New Year, New Goals in 2022

No matter what your personality type…whether you are a non-stop, over-organized “Type A” or a laid back, creative “Type B”, it’s always beneficial to reflect during this time of year. We have taken some serious time to look back throughout the 365 days of 2021 and really assess the year’s test of our strengths and weaknesses, accept the goals we maybe met or lost track of, and acknowledge both its successes and failures.

The one goal turned success turned strength that I (Rachel) have taken from 2021 is that I have finally learned that there is no positive outcome for me or my loved ones when I am too hard on myself. Much of my adult life has been spent beating myself up, both on the inside and out. I was embarrassed by my weaknesses, scared to go out of my comfort zone to achieve my highest set goals, and so focused on my failures, I forgot about any successes. It took a lot of effort and self-discipline, but I have found a way to be humbly proud, to silently fist pump when the checkmark goes next to the goal box, and to quit beating myself up when faced with failure … I have found a way to be nice to myself and to laugh a little more. 

In a way, it is accepting that the true beauty of me, you, and people is that there is no such thing as perfect. I used to look at myself in the mirror daily and say, “one more wrinkle to erase,” “one more perfectly planned trip for my spouse”.  Self-perfection consumed me. I lost sight of what really mattered…the people around me that loved me even if I wasn’t ever going to be a perfect. Once the sense of guilt was lifted off my shoulders, self-acceptance took its place.

2022 will bring on new goals and challenges. I have tried to make them as simple as possible, and instead of focusing on just “me,” focusing on things that will not just help me but help others those around me. 

2022 Goal No. One

Be Conscious of When to Put Down the Phone: Whether it be helping my teenagers with their homework, watching the newest episode of Yellowstone with my husband, or finally getting a moment to explore a new recipe, I need to learn when it’s “time” to put down the phone. One of my pet peeves is watching a couple out at dinner, barely speaking to each other because they are on their phones, answering work emails, or catching up on their IG posts. But my examples above are just as bad. My kids and husband need me. Our social media-obsessed society has made this “okay,” but the reality is, it’s not.

2022 Goal No. Two

Invest in Beauty, Health & Wellness Routines That Will Improve My Future: The only thing I can do to ensure that happens, is to focus on the future and commit to treating my body better. For me, that is working out in a healthy manner, eating for longevity vs. weight prevention, and making simple lifestyle changes like committing to applying sunscreen daily, drinking more water and walking my dogs daily. 

2022 Goal No. Three

Don’t Be Afraid: I am a person that has enormous self-doubt. It’s actually a very frustrating trait of mine. I am constantly wondering if my choice is okay with the other person or if what I made for dinner was good enough. 2022 will be me stepping out of the box a little and putting myself out there, maybe just actually saying what I want with confidence.

The Deich Team hopes we all can take a deep breath and see our own ways to make 2022 the best year yet. What are some new goals for your New Year? Cheers!

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