December 22, 2022


December always gives me an extra dose of nostalgia and introspection and this year was no different. For some reason, there was an extra dose of reflection this year and I can't help but think about this time last year (at the end of 2021) and think about how little I knew what would be in store for me. 

2022 was my year to embrace and enjoy. And in so many ways, it was just that. A year of enjoyment and embracing the unknowns and the changes I never ever would have predicted. But like presents under the tree, there's a sweetness in surprises, even if they come in the boxes you weren't expecting to receive in the first place.

In January, my hopes were to enjoy the present moment. Embrace all my feelings and emotions. Embrace the relationships and friendships I have. Enjoy the ordinary and mundane. Embrace the tough seasons. Enjoy the silence. Embrace the similarities and differences I have with others. And enjoy and embrace my body and appearance. 

And as I re-type all of these hopes and intentions, I find myself shaking my head in disbelief that these sentences were all things I found myself doing in little (and big!) ways. 

2022 held lots of journaling and reflection. Quiet solo walks/runs/hikes to process and daydream. This summer, I started therapy which brought a soft, safe space to process some emotions and worries I've held to on my own for a long time now. A new job and career switch in July challenged me to see myself in a new role and created space for new friendships to form. Working from home brought about an appreciation for flexibility and agency in a job. Finding workouts that work for my body brought a new appreciation and love for myself -- being proud of the work I've put in and the goals I've reached is something very new to me (even though I'm in my thirties!). And re-downloading dating apps brought a man in my life who's made me so much more grateful, present, and excited for all that's to come. 

2022 was a year of change, but it was a year of much needed change. And I know I'll look back on this year knowing that I've changed but that I fully enjoyed and embraced these new seasons, too.

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