Is it just me, or does it feel like New Year’s Day was a lot longer than one week ago? Also, does it feel like 2023’s new car smell faded almost instantly?
I rang in the New Year on our couch with my youngest daughter and our two cats and didn’t stray far on the first full day of the new year. Instead of experiencing the anticipated intoxicating energy that a new year usually brings, I felt like it was just a typical Sunday. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it caught me off guard, since this is one of my favorite holidays.
In addition to welcoming a new year, I also launched my podcast, Elev8 Your Life with Kristi, on January 1. So, I checked off one of my New Year’s resolutions on day one, which was a satisfying feeling. I was excited, nervous, and proud to launch my podcast, but that initial burst of excitement faded quickly.
The theme of feeling meh continued during this first week of 2023. It hasn’t a bad week, but it has been rather non-descript. By the end of the week, I started to feel a little bit under the weather, as well.
As I reviewed the podcast’s third episode, How to Navigate the Post-holiday Blues, it dawned on me that I was feeling blue, too, I am not the type of person who feels sad putting away holiday decorations or returning to my regularly scheduled programming after indulging in holiday shows and music during December. I am the type of person, though, who feels blue when good things come to an end, and 2022 definitely was a good thing.
Instead of wanting 2022 to end, I wanted it to continue. It was the year that I married the love of my life, and we blended our families into a beautiful new configuration. We happily welcomed another son-in-law to the family, and our family has a lot more to celebrate in the coming year.
It also was the year that I created and launched Elev8 Life Coaching. I walked back from this dream of leaving the safety of my full-time job to start my own life coaching business several times in previous years, but this time, I did it. On August 8, 2022, I finally did it!
It was truly one of the best years of my life, and I didn’t want it to end, even though 2023 definitely is looking like it will be another incredible year. It started to make more sense as to why this year was off to a bit of a slower than expected start, because I haven’t said good-bye to 2022 completely yet. I am grateful that it happened and sad that it has ended.
I am not trying to talk myself out of how I feel, because there really is nothing wrong with it. The only expectation for how I should feel at the beginning of the new year are ones that I have bought into and placed on myself, and I can change my expectations any time whenever I am ready to make that shift.
As I head into the second week of the year, I am focusing on being present in the moment and allowing 2023 to unfold at its own pace. A slow start is simply that. A start, not a middle or an ending. There’s so, so much more to come in 2023, and I am going to ease into it.
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