Tis the Season

It is so hard to believe that we are approaching the holidays and getting ready to embark on a brand new year. Where did the time go?

So let’s talk about this new year, shall we?

Back in the day, you know – 2019, we all looked forward to launching into the new year with such abandon didn’t we? We said how we were glad to be rid of the old and start fresh in the new. And 2020 was a spiffy new decade with lots of great “vision” comments. We all did it – we all seemed to long for that new beginning that this date promised us.

We know how that went and I don’t want to belabor the year that changed us all.

We all had a little bit of an attitude adjustment and seemed to approach 2021 with cautious optimism it seemed. Living in a “new normal” but not quite sure what that meant.

Approaching the new year a little bit leery and a little bit shy and holding on to hope nonetheless.

So how do we approach 2022? Do we go back to doing vision boards? Do we put up a wall and not let 2022 into our hearts in case it wants to hurt us even more? Is it OK to go back to “normal normal”? Or is the normal forever changed?

Do we buy planners and stickers?

Do we make the resolutions of getting organized and exercising more? Do we want to lose weight? Do we just want to be healthy? Are we building better gut health and microbiomes? Or are we focusing on more joy? More travel? Less travel? More massages? Less expenses?

It’s mind-boggling.

Traditionally I have experienced a surge of energy at the end of the year. I make lists and plans and get prepped for the changes I want to make in the new year. I sometimes make resolutions, sometimes not. I look at the calendar and plan out vacations and time away with my loved ones. It seems new possibilities are there for me and all I have to do is set a path, do the work and get out of my own way. Stay open but mindful.

And it’s usually lovely.

But 2021 has not been usual. Nor was the year leading up to it. So does it make sense to approach 2022 with the same reservations as 2021 was approached? Or do we move into 2022 with the giddy and gleeful march that led up to 2020? Or something in between?

I know one thing for sure – I am thankful. I am grateful for the experiences of 2020 and 2021. I will miss those I have lost. I will treasure those that remain. I will welcome and support those that are new in my circle.

And I will step into 2022 with gratitude. And hope.

And I hope you will too.

Happy New Year!

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