22 Self-realizations That Made 2022 More Purposeful for Me

As the year comes to a close, it is a time for reflection – a time to release old thoughts and beliefs and forgive old hurts.

Peggy Toney Horton

2022 started with a happy note, sending me the good news that I have won The Orange Flower Awards by Women’s Web. I was delighted to receive the news and cried in joy when the trophy reached home.

I thought everything was going to be perfect in 2022. But little did I know, I was going to suffer from a lot of things altogether, both physically and professionally.

However, when I look back, I see myself smiling all along the year despite having so much pain in my body and stress in my mind. You might be thinking about how I kept my calm amidst all the chaos I met in 2022.

Here is the answer.

Image Courtesy: Pixabay

I learned a lot:

From the personal front to the professional one, I learned a lot in 2022.

Especially, I learned some useful ways to embrace inner calm despite having a chaotic phase in life. And thus, I realized all that I want to be is a lifelong researcher.

I focused on my health:

Due to hypothyroidism, I developed several health complications from June 2022. I underwent a prolonged state of illness for four months.

In these four months, I suffered a lot, having pain for the entire day, and some other hormonal problems in my body.

However, this was a wake-up call for me as I realized how much indifferent I was to my health.

I started making conscious choices:

While researching for a blog post on sustainable living with mindfulness, I realized the importance of making conscious choices.

Not that I was utterly unconscious about my choices in the past, but I never made a conscious choice about my food intake.

While writing that blog post, I made a decision to make conscious choices in my everyday life. From my food habits to shopping intentions, now I am more into practicing conscious living.

Thus, I took one step closer to conscious living in 2022.

I changed my food habit:

When I am talking about conscious living, I can’t start it without acknowledging that I have started making conscious choices with the changes in my food habits.

In these past years, I ignored healthy eating and kept eating whatever my heart wished for.

But now my plate is always full of fruits, salads, vegetables, soups, and other nutritious foods. Besides this, I have cut down my intake of carbohydrates as well as lowered my consumption of processed foods, cakes, chocolates, and cold drinks.

I achieved my weight loss goal, partially:

In June 2022, I realized that I had put on extra weight for hypothyroidism and hormonal issues. My gynecologist (who was scared seeing the weight machine reading) suggested me to consult with a dietician and do exercises to lose that extra weight.

I met a dietician and followed her instructions carefully. Though I had some cheat days due to the festive season and my trips, I managed to lose 11 kgs in a span of three months.

It feels like quite an achievement for me, as I am feeling lighter and more flexible now.

And guess what! For this weight loss, I am bringing back the old clothes from my wardrobe, and wearing them feels so blissful.

I curated more peace stories:

Here is another thing that I count as my achievement this year, as I am working towards my dream of building a storytellers’ community.

I realized, making a meaningful connection with my storytellers contributes a vital role in shaping me as a better human.

I sent more messages of hope, love, and peace:

My storytellers shared inspiring messages of hope, resilience, gratitude, kindness, perseverance, kindness, peace, prayer, and a lot more through my initiative.

I shared them with the world as I dreamt of someday, and sending these messages brings me a sense of accomplishment as I feel I am working towards my purpose in life.

The good thing is, I learned a lot from my storytellers and their journey in life. From their experiences and knowledge, I rediscovered the beauty of little things that make our life better and brighter.

22 Self-realizations That Made 2022 More Purposeful for Me

Image Courtesy: Canva

I developed the habit of evening walk:

One of the best things that happened in 2022 is I am back to my evening walk habit. Before growing the habit of evening walk, I was not regular in my walking ritual.

But now, every day I go for an evening walk from 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM. This one hour is a vital part of my daily routine as I contemplate various things while walking, and this one hour makes me realize how liberating it feels when I walk alone.

I rediscovered my abilities:

During a challenging time, the best thing happens when you rediscover your abilities, and it was not exceptional for me.

I found some areas of expertise where I can learn and explore my passion more profoundly. This is another self-realization that helped me rethink my capabilities.

I came to know some wonderful concepts of finding calm:

I collected 26 concepts of finding inner calm that could be found in your everyday life when you cherish the joy of little things.

Especially, I liked this theme of my series and I learned so much while researching the concepts.

I am happy that I came across these wonderful concepts of finding inner peace as I realized we need some moments of calm to take care of our mental wellness.

I prioritized my health over everything else:

I lacked physical activities in the past years. After graduating from college, gradually I became lazy about my body movement. One of the big reasons behind that was the ligament and tendon injury in my right ankle.

Anyway, due to the lack of physical activities, I put on a lot of weight in the past years. More precisely, I was not conscious of my health choices.

But the health complications made me realize why I should focus on living a healthy lifestyle. Now, I prioritize my health over everything else and started healthy living in September 2022.

I rejuvenated my inner child:

I introduced a new series named Ellee Speaks on my initiative. Ellee is a cute baby elephant who shares her wisdom on self-love and spreads mental health awareness about social issues like body shaming, social judgments, social anxiety, etc.

Ellee Speaks the Brand Ambassador of The Peace Stories

Meet my self-love baby Ellee

While choosing the ambassador for my series and designing the baby elephant, I rejuvenated my inner child as I unshackled the child in me through the process.

And I realized:

No matter how much you grow up, you will always have your inner child alive within.

Swarnali Nath

I started believing in simple living:

One of the best things that happened in 2022 is I started rethinking simple living. Though I was familiar with the concept of simple living, I was not serious about incorporating the thoughts into my life before I read an excerpt from the book A Book of Simple Living, authored by Ruskin Bond.

I realized the beauty of simple living, and I am happy that I am on my way to embracing simple living, slowly with small steps.

I started applying mindfulness in daily life, once again:

Mindfulness has always been an important part of my lifestyle as I love to make a deeper connection with my inner self through meditation and mindful activities.

But this year, I am also practicing mindfulness in my daily life, and this made me realize how it’s important to find inner calm to control your restless mind.

I embraced the joy of writing:

I can’t dedicate enough time to creative writing, the thing that brought me to the world of writing. That’s why sometimes I miss my free writing spirit.

But as I started writing this blog post, words started flowing. This is pure bliss to open my heart here and revisit the good things that happened to me in 2022.

Thus, I embraced the joy of writing and I realized how blissful it feels when I begin writing a piece.

Sometimes, the beginning is more difficult than the entire journey.

Swarnali Nath

I allowed myself for giving space to my sister:

Since my sister relocated to another city for her job, I was missing her badly as we two were companions for anything and everything. This is why I was sad when she couldn’t give me enough time. She was busy with her new world and I was left all alone here in the home.

But when I discussed this matter with one of my close friends, he made me realize the importance of giving space to our younger siblings. As they are growing up, they are young, they want to explore life more than us.

Thus, I realized we should respect their privacies, admire their freedom, and allow us to give them space. This is exactly what I did.

Now, I am happy with my small world as I am the best friend of mine.

I learned to control my mind to prevent anxiety:

Now I am far away from being anxious over my life’s stressful situations.

I believe this might be the positive impact of working with mental wellness and researching ways to calm down my anxious mind. Whatever may be the reason, I am happy that now I can control my mind and prevent anxiety.

I realized my mind is still despite the chaos outside, and this is one of the best things that happened in 2022.

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

I overcame burnout:

I overcame remote work burnout soon. Along with this, I realized the importance to balance your priorities.

I connected with some amazing people:

This year, I connected with some amazing people on my work front. I worked with them on different projects and it was such fun to work with them.

I realized the beauty of friendship once again when I befriended them, and I hope to continue our friendship forever.

I received doses of motivation from my blogger friends:

When I feel low, I talk to my blogger friends. Some of them have a special connection with me and I look up to them whenever I need a hand to hold.

This feels great when I receive their kind words and good vibes that keep me going. Also, they made me realize the power of dreaming, gratitude, and faith.

I believed in humanity:

I have a special micro story segment in my peace story. The part is called Strangers Connect. When reading these stories of strangers, my heart is filled with divine happiness, and it makes me realize that humanity is not dead yet.

It’s still alive in the form of goodness on earth.

I believed in myself:

I lack self-belief very often. Honestly speaking, my self-confidence dwindles between zero to infinity always. At times I feel confident about my life choices, but at times, thousands of doubts arise and I suffer from low self-esteem.

However, 2022 taught me one vital lesson:

Whatever may be the situation or life’s crisis strikes your self-confidence, it is the most important how you stick to your self-belief. Because what you believe that you become.

Swarnali Nath

This is why ‘Belief’ is the word I choose for 2023. As I believe in having a better future ahead, I am all prepared to welcome the new year with hope in my heart, love in my soul, and peace in my prayer.

Wishing everyone a very happy new year!

(This blog post is part of the Let’s Say Hello 2023 Blogging Activity hosted by me.)

50 responses to “22 Self-realizations That Made 2022 More Purposeful for Me”

  1. Hi Swarnali, I admire how much you’ve learned about your inner self this year. This is one thing I haven’t been able to do much – spend time with myself, and I miss that. I want to congratulate you on your beautiful journey of calm and self-care. And I hope your health is treating you well. I will try to get hold of ‘A Book on Simple Living’ myself. Thankyou for sharing this. Wishing you lots of love and a happy 2023 🙂 .


  2. Hi Swarnali, there is a lot of learning and mindfulness here and I am proud of you for powering through 🙂

    I too started walking this year. 5 to 6.30 is my time! I also now started meditating. I am proud to see that I am finally building these habits after years of efforts!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. First of all, kudos to taking charge of your life and bringing it on the track. It is very important for a better living. being mindful about whatever we do and finding joy in simple things, having a discipline in our life can solve many issues.
    I really wish that you to continue on this path and see its magical effects. Good luck and Happy New Year in advance!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Hi Swarnali
    I loved your honest revelation of how the past year went by. Your journey has such an upward thrust and it looks like you’ve come a long, long way. I wish you all the very best for 2023 and thank you for sharing the lovely insights for us to carry home.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I feel so so proud of you girl in accomplishing so much during such a difficult year but the truth is pain makes us stronger and this has always been the case with me too dear and perhaps that is what connects us. Lots of love and blessings always..much love Roma

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Wow. What a year. While reading the post I felt like I was seeing Swarnali taking rebirth in every sense. I could see you emerge as an emotionally physically and intellectually stronger person. With very few interactions I knew that I have forged a friendship for lfe because I met a beautiful soul.
    Special mention to your peace stories. It’s a beautiful initiative probably never thought about by anyone. I look forward to see you grow even more in the years to come by

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you so much Rakhi for such a beautiful feedback. Your words have always been my dose of motivation and reading this in morning, made my day. I feel privileged to have you as my friend. Love and light to you dear. 🙂


  7. First of all-Kudos, Swarnali. I love the tone of your post. Positivity all over. You have bared your soul, and I am thrilled that you did. It is always good to air your issues as it liberates your soul. And when you put your problems on paper, then you look at them objectively and find solutions. Do reach out if you need help. And try any avenues that might provide a solution. Your post is going to inspire so many more to tackle their issues head-on as you how. More power to you, my dear . God bless you.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Wow, this is the most honest revelation I would have ever read as a part of the year-end reflections my dear. I could really see another Swarnali taking rebirth who is conscious about self-love and simple living. I love your peace stories initiative, and now Ellespeaks will become viral pretty soon. It’s really a unique concept.

    Liked by 1 person

    • You have always been an inspiration for me, Suhasini. Thanks a lot for your kind words, they will work as my dose of motivation for the year 2023. Thank you so much for all the love and support, means a lot to me. 🙂


  9. You have chosen to make conscious positive life changes and that’s my biggest takeaway from this post. It is so inspiring to see you holding the reins of your life in your hands and becoming better and stronger each day! I feel proud to have contributed to The Peace Stories in a small way as well. You’re one of the most positive people I know and I’m truly glad to have you as my friend. Over and above only, Swar! Hugs!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. That has been a stupendously busy year of learning. By making a conscious effort to drive your life in the positive direction 2023 will shine even brighter. Best wishes for you in the new year.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. We all go through ups and downs but kudos to you ,Swarnali the way you navigated thru it. Firstly , you identified and then beautifully tackled each one of it with conscious choice. Wishing you a more vibrant and successful year for you.

    Happy New Yr 2023 !!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. I appreciate the efforts put in by you to write everything. Please keep on inculcating and following the habits you have adopted last year. This is such an inspirational blog for anyone who is looking forward to making fresh changes. Keep it up!


  13. Wowwwwww. Weight loss, self care and being happy and from within. You have done what is best for you. And if you can be proud it is the best thing. Wishing you the best of everything Swarnali. Congratulations to those simply great achievements. And happy and Blissful 2023😘 🤗


  14. It’s so amazing to read the post. I felt a sort of calmness while reading you!
    And as you repeatedly mention about finding peace and clam, I have achieved that by yoga.
    Having a relax mind is a gift.
    So glad to have read your achievements. Can’t wait to read more and collaborate more this year with you.


  15. Hi Swarnali! I had read the post earlier but could not comment, so here I am…again.
    Your post was very very touching. I think the first step in any transformation is to be completely honest with yourself, and you have been that. Positive or negative, we must accept ourselves and take steps to achieve what we desire. I learnt about mindfulness after reading your blog posts and it is so great that you are back to practising it.
    Wishing you love and light in 2023!
    P.s. Ellee is too cute!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Dear Swarnali, it feels me with immense happiness to know that you found your calm self this year and 11 kgs in 3 months !! Wow, amazing, and kudos. You are honest at heart and the journey of transformation begins when we honestly want to change. Your post is a reflection of the same. Wishing you a great year ahead!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. What a wonderful summation of the year Swarnali! I am glad that you could overcome your hurdles – personal and professional both, and could achieve a sense of calmness in you. This definitely helps us in developing spiritually too. I am yet to read your segments – The Peace Stories & Ellie Speaks, but I am sure of the wisdom these posts would encapsulate. Thank you for sharing this post and sharing your heart out.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. So sorry to hear that after a great start to the year, you had a tough time. But so very glad that you used these times to get to a better version of you, and that your difficulties gave you strength and wisdom. Wishing you all the best for 2023 and hoping that you continue to spread your love and learnings through your writing and features.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. तुम्हारा आत्म मंथन एक प्रेरणा बन गया है मेरे लिये l बहुत सारी शुभकामनाएं कामनाएँ !

    Liked by 1 person

  20. WOW, WOW, WOW, Swarnali. You have an old wise soul in a young woman’s body. I’ve learned so much just reading this post, and I know I’ll be coming back to it in the future. Pleasantly surprised and wowed again by all your initiatives despite your pain. Ellee is so so so cute, and I can’t wait to explore the world from her lens. It was a very relatable post too..the struggle in finding the balance, and the discovery that the real treasure lies within you. Loved your word for 2023 too. Belief. Here’s wishing you lots of self-belief and the realisation of all your dreams, and everything good. Hugs.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: