It’s time for a fresh start: Here’s what you’re leaving behind in 2022

January 17, 2023  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

Approximately a 4-minute read

2022 is now firmly behind us. And hopefully, some of the habits and negative influences in your life that you faced in 2022 are in the past as well.

That’s the idea behind Headlines’ chuck-it bucket. Readers were asked what they wanted to leave behind in 2022 in order to make this year better than the last.

The responses ranged from the personal to the professional – and drew on inspiration from poets, employee perks (thanks to MHealthy!) and colleagues.

Without further ado, here’s what your team members are putting in their “chuck-it bucket”:

Sheena Riley, patient care tech associate, Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital

This year I’ve decided to live by the wise words of Walt Whitman, “Be curious, not judgmental.” 

Sometimes when a person behaves in an unkind manner, I can see that I may jump to judgment rather than remain curious about what is behind that behavior. The intention is to not take anything personally, and by staying in that mind frame, I hope that I may bring about more connection and help if needed.  

Rita Menard, veterinary technician, ULAM

For 2023 I plan on leaving behind negative self-talk and will start being kinder to myself. I strive to be kind to everyone else around me – however, this does not always translate over to myself. I will begin to change that this year.

Arris Suits, administrative assistant, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

For my “Chuck-it-bucket” I am hoping to leave behind overworking myself in all aspects (professional, home life, physically, etc.) so I can focus more on giving myself the rest I require to be my best self!

Stacey Fullerton, patient services associate, general medicine

I am new to working at Michigan Medicine, having started in November.

After I left a 40-year job, I set goals to be part of a new team, help people and bring forth a positive attitude to others who may be dealing with life challenges.

To do this, I first need to learn my part and become an asset to the team. A couple months into training I am becoming more comfortable and learning a lot.

Walking in every day with a positive attitude, I can reflect this onto others with at the very least some kind words and a smile.

In short, my “chuck it bucket” includes my old routine (and it’s in with the new)! I’m looking forward to meeting and greeting others and adding a small shot of cheer in their cup daily.

Xchoinquel Hunt, guest services specialist

I’m taking boldness, personal accountability and a heaping dose of positivity into the new year. In short, I’m leaving behind the negative balance of self-care and investing in myself.

DeAnn Yoder, B.S.N., R.N., P.M.P, senior project manager, Office of Patient Experience

I am chucking spending so much time on my phone and TV and will instead spend more time with friends and family and doing things to enrich my life.

Liz Rodriguiz, administrative specialist, Department of Learning Health Sciences

This year I plan to purge old unneeded papers from my personal files – think rabies certificates for long-dead pets and sales receipts for no-longer-owned appliances. I’m figuring I’ll be able to reclaim some space in my house.

Briana Hatcher, perioperative tech/instrument room assistant, C&W

I wanted to share what I plan on tossing in my bucket for the new year!

I plan on leaving behind three things:

  • Self-doubt
  • Excuses for why not to do something
  • 25 pounds!

Tamara Kutter, administrative assistant, Department of Pathology

I’m putting ‘purchasing lunch at work’ in my ‘Chuck-It Bucket’. This will force me (gently) to learn to cook more, plan meals AND will save me lots of hard-earned $$! I’m even planning a vacation with my projected savings as an incentive! (P.S. – THANK YOU to the monthly MHealthy FREE cooking classes. Your recipes and cooking tips are the B-E-S-T!)

Martina Jerant, M.P.H., program manager, Ronald Weiser Center for Prostate Cancer

I’m planning to leave behind my worry about what other people think.

Rudy Murray, custodian II, Environmental Services

My fresh start will be to stop eating sweets in order to hopefully lose weight and, with a better mindset, do good work in the new year.