Last year I posted my “30 Things I Did in 2021” list. I thought I’d do it again.
I write this list to capture my year. I cement it into my life and let remind me that a hundred good things happened to me, my family, and people I love. We often forget the sheer amount of joyful living that happened to us and because of us.
This list will help you remember.
Do you want to do this with me?
First, this is an energy exercise as much as anything. It’s asking you to call up and touch on one bright sparkle of a moment or event, one after another, until you’re overflowing.
As we write down the 30 best things we did in 2022, we acknowledge that the year was bold, bright, healing, connected, and supportive. We shift from lack, fear, and depression into appreciation, love, and ownership.
And hey, keep writing more than 30. Stop whenever it feels right. Are you ready? My list is below.
These are the 30 Brightest Spots in my 2022:
- I sold my book! It’s the first book I’ve written in eleven years and daaaang is it good. It’s on Amazon.
- Put in a koi pond. To be fair, my property already had a big, deep, empty cement pool on it. I just painted it black and filled it with itty-bitty koi that I’ve taught to eat from my hand. They make me so happy! 🙂
- Finally discovered “CC” cream. There are tons of brands of cc cream, but basically it both smoothes your skin like a primer, evens it like a foundation, and has sunblock. I’m not a make-up lover so any 3-in-1 is bliss. According to my daughter, this stuff has been around for years. (Of course it has.) Here’s my favorite.
- I got my glorious pink, 6-inch blooming Itoh Peony plant to grow, finally. They aren’t supposed to grow in Southern California. I’m beating the odds!
- Finally got a new car. I keep a 13 year old beater van to carry our big dog around in, but unless you want dog hair sticking all over your body, it’s not a car to take out to a nice dinner. I waited 8 months for our new car to arrive. Yay!!
- Changed up my private coaching a bit to test doing “10-week sprints” with a few people. I remembered how much I love working one-on-one, and I intend to do even more next year.
- Stayed cancer-free one more year. That’s always a big win. 🙂
- Lost 22 pounds (and only gained 3 back.) My god, this was so overdue. I rewarded myself with a few new blouses.
- Created 12 new Flowdreaming courses and 4 playlists. I never think I’m that productive until I look back….
- Decided that I no longer love jeans. They’re stiff and thick and I don’t know what I ever saw in them all those years. Now I wear soft pants all the time, everywhere. I have become my grandma.
- Continued to binge watch a bunch of TV series (I’m such a sci-fi/superhero geek): The Boys, Andor, the Mandalorian, Boba Fett, Alone, Russian Doll, The Circle, Sandman, The Old Man, Ted Lasso. Right, maybe not so much TV watching next year….
- Okay so I did read at least a half-dozen really good books, too. Mostly fantasy, sci-fi, and general fiction. The only one I’d particularly recommend is Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary. It’s just a happy story.
- Kept every houseplant alive except one. Oh, and all the Trader Joes orchids. Didn’t keep one of those alive. The orchids always die.
- Discovered that my summertime “One Brilliant Thing” Challenge hit a nerve in a good way… The focus, simplicity, and power of the challenge made it spot-on and crazy effective for several thousand people, especially when so many of us lack bandwidth for more right now. Will do another!
- Got all my boosters. Also got COVID. (Not exactly a bright spot, except it was very mild, and so I’m very grateful.)
- Replanted my front yard with tons of bright yellow and pink flowers. They all promptly got black spot and half died. But as I’ve learned with plants, the species that survive are the ones to buy more of—they’re your “keepers!” Am replanting now…
- I managed to keep the lower stress level and less ragged schedule that 2020 introduced me to. In other words, I stayed more in balance than I have in YEARS.
- Carrying over from last year’s list….bought way too much stuff on Amazon…again.
- Started doing tai chi with a bunch of senior citizens. I love it. I also love that I’m the “youngin’.”
- Fooled around making some “sleep stories.” Turns out people love them. Who knew!? I make them for fun and because I like telling magical stories that are just boring enough to make people fall asleep. Weird, I know.
- Spent the summer with my daughter home from college. It was so good being with her.
- Drove the famously wild and romantic Amalfi coast in Italy with my family. It was wonderful spending time with them. However, I recommend you never, ever drive the Amalfi coast unless you like Disneyland-sized crowds, long chains of traffic jams, teensy tight roads, and literally not a parking place to be found anywhere on the coastline. So, mixed bag.
- Spent many a gentle evening outside chatting with my hubby, feeding the koi, and watching big orange and purple sunsets ripple over the ocean.
- Incorporated more feelings of gratitude into my Flowdreaming. Sometimes I forget to appreciate what I already have.
- Only did one Private Sessions and Deep Dives event all year. I thought I might do another in the autumn but…well, see #16 above. I will do one again next month (January).
- Did a huge clean out of my closet. I tossed out clothes that I was shocked to realize were decades old. No wonder my daughter rolls her eyes at my fashion. Half my clothes are from 2000-2010.
- Taught my son to drive. He got his license!
- Pretty much stayed off social media, even though I still ping with guilt that I’m “supposed” to be on it to stay connected with everyone. It often feels like the rest of the world is galloping ever more toward constant “reels,” “lives,” and “stories.” Like you’ve got to be “on” all the time. How can one keep that up?!
- Tried to stay positive and flowing in the face of some astonishingly anti-women policies that came out this year. Also, Ukraine. Also, our widening political divisions and voter suppression. Gotta admit, this isn’t a bright spot, but it ranks for importance.
- Got more sleep. Literally, that’s important. Get your sleep.
Looking back, I was a lot more productive than I give myself credit for. I also was much more balanced between work and family than I’ve been in decades. Also, the things I write tell me a little about who I am. They let me self-reflect. Next up, then, is planning my 2023. I’ll have more on that later!
So what’s on YOUR 2022 list? Leave me a comment below with your list!!!