I've been talking a lot about having a word of the year, but really, as you enter into 2022 my hope is that you have a focused vision for what you want it to look like, what you want to accomplish, and how you want to feel over the next 12 months. Change can happen any time, but January 1st is always a great "reset button."
Whether you make a dream board, talk over plans with a spouse, write goals on a poster, or come up with a phrase to guide your year, it all helps to be intentional and keep goals in the forefront of your mind.
I've always set Resolutions of some sort, and honed what worked for me as I got older. Growing up we had a framed list of Family Values that my mom wrote in calligraphy, and my husband and I did the same in our home. I try to use those values to guide my goals each year, too.
Over the past few years I've picked a word: Here, Align, Grace, and Intentional. They all had meaning for me personally, as a mom, as a wife, as a friend, financially, and as a business owner. The word reminds me of the more specific (SMART) goals I set. I also like to treat myself to something with that word on it (ring, bracelet, etc), just for fun. Here's a few small businesses you could order from!
A word for 2022 didn't immediately pop into my head, but it became clear as I was filling out my goals worksheet. I am craving a better routine, and I'm ready to find my stride as a working mom. I have had a business for 7 years now, but it was just in the last 1.5 years that it is truly a viable, profitable business. So that changes some things... ANYWAY, more on that later. The big reveal: My 2022 word of the year is...
THRIVE! Like I said, I'm ready to get in a groove again after getting my business established, figuring out new life in a pandemic, and having a third baby.
I am ready to start getting up before the kids to quietly get set up for the day again, because I loved when I had that established (but we all know babies mess up our best plans). I'm ready to use my business's profits to help our personal finances thrive; when we are in the best place we can be financially, we can do more to help others, so I hope to contribute more to some of our family's financial goals. My kids are all in more of a routine now, so my time with them can be less divided and more focused. Same goes for time by myself and time with my spouse; the processes and equipment I have put into place with my business will help me spend more time on other things and less time frantically working. Will this always be the case? No. But, I am hoping to continue setting a schedule for myself that allows me to thrive. There have been a lot of adjustments lately and I'm ready for things to explode!
I have more specific goals, of course, but the overall I want to feel thriving this year, and not like I'm always struggling to stay above water. I think it's realistic for me, and I'm excited to work towards that life!
I'm excited to see what goals you have, too! Let's cheer each other on!