2022 has certainly presented its challenges― that’s for sure! I was initially planning to write a resolution like I do every other year, but this time around I wanted to take a different approach and think about the things that I am grateful for from 2022.
As I started writing out my list, I realized how much there was to be thankful for in the past year, despite everything going on around us. It really provided a sense of perspective and positivity during this difficult time.
When we take the time to recognize all of these little moments that bring us joy and fulfilment, it can get us through some of the toughest times.
Here is my list of 10 things I am grateful for 2022
1- A longtime dream project
The Warehouse Studio in Taipa has been a longtime dream come true project for my partner and me. We revamped an ordinary garage into a creative space, for the local community to cherish. Through our space, visitors can take dance classes, attend events, and practice yoga! It's truly remarkable how far we've come since we started this project. We are proud to have developed a unique space in Taipa, where our community can nurture their physical, mental and emotional well-being.
2- I met some incredibly talented people
I had the opportunity to meet some of the most talented and inspiring people. This experience taught me how much we can accomplish if we carefully choose the people with whom to surround ourselves.
3- I did more of what I love to do
Dance is life as once said by a wise friend. With the pandemic shutting so much down, it's been one of the few ways I've been able to really look forward to something in 2022. It has been the perfect stress reliever and something that always lifts my spirits. Despite the challenges we faced this year, dancing has been a remarkable source of comfort and joy for me.
4- Challenge myself
With patience and persistence, I can now proudly say that I have learned some gymnastics skills! My incredible teachers were there every step of the way to provide guidance and support. Grateful for their patience with me, I was so proud when I finally managed to do a somersault all by myself!
This is something that will always remind me to take on challenges and never give up!
5- Keep expanding my knowledge!
I am so glad that I had the resources and opportunity to further my aromatherapy studies. Procrastination held me back for more than two years, but ultimately the lockdown provided me with an ideal occasion to submerge myself in studying aromatherapy even deeper. Aromatherapy is such a wonderful thing and taking this course gives me the knowledge to positively impact more people's lives.
6- Time to pause and reflect
In a way, I was grateful to be given an opportunity to take some time off. It seems like time just keeps flying by. In the hustle of our daily lives, we often forget to pause for a breather and reflect on our actions. Taking the time to think about what we are doing is essential for our growth and learning. It allows us to become aware of things that may be holding us back so we can make better decisions and progress towards achieving our dreams.
7- Delivered aromatherapy to more families
It's not an exaggeration to say that Young Living essential oils have helped transform lives! People really looked for natural alternatives and seeing our families enjoying the benefits of essential oils has been inspiring and life-giving, especially in this tumultuous time. Introducing Young Living oils into people's lives gives me such joy knowing that I'm helping them create moments of wellness and peace within their homes.
8- Opened an online shop
After years of having the idea to open an online shop for natural products, I finally made it happen! Although I thought that life was too busy to make it a reality, taking a pause from my other responsibilities really gave me the extra time and inspiration to open the shop. I understand people don't always find the time to make natural products themselves, so my shop is convenient access to a natural lifestyle without cutting back on your valuable time.
9- My family
I'm so thankful that my family is doing well, despite all the chaos and distress 2020 - 2022 has brought. The pandemic has been so overwhelming and a lot of families have gone through hardships, but they have managed to stay safe—and that's something to be immensely grateful for!
10 - A new start with freedom
What a great feeling it is to know that the end of this year brings us such good news! The government's decision to reduce their control measures gives us the chance to wake up on January 1st without feeling suffocated and instead greets us with possibilities.
We started 2023 with freedom and some optimism about what lies ahead. Our lives have been restricted by pandemic control measures for so long, but I know we’re ready to make the most of whatever 2023 throws at us.
Here’s to health, freedom, and positive change in the New Year! Cheers!