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  • Writer's pictureLynn Lovegreen

New You in 2022?

Joy blooms where minds and hearts are open. Jonathan Lockwood Hule

Note: This was first posted in the Romancing the Genres blog.

The beginning of the year is a great time to do something new. Want to try a new hobby, join a club, work toward a big goal? You can do one or all of those things—a new year, a new you!

I’m guessing you already have a new year’s resolution or other goal for your “official” commitment for this year. Let me suggest some other things you might try during 2022. These items may not be earth-shaking, but they will provide moments of satisfaction or joy. That’ll give you the feeling of a new you!

· Put on a favorite song. Sing along or dance to it.

· Take a new route on your next walk.

· Try a movie or TV show that sounds intriguing.

· Play—ride a bike, play a game, or skip down the sidewalk.

· Try a new food.

· Watch birds, either at a neighborhood feeder or out in nature.

· Tell someone thank you.

· Pull a favorite item out of your closet and wear it for a whole day.

· Watch rain fall or the clouds roll by.

· Make a list of five things you admire about yourself.

After you’ve done something new or fun or satisfying, are your shoulders a little less heavy? Do you feel bright as a shiny penny? Then you’re new in 2022! Good for you!

Any ideas to add to my list? What makes you feel joy?

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