Happy New Year!! We made it to 2022 y’all! It’s a new year, which means new opportunity! This year I am taking all the good and the bad from 2021 to ensure that 2022 is the best year yet! 2021 taught me a lot about myself, my worth and my time. Hence, I have put together a list of 5 things that I will focus on this year to ensure that I have the best year yet. I hope my 2022 New Year’s resolutions will also help you to be the best version of you this year and moving forward.
I could have done a better job at work/life balance in 2021. I struggled a lot when it came to ending my workday. I started early and ended late almost every day last year. That is why I vowed to do better this year. To achieve an ideal work-life-balance, my goal is to plan. Mapping out each month in advance will be my recipe for success. By planning each day and revisiting the schedule each week, I will better plan my workdays, and end my workdays in a timely fashion. By doing so, I will give myself the opportunity to schedule more activities with my family. As I am planning my work calendar, I am also planning my family calendar to ensure my family gets more time this year.
2. BEING INTENTIONAL
I am so tired of doubting myself. I feel like when I doubt I waste time. Hence this new year, my goal is to trust in my opinion and be intentional in everything I do. That includes friendships and work. Everything I create this year will be intentional, whether that is to evoke joy, teach, share a win, everything will serve a purpose. With my friendships, I want to make sure I am checking up on all my friends and that includes my “Strong friends” I found that being labelled “strong” means we tend to forget that even the “strong” friends have weak moments, and often no one checks-in. That is why one of my resolutions this year is to ensure I leave messages every week for the loves I love because tomorrow is not guaranteed.
3. INVESTING IN SKINCARE
I have always considered myself as one who has good skin. However, in my efforts to give work more time, I haven’t done the best job of really taking care of my skin. So, I will be investing in better products to take care of my skin, especially now that I am over 40. I will no longer view adding a few more minutes to my skincare routine as a waste of time, but an investment in myself in the new year.
4. DRINKING A GALLON A DAY
Do you ever notice how your skin glows when you drink a lot of water regularly? If there is one thing I have observed, it’s that I feel great and look my best when my water intake is up. Once I start the workday, I tend to neglect my water intake, hence the goal this year is to do what elevates me to be at my best and that includes drinking tons of water. Now that cold and flu season is upon us and covid is not slowing down, this everyday action will help not only my skin, and mental wellbeing, but as well as my health.
5. ME FIRST
As women we tend to put everyone before ourselves. However, what I have learned in my 42 years of life is that to be the best mother, sister, friend, you must put yourself first. That is why my biggest goal for 2022 is to put myself first! My mental health, me-time, working out longer in the mornings, carving time out to read a book, watching a movie on my own when I need a personal break, and just being ok with being a lone are all the things I will prioritize in 2022, because once I do all the above and some, I know I will be the best version of me.
I pray that you will all see how amazing you are and not hesitate to take time to celebrate you in 2022! I hope my steps will inspire you to take the same steps and live your best life this new year. Happy New Year!