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  • Writer's pictureDr. Dara

Hey 2022,

First off, happy new year. There is so much hype this time of year about resolutions, goals and things we want to make happen for a fresh, new beginning, better than last year–YEAR.

As for me, I kind of feel like I am in a time warp–stuck in 2021–with intentions to crush 2022. I keep pushing hard to complete a planner + journal. Ya know the kind of planner + journal that unapologetically helps you live a kick a$$ life–catchy right?

But ugh, what does it take to put a planner together in this world? I am not sure how I really expected to execute the project with two months left in the year? I thought about doing the planner so many times throughout the year. I even put it as one of my goals month after month–but I did not think it was possible…

So, I persevered, and… it became possible. Since committing to it there has been laughing and crying, pissing and moaning, and screaming! The process of completion seems fitting along with the rest of the unpredictable COVID stress and pandemic chaos we are all enduring.

Last weekend I had a Momzilla (freaking out, kind of carrying on- A.K.A. losing my sh*t) moment about the planner and tried to justify it as a life lesson. Well, Elyah, my daughter, was the one with the wisdom and ended up schooling me:

Me: Elyah, when things feel hard or you get lemons you have to make lemonade.

Elyah: But Mommy, the lemonade is spilling all over you!

Literally sticky lemon juice planner stress has been dripping down my arms. Elyah sees it–why couldn’t I?

I managed to get rid of the lemon bitterness quick enough to shift the planner to be un-dated. Besides, some people already have their calendar and system for the year–if they are organized. And mine can be for those that don’t have a planner yet and/or are ready to do it differently! But, even with an alternative perspective, unfinished leaves me with a sour taste. I WANT IT DONE!

Apparently the universe heard me because I saw this sign on the highway that said, “TRAFFIC SHIFT AHEAD”. Yes, I realize the traffic Gods did not place that on the road only for me. But didn’t they?

I got excited when I saw it–SHIFT IS AHEAD–movement is happening–on the highway and IN MY LIFE.

With changes seemingly ahead in my life, I’m sure, there will be a sign if I need to change course. If not, there is nothing for me to do. I don't have to speed up. I don’t need to slow down. I don’t need to change lanes. I don’t have to be concerned with anything other than my forward progress. I just have STAY IN MY LANE and let S.H.I.F.T. happen ahead (and listen to my 8 year old daughter). . .

Thank you to everyone that has continued to stay the course with me and is committed to keep on this journey together. We did not come this far to only come this far–big girl panties up and let’s keep on trucking…2022.


Your No bull-shiFt, mental fitness, advice giving, planner + journal writing, shame abolishing, health advocator and doer,

Dr. Dara

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