Here are my intentions for 2022 in both my personal life and business, and what I’m going to do to make sure I stick with them.
I’ve never really been a big New Year’s Resolutions kind of person. I love the idea of setting goals to better yourself, but the “new year, new you” thing seems a little gimmicky to me. I do, however, set monthly intentions on every new moon. Since yesterday was January 2nd and a new moon, it is the perfect time to set my intentions for the entire year ahead.
The reason why I don’t really set goals for a full year is SO much can happen in twelve months. The goals I might think I want now may be completely different by November. Things change quickly and often, and trying to abide by a goal you set a year ago could actually hold you back from new and exciting experiences.
So as you read through my 2022 intentions, you’ll notice that they are very loose and vague. This allows me to welcome surprises and not be afraid of changes. I hope that’s something you adopt when you make your own intentions this year. I also write my intentions as if they’ve already happened, and you’ll see that below. “I will” sounds and feels like a dream. “I am/I have” is definitive. It tells the universe you’re confident you can achieve it.
My Personal Life Intentions For 2022
I am fully present with my family.
Last year was the first year I was a full-time business owner. No side-hustle, all business. And that need to succeed and prove that I can make it work carried over into my personal life more than I’d like to admit. I found myself checking emails during movie nights, replying to DMs in the middle of a board game, and even planning social media captions in my head while someone was telling me a story.
This year, I am fully present with my family. During designated family time, my phone goes on the charger in the bedroom and my computer goes on the shelf. My mind is giving 100% of its attention to the people I’m with and the activity we’re doing. And my family feels valued.
I make time for fun.
2022 is the year of fun for me. My idea of fun is doodling in a planner, working on a jigsaw puzzle, making a craft that doesn’t end up on the blog, taking Winston for walks, playing games, and reading books. (Total homebody, right?) I set time in my calendar, actually schedule it in my planner, to make sure I get that fun time each week.
I can hold a 60 second handstand.
You may not know this about me, but I’ve been working on four programs from Karin Dimitrovova to build strength and flexibility. My big goal is to be able to do those cool handstand poses you see in photos that look so feminine and beautiful. While they appear to be so fragile and graceful, they require a LOT of strength and flexibility. I got these programs last year and didn’t take them as seriously as I wish I did. So this year I’m starting over from the beginning and I’m going to rock them this time.
My Business Intentions For 2022
My content reaches those who need it.
Collectively on social media, I have over 100,000 followers. And my blog reaches over one million people across the globe. But honestly, what really matters is that someone is seeing my content when they need it the most.
I write 3 blog posts a week, I publish videos almost daily, and I share so much of my advice for free. My intention for 2022 is for that content to fall into the lap of those who need it most. Almost magically. If you’ve ever shared my posts before, thank you so much, because you help it get to them.
My message is not just heard, but believed.
I believe very strongly that women are being taken advantage of by the marketing around what being “organized” should look like. We see pantries with five jars of flour spaced ten inches apart, and refrigerators organized in rainbow order. We see closets with fifteen pieces of clothing and they’re all black and white. And we see crazy videos of people taking toothpaste out of it’s tube and poured into a glass jar with a pump. (PS: Don’t do this! There’s a reason toothpaste comes in those tubes!)
From the very beginning, I’ve been trying to debunk those organization myths and prove that being organized isn’t about having a magazine-worthy home. It’s purely about having less stress when you’re there. It’s about being able to find the popcorn on movie night, and being able to tell your husband where the scissors are when he calls. My intention is that one by one, people hear my message and believe it. They stop stressing over how things look and start paying attention to how their home makes them feel. Only then are you really organized.
I Start A YouTube Channel
Technically, I already have a YouTube channel, but I don’t post to it. I’ve always wanted to make YouTube videos, but I just haven’t had the extra time in my schedule to film, edit, and publish them regularly. This year I will be making time in my workweek, letting go of tasks and media outlets that no longer serve me, and simplifying my projects to allow space for YouTube to bloom. I can’t wait to tell you more about what’s coming soon!
Melanie Buker says
Hi Lela, I really like the black console cabinets you are sitting on. Where did you purchase?
Brad Gandy says
Hi Melanie! Lela made that herself. Here’s a post that explains how.
DIY Office Storage Cabinet With Dixie Belle Paint