a letter to 2023


Why hello 2023.

You’re going to be a start of new traditions, just so you know. It’s been a hell of a year (and I bucket 2020-2022 as part of that singular year, because y’know, pandemic, unrest, recession, etc. etc.) and you’re going to be the year of a lot of reset, reimagining, and recalibration. Here’s the why and how. To start, let’s…

🥂 Celebrate (things learned, moments won)

I’ve always been told that you learn most at times of hardship and challenge. When your limits are pushed; when your abilities are challenged. To say this year was a challenge is an understatement.

In the last year, I’ve changed jobs, I’ve changed lifestyles, I’ve changed my surroundings, and I’ve changed my pace.

And while the hustle and chaos was for the better, it’s forced me to prioritize a pause. To write it down. To reflect on it. To take a deeeeeeeeep breath.

“Speak confidently as if you are right, but listen carefully as if you are wrong.“ — Someone wise on Instagram

2022 has brought many new hurdles in my way — from (positively) challenging new collaborations, to new kinds of adventure abroad. I’ve worked towards this moment to find a sense of confidence in myself, and yes, I’m insanely proud. However, I think when I look at my weekly affirmations, what I’m most proud of is in the medium itself: in the fact that I maintained and prioritized that pause to listen and learn.

  • I’ve listened to the impact I’m actually making on my peers, instead of assuming.
  • I’ve listened to what my peers want to feel, instead of jumping to conclusions.
  • Most importantly, I’ve listened to myself: and reassured myself that I am enough.

…and in 2023 — that reassurance will keep the momentum moving. To allow my curiosity to take flight (yes, in the cheesiest of sense).

🙇 Appreciate (some gratefulness and self-affirmation)

2022 was the year to reconnect with my network. The privilege of business travel reunited me with so many friends, collaborators, and mentors around the world — and that’s worth calling out as something I can never take for granted.

The friendships I’ve made in recent years, that I’ve been too long disconnected from. The friendships I’ve always had, that make it through the toughest of times. I’ve learned lately that the further you distance yourselves from your friends, the more meaningful a small gesture of friendship hits.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

2023 will be the year to activate those networks. To not just focus on myself, but what I can do in the service of my peers’ passions. After all, that’s why I do what I do.

📋 Focus (on what I achieved and what I want to do)

“Stop trying to be liked by everybody. You don’t even like everybody.” Someone brilliant on Instagram

2022: The year of me

✅ Said “no” to work, to maintain focus

✅ Kept healthy, despite the pace

✅ Restarted a reading habit

2023: Let’s get to work

🎨 Kickstart a friend’s passion project

✨ Bi-weekly “pause” habit (70% reflect)

📖 Knowledge boost: one book a month

Published: @January 1, 2023

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