Shifting from 2021 to 2022
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Wasn’t it exciting to have the world open up for a while, allowing many gatherings that weren’t possible for most of 2020? I especially enjoyed overnight sister visits, attending my niece’s wedding, which had been rescheduled twice due to COVID, and celebrating Christmas with my kids and grandkids.
It was far from ideal, but 1000% better than 2020, when we did it virtually. Although I’m thankful for the technology that made this possible, it wasn’t very satisfying.
Lucky for me, I’m an introvert so I’ve had many ways to amuse myself even during lockdowns.
Instead of my usual summary of books I read during the past year, I invite you to explore My Year In Books on Goodreads, where I’ve posted reviews of each one. I rated more than 25% of them 5 stars, but I think my favourite was The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.
I look forward to many more hours of pleasurable reading this year and would love to see your book recommendations in the comments.
I managed to post a photo to Instagram nearly every day! These were my most popular photos of the year.
When after 12+ months I needed some inspiration, I rejoined 52 Frames.Thousands of people from all over the world take part in this weekly challenge, so I don’t expect (or get) much engagement with other participants, but I like having something to give me structure and take me outside my comfort zone. It’s also fun and satisfying to see all my weekly submissions in one place.
Six of my ‘”top nine” for 2021 were 52 Frames submissions, so I think I’ll keep it up. Maybe I’ll even achieve Weekly Warrior status by entering 52 weeks in a row!
My long-time interest in family history has been piqued in recent years by reading Hazel Thornton’s blog, where she’s shared a number of old family photos, the stories behind them, and the process she went through to put them together. As a self-appointed family historian, I’ve wanted to organize what I have in a way that will be interesting to other family members, especially the younger generations, but I’ve had a hard time getting started. For that reason I was excited to learn that Hazel was writing What’s a Photo Without the Story? How to Create Your Family Legacy and especially to receive my copy when it was published.
The book has helped me understand that what I’m looking at isn’t a project to be completed, but a hobby to enjoy throughout my life. That awareness has removed some of the pressure I’d put on myself so I can just relax and enjoy the process.
If this interests you, read my full review on Your Organizing Business.
I realize not everyone has been as fortunate, and my heart goes out to all who have suffered losses during these already challenging times.
For most of us, 2021 felt like a reboot of 2020, making it hard to embrace 2022 with the level of enthusiasm typically associated with a new year. For that reason, it seems even harder to plan ahead and assume we can just proceed than it did this time last year. But if nothing else, COVID has taught us to be more flexible. So I’ve decided to make the most of the year ahead, whatever it may bring! Will you join me?
For me, it means nurturing the relationships I have with family, friends, and clients, and nurturing myself by devoting quality time to my personal interests. To help me remember that, my focus word for the year is NURTURE.
What’s your vision for 2022?
I eliminate stress for my clients by hosting, monitoring, and maintaining their WordPress sites so they don’t have to worry about security, downtime or performance issues. When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy reading, photography, cooking, watching movies, drinking tea, and spending time with my family.