I feel like January was a bit of a false start to 2022. I am looking forward to 1st February as I feel like that is going to be the beginning of the new year for me. January has just been chaotic.
Things in Australia have changed so much around COVID this last month. We went from borders closed, covid zero policy, lockdowns, contact tracing, lengthy isolation periods and restrictions on just about everything we did to all of a sudden in January, borders are open, apparently lockdowns are a thing of the past, it is expected everyone will get the virus at some point or another now, isolation periods have been shortened and restrictions have all but lifted. It has been a bit of a whirlwind month trying to keep up with all the new requirements.
January has also been a bit weird learning to live with another variant even more contagious than the last, whilst we are now supposed to be getting on with our lives. This month I have felt like we have all been trying to adapt to the changing situation. I have gone from not knowing anyone personally who has had covid to all of a sudden every other person I know has it or has had it, including family members. Trying to plan for a new year has not really been on my radar and I haven’t enjoyed that. January for me is normally a chance to regroup and reset after the Christmas period and prepare to take on the new year. Instead January has felt messy and unpredictable.
So, February 1st is now the start of my new year 🙂 I feel like I have now got a handle on our new norm living with covid and I am ready to start kicking some goals. My goals for this year include getting a handle on my health. After a couple of difficult years I have put my physical wellbeing on the back burner and I now need to make it my priority. I want to write more, in fact my goal is to write everyday. I want to finish my novel that I am half-way through. After being separated from family for much of 2021 due to border closures, this years goal is also about spending time with loved ones. The most important goal for me this year though is taking the time to stop and smell the roses. Getting out in nature, reading more books, less screen time, creating memories. 2022 is also about me being committed to self care. The last few years has been a wake up call, as it has for many, how much we take for granted, the little things and it has taken a toll on our physical and mental health. 2022 needs to be a year of recovery, not only for individuals but our economy. I am all for supporting small businesses this year.
So, Happy New Year…..again. May 2022 be a year of starting to repair the damage of the last few years, regrouping, creating amazing memories and appreciating the small things and hopefully…..more travel 🙂