Happy 2022 my friends!!! I’m kicking off the new year with some photos we shot a couple of weeks ago during a winter beachcombing excursion. As per usual, I had planned on sharing them sooner however, I have been milking the holiday season while thinking about what I wanted to write for my first post of 2022.
While the pictures are what I’m sure most like to look at, I enjoy writing and sharing my life and what has been going on. My hope is always that you may relate and connect with it. If you follow me on Instagram, you’d of seen that I’ve only posted 1 photo since the New Year (I’ve really been laying low, friends!) wherein I shared a glimpse into where I am at after an incredibly hard yet transformative year. If you haven’t, then I’m glad you’re here because I’m going to go more into that today…
I don’t believe in new years resolutions or the whole “new year, new me” concept. I’ve found that those ideas notoriously put unnecessary pressure on myself and I typically end up losing momentum quickly. I believe that more often than not resolutions are made for the wrong reasons…for example, “I have to lose X amount of pounds VS. I want to be healthy for myself and my family“. I also think when one says “they’ve changed” simply because it’s a new year they miiight be overestimating how much work goes into changing our day-to-day patterns and behaviors (trust me, I know from experience).
This December and January I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting and continuing to get curious about myself so that I can have a deep understanding of who I am and show up authentically in all aspects of my life. The title of this post is New Year, Changing Me, because I have consistently been putting work into myself every.single.day (give or take a few) since May and I still have so much more to explore and learn. I will never say that I am CHANGED because I think that closes the door to learning and going deeper and I never want to stop learning and going deeper. We as humans are always changing and growing and hopefully, our hearts are also expanding in the process. If there is one thing I’ve learned this year it’s that healing isn’t linear and you can’t expect it to be. But if we are taking small, actionable steps every day to do and be better then that is all anyone can ask for. For me, those steps have been a combination of mental, physical, and spiritual changes and I have never felt happier or more content with where I’m at. I thought I might go into more detail about what that means for me in this post, but I think that I’m going to save it for another time.
I guess what I really want to drive home in my post today is that there is always a fresh perspective to view your life from. You can make a change at any time, no matter how big or small. You don’t have to put the pressure of the new year on you to do that, but this month is a great time to slow down, reflect and get really honest with yourself without judgment. While I don’t love resolutions, one concept I do love is the idea of choosing a word to carry with me into the new year. I had been thinking about a few words these past few weeks but the one word that kept coming up for me is curious. I’m choosing this word because it is one that was said many times in my group therapy and a word that I have now adopted. This year I am getting CURIOUS. Curious about myself, curious about others, curious about the world around me. Curiosity removes judgment and negativity. Curiously brings back a sense of playfulness, lightheartedness, and wander. when you get curious about yourself and the world around you you move from judgment to understanding. Curiosity = connection and that is what we all want at the end of the day…to feel connected, safe, and loved.
So with that, I am going to continue creating content (when I can!!) centered around all of the things you know and love from me, but my intention is to get really honest this year so that I can hopefully inspire and connect more deeply with you! I am excited to chat more about mental health, what spirituality means to me, and physical health which is one of the areas I’m excited to pursue more this year.
Happy 2022 to you. I am wishing you all health and happiness in the world. As we always say to our oldest son before he goes to sleep or when he’s having big feelings, you are loved and you are safe.