I want to start by saying that this is going to be a long post. These reflective posts are how I make sure to live my life intentionally. They matter to me and I love being able to look back on them in future years. I know that this might not be interesting to many (if not any) of you, so please feel free to skip it. If some of you find it interesting, all the better.

This particular exercise is following Susannah Conway’s Unraveling 2022 sheet. You can download it right here. I split the reflective questions looking back on 2021 in and the questions to help clarify goals/dreams for 2022 into two posts. This is part II. All questions are Susannah’s and are copyrighted to her.

Unravelling The Year Ahead 

It’s now most definitely time to look forward! I love how a new year holds so much possibility.  It’s a do-over, a blank slate, a new page to be filled with whatever we want. There’ll always be  the responsibilities and routines of our everyday, but that doesn’t mean we have to keep doing things in the same old way. Whether you wish to bring in big changes or do a bit of fine-tuning,  it’s all to play for in 2022.  

  1. First, choose a word to guide you through the next 12 months. Pick a word that makes you feel  expanded. Encouraged. Inspired. There’s no right or wrong answer so go with your intuition. What’s your Word for 2022? My word is JOY.
  2. If you truly embodied your Word every day in 2022, what would you do differently? I focus on things that have the feeling of deep joy. Where I feel my soul dancing inside my body.
  3. What one thing could you do each day to anchor your Word into your routine? I think I might continue to document on insta.
  4. How does your Word make you feel? Deep contentment 
  5. Do you want any extra words to support your Word for 2022? Brainstorm here. Think about what  you need in the different areas of your life: home… work… relationships.. Health… self-care…  What would support your Word? Yes I want to hold on to ease, release, space, possibility and equanimity. Those are the ones I am thinking of at the moment.
  6. What are you looking forward to in 2022? Seeing my parents. Getting to visit colleges with David.
  7. What are you feeling apprehensive about? The possibility of COVID still raging. Work situation getting worse. Me not being able to hold on to the ease.
  8. What life lessons are you taking with you into 2022? Is this mine to carry? Can I hold this lightly? Can I let this go? I have my own back. Give people an opportunity to delight and not disappoint. The ground beneath me is not going anywhere. Thank you for everything, I have no complaints whatsoever.
  9. What area of your life do you most want to develop in 2022? Assuming i hold on to hwat i have, prolly art and nutrition are what i want to focus on the most.
  10. What part of yourself do you yearn to nurture in 2022? The part of me that’s unraveling right now. The ease and the peace.
  11. Fast-forward to December 2022. You’re sitting in a café, musing over the last 12 months.  Where do you want to be… … in your head? (work, dreams, goals) I want to be really thriving and loving my job. I want to feel a sense of belonging and clear ownership and value.
  12. … in your heart? (relationships, family, friends) i want everyone at home to feel good and healthy and happy. I want to see my family again and i would love to have 1-2 new close friends.
  13. … in your soul? (beliefs, practices, self-love) i want to continue feeling this ease and feeling of having my own back. I would love to keep this spaciousness.
  14. … in your physical world? (home, health, hobbies) i would love to have done some major progress in art and my ability and ease with drawing and painting. I would also love to have made a major shift in nutrition.

Everything is Possible 

  1. Okay, let’s take it up a notch. Use this page to describe what 2022 looks like in your ideal  world. Be specific! What are your dreams for love this year? Work? Play? Where are you hungry  for change? How do you want 2022 to FEEL? Use your answers from the previous pages to craft  your ideal vision for the next 12 months. What would saying YES to your life look and feel like? Write out everything your heart desires for this new year. Be bold.
    1. It would mean that I wake up and do my exercise and then my meditation, I continue to do cardio, strength and restorative work. 
    2. It would mean I tell my kids and husband how much i love them everyday and see the joy of our life together.
    3. It would mean I find value in the work I do and feel a strong sense of belonging and contribution at work.
    4. It would mean that I eat what feeds my body, take care of my skin, and do what feeds my brain and soul. 
    5. It would mean that I prioritize sleep.
    6. It would mean I spend time doing art. 
    7. IT would mean I see my friends in person.
    8. It would mean I look for and see and create daily joy in my life.
  2. Now let’s give those dreams and plans some shape. Use the grid to start plotting the details of 2022. Use words and pictures, dates and anniversaries. Include actual events and made-up dreams, too. Be playful. Doodle your heart out. Back in 2013, our January OLW assignment involved setting intentions and I really enjoyed that, so I thought maybe I can do that instead. 
  • January:  Small Joys : Start small. Make a plan for the steps you want to take and give yourself a lot of grace. Take a handful of steps. You got this.
  • February:  List the Joys:  See what’s bringing you joy this month. Make lists. Pay attention. See if you can find patterns. 
  • March:  Choose Joy:  This is usually your hardest month. No break, still too cold. It feels hard to make it through this month but you can. Choose joy. Look at your list from February.  Keep going. 
  • April: Joyful Leap: Time to go on adventures. See some colleges. Have deep conversations. See possibilities.
  • May: Deep Joys: Take some time. Be still. Listen to the whispers of your soul. Hug your people. Dig deep and see what brings you deep joy.
  • June:  Practice Joy: Breathe in the fresh air. Summer is here. Smell the water. Go outside. Sit in the sunshine. One more school year is over. Celebrate your life. 
  • July: Invite Joy: Create some adventure. Go places. Do things. Hug your people. Take chances.
  • August: Big Joys: Time to get organized again, transitions are coming. twelfth and eight grades. These are big big milestones. Hug your kids.  Get organized, plan, prepare and do what you need to do. Write down all your dreams. Make plans. 
  • September: Joyful Surrender: Time to root and surrender. This is a hard month for you. Transitions are rough. But you also turn 48. It’s magical to get to have another year. Remember the growth mindset. Let go of your preconceived ideas and embrace the possibilities. Choose to celebrate. Surrender to joy.
  • October: Seek Joy:  Find new joys. Reach out to others. Make new connections. Say yes to more things. Find some classes. Pickup a new hobby. Take a new step.
  • November:  Joy in Rest: It’s ok if you need to start slowing down. Give yourself grace. Year is almost over. Can you do one more thing, take one more step in the direction of your dreams? What do you still want this year? What didn’t you get to yet?
  • December:  Joyful Celebration:  You’ve come a long way. It’s time to celebrate. Honor. Be grateful. Thank 2022 for all that it gave you. Fully bask in how far you’ve come so you can bid it farewell. Celebrate all your joys.


  1. List 3 unhelpful beliefs about yourself you’re ready to release 
    1. I am not worthy
    2. I am not strong
    3. I am ugly.
  2. List 3 duties or commitments you feel ready to let go of in 2022 
    1. Things that are not mine to do at work.
    2. Going places I don’t want to go.
    3. Saying yes to things that don’t bring me joy.
  3. List 3 skills you’d like to learn or improve in 2022 
    1. Art. Drawing and painting.
    2. Beautiful writing, lettering.
    3. Meditation.
  4. List 3 books you intend to read this year: I will read hundreds.
  5. How could you bring more calm into your life (and head) this year? I will continue to meditate. I will make a list of what matters most each day and do those 3 things first.


  1. List 3 things about yourself you positively love 
    1. I am dependable.
    2. I get things done.
    3. I am kind.
  2. List 3 ways you could be kinder to your body this year 
    1. I can eat more nutritious food.
    2. I can put moisturizing cream on more regularly. 
    3. I can floss more regularly. 
  3. List 3 ways you could connect with loved ones in 2022 
    1. I can go back to a weekly phone call with K.
    2. I can make a weekly coffee date with L.
    3. I can call one friend a week.
  4. List 3 people you could extend compassion to 
    1. Jake
    2. Myself + the kids.
    3. Maybe C at work?
  5. How could you bring more love into your life this year? This year I can choose one person each day that I really want to prioritize and do something for. This will help me to purposely lean on showing them how much i love them.


  1. List 3 interests/hobbies you would like to explore more in 2022 
    1. art
    2. lettering
    3. Online classes
  2. List 3 ways you could feed your imagination this year 
    1. Watch more documentaries?
    2. Listen to music more often
    3. Go on artist’s dates
  3. List 3 ways you could bring more passion into your world this year 
    1. Do art
    2. Volunteer for causes that matter to me
    3. Love my people
  4. List 3 dreams you would like to manifest this year (personal or professional) 
    1. Get really good at painting/drawing
    2. Find peace with nutrition
    3. Really fully settle into my job
  5. How could you bring more creative energy into your life this year? Doing some sort of regular practice is what works the very best.


  1. List 3 ways you could bring more mindfulness to your mornings 
    1. Exercise + meditation
    2. Skin cream 
    3. Some art or journaling
  2. List 3 ways you could bring more mindfulness to your evenings (I added this because I want to do both mornings and evenings.) 
    1. Diffuser for a few minutes + foot cream
    2. Floss
    3. Write joys (insta)
  3. List 3 ways you could cherish your home this year
    1. Clean up the garage
    2. Let things be what they are
    3. Enjoy the backyard.
  4. List 3 ways you could connect more deeply with nature in 2022 
    1. Go on hiking/climbing trips
    2. Toes in sand/water
    3. Sit outside as much as possible.
  5. List 3 places in your city, town or neighbourhood you want to explore 
    1. The city more 
    2. California colleges
    3. Maybe get to go to the kids’ school again.
  6. How could you bring a sense of groundedness into your life this year? Continue to meditate and do restorative yoga. Journal. Stay present. Regularly release, hold lightly and don’t pickup what’s not yours to carry.
  7. Using your favourite tarot or oracle deck, draw one card for the overall theme of the upcoming year and then a card for each month of 2022. I don’t like to do this so as well as the monthly above, I will list a bunch of things I can do this year.
    1. Joy of calm: journaling, meditation, candles, sitting outside, music, restorative yoga. stretching.
    2. Joy of the outdoors: Hiking, Climbing, water, sand, adventures. 
    3. Joy of healthy living: food that serves my body, exercise, more water, walking, sleep, floss, skincare.
    4. Joy of routine: morning and evening routines. Intentionally planning my day.
    5. Joy of being active: stretching, strength, yoga, biking, climbing
    6. Joy of art: draw, paint, photography, hand lettering, writing.
    7. Joy of storytelling: week in the life, story albums, december daily, OLW
    8. Joy of family: visiting colleges, vacation, shared adventures
    9. Joy of connection: emails/calls with friends, weekly dates
    10. Seeing Joy: write what went right, celebrate, make joy lists, joy list, gratitudes
    11. Joy of learning new things: podcasts, new classes, nonfiction books
    12. Practicing Joy: dance, sing, listen to music, celebrations, try new things, pay attention.

The Wrap-Up 

  • 2022 will be the year I finally settle into the ease.
  • I will nourish myself with food that helps my body and soul.
  • I will make more time for art, people i love, exercise.   
  • I will recharge my batteries by resting and doing yoga.
  • This year I will open my heart to possibilities.
  • I will pay more attention to how my body feels. What i am picking up.
  • I will learn more about how to draw. 
  • I will release my attachment to outcomes, knowing what’s coming, anything that’s not mine. 
  • I wish for 2022 to feel easeful and joyful.
  • This year I will say NO to things that are not mine. 
  • This year I will say YES to experiencing more joy and to being here now.
  • What is your secret wish for 2022? Declare it here! That I continue to live in this space of ease and really lean into joy and possibility.

I wholeheartedly believe that everything is possible in 2022!

As always, I mention many of these same thoughts from last year and here, here, and here. I am pretty sure these themes have been in my life in some way or another for many years. I know that they will likely still be around in 2022 and 2022 and onward. What I’d like to do this year is to make a dent. To move things forward a little bit. Every forward step I take moves me in the right direction and that’s all I can ask for.

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine stepping into the shoes of you from December 2022, one year from now. You are one year older and one year wiser and you’ve lived every day of 2022 fully and completely. You have a message of encouragement about 2022. There’s stuff you want to share… stuff you’re eager to tell yourself. When you’re ready, open your eyes, pick up your pen, and write a letter from your future self, starting with Dear Karen: I am so proud of you. Keep going, you got this!

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