Hello 2022

Happy New Year y’all! I know we are all cautiously entering 2022 after what 2020 and 2021 had on offer. I don’t think anyone is claiming 2022 to be their year. Having said that, when I reflected on 2021, it had a lot more silver linings than I initially anticipated.

As with most years, I like to set myself a word, phrase, or intention for the new year. It serves as a reminder for me to live my life and it’s not about big goals or changes necessarily. There are things I will keep doing and habits that I formed last year that I want to continue more consistently this year. My word and intention for this year came up after some lessons from October and November. It was a time when my anxiety spiralled out of control due to pressures and expectations I placed on myself as well as significant amounts of catastrophic thinking while also working in an anxious system.

The words that were in my face were Slow and Focus. I’ve combined that into an intention:

Slow down; Focus on one thing at a time, take it one day at a time

I’m hoping this will help limit my tendency to multi-task due to anxiety and then not do anything well. I’m also hoping it’ll always get me to stop, think, and then act. And I’m hoping it will help with less pressure on my writing and private practice goals while still being able to focus on them.

In the words of my favourite band Karnivool’s latest song:

With true patience all will be found

Worth the wait, I’m sure, we’re all listening now

Karnivool, All It Takes

I have broken down little intentions in different areas of my life including writing, work, health, and life in general but that’s more personal.

Do you set goals, intentions, or words for the year?

Do share!

***Linking with Denyse for Life this Week***

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  • Astrid
    3 January 2022 at 8:37 am

    This is such a great phrase for the year. I set hopes for each year. These are like resolutions but less stress-inducing. Most years, I do pretty well on them. I also usually set a word for the year, but don’t pay much attention to it throughout the year. I intend to change that in 2022. Happy New Year to you.
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  • Deborah Cook
    3 January 2022 at 11:30 am

    I don’t set goals or have words of the year as I’ve failed the ‘resolution’ thing sooooo many times, but I guess I do reflect on where I’m at in life. (Though in all honesty that’s not just a new year thing, I’m constantly pondering what I want / need to change or should change!)

    I know it’s a reflection of your profession but also of you and why you’re good at it, but your understanding of what causes and exacerbates your anxiety is wonderful. I feel like sometimes – even though I’m prone to overthink – I ignore the obvious stressors or triggers or foibles that I need to work on….
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  • Debbie+Harris
    3 January 2022 at 4:08 pm

    This is a great intention for the year ahead Sanch! I hope you make it your own and I look forward to seeing how you go. Happy New Year #lifethisweek
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  • Denyse Whelan
    5 January 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Love your self-awareness and also understand over/high achieving too. So, settling into 2022 and some quietly guiding intentions sounds like a gentle and unpressured start.
    Go well!

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  • Jennifer Jones
    7 January 2022 at 7:33 am

    Sanch your intention seems to be perfect for you. It’s also great advice for all of us. Looking forward to hearing about how it shows up in your life. Happy New Year to you
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  • Anthea Booysen
    7 January 2022 at 10:41 pm

    I’ve been setting a word for the year since 2017 and chose Brave for 2022.
    I always enjoy hearing what others have chosen for their word for the year. Your phrase is wonderful and something I need to do more of!
    All the best for 2022.

  • Natasha
    14 January 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Slowing down and just being is precious and with that comes Focus.

    Wonderful choice of words, Sanch.

    Here’s mine:

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