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My Word for 2022: Compassion

I selected my word of the year without much thought. An acquaintance on Instagram asked what our word was, and I immediately filled the little text box with the word, “Compassion.”

It’s not that I hadn’t been thinking about the word already, but I hadn’t thought about it in terms of guiding my entire year until I found myself typing it out on my phone in response to an Instagram story.

After hitting send, it seemed like the perfect word for 2022.

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Podcast Season 2, Episode 1: Goals from Compassion

When I was writing about goals, I thought to myself: What if we created goals from a place of self-love and compassion instead of a place of self-improvement or a need to “fix” ourselves. I discuss the implications of the rhetoric of “new you” or a “better version of ourselves” in the context of self-acceptance and enough-ness – because we are enough right now. 

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Creating Habits to Reach Your Goals

you want to do more of, make the process as easy as possible to achieve. Remove as many obstacles as you can that come up between you and your desired habit. And, sometimes, those obstacles are walls you are putting up yourself.

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Setting Goals from a Place of Self-Love

Would our goals look different if we set them from a place of self-love rather than self-loathing? If we were compassionate to ourselves rather than believing there is something to fix about ourselves? We are moving into the time of year where people are quick to say things like, “New year, new you!” or “Become …

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Holiday Gift Giving All Year Long

While my grandma was alive, Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday. Not because of the tradition of Thanksgiving based on the false history we are fed in school, but because it was a low expectation holiday of food, family, and friends. The concept of spending time with family without the obligation of exchanging gifts provided …

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