Reflecting on 2021 and moving into 2022

January 8, 2022

Reflecting on 2021 and moving into 2022

2021 was one of the most profound years of my life. I moved from Oakland to Los Angeles, took on more freelance graphic design clients, and grew Drifter Organics. I also started my Lyme treatment and discovered my body was ridden with parasites which I’m still trying to detox from. I spent more time alone than I’ve ever spent before and learned a lot about myself. I stayed up-to-date with more Netflix shows and pop culture in general (I loved The Queen’s Gambit!). I tried to get into TikTok but just couldn’t. I read books, watched new favorite movies, discovered new artists, and listened to new favorite songs. I fell madly in love with the movie Almost Famous, adopted the quote “It’s all happening!” as one of my life mantras, and had it engraved into a necklace my paternal grandmother gave to me.

Reflecting on 2021 and moving into 2022
Reflecting on 2021 and moving into 2022

I created new art I’m proud of. I got balayage for the first time. I had expectations not met and expectations exceeded. I was vulnerable with the ones I love and trust. I surrendered myself to the unknown (mainly regarding getting deep into my Lyme treatment and making a huge business decision) more than ever.

Reflecting on 2021 and moving into 2022

2021 ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  1. I MOVED TO LOS ANGELES. This, by far, is my biggest accomplishment of 2021. I’ve been wanting to move to LA for years now—I just love the culture, aesthetic, and weather down here. When I learned it was a sound business and health decision, I did everything in my power to see this goal to fruition and I made it happen. I finally feel settled in a place I can call home in city I feel at home in.
  2. Slowly started decorating my new Los Angeles space intentionally with secondhand finds from thrift shops, flea markets, Instagram vintage shops, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Nextdoor, and OfferUp. It’s been a very slow process, but all the more meaningful when I think of the interesting lives my furniture and home decor have lived before me and how much kinder it is to the environment (and my wallet) by recycling existing objects.
  3. My mom and I launched a new Drifter Organics product: our Paris Face Mist. We were also endorsed by Emma Chamberlain in one of her vlogs which I didn’t even realize until just now checks off my first 2021 goal I wrote at the beginning of this year.
  4. I took on two really amazing freelance clients who are absolute dreams to work with. (This checks off my second 2021 goal I wrote at the beginning of this year—amazing how manifesting works.)
  5. I helped get someone I met online diagnosed with Lyme disease. We both live in Los Angeles, have quickly become friends, and are working on making an online course about chronic illnesses.
  6. More on the “basic” side, but I started getting monthly facials and being diligent about caring for myself, not only because it’s important for everyone, but it especially helps facilitate my Lyme recovery. This includes regular acupuncture, Epsom salt baths, and infrared sauna sessions. This aligns with my third 2021 goal I wrote at the beginning of this year.
  7. Also on the more basic side, I built up my solid gold jewelry collection. With so many trends coming and going in literally months, I love having timeless, everyday pieces that will last decades. I’m quite content with the 10kt, 14kt, and 18kt gold pieces I’ve sourced and collected this past year.
  8. I got my ears pierced. A third basic accomplishment! (But we’re celebrating both the big and little accomplishments here and everything in between.) I got my first holes pierced when I was six years old—I specifically remember my mom taking me to Blockbuster afterwards, what a blast from the past, but I digress—but I’ve been wanting to create constellation piercings on both ears for years now and just one random Tuesday afternoon, went to my local piercing parlor, and got almost everything done in one go. A week later, I got two more piercings and I’m happier with how they look than I could ever have imagined.
  9. I started Pearl Mirrors. While I don’t intend on it growing into a major business venture for me, it’s nice to have a side project that gets me working with my hands.
  10. I did a better job staying organized with my workspace and keeping my living area clean. I can’t tell you how it eases my anxiety and helps me breatheee deeper seeing a nice, clean space.
  11. I started therapy. Albeit at the very tail end of 2021 (literally the last week of December), I’ve wanted to find/see a therapist to talk to. I think it’s extremely healthy to talk to someone about your life and what you’re going through who is not your friend or a close relative. Even if it’s not anything super dramatic, traumatic, or serious, it’s beneficial for everyone to talk things out to sort out their feelings.
Reflecting on 2021 and moving into 2022
Reflecting on 2021 and moving into 2022

Looking back at my 2021 goals and what I actually accomplished, I checked off more than I realized. The power of manifesting is real. I’m really proud of myself.

Reflecting on 2021 and moving into 2022

2022 GOALS:

  1. Finish decorating my home. I am almost done with it, I just really need to figure out how to organize all of my ugly stuff I need to keep like important papers, business stuff, cleaning supplies, utilities, packages, etc.
  2. Continue healing from Lyme and my other chronic illnesses. I’ll write a health update blog post about this soon.
  3. Document more of everyday life. I used to shoot more of the in-between, nothing scenes. That’s actually what sparked my love of photography: You have the power to capture a moment in time that will not and cannot ever be repeated—little time capsules. I’d specifically love to shoot more with my film camera, but I just want to shoot more in general with whatever I have in hand.
  4. Organize old family photos/videos. I’m such a sucker for nostalgia and a sentimental fool, I would love to get more organized with how I keep old family photos and videos so I can easily refer to them when I talk about past memories and growing up.
  5. Take a trip to Palm Springs/Joshua Tree with my mom. With COVID going on and my health issues, our travel options are limited, but I am insanely, absolutely in love with Palm Springs and the desert and would love to do a little retreat with my mom.
  6. Visit Ojai over the summer. I love Joshua Tree, but have never been to Ojai. I have a feeling I’d love it.
  7. See the wildflowers/poppies/tulips that bloom in Southern California in early spring. We’ve had a rainy past few weeks and I think that will make for a vibrant wildflower bloom.
  8. Create an online course about chronic illnesses with my friend, Dianna. We’re not experts by any means, but we’ve picked up a lot of experience along the way that we can help others who are just beginning their health journeys.
  9. Turn Drifter Organics into a profitable business. We are so close to getting there, yet so far (to be completely transparent, we’ve yet to break even), but this past year, we’ve identified a few major disconnects we’re working on changing that will get us to achieve this goal. I’m speaking this one loud and clear to the universe: IN 2022, WE WILL BECOME PROFITABLE. Not that I’m only doing it for the money, but I truly believe if you work at something you love long enough, eventually, you will become successful. And yes, in this world, being profitable does equal success.
Reflecting on 2021 and moving into 2022

2022 is going to be even more profound with more exciting changes. I can just feel it. This new year already brings forth a new chapter: something big is coming for Drifter Organics, something that just feels “right” in my intuition no matter how scary it is at the same time. Maybe it’s a function of getting older and evolving. Maybe it’s from having my life turned upside down by my chronic illnesses. Maybe it’s my body finally growing weary of wasting so much energy worrying about things that may not happen. I’m becoming more comfortable with change. Let’s replace our fears with curiosity and look to the future with optimism, wonderment, and excitement because the best is yet to come—truly.

P.S. Check out my 2020 recap blog post here.

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