The week after Christmas and before the New Year is inherently made for reflection. It’s hard not to look back at the last 12 months, no matter what they held for you, without some kind of pause. Most of our years are filled with a mixture of ups and downs. Last year I shared my tradition of making a list for each year (20 for 2020, 21 for 2021, etc.) I wrote about the origin of this idea and what kinds of things fill this list in a post here . But the idea is that broad, overarching resolutions are ineffective and typically lose their shine rapidly. Filling a list with a mixture of small tasks, fun things, and bigger goals and checking in on the list through out the year is a great alternative to resolutions! Admittedly coming up with over 20 items can feel a little daunting so you could easily have the same effect with a list of 10 or 15 things. Below I’m sharing my 2022 list & some other milestones that happened!
22 in 2022
Get family photos taken– Done! And SO happy with how they turned out! Read 12 books– To my own surprise, I ended up reading 20 books this year!!
- Trip to NYC – This did not happen – but we did go to DC and had a kidless weekend away in Sonoma
Build a neighborhood free little library– YES! Did this and it brought me so much joy!
- Day dates with boys – I was not very consistent with this but did do some
Switch to clean makeup– Done!
- Run a 5k – I actually laughed when I looked back at my list, I have no memory of wanting to do this!
- Go to the dermatologist – eek this did not happen… BUT I did get all my dental work done this year & went to my routine cleaning & have no new cavities or issues!
Find a PCP– yes!
- Do 3 Day Refresh – maybe in 2023
Get pictures off old macbookDone!! This was huge, pulling about 7,000 photos off my college computer!
- Do a 30 minute meditation monthly – I didn’t do this monthly but I crossed a huge meditation milestone of meditating for 500 days! And I did complete two different meditation courses this year.
- Take boys to Tilden / BADM 3x – We didn’t make it to either place once 😦
Plan and Plant a spring / summer garden– yes the summer of tomatoes! Pay off mazdaYES grown up stuff Take Juno on weekly walks– We didn’t do as many adventures as I’d liked but she got way more exercise than last year so calling it a win!
- Make an album of now – did not do this.
- Paint master bath / add shelving – nope. still have paint samples taped up lol.
Take a social media Sabbath each week– YES! I did this most of the year and loved it! Go to a National Park– Arches in UT, was a major highlight this year!
- Try therapy – didn’t happen. thought about it a lot. lol.
- Shiplap entry way – also no.
Despite half of my list being incomplete, 2022 was a year that has some amazing memories, lots of fun and some tremendous personal growth. I hit a huge meditation milestone of 500 days, something that seemed impossible when I started! I left my kids and went on a solo girls trip! I stepped WAY out of my comfort zone & taught two group exercise classes. I put down my phone and picked up books, reading 20 books this year. I learned to use a jigsaw & nail gun and built a little free library for our neighborhood. We spent more time with family & cousins, we hosted birthdays and I kept decorating themed cakes. I drastically purged and simplified our home and belongings, everything from clothes, kitchen gadgets, to digital clutter. Oh and I survived a road trip with two toddlers from California to Utah!
The last few months of 2022 have been a barrage of high fevers, cancelled plans, sick kiddos, trips to the pediatrician and urgent care; pushing me to my outer limits. But reflecting on the year reminds us that it is so rarely as simple as a “good year” or a “bad year”. There were thousands of amazing moments this year and endless things to be thankful for. The purpose of the yearly list isn’t to have every single item checked off. Instead it’s to bring intention, thoughtfulness and fun, into what you want your year to hold. So that December doesn’t roll around and you realize you floated through the year, reacting to what was thrown at you.
A vital part of growth is allowing ourselves space to reflect. Being able to look back on moments that brought you joy, made you proud, things you may have handled differently etc. If reflection doesn’t come naturally – sometimes reading some simple prompts can open the gates of inspiration! Below are some prompts to get your reflections started.
Tomorrow I’ll be sharing my 23 for 2023 list! I’d love to hear what goals you crushed in 2022, dreams you have for this year or if you make a list yourself I’d love to see it!!