One Word for the New Year 2022

Reflecting on 2018

Last year, I chose two words: share and explore. One of them was spot on, exactly what I needed. The other, not so much.

Explore was perfect. I moved across the country and explored my new surroundings, explored new career opportunities, explored new friendships. Throughout the year I tried to push myself out of my comfort zone when it felt right (although uncomfortable at times) and great things happened.

Share was more complicated. I had set this intention wanting to share more of myself online. In doing this, I think I went too far and ended up almost completely getting off of social media. I even posted about my social media detox. I can’t pinpoint exactly why I struggle with sharing online, but I do know that I have to listen to my gut, and it just doesn’t seem so important right now.

Maybe that’s because I had a baby in 2018 (my second child), so putting a lot of energy into creating the perfect Instagram post with my already full schedule, just wasn’t happening. I follow some people, particularly Moms, who can share effortlessly, or at least it seem effortless, and I really enjoy what they are putting out into the world. It just doesn’t come easy for me. I do know that I shouldn’t force it, but maybe that will change in 2022? We’ll see.

The point is that your one word may evolve through the year. I figure, as long as I’m learning and growing, I’m doing alright.

My One Word for 2022

The word is… SELF-CARE !! This was the first thing that came to me, because I know I can do better in this area. I know the importance. If my cup is empty, I have nothing to give. As a Mom, I get so focused on caring for my kids, I don’t make time for myself.

I looked in the mirror recently and literally didn’t recognize myself. Who is that tired woman that clearly doesn’t give a f***? I’m in my mid-thirties and don’t expect to look like I did at age twenty, but I can do better. For example (off the top of my head), washing and fixing my hair, wearing something other than yoga pants, meditating, getting a pedicure, actually exercising, organizing my closet, going to bed before 11pm. These are not big things. But they do require making more time for myself.

I’ll post soon about what my self-care routine looks like and all the different forms of self-care. Some will be physical, but more will be taking time for things that make me joyful and feed my soul. I know I want to set monthly goals for myself and have an accountability buddy.

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