The last two years have sucked, there is no other way to say it. So you aren't alone if you feel the need for something to change and are hoping to do just that in 2022.
As a new year looms, people often make up a bunch of new year's resolutions but to be honest I stopped doing those a few years ago and went a different route: picking a focus word.
You may be wondering, "Meli, why a 'word of the year'?" I like to think that a word helps set an intention - or a theme, per se - for how you want your year to flow. Some believe a group of words (or set of themes) might help more than just one... just go with what feels good!
I'm of the belief that it helps to have actionable goals that tie back to intentions and a single "remembrance" word (aka your Word Of The Year). For example, if your word of the year was “abundance,” your goals may include getting on top of your finances or investing in an abundance of genuine relationships; if your word was "discipline," your goals may include waking up at a certain time every day and working out x amount of days.
Breaking down my Word of the Year
When picking my word for 2022, I wanted something that would remind me of the key lesson I learned during 2020 and 2021: that I unnecessarily overcomplicated some aspects of my life. Nothing is guaranteed in life, especially in the face of this pandemic, so I started living more in the present and reminded myself that worrying about a future that hasn’t happened yet only creates anxiety, while worrying about my past is a waste of time. The more I focused on being present, on simplifying my life, the better I felt. I think natural over-achievers like myself (raise a hand if you can understand) struggle with letting things go or things being easy; in the past I believed that unless I worked myself to the bone for something, I wasn't worthy of it. So for 2022, as the world continues to morph into something new we've never weathered before, my word is "ease."
For me, it seems "ease" and "worthiness" seem to be intertwined and I don't want to continue living in a way that sees my worth as a human tied to any career success I have. This means I want to work smarter (and mor aligned with my values), not harder. I want to work with the flow of things and not get stressed over stuff that is out of my hands. I want to stop self-sabotaging myself and be more conscious of my thoughts and actions.
But don't get it twisted. Although my word is "ease," this doesn't mean I won't face discomfort in 2022. This coming year sees the final stretch of my PhD, me slowly entering into the volatile job market,
10 WAYS I strive to live "in EASE" in 2022
Still looking for your word for 2022?
I’ve listed some of my favorites below. Before picking one, think about your goals and what you want your future to look like... now see if any of these words stand out.
Have you picked a “Word of the Year” before?
Hi! I'm Melissa, an Australian-based Latina science educator, podcaster, and freelance writer. I spend a lot more time on Instagram and Twitter, but blogging is my first love. Thanks for stopping by — I hope you stay a while.
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