Reflecting on the year that was enables us to acknowledge and honour what we’ve been through. It allows us to pause and untangle our thoughts. I especially love the fact that it gives us an opportunity to de-clutter our hearts, make the necessary adjustments and take only what we need into the new year with us – traveling light!
I experienced breathtakingly beautiful moments in 2021, which I will forever be grateful for. I also endured the greatest suffering, but such is life. BITTER SWEET.
While reviewing my year, I honestly can’t tell you how I kept sane. There were moments when I “lost it” but quickly had to pull myself towards myself because I literally couldn’t afford to have the break I needed. I found myself using the phrase “but we move” quite a lot, and now I think it’s just so damn toxic.
I was taking a long hot bath and my mind wondered. I can’t believe how I have neglected myself and prioritized my job above all else. So much has happened and keeping busy was the only way to get the days going by quickly. Coping mechanism, I guess. I’m good at what I do, and I have control over the outputs.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learnt this year is to hold space for myself – to take time off to process a traumatic experience and to NOT try and downplay the situation/event.
Truth is, self-reflection should be done on a regular basis. We need to examine ourselves, our motives, our progress, our setbacks, and identify triggers, bad habits, factors influencing our frame of reference, etc. Our relationships and environment need the same energy. I recently exited a few chat groups, deleted photos, unsubscribed from BS and blocked the person who causes it. “Rejecting” is very difficult for me, but it’s the best decision I have made for me and my family. I “reprogrammed” by setting, and will most definitely be asserting my boundaries. I will respond when it’s a convenient time for me. I will help if I have the capacity to do so. And I damn sure won’t allow anyone to guilt trip me because of this. I’ll also be making time for the things I love doing and that which brings me joy and fulfilment.
Everything starts with the mind. And remember, we can’t change what we don’t confront. Becoming truly self-aware will grant us the opportunity to better ourselves and enrich our lives!
…be transformed by the renewing of your mind – Romans 12:2
Well wishes to you and yours for 2022. May the year be filled with pleasant surprises and blessings upon blessings xx