Here we are. It's 2022. I know… It's been 2022 for a few weeks now, but I feel like after our chaotic, unexpected Christmas (spent sick and stuck at home) and then our delayed Christmas trip this past week, the New Year is still sinking in for me. At the beginning of January, I was honestly mentally exhausted and not feeling very positive about the year ahead. But the family time and change of scenery we got this past week gave me some designated time to reflect on the past year and think about my hopes and intentions for the year ahead. It's strange to see where I was this time last year... and how much has changed, but also stayed the same. The effects of the pandemic continue to be frustrating and draining, and I don't know about you but I still yearn for things to feel more normal and settled. Unfortunately, there's not much we can do about the circumstances of the world. So, I am choosing to focus on the things I can nurture this year -- my health and wellbeing and my family's. But, before I dive into my intention for 2022, I want to share a little insight into how the past year has been.
I wanted to slow down because my 2019 life felt so hectic and busy, but not in a good way. Working from home, in addition to other restrictions that the pandemic caused, grounded me and revealed what the heart of my life really entailed. It gave me a fresh perspective and appreciation for the things that really matter. Of course getting pregnant and having my first child changed my perspective even more. Having a baby slows you down in a very unique way! Now as 2021 begins, I am starting the year with this fresh perspective and making a new intention.
I'm home from our Christmas trip to Illinois last week, and am slowly getting back into a routine (and cleaning up from the Christmas aftermath!). Before we left for Illinois, Will and I had Christmas with my family. Then, we drove out to Illinois for time with Will's family. It was great to get out of the city and enjoy a slower pace of life. We had lots of family time and even enjoyed some four-wheeling! I also did a lot of reflecting on the past decade and the New Year and decade to come. Since this decade is quickly coming to an end, I thought it would be worthwhile to share highlights of the decade and the honest ups and downs that came with it.