It’s the start of the new year and what usually is a time to set new resolutions and try to stick to them, it’s sometimes more important to reflect on the past year and set intentions for yourself, leaving things behind in the past.
We asked our Vent Over TeaM what they were leaving behind in 2022 and focusing on in the New Year and here’s what they had to say…
Kim R. – Active Listener
What I am leaving behind in 2022 is the feeling that I’m not good enough.
It’s funny, I didn’t always feel like this. I think it probably started when I decided to quit working and stay home to raise my boys.
Somewhere along the line, I lost my self confidence and it delayed me from applying to go back to school to get a degree in psychology because I didn’t think I was smart enough.
It made me hesitate when applying for volunteer roles because I didn’t think I was young enough. And it made me question myself when applying for jobs because I didn’t feel like I was capable enough.
So it’s definitely been a process, but I’ve learned that I love learning and I think what makes me a really successful student is that I’m passionate about the material I’m learning because I know that it’s going to eventually help me help other people.
I look at my experiences in life as something that’s helped me see things through from many different perspectives, which I think helps make me a more empathetic person. And I don’t think it’s a question of being capable enough. I think it’s about putting in the time and effort needed in order to learn the skills that I need to learn.
I’m done being the one who puts barriers in my own way, and I’m enough!
Short and sweet reflections from the VOTeam
“I’ll be leaving behind anxieties of not being desired or wanted by friends, and facing the year with more self confidence and reassurance.” – Katheryn .T, Active Listener
“I definitely want to stop neglecting my health, whether that be for mental, physical, social or anything else.” – Amanda M., Active Listener
“What I’m leaving in 2022 is the idea that I have to be naturally “good” at something, otherwise I’ll never be good at it. I’m learning patience, trusting the process and embracing being a beginner when it comes to taking on new hobbies that interest me.” – Saria C., Events Coordinator
“Being critical with myself when I try something new and I don’t succeed right away.” – Rachelle D., Director of Training and Workshops
“I’m leaving behind overthinking on certain things. I sometimes let my anxieties get in the way and I’m working to let myself live in the moment more.” – Marissa N. Director of Digital Marketing
A huge thank you to our Vent Over TeaM for sharing their thoughts with us! Here’s to a new year of transformation, reflection and love for our own journeys.