As we prepare to say goodbye to the year 2022, there is a mixture of emotions. On one hand, this has been a challenging year for many of us across the world, due to the war in Ukraine, inflation and the stresses that come from uncertain financial times. On the other hand, this has been a year of growth and opportunity. As we look back on what we’ve achieved in 2022, let’s take time to reflect and appreciate all that we have accomplished over the past 12 months.
It can be difficult to find motivation when faced with such uncertainty. Yet throughout all of this, many of us have risen above these challenges and made progress on our goals. Whether it was taking on a new job or project, learning something new, or finding ways to take care of ourselves and those around us during trying times- it is worth taking some time to recognize these successes before we move forward into the New Year.
Another way to mark the end of this year is by focusing on what we have learned from it. What did your challenges teach you? Perhaps you traded in some of your more costly outings or habits to more frugal ones, like hiking or exercising with pals in the park, maybe movie nights at home? Perhaps you spent more quiet time rather than going out on the town? What did you learn from these changes? It may not always feel like it in moments of difficulty but when looked at from a broader perspective, there are often hidden lessons that can be taken away from challenging times that will help shape who we are in the future.
Lastly, let’s not forget about planning for 2023! Now is an ideal time to think about what goals you want to set for yourself and how best to achieve them in the upcoming year—this could include setting aside time each day for personal development or creating a budget plan for yourself so that you can save up for something special next year (like a new home). Whatever your goals may be, now is a great time to start thinking about how best to approach them so that come December 2023, you can look back with pride at all that you’ve accomplished over the course of another exciting year!
As we prepare to bid farewell 2022 and welcome 2023 with open arms, let us remember all that has happened over the past twelve months—the successes as well as any challenges faced along the way—and use these experiences as inspiration moving forward into the New Year. Here's hoping 2023 brings each and every one of you plenty of joy, growth opportunities, and success! Happy New Year!