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Make 2022 the year of Living Life YOUR Way

December 30, 2021

Happy 2022! Over the last few weeks my Inbox has been bombarded with challenges, courses, self-help, diets, fitness, get healthy, ‘New year, New you’ emails all promising to improve my life. I don’t know about you, but it can certainly be overwhelming and there is a feeling of being pressured into making changes which I may or may not want or need.

I’m being told what I should be doing, what I shouldn’t be doing and the latest trend that I ‘just need to try’ or the question ‘Have you chosen your Word of the Year?’

Now, my lovely readers and friends will know that I’m all about living well. I promote living an active and healthy lifestyle. I advocate for Women 50+ to live life and to make goals and go for their dreams. My blog, podcast and social media is all based around living life to the full and making the most of each day. I get where these offers are coming from – but the question I ask myself and I invite you to ask yourself is:

What is right for ME?

Make 2022 the year of Living Life YOUR Way

I invite you to think about what you really want for Yourself in 2022. How will you live your life YOUR way rather than how others are suggesting you should be living life? I’m sharing some ideas on ways you can get started and I’d love to hear your thoughts or ideas as well.

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The purpose of life….

1. Forget New Year Resolutions

For years I would make New Year Resolutions until I realised that most of us last until mid-January before we give up and I can make any changes in life on any day of the year. I’ve written about why we should Forget New Year Resolutions and take a more long term, holistic view in my post New Year Evolution not Resolutions

2. Write a List and dream big

Over the last few days of each year, I start thinking about what I want from the next year. I start writing a list (mainly so I don’t forget – I can walk from one room to another and forget why I did, so writing a list of what I want from life is a must if I want to remember!). It is also a good way to have your thoughts together in one list and tick them off as you do them, add to the list throughout the year or push items on the list back depending on what life is throwing at you.

Kikki K says to ‘dream big’ and why shouldn’t we? Make sure your list includes some of your dreams.

3. Focus on 1 thing – prioritise

Once you have your list, don’t try to tick off all the items by the end of January. Prioritise your list and focus on one item at a time. You won’t become overwhelmed or over-committed but you will see results each month.

4. Don’t be pushed into something you don’t want to do

It is so easy to get caught up with all the hype or do things because we feel guilty. Make 2022 the year you can say ‘No’ without the guilt and ‘Yes’ without the pressure and because you want to.

5. Carve out 10 minutes a day to work on your ‘project’

If you do have a dream, a goal or a habit you want to change make it your ‘project’ and devote 10 minutes each day to work on making it happen. For me, the mornings are best. I wake early before Mr M, the house is quiet and I can think and plan without distraction.

6. Surround yourself with energy givers not energy drainers

In 2021 I talked a lot about Where are you placing your energy? and it is a philosphy I’ve tried to live by this year and also continue into 2022. Surround yourself with those people and things that fill you with joy and energy. Let go of the ‘energy drainers’ no matter how difficult this is to do, you will benefit by not having those things or people in your life to continually drag you down and deplete your energy reserves.

7. Create boundaries – You make the rules but you also need commitment

This follows on from point 4. You make the rules for what you want from life. That means creating boundaries for yourself and also making a commitment to yourself and what you need to live well.

8. Don’t compare

The comparison trap will derail you living life your way. It is so easy to compare ourselves to others and feel inadequate. Remember, the lives on social media may not be ‘real life’. You are unique, there is no one like you – now that’s special!

9. Find Fun and Smile More

The last couple of years has certainly not been fun for many but we all need Fun in our life. Make 2022 the year that you find fun again and smile more. Scientific studies have shown that Smiling can trick your mind into feeling happier, reduce stress and anxiety.

10. Believe in yourself! Trust yourself

Be Courageous enough to follow your dreams and not worry about what others think or say. You have the power within – believe in yourself, trust yourself and go for it! What have you really got to lose? What will you gain? Think about that.

My Word of the Year?

Will I have one? Over the last few years my WOTY has included:

  • 2016 I wanted to find more BALANCE in my life.
  • 2017 I wanted to SIMPLIFY.
  • 2018 I wanted to THRIVE and in
  • 2019 I chose two words – COMMIT AND EVOLVE.
  • 2020 I chose a statement – MAKE IT HAPPEN
  • 2021 I chose to put the focus on SELF and where I was placing my energy ‘I needed to embrace my SELF and live my life with the focus of keeping what SERVES me WELL and LETTING GO of what is holding me back and making me feel trapped in life

I’m still mulling over a couple of words for 2022 maybe I’ll have a WOTY and maybe I won’t. There is no rule that says you have to select one to be fulfilled and happy – it is your choice.

Will you make 2022 the year of living life YOUR way? Do you have a dream you want to make a reality? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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20 Comments

  • Reply Susanne December 30, 2021 at 05:05

    I love EVERYTHING about this post, Sue! 2021 has been an absolutely horrible year, and 2022 will be about doing things for me, doing things on my own terms, focusing on the good things and not stressing over things I can’t control. I did my best with that during 2021, but circumstances wanted differently on many occasions. I also hope to reopen my personal blog again, because while I really like my new niche blogs, I miss what my blog used to be, and the reason for abandoning it is quite shameful – because I listened to what other people said about blogging and fell into the “should” trap, instead of doing what I enjoyed doing. So that’s that, haha! Things can only get better from here. Thanks for the inspiration and I wish you a great New Year holiday and a brilliant 2022.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2021 at 08:13

      Thank you Susanne. I hadn’t intended to write a post and then I was sitting on my balcony writing my list for 2022 and suddenly a podcast/blog post was born. I look forward to reading your personal blog and yes, I’ve been caught between wanting to give more in a different direction and finding that my original niche and thoughts is where my heart lies. Wishing you a wonderful New Year and a happy and healthy 2022. It has been lovely getting to know you. xx

  • Reply Donna Connolly December 30, 2021 at 07:11

    Hi, Sue – Your opening paragraph brilliantly summarized my current inbox (and the inner turmoil that it has unintentionally provoked. I loved your response and your wise suggestions. Making 2022 a year of living life my way is something that I can do. Thank you for this!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2021 at 08:14

      Hi Donna, my Inbox has been driving me crazy and I find I’m deleting before even opening emails because I feel pressure. I’m a driven person,as you know but what is right for me may not be the answer for others. I just want to share my thoughts and encourage other women to live life in a way that is right for them, rather than trying to be someone they aren’t, just to fit in. x

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb December 30, 2021 at 07:32

    Sue – I love your post! Great ideas and a great approach to the new year. If you remember – I’m not one to get easily pushed into something because it is a trend or fad — but I’ve realized that perhaps resisting this I may have worked myself into a corner where I’ve stopped doing too much of anything. So this year — I’m exploring a new attitude. Thanks for this encouragement!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 30, 2021 at 08:16

      Hi Janet! You’ve made my day with your comment. I hadn’t intended writing a post and then suddenly this one flowed and I have to admit I was very happy with the result. I hear you about resisting and maybe working yourself into a corner. I think it is all about finding what works for you. Trying new things but not pressuring yourself to keep going down that path if it just isn’t working for you. I’m excited to see how your new attitude progresses. Best wishes for 2022 to you and your family. xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au December 30, 2021 at 10:20

    Hi Sue – I’ve chosen a #WOTY but kept it really light and fun this time – no deep introspections for me in the year ahead! I’m also not a list maker or a big goal setter anymore. I like the idea of letting life unfold and focusing in on areas that appeal – and preferably things that aren’t expensive, that grow me, and that I can choose how much time and energy to invest in them each week. I love the flexibility I have now, and I’m reluctant to lock myself into any long term commitments – I like being free to explore any new inspiration that comes my way. Happy 2022!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 2, 2022 at 14:30

      Hi Leanne at the time of writing this post I didn’t have a WOTY but I do now. I’m looking forward to 2022 now that the cloud has lifted from our life.

  • Reply Toni Pike December 30, 2021 at 10:30

    This is terrific advice to focus our energies for the start of 2022. Lots of love, Toni xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 2, 2022 at 14:30

      Thank you Toni and hope that you are recovering well. Best wishes for 2022 xx

  • Reply Joanne Tracey December 30, 2021 at 13:49

    I love everything in this. I’m writing my 2021 review and thinking about what I want from 2022 & will take your advice and write it down. Fabulous post.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 2, 2022 at 16:59

      Thank you Jo. I enjoyed reading your Closing Ceremony 2021 post which inspired me. x

  • Reply Gail December 30, 2021 at 16:34

    I’m so glad you don’t believe in resolutions- nor do I, it’s the worst time of the year (winter) and everyone goes on brutal diets or fitness regimes. I like the idea of a word for the year and pretty sure what I will choose. Thanks fir linking and a Happy New Year to you and your family.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 2, 2022 at 16:59

      Hi Gail, I gave up on NY resolutions years ago as they really are short term. I look forward to linking up with you for your Wow on Wednesdays throughout 2022. Happy New Year to you x

  • Reply Debbie Harris January 2, 2022 at 11:40

    These are all such great tips Sue and energy drainers can be the worst! It’s clear that you have been working on SELF this past year and you have so much to offer us all. Thanks for inspiring us and sharing your wisdom. Happy 2022 to you!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 2, 2022 at 17:12

      Yes I had one huge energy drainer last year which has been resolved thankfully. We can now look forward to enjoying life again in 2022. Happy New Year to you! x

  • Reply Yvonne January 3, 2022 at 07:14

    What a wonderful post! I have been ‘stuck’ indoors since last year except for the occasional walk this past summer. I live with chronic pain now and my choices are limited but I went out for a couple of hours and manage to catch Covid. I don’t know how it happened since I follow all the rules and restrictions. Now I have to take care of ME. Your blog give me hope. Keep up the good work! It’s Winter here in Canada. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 3, 2022 at 10:31

      Thank you Yvonne and Happy New Year to you. You poor thing with chronic pain and now COVID. I think it is high time you did start taking care of YOU. I’m so happy you enjoy my blog and I feel good when I know I’ve helped or inspired someone. We have visited Canada a couple of times, doing the East Coast first and then more recently Vancouver and the Rocky Mountains which were spectacular. I have some friends on Vancouver Island and can see it is snowing there at the moment. Take care of yourself and stay in touch. xx

  • Reply Patricia Doyle January 4, 2022 at 02:48

    I’ve noticed the term “energy draining” a bunch lately and am going to spend some time noticing that – when do I come back from something/some connection drained of energy. Not physically tired, but mentally drained. And, yes – then minimizing those connections/activities. I’m also not sure of a WOTY for 2022… but I am sure I will be living this year with Intention!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 4, 2022 at 06:34

      Hi Pat, lovely to hear from you and I get it. Last year we had a family member contesting my MIL’s Will. It was emotionally and mentally draining and both my husband and I felt constantly exhausted. I would rather feel tired from an activity I’ve enjoyed. The matter has now been settled and we are looking forward to 2022 with a more positive mindset. I don’t think we really need a WOTY, I wasn’t sure if I would have one but my ‘word’ kept coming back to me so I felt the universe was trying to tell me something. Happy 2022, Pat! x

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