Hello everyone, and happy last day of 2021!
Each year, on this day, we sit down and take time to reflect back on the obstacles we conquered, battles we lost, memories we made and trips we took over the last 365 days. We think about things we did well and the things we could have done better.
A lot of resolutions seem to me like a Lenten promise—for those of you who did not grow up in the Catholic school system, a Lenten promise is something believers do to match the sacrifice of Jesus dying on the cross. For 40 days leading up to Easter, Catholics eat less chocolate, drink less alcohol or delete social media (and others, obviously).
As I sat down this year to come up with my resolution for 2022, I started making a list of things that I could be better about. Here it is:
· Stop pressing snooze
· Leave the house more during workdays (for my fellow work-from-home peeps) i.e., finding coffee shops, restaurants and cafes
· Drink less during the weekdays
· Read more books
· Call more frequently instead of sending a text
· Visit and explore new places in my new city
After looking at the list, I told myself, okay… I can pick just one, I could pick several, or, I can come up with a way to incorporate all of them. I, personally, would rather shoot for the stars than aim low, so I came up with an “umbrella” resolution that I feel encompasses all of the items on my list.
To be more intentional with how I spend my time.
As I reflect on 2021, I honestly cannot believe how much of it blends into 2020 and even 2019. Granted, the global pandemic definitely made days a little funky, but a lot of it is how I chose to spend my time as well.
I had a great year! I saw a lot of loved ones, made new friends, moved states, took on a new career, made some money, lost some money, traveled a bit, ate good food, ate bad food—but they all kind of blended together for me.
Setting my resolution for 2022 to focus on being more intentional, I hope, will also allow me to remember more. My main goal is to have my days, or most of them at least, really have a purpose. It can be something as simple as making a phone call to someone I have not spoken to in a while. Or, it can be as big as planning my bucket-list trip. Regardless, I want to know that each day this year, I woke up and did something worth remembering; no more blurred or boring days (unless it’s a Sunday, those remain lazy).
I encourage you to also come up with your own “umbrella” resolution. We all deserve a better year than last, and it starts with ourselves.
Try this exercise!
Step one: Grab a pen and paper, avoid technology for this.
Step two: Make a list of the habits you wish to quit, any skill you want to learn, books you want to read, places you want to travel, and goals you want to achieve
Step three: Now, write the names of the people in your immediate circle that you want to keep in your life. The ones who add value to your days. Remember these people!
Step four: Try to come up with a word or two for each item on your list from step two. For example, maybe you want to quit biting your nails. Do you notice that you do it in social situations? Is it anxiety-driven? Next to “quit biting nails” you could write “find new coping mechanism.”
Step five: Do the same for the people in your life. Your mom adds value to your life? Why? What is a quality of hers you would want to take on as your own, or be better at?
Step six: Once you are done designating words to each item and person, look and see if you see any parallels, any repeated words, anything that can be connected that you seem to be lacking or craving more of in your life.
There you have your “umbrella” resolution. It can include lots of things or just a few goals. Regardless, it is always better to shoot for the stars, than to be content up in the clouds.
Happy New Year and thank you for reading!
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