Adios 2021, Hello 2022!

Happy New Year! I can’t believe we are in a new year. Through the many highs and lows, 2021 went by quickly yet slow for many reasons. First, we have been blessed to welcome our little D last January. It has been an absolute joy and life-changing experience being a mami for the first time. Although madrehood comes with a mix of successes and challenges, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Becoming a mami has changed my life in so many ways. 2021 was all about discovering and figuring out who I am in this new identity. For this new year, my hope is to transform into a person who is present at all times and who can listen to my inner voice.

Being Present

As a working mami, it can be difficult to be fully present if I am not at a 100%. Between the stress, guilt, physical and emotional changes, 2021 was extremely challenging year adapting as a first time mami while also being a working professional. By the time I arrived back home, I was angry and frustrated for not getting to spend the entire day with D. This led me to be in distress and not being in the moment with my family by the time I would arrive back home from work. For 2022, I have to change that mindset and to try to maximize my time (although short) with D and family. I also have to express gratitude for arriving home safely from work. I have to let go of the things I can’t be in control, be in the moment, and enjoy the time that is given to be with myself and my family.

Listen to My Inner Voice

The days last year felt so rushed and at the end of the day I didn’t have the energy or effort to do much reflection. Through this new identity as a mami, it has made it difficult to go deep in my thoughts, feelings, and observations about the world around me and lived experiences. This year, I want to be intentional by listening to my inner voice in order to guide me and help me to be the best version of myself. I want to be open with myself to follow my compass and figure out what I want to do with my life as it relates to my career. I also want to allow the time and space to trust in myself for being a great wife, mother, daughter, and sister. By listening to my inner voice, I will know my truth. I want to dedicate time to reflect on myself by journaling or practicing deep listening to get comfortable with myself to find my inner voice.

My Hopes for 2022

As we start a new year, I want to be more intentional of how I can prioritize on my mental health to be the best person I can be. For 2022, my hope is to be intentional of how I can be more present at home, work as well as with myself. In addition, I want to start listening to my inner voice so that I can achieve the goals that would best serve me and my family. I look forward to what this new year will bring in order to have a sense of fulfillment and peace with myself.

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