Taking Stock February + 5 Easy Ways To Level Up!

Taking Stock

Happy 2022 my friends! 😀 It’s been a while… How is your New Year coming along? Feels good to be back! So, let’s start this off on a high note with a Taking Stock post as we also explore 5 easy ways to level up in 2022…

I can hardly believe that both New Year Day & the month of January have come and gone… Can you believe it?

As the year grows ‘older’, life can begin to feel mundane, like a never-ending cycle of mornings, afternoons and evenings. Before we know it, our New Year Goals, resolutions or commitments fade into oblivion…  

But I can almost bet on this: you want this year to be different- right? So let’s make a commitment, right here, right now -you and me…

Let’s commit to building new habits that support a different lifestyle.

Are You in? 😀

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5 Easy Ways To Level Up In 2022!

Make Life Exciting: Develop New Interests!

What are you currently doing, that adds excitement to your life? Think about it for a moment…

Life is not meant to be this one big struggle, and then we die.

This year, purpose to add more LIFE to your life. Find the things that call to your soul and do them. Learn something new. Try that thing you’ve always been too scared to try… We don’t get a second chance at life, so make this one count! 😀

When you start to do whatever makes you feel most alive, you’ll show up in a better way for your obligations: your work, family, friendships.

Are You in?

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Practice Saying Your NO.

Stop again for a moment, and look at the items on your agenda for the day/week/month… How many of those things did you intentionally agree to? Are you constantly busy and feeling overwhelmed, with lots to juggle?

You might find that some items & commitments on your agenda, do not align with your goals or essential values…

Moreover, if you can’t do it to your best, at a 100% level, is it worth taking on? Perhaps you can delegate some activities?

Be intentional about how you spend your time & what you commit to. It’s okay to say NO. Saying no, frees you up to focus on what matters, and to do it really well.

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Say YES to life!

Sounds like a bit of a contradiction to the last point, doesn’t it? Bear with me a while. 🙂

You might be on the other end of the spectrum… Living a ‘safe life’ by not saying yes to what truly matters… Think about it. Could you be passing up opportunities out of fear? Mayhaps, it’s the Impostor syndrome making you feel like you aren’t good enough?

Well, that voice is not a reflection of the truth… I dare say, you are more than enough. You do have what it takes.

Start saying Yes to adventure, say Yes to that new job, say yes to relocating… Whatever it is, if it is in alignment, say YES to it.

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Stack Up Your Wins.

Our minds tend to remember the negative things, more than the positive. If you monitor your thoughts, you are more likely to recall what things went wrong.

It takes more effort to remember what did go right… So, how about giving your mind a little help, ay? 🙂

This year, endeavour to keep a gratitude journal. Before going to bed, write down your accomplishments and what you feel grateful for. You might also want to jot down your answered prayers. Nothing is too small for this list…

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Make a habit of reviewing your journal often, to remind yourself of the good. This will build your confidence & energise you to keep going. It will come in handy especially when things get tough.

Are You in?

Prioritise Time For Rest

As 2021 was coming to an end, I suffered a serious bout of burnout. I felt completely tapped-out. Being a self-employed Content Creator, making the decision to intentionally take a break, felt scary. It forced me to come to terms with my truth: I’d been trying to play God’s role in my life & to carry the weight of everything on my shoulders.

Honestly, even as I write this, I am still learning how to let go of the ‘need to control the outcomes’. Still, it’s been really helpful to take a step back & allow for rest. 🙂

What is your situation… Do you make time for rest?

This year, let’s intentionally make time to rest. We don’t have to wait until our bodies and minds crash. Start by making self-care a priority.

Consider starting small and work your way to planning retreats away from the world by yourself or with loved ones.

However it looks like to you, prioritise time to rest and often. 🙂

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Quick Tip:

Check out this Blog Post for tips on Self-Care


Taking Stock February 2022

Buying: More books this year. Or planning to! 🙂

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Craving: Yoga on the beach. 🙂

Cooking: From more recipes this year! Let’s keep it interesting, shall we? 

Drinking: Clove tea.

Fun Fact:
  • Did you know that cloves help with easing acidity in the stomach? Try it! 🙂

Eating: Mangoes! I love me some apple mangoes… ’tis the season after all! 

Enjoying: My new laptop… It finally happened guys!!! If you’ve been a fan of our Taking Stock posts, then you know it’s been on my Wishlist for 5 years… Eh, God is good! 😀

Feeling: Hopeful about 2022!! It’s going to be a great year!

Hoping: For a peaceful election in Kenya. Prayers Up.

Learning: How to swim! Yes, finally! 😀

Listening: To the ‘How I Built This Podcast’ by Guy Raz, featuring Tim Leatherman. 

I love Tim’s inspiring story about how he waited 7 whole years before he made his first sale! Today, the Leatherman Tool Group is worth 100Million USD. Whoa! Speak of resilience! 

Looking: To collaborate with some of my favourite Creatives this year… Watch this space! 

Making:  More time for the things that light up my soul. 🙂

Missing: Lamu.

That island is such a vibe! Have you read my Lamu Blogs? 

Quick Tip:

Check out the Lamu stories HERE

Credits: Abu Mburu

Noticing: That it’s easier to drink more water when you add in something like slices lemon or cucumber. 

Praying: For a brilliant year, for all of us. 

Reading: At least 1 book a month. Wish me luck?! 

Thinking: Kinder, self-supportive thoughts.

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Wanting: To be more intentional.

Also, we’ll have more Taking Stock posts this year. I’d love to get your suggestions on some Lifestyle topics you’d want us to cover. Don’t be shy, share your suggestions in the comments section. 😉

Watching: The Ozark for the second time. It’s interesting how much you miss out on, the first time you watch something. 

Wishing: For a drone this year. A girl can dream! 😀

Working: On my 2022 Vision Board and travel bucket-list. Have you gotten yours done yet? 

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P.S. Check out this Blog Post on: Free Goal Setting Resources

Thank you for reading my dear friends. 😀 I hope you enjoyed our first Taking Stock post of the year!

I’d love to hear back from you! Leave a comment down below with your inputs/questions and I’ll be certain to respond!

I wish you and your beloved the most wonderful year ahead!! Love and light! 🙂

<< Stay. Inspired. Always. >>

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  • Reply
    Christine Munene
    February 6, 2022 at 7:02 am

    This is very helpful
    Thank you for a great article as always
    Here’s to a more intentional life

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      February 8, 2022 at 7:19 am

      Thank you for reading Christine! Glad you found it helpful! And yes, cheers to being more intentional. 😀

  • Reply
    Ule Msee Wa B4
    February 5, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    Great piece and an eye-opener read. This is a year of actioning most of my heart’s desires.

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      February 8, 2022 at 7:20 am

      I love that! Taking action on your heart’s desires! Go for it! Thank you for reading! 😀

  • Reply
    Stephen Muriuki
    February 3, 2022 at 10:16 am

    Very inspiring article 100%

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      February 8, 2022 at 7:20 am

      Thank you for reading Stephen, glad you found it inspiring! 😀

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