I did have pets” rather than answering the darn question 😂. All that to say, I’m really private in real life. And this blog kind of throws a wrench in that plan.

But I’m back. I don’t know for how long. I don’t know that I’ll be spilling any sordid details, but I want to continue documenting my life in this capacity.

Let’s talk about the new year. On new year’s eve, my sister and I climbed onto the balcony, made some tea (can you tell I’m Russian?) and reflected on our accomplishments from the past year. This exercise was useful for me, because I judge myself very harshly. In fact, as I write this, I remember what felt like two unsuccessful groups that I ran on zoom this past Friday. I ruminate, replaying my words in my head, thinking of what I could have said differently. Psychology is different from a profession like computer science because in psychology, once you have a session, you can’t just hit backspace or fix a bug. Your words are out there. No deleting.

All that to say, I could really stand to think more positively. After thinking for a while between sips, I thought of the following:

1. I became a much better driver. At the beginning of the year, I hated driving because I’ve been hit by a car three times, and cars kind of terrified me. I’m happy to report that I’ve driven all over LA since then and overcome that fear.

2. I started doing individual therapy, group therapy, and intakes, none of which I’d ever practiced before.

3. I got matched at my top choice practicum site and this made me extremely happy.

4. I got a scholarship from outside my school.

5. A recruiter messaged me about my dream mid-grad school job, a psychometrician, but I turned it down because I would not be able to balance it with my other responsibilities. And I know that doesn’t feel like an accomplishment, reading it back, but knowing your limits is also a win. In the meantime, I realized that since practicum pays a stipend, which comes out to $3/hour (beware, Bill Gates, I’m coming for your tax bracket), I can consider it my third job. I did also end up branching out in my work , so I can say that I accomplished last year’s resolution.

6. I got some of my strength back once gyms reopened and started a weekly habit of cycling while still maintaining a healthy relationship with food.

There are also goals from last year that I did not accomplish. Last year, I wanted to keep my room consistently clean.

See the clean room behind me? That didn’t last.

I also wanted to wake up earlier, which has not happened either. Right, so, I am about to run 4 groups and 1 individual session today, and it’s almost 9 am. I should probably get going, but before that, I wanted to tell you what my resolutions are for 2022. I want to land an assessment based practicum for next year, drive on the highway alone, and say morning prayers. I also want to keep my room clean and use my planner every day. Last, I’d like to double down on editing the book that I’ve written so I can someday publish it. Oh, and I want to make more plans with my friends. Here is a vision board I drew for the new year:

Because collages are so last year.

Here’s hoping I keep my resolutions, and here’s to an amazing 2022!


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Hi everyone! I started my doctorate in clinical psychology in fall 2020. A google search revealed that there are no current grad school blogs for psychology students. Anyway, I happen to know a girl who wants to document her journey to getting a doctorate (spoiler: it's me). Welcome. Hope you stay awhile!

3 thoughts on “My Goals for 2022 + Self Reflection

  1. Item 5 caught my eye because it’s a VERY mature decision. There really is a value in knowing what you can do with the time you have in each day. Sometimes the most clever decision really is to knock something back.
    And on drinking tea at any given opportunity… either Russian or British!

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