If it ain't broke...
Trying to come up with a theme, word or mantra for 2022 had me stumped.
I mean, 2021's Blissful Persistence pretty much said it all. It kept me focused on the good, the happy and the hopeful. It drove me to stay strong and not give up. And, most of all, it encouraged me to smile while doing it all.
How can that be improved upon?
I'm glad you asked.
While I still plan keep using the hashtag #BlissfulPersistence, since it served me quite well last year, I've decided to add a few others to the mix as well. After all, the more the merrier, am I right?
The last few weeks, I found myself using #KeepSmiling more and more. Honestly, I'm a strong believer in smiling. There's no better thing to see than a genuine smile on someone's face, but often times the smile may not come natural. Let's face it, things don't always play out the way we wish them to. I have found, though, that smiling when I don't necessarily feel like it will make me feel better. It's kind of a "fake it 'til you make it" endeavor. If nothing else, your smile may encourage someone to smile back...and before you know it, you'll be returning their smile (which actually started because of your smiling first, LOL). Domino effect for the win!
Another hashtag you'll be seeing on the regular is #SmilingThruTheGrit. I'm a shameless optimist, but I'm also a realist. I don't anticipate every run, ride, workout or race will be euphoric. Some adventures, conditions and circumstances are going to have me questioning my life choices, but I know persevering through the tough challenges is always worth it. Besides, knowing there will be a lesson to learn (actually, probably several) is worthy of a smile because the sense of accomplishment will be a great reward.
I plan to take full advantage of every day for what it can bring me. A sunrise walk? A noontime runch? An after-work bike ride? Cuddle time with my little Max? A surprise phone call from any of my kids or a special friend? An extra cup of chai? Whatever the day brings me, I plan to #EmbraceEachDay.
Finally, I'm excited for all the hope and excitement of a new year. Taylor Swift's 22 song has been on permanent repeat, in my head, for the past few days. I can't help but get excited for all the possibilities that lie ahead. Yeah, I'm definitely #StillFeelin22...and that will not stop.
So, yes! I'm ready for 2022! How about you?
For more insight on my *Blissful Persistence* ideology, click HERE.
Did you make any new year's resolutions? Do you have a key word or mantra for '22? Any big goals or objectives on deck?