“To not rest is really being violent towards your body, to align yourself with a system that says your body doesn’t belong to you, keep working, you are simply a tool for our production…”Excerpt from Tricia Hersey
2021 was challenging to say the least but what vibrancy a new year brings! Though this past year held its unique set of experiences for us all, may we remain encouraged for what can be in 2022.
In regards to my pursuits, several have asked, “What is next for you?” after I announced my departure from my job in higher education in mid December. My therapist made a wonderful statement to me this past week when she said, “operate by your own ground rules and go at your own pace.” … and that is exactly what I am doing.
In this capitalistic society, we are moving incredibly fast and I am enjoying simply being a fun-employed human being and not a “human-doer”. For much of my life until recently, I derived a great deal of my self-worth from my ability to perform. Therapy has been transformational in dismantling my need to attach my work to my value or the desire to people please. Remember you are allowed to give yourself grace to rest, grace to go slow, and grace to just be without expectations. Our bodies were not meant for sleep deprivation or to function as tools of suppression under a myriad of arduous tasks.
It has been roughly 3.5 weeks since I closed the door on a 4.5 year chapter and I am content with where I am currently — which is simply embracing rest, pursuing hobbies, traveling, and filling my days with as many experiences as possible. When the time comes, I am confident what’s next will include moving to a new state and a vocation shift. I will definitely share with you wonderful readers and all the lessons I learn in between!
“Operate by your own ground rules and go at your own pace.”
For now, I hope that you take time for yourself in this new year and do not feel rushed to make resolutions nor set lofty goals. 2021 was a hard year for many of us, me included. This past year taught me to release the need to control and people please, to choose peace over a taxing job, to start this blog after years of doubt, and to seek healing through therapy after the loss of my father. Perhaps your greatest accomplishment this year is simply still being here, despite it all. That is a gift in itself and worthy of great praise.
I do not typically set goals for the New Year but rather a word to serve as a guide. My word for 2022 is consistent.
A few ways I am applying this:
- Consistently abiding in the word of God.
- Consistently trusting my inner voice.
- Consistently pursuing things that spark joy within me (this blog included).
If you have any suggestions or content you would like to see on the blog this year, feel free to leave a comment below thank you all for reading as always. 🙂