I made a brief list to reflect on some highlights of the past year. A first for me, honestly, as I usually focus on what to leave behind rather than highlight and celebrate. I really enjoyed this process!
So - without making a tik tok about it, here's a list of random bests, both personal and professional, that were my highlights of 2022.
Best tech – Apple Watch 7
Best App - WikiSleep
Best podcast - Pivot, with Scott Galloway and Kara Swisher
Best album - Midnights, Taylor Swift
Best Fiction book – Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus (I just found out AppleTV+ is turning this into a series produced by Brie Larson!!)
Best non-fiction- How To Do The Work, by Dr Nicole LePera
Best cleansing practice – sold 70% of my well-loved furniture and re-invested in new that suits me now
Best morning routine - daily journalling with coffee while watching the sunrise
Best evening routine - Monday night book club with 5 friends
Best membership – Costco
Best recipe – my cake
Best New TV Series – Yellowjackets
Best re-run- One Tree Hill
Best surprise- my neighbour became one of my dearest friends
Best personal challenge – embracing daily exercise in all different forms for the enjoyment of it rather than the results of it. Honourable mentions: boxing, commuting by bike, walking, paddle boarding, and yoga.
Best professional challenge – plans for pivoting operations in 2023
Best collaboration - Hosting the Made Here Market with ecologyst
Best investment- therapy
Best thing I did for my mental health – took breaks from work every day to take a walk (anywhere from 10 mins to 1 hr). I don't need to rush to get everything done, and allowing myself and a problem to breathe a little bit is the best thing I can do.
Best realization - progress over perfection
Best new activity - stand up paddle boarding
Best personal achievement – 2 years alcohol-free
Best professional achievement – released the Honey Tobacco eau de parfum, which grew to be our top seller and was featured in Chatelaine Magazine
Best acceptance of the year – being at peace with the possibility of not having children
Best kitchen investment – The Aarke Carbonator
Best bedroom investment – weighted blanket from Baloo Living
Best adventure – San Jose, Baja Mexico with 9 fabulous women
Best coffee - Bright Jenny
Best tea – Calm
Best mocktail – 1 tsp lemon juice, pinch of salt, bubbly water
Best detox – I stopped reading the news, self-help books/insta-therapists
Best creative hobby – baking, obvs.
Best weekend hobby – Saturday Globe and Mail crossword
Best party – Grilled Cheese Night
Best bakery treat – passion fruit lemon meringue from Crust
Best thing I didn’t know I needed – tough love