By Melissa Davies, Wise Ways Consulting
Welcome to January!
Full disclosure, I’m not big on resolutions at the start of the new year. However, I do encourage all of my clients to set intentions for the improvements they want to see in their lives whenever on the calendar they choose to begin. The first one is to just show up for yourself.
As the pandemic continues to rage at us especially hard in Northern Virginia, the idea of showing up is scary when many of us may still want to hide away.
Below are some ideas and local resources to help you see the possibilities in the new year, new month, new week, or just the start of a random Wednesday.
10 Ideas to Show Up for Yourself in 2022
- Improve your health – book a doctor’s appointment
- Reduce your debt – seek free financial counseling
- Start to exercise – visit a rec center
- Clear out unwanted items – donate!
- Start or finish a degree or training – NVCC Woodbridge
- Find a new place to live – search online
- Read more! – visit a library
- Adopt a pet – animal shelters
- Meet new people – check out a meet-up group
- Plan a trip – you can stay close to home
Perhaps you have a life-changing intention, such as looking for a new job, getting married, or starting a family. Big goals are best managed when you look at them as a series of small steps.
Goals are important because they make us feel good. And I can’t think of anything more important after two years of the pandemic, than finding something to make us feel good.
Whether you are setting goals or resolutions in January, looking for something new to try, or simply seeking a fresh perspective as we plod through another winter of COVID – I wish you all a healthy 2022. I hope you’ll show up for yourself this year. Remember, it doesn’t have to be on Jan. 1.
Melissa Davies is an executive leadership coach and facilitator as well as the author of How Not to Act Like a BLEEP at Work. She resides in Prince William County and is the owner of Wise Ways Consulting, which specializes in leadership, management and team development, executive coaching, group facilitation and high-engagement training. She can be reached at email@example.com or through wisewaysconsulting.com.