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Goodbye 2021! Hello 2022!

Such a corny title, I know but struggling to think of a better one is taking up valuable time that I could spend writing the actual blog.

My 30th birthday party

In 2014, I turned 30 and felt like I had found myself and just generally loved being 30 too much. That was when I decided to stay 30 until a better age came along, which made me feel as good and comfortable in my own skin and life. I think that time has come. At 37, I’m now feeling even better than when I turned 30. I am enjoying my career much more than I have ever before, in grade 3, which is completely unexpected to me because I loved grades 1 and 2 so much.

I am married to an amazingly loving and supportive husband. We have 4 beautiful, super-spoiled cats and it feels to me that life is pretty good right now.

Our family 2021 Christmas card

On Thursday, I completed my Year Compass and reflected on what I accomplished and in most respects didn’t accomplish in 2021 – LOL. And also looked forward to what I would like to achieve in 2022.

The front cover of the Year Compass booklet

I made a very ambitious “21 things to do in 2021” list and I have only accomplished very few of them, but even though I hadn’t completed the list, I still feel accomplished. It may sound wrong, but I know that if I hadn’t made the list, I wouldn’t have even attempted to try many of the things on the list.

21 things to do in 2021

The only one I completed properly was the one I knew without a doubt I would be able to do and that was to read 21 books. Reading is one of my favourite pastimes and I love nothing better than to curl up on the couch with a book or my Kindle, a mug of steaming coffee, a warm blanket and a cat or two or three. I also discovered quite a few podcasts, which I enjoyed listening to during the commute to and from work. Another new love, especially in the last few weeks is autobiographical audiobooks read by the author.

At the beginning of the year, I was diagnosed with ADHD and it helped me to deal with some underlying feelings I had about myself. Especially with regards to studying and why I have always found it to be such a struggle. And now is the time I blame the ADHD for my inability to complete my New Years Resolutions in 2021. Haha!

All jokes aside, I have been on medication for it in the interim and I can definitely see and feel the effects of that for the past 3 months. I am able to be more focused and intentional in projects and tasks that I attempt and am more able to complete work admin, which is a necessary evil in teaching.

Because of this newfound focus and ability to pay more attention, I feel a renewed hope that I will be able to set my mind to and achieve my goals in the next calendar year.

This brings us to 2022. At the end of the Year Compass booklet, you have to choose a word for yourself for 2022. After some deliberation, I decided my word would be P R O M I S E.

I promise myself I will use each new day as a new promise to be 1% better than the MiSh of yesterday. A better wife, a better cat mom, a better daughter, a better sister, a better teacher.

If I can achieve this, I will be 37x better by 31 December than I was on 1 January and why wouldn’t we want to see that?

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