Happy New Year Friends! I hope your year is off to a great start.
The new year always brings a renewed sense of hope and a desire to do all the things and be the best versions of ourselves. Every year, I reflect back on the previous one and also choose a word of the year.
Reflections on 2021
In 2021 my word of the year was nurture, I wanted to be able to devote more time to the things that were important to me.
Here is an excerpt from my post a year ago. “While setting my goals for the year it became clear to me that they all centered around refining and spending and devoting more time to cultivate and do the things that I love. These include my family, my blog, my overall well-being and my career.”
It ended up being a roller coaster of a ride to say the least. As I reflect on what 2021 brought and also took away, I can truly say that it was a success. While I did not check everything off the list, I am able to look back on the year with a sense of hope and peace.
As some of you know, my father passed away a few months ago. I’m still in shock and trying to process it all. Last year, I got to spend a lot of time with my dad, taking care of him, conversations with him almost on a daily basis. Caregiving is hard work and draining but it was such a gift to me. I am so thankful that I got to do this for my father and I am a better person for it. My heart aches so much for the loss of such a precious soul. He was a beacon of light, hope and truth and I’m grateful to have known him. This picture, is my favorite of both of us. Love on your loved ones while you can ❤️.
One of the areas that really stuck out to me in 2021 was mental health. I’m proud to say that I sought out therapy to help me process everything going on around me, both good and bad. I also made it a point to read more wholesome books. We tend to take care of physical ailments but sometimes neglect mental and brain health. One thing that I have learned and continuing to harp on is that inner peace is non-negotiable. If it costs me my peace, it has to go. In the last year, I did a lot of reflecting and will continue to do that.
Growing my blog and being consistent in this area was a big goal of mine. With focus, some good content strategy and delegation, I was able to do just that. I have a long way to go to reach my goals but celebrating the baby steps. I have some new and exciting things coming up for the year and can’t wait to share.
2022 Word of the Year
This brings me to my word for 2022.
BALANCE. I chose this word because after reflecting on 2021 and looking at my goals for 2022 , I knew that it was important to me to allocate my time more appropriately to areas of significance. This year, I will be focusing on creating balance for me and my family.
This will include creating a more organized schedule around my activities, my families activities. One thing, I’ve struggled with in the past, is setting time boundaries around things. I intend to time block this year to help me achieve a more balanced approach to my life. I’m looking forward to a steady pace.
I also realized that content creation and social media were taking more time than I had envisioned. So this year, I will be moving away from doing project after project. It’s honestly not sustainable if I desire to create a healthy life for my growing family. I’m also saying no to more things. Starting in 2022, I will commit to doing 1 or 2 major projects for the year. I took several polls and the feedback was that you want to see more decor and lifestyle tips. I will be sharing more of these on the blog and social media.
I will also be doing a lot of organization and sharing it as I go. With the events of the last 2 years including virtual schooling, transitioning to working from home, I need to tweak our spaces to work for us a bit better. Look forward to carrying you along as I go.
Thank you for following along on my blog journey. I am goal setting and will love to share on a quarterly basis where I am with my goals.
Happy 2022. Let’s go make a difference
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