As the new year promises a fresh start, we think about making our list of goals for 2022. But with the ongoing pandemic, many of us have had our lives turned upside down and may not know where to begin.
If New Year resolutions feel more like pressure than inspiration, start by writing down all the ways you showed up heroically (in big or small ways) this past year.
Some examples to get you started are when you
- took action despite feeling like you didn’t have it in you.
- found ways to give to others that made them feel comfortable and loved.
- had to make difficult decisions in your personal or professional life.
- exercised patience in what seemed like an impatient world.
- spoke your truth and protected your boundaries.
- found creative ways to survive while lacking resources.
- expressed gratitude for the things you no longer took for granted.
- picked yourself up and kept going despite facing setbacks
- expressed your love and compassion in countless little ways
- nourished relationships despite the physical distance.
- created new, safe ways to celebrate family holidays and milestones.
Next, make a list of what your heart wants. Has it been yearning for something? Do you want more peace, creativity or closer relationships in your life? Is there something you’ve always wanted to do that you keep putting off? Are there people or things you’ve been wanting to let go of?
Instead of forging ahead as usual, take the time to honor yourself in a gentler way. This will create space for reflection, insight and a year where you can make choices that feel more aligned with what’s truly meaningful to you.
Wishing you a nourishing, soulful and joyous new year.
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