Three Thoughts to Close Out 2021
As we close out 2021 and I sit here reflecting on the year, there are three things I think are worth sharing with you all.
1. Say YES!
In January 2020 I made the decision to say YES to opportunities I would not normally say yes to. Either because I thought I didn’t have the time, or because I didn’t think I was qualified.
One opportunity I bravely said yes to was the invitation to join the Ann Arbor ATD Chapter Board in the position of VP Membership. I remember telling Jen Laidlaw (Chapter President), I have no idea what this entails but I am ready for the challenge. I have learned quite a few things, stumbled a few times, asked for help, figured things out, and met some really great people along the way because I said YES. I challenge you to say YES to an opportunity that presents itself to you this coming year!2. I am Grateful.
I recognize that I am beyond blessed. I work for a company who shuts down the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. This year my husband was unable to take the time off so I am spending quality time at home with my three kiddos and my in-laws (who live with us permanently). I’m sure many of you are shaking your head at the idea of your in-laws living with you. I guarantee, for me, it is more of a blessing to have them here with us, than not.
As I sit here watching and participating in our daily hum drum over break, I have been reflecting on the last year. As I have navigated 2021 there have been many challenges presented… COVID, starting a new role at a new organization, going through some incredibly rough personal challenges (which aren’t over yet), friends and family who have experienced tragic news & loss, and more. At the end of it all, I look back to find the blessings…the silver linings! In fact I have said many times this year, “It is a silver linings kind of day/year.” I focus on the good and I am thankful. I have a fabulous family who supports me in so many ways. I am healthy, and I completed my personal challenge to lose 40 pounds! I met some new co-workers who have fast become friends. I have new friends and colleagues gained through ATD and A2ATD! The list goes on…it is a pretty long list this year, especially given the challenges I have faced. The good outweighs the bad this year because I choose to be focused on and grateful for all the wins. I hope you take some time to look back at this last year and make a list of all the things you are grateful for. It is quite inspiring to review the list as you look forward to 2022.
3. Do you have a word for 2022?
My word this year is Grace. It is a reminder for how I want to approach everyone, including myself, this coming year. I want to extend grace to every person I encounter… from family and friends, to co-workers, to strangers in the store, to the random drivers along my commute (especially the ones who merge at a moment’s notice without using a blinker!). We all have had a lot happening over the last couple years, we are all dealing with our own “stuff”. I want every person to know, I get it. You don’t have to explain. I want to extend grace in every interaction. I want people to walk away feeling loved and seen. I want every person I am blessed to have in my path, to feel blessed to have crossed mine. I hope as I meet/reconnect with you this coming year, you feel the warmth and love I have for you in my heart. What will your word for 2022 be?
Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts. I would love to hear from you! Feel free to drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me your word for 2022 or what your biggest takeaways are from the last year.
Now, let’s focus on A2ATD and the coming year. I would truly appreciate it if you would take 10 minutes out of your day to complete our Annual Membership Survey.
I am excited to review some amazing feedback from ALL of you so we can plan an amazing 2022! This time next year, I want you look back and say, “WOW, A2ATD was a blessing in so many ways!!”
Cheers to 2022 and all the awesome things to come!
Happy New Year!