How are you feeling about the new year? Are you a pro or no when it comes to resolutions and BIG changes? No matter how you approach the new year, we are confident that you will identify with one of the following 5 types of moms as you head into 2022.
10! 9…8…7…6… The New Year’s Eve ball has already dropped and started to roll. We are nearly a month into 2022. Almost two years of swimming, floating and maybe even sinking our way through a Pandemic. You’re tired. I’m tired. Everybody is tired. Fortunately, the uncharted water now comes with a few more buoys and beacons. And that ought to provide a little more relief to come up for air and scope out the seas ahead.
Walking through another calendar year can come with all sorts of sentiments, depending on your state of mind. So, as you take a deep breath and move ahead, who do you most identify with? Let’s take a look at the 5 types of moms headed into 2022:
The Motivated Mom
For you, the glass isn’t just half full, it’s overflowing with opportunity and optimism. You walk into the new year with a boat load of motivation and maybe even a little bit of madness. You have a list of goals and you are ready to initiate with all the guts and greatness it takes to check them off. You like to openly share them with others so they can help keep you accountable and active. You want to make sure your year-end is sealed with success.
The Moderate Mom
You prefer to step into a new year with an unassuming attitude. Your intentions for the coming months are much more modest. You have1-2 things that top your list and you’re mindful about how you plan to manage their follow through before the year is over. You’ll be delighted if you can comfortably complete them, but you won’t be terribly distraught if you don’t.
The Moody Mom
Resolutions are a little ridiculous. You don’t have time or energy to devote yourself to a scrappy list of scenarios that you know very well you’ll get sidetracked from before you have the chance to see them through. You aren’t cynical, you’re sensible. You’re likely managing a household of moody munchkins and any strength you have left to spare is strictly reserved for post-bedtime binge-watching. Your basic ambition is a daily shower, getting dressed and maybe even leaving the house in anything but leggings.
The Mixed-Up Mom
You enter the new year with a wistful spirit. You have some desires that you’re committed to completing. But then you lose motivation and momentum. You rip up the original list and decide you should lower your expectations. Halfway through the year you regain lost ground, but realize what was previously meaningful now seems awfully measly. You’re not finding any satisfaction in trying to seize what you initially set out to do, so you opt to throw in the towel and you’ll put it on the list to try again next year.
The Messy Mom
The previous year was unkind and incredibly crummy, so you’re tiptoeing into the new one with some trepidation. You’re not really sure what to expect or how to let go of some of the disappointment, disaster and damaging effects of the past year. You’re tired and possibly even terrified of what lies ahead. You’re struggling to hold yourself up because maybe you’re trying to balance a demanding career, parenting alone, coping with grief or loss, or battling health concerns. A list of things to resolve is far from your mind when the spotlight is simply to survive.
Just like there isn’t a right or wrong when it comes to the different types of moms, there is no right or wrong way to approach a new year. The entire world has dramatically discovered that even the most positive perspective of the future requires some deviation in order to remain reasonable. So don’t feel bad if you have to abandon all of your assumptions.
You might usually be the motivated mom but this year, you’re the messy mom. Or maybe you’re always the mixed-up mom with a blend of commitment and collapse. Perhaps you’re squatting in the stage where the moody mom is your mantra, but you can’t wait to return to the modest mom. No matter what camp you feel closest to, if you’re reading this then you’re definitely the showing up mom. The mom who can continue to move with malleability amidst a pandemic, for yet another year. The mom who is just trying to make the most of what she has during a time when no one is expected to have it all.
2021 certainly wasn’t a walk in the park. And I’m not so sure 2022 is paved to possess that either. But a new year always comes with a hint of hope even if the previous one (or two) was dismal and discouraging. And luckily, hope is a renewable source power. If you run out of it at the end of one day, you still get more the next.
So, motivated or messy, list or no list, goal-digger or not, approach the coming months as you know best. And try hard not to let the continuing circumstances create the canvas for the year. Allow hope to be the blueprint and maybe by year end we’ll all be on dry land.