5 Things to Leave Behind In 2022 and Grow in the New Year

This post is all about things to leave behind in 2022 and personal growth.

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I love this time of year for the same reason many people like a new year — a fresh start. Now, I’ve talked about how not to wait until a new year to start a goal, but 2023 just seems like a great starting point for shifting a few behaviors and mindsets that are not serving me.


As I get older, I realize that I find myself in the same predicaments every year. The more I think about it, the more I realize, something has got to give. I’ve been around the block a few times (37 to be exact) and I feel like I’m finally starting to understand the IDGAF mentality.

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Problem is, I’m a huge people pleaser. I’m an enneagram 3, so I crave being useful and helping others. I do love helping, but with that comes making myself small enough to not make any noise. I grew up being super mindful of others and how I made them feel.

To the point where I would sacrifice my comfort to make sure I didn’t hurt anyone else’s feelings. I’m a huge empath, and while that’s not a bad thing, you also don’t want to be thought of as a doormat.

Now, I could go on about a ton of other habits I’d like to break (like not waiting a week to fold the clean laundry) but for this post, I wanted to focus on more personal growth roadblocks that were not serving me.

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1. People-pleasing

Do you find yourself saying yes to everything even when you don’t want to? Like, friends going out for drinks but you rather cozy up on the couch binging ‘Yellowstone’? DO it. Say no and do what feels good for you. Chances are, nobody else is looking out for your best interests so you might as well be numero uno in your life.

2. Worrying About What Others Think

I don’t know when I started actually caring, but I hate that I do. I used to be the girl who went to audition for a professional soccer team’s dance team, with absolutely no prior dance training.

Did I make a fool of myself and suffer from a sore neck for a week due to all the hair flips? YES. Did I make the team? Absolutely not, but at least I tried.

I went out, made a complete fool of myself, and lived to tell the tale. And realized that dancing was just not my thing.

When I first started blogging, I was so afraid of how I would look taking pictures in public and I wouldn’t post my YouTube videos until everything was perfect.

But I’ve been getting a lot bolder and I’m loving the I-don’t-care attitude. Short answer – live like you are 2 again and do whatever the hell you want even when people tell you you can’t. Chances are no one actually cares and no one will remember.

3. Neglecting Your Health

If the past couple of years taught it one thing, it’s that our health is of the utmost importance. Taking care of your physical and mental health is, in my opinion, the most important thing you can do for yourself.

When you’re feeling good both mentally and physically, you can accomplish so much more than when you’re down and out.

But you do have to make it a priority. Eat healthily, and surround yourself with people who lift you up and genuinely care about you. And also, do what makes you happy.

Go outdoors, settle your grievances, end and avoid toxic relationships, get your 8 hours of sleep, rest, walk, eat your veggies — take care of yourself!

4. Participating in the Comparison Game

I think we all kind of suffer from this from time to time. I mean, it’s so hard not to when we’re constantly being bombarded with #goals on social. Then, along with the comparison, comes self-doubt.

Why I can’t seem to grow as fast as I’d like? Why does it seem like everyone is out living their best career lives and I’m slowly dying in a cubicle? What am I doing wrong?

One thing that has helped me get out of that mindset is turning that thought around and focusing on my personal growth. So your business is not growing as fast as you’d like? Did you do better than you did last year? If so, that’s a win!

5. Making Excuses

I do this a lot. When it comes to me growing my business, I find myself making excuses. Maybe it’s a way to protect my heart if things don’t work out.

Either way, this type of thinking is not serving anyone and only holding us back. We have to take the leap and know it will work out, otherwise, what’s the point?

Making excuses only prolongs your goals and dreams. I truly believe making excuses is just a way to “blame” some external factor as to why we’re not meeting our goals or why it’s taking longer than usual.

I’m too tired to work out, yet I’m making time to watch my favorite TV show at night (guilty!) Instead of heading to bed earlier to get up and work out.

No matter what you’re trying to accomplish this year, you have to have faith in your abilities and talents. So no more excuses, K?

I hope this post resonated with you and motivated you to take a look at the last year to weed out the behaviors that were keeping you back.

We don’t have time for that anymore. We have big things going on. Let me know in the comments below what’s something you’re leaving behind in 2022. Follow me on Instagram for more updates.

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  1. 3.23.22
    Gia said:

    I love that you put yourself out there and auditioned to dance! You have an incredible spirit the more I read your content. Thanks so much for sharing your courage and inspiring me to do the things I always wanted.

    • 3.27.22

      Awww you just made my day. Yes! Definitely go out and do it, take chances, take risks because we only have one life to live! Thank you so much for being here with me.