Every year, I do a “The Year of…” and end with something that I feel highlights how my year went. This year, I choose “self-growth.” Normally, I highlight all the fun things I did or places I visited, but this year, as you’ll read below, was a bit different.
This post might not make a lot of sense for my readers because I mostly talk about travel and my fun experiences on my blog. However, behind the scenes, I have been working on self-growth and improvement. I’m still very much so a work-in-progress and I have a lot of work to do. I’m not sure how comfortable I’ll feel talking about this or how deep I’ll go, but here’s a general highlight of how this year’s journey has been for me (please be gentle).
- I started therapy to get my mental health under control
- I started personal training to get my fitness under control
- I’m working to set better work-life boundaries and balances
- I’m working on finances for long-term investments
The work-life balance one has been really difficult for me. This year, I basically worked. And worked. And worked. I took no vacations, stopped traveling, and let a lot of my goals for the year slip. I confess that a lot of my blog posts from this year used older content that I just never posted, simply because I’ve had a difficult time getting outside and traveling this year. All because I let work takeover my life. And for what? I feel like I have nothing to show for it. I really hope that you, dear reader, never reach the point that I’ve reached. It’s incredibly unhealthy and not worth it. I repeat: Your job is not worth it.
On a positive note, myself and my family remain safe and healthy. My cat continues to be my favorite creature. I started volunteering at my local animal shelter. I got some new tattoos, piercings and dyed my hair. I love where I live.
I’m so sorry if this post was too honest and a bit of a downer so I’m going to keep it short. But we’re not always going to have a good year. My quarter-life crisis hit hard, as did my “villain era.” It happens. We’re human. At least we’re alive and here for another year, right?
I hope that you had a wonderful 2022 and if not, then another year is around the corner with a new opportunity to have the best year of your life. Cheers to 2022. Have a wonderful holiday ❤
Thank you for reading! How was your 2022? Let me know in the comments below and like this post if you want more like it!
Hey Emmalee, I’ so sorry to hear that 2022 wasn’t a great year for you. But I think it’s admirable that you have written about it and that you recognise that you can have a better life and deserve it too. Here’s hoping 2023 is a much happier healthier and healing year packed with more of the good things in life. Take care.