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Following Joy
January 10, 2022

I keep telling myself I’m easing into this new year, trying to assuage my guilt for being late with writing my goals for 2022. For years, I’ve been adamant about taking a huge chunk of time on New Year’s Day to pour over my journals from the previous year, reflect, and formalize the intentions I’ve been drafting in my head for weeks.

I choose guiding words for the year and write a mantra. You see, journaling, writing goals, making lists, dreaming about the future—in my thinking—ranks right up there with kissing. Well, almost. Anyway, I love it. For the most part, I don’t dwell on my pontification again until the following New Year’s Day. It’s enlightening to read what I was thinking twelve months prior, and surprising how much my words guide my experience.

 

following joy-journals lined up on a chair by the ocean

 

 

Last year, I was excited about stepping into Brene’ Brown’s arena and getting my ass kicked. My words were: Brave, Curious, and Allow. Like most, I was determined to cast off the energy of 2020.

My mantra: “As I allow the Universe to use me, may I be open, curious, and brave.”

Daily Inspiration

The book I chose for my daily inspiration was Journey to the Heart by Melody Beattie, which I highly recommend.

If there’s anything 2021 taught me, it is to allow. Allow the Universe her timing. Did I not ask for that very thing in my list of words and mantra? But I was really thinking of allowing the Universe to clean up things here on Planet Earth and find me something worthwhile and fun to do—a little faster—and I spent way too much time being antsy and angry.

Words For 2022

This year is different. I wasn’t even at home on New Year’s Day, 2022. I was here in Florida with BF feathering our nest where we’ll be enjoying the sunshine for the next three months. We flew kites on the beach with sweet Lily and celebrated her third birthday with a chocolate cake from Winn Dixie.

 

welcome nana and popa chalk art

 

My words for this year: Joy and fun

Mantra For 2022

My mantra: Follow joy

The book I’ve chosen for morning inspiration: Now is where God Lives; A Year of Nested Meditations to Delight the Mind and Awaken the Soul by Kevin Anderson. (Yes please, I’ll have my mind delighted with inspirational word plays.) Spending even one second beating myself up for not completing my goal ritual “on time” is ridiculous and I want to stop that nonsense. May I be present for the joy and stop worrying about stupid stuff.

Amen.

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Debi Dixon

Debi Dixon

The Universe is guiding me on an incredible adventure: my Plan B. I write here to share bits of my Odyssey, hopefully to inspire, encourage, or extend the virtual hand of friendship.

When I quit teaching in 2014, I could never have imagined the growth I would experience through travel, writing, reading, therapy, and introspection.

I believe human connection and compassion will go a long way toward our healing, and the best way to connect and feel compassion for one another is through the sharing of our stories.

Thank you for joining me here. I appreciate you and may we grow together.

Inspirational Quote

“You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.”
~Joseph Campbell

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