Long Time No Blog & 2022

December 31, 2021

Hi guys! I haven’t blogged in about 3 months and I’ve missed it terribly. As 2021 comes to a close, I look back on it as one of the most full years of my life. January and February of this year feel like eons ago and I’m not sure if I’ve lived one year or three in the last 365 days. It began with my family of 5 – still at home – figuring out pandemic life and ends with us seemingly out here, there, and everywhere, aside from my husband that changed to a full-time work-from-home job in August.

As I said in my last blog post, I headed up a PTA fundraiser at my oldest child’s elementary school. What I anticipate working on for 6-weeks ended up being my top priority for almost 3 months. My kid-free time also went on hiatus because my 2-year-old had some sort of illness, i.e. fever, intense runny nose, etc., that kept him out of preschool.

Although I’m still striving toward goals, I know 2021 will be marked as another year full of personal growth. I’ve exercised consistently, read some books, and left the state of Missouri for the first time in almost 2 years. 🙌🏾 In 2022, I look forward to reclaiming my time and blogging more, finishing our home remodel (at least the inside), and going on a couple of trips. (Hopefully, Disney World in the fall.🤞🏾)

I’m also grateful for coming out on the other side of the year. There were times this year, especially during the fall, where I felt incredibly overwhelmed. Being out and about again, heavily involved in a fundraising project, and dealing with constant cooties over the last few months really took their toll.

Every new year for the past several years, I go into it with a word that I hope embodies that year. Last year, the word was authenticity and I can say every step of this past year I have been my true authentic self. Rising to be who I am instead of what others may expect me to be. Sometimes that meant saying no to activities and opportunities but ultimately I have been true to myself.

My word for 2022 is joy. Over the last several months, I have felt so weighed down but I want to have joy with whatever I do in the new year. I can’t do everything that I want to do all the time. Laundry, cooking, and cleaning are a requirement for my life – daily. 🙃 However, I want to be happy as I do those things. So here’s to more joy in 2022 regardless of the situation.

I would love to hear if you have a goal or word for the new year. I hope you have a safe and happy one! 🎊