Will 2022 Be Your Growth Year?

by Allecia Harley, MPH on September 30, 2021

Girl writing a letter

On December 30, 2020, a 12-year-old girl from New Jersey, named Audrey, sat down and wrote a letter to her post-pandemic self. Thankfully, this letter was captured by the New York Times.

If you can recall, December 30th was just a few weeks after the FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use. Optimism was in the air, and this young lady, who had been a toddler when her father died, didn’t want to forget what 2020 had been like.

At the urging of her mother, who was intimately familiar with grief, she wrote the letter and sealed it in an envelope that says, “Open on New Year’s Day or Eve, starting when you are in high school, or 8th grade maybe.” You should take a moment to read the letter when you have a chance, as it’s very insightful.

Audrey closes the letter by saying:

“Remember — everything is replaceable and unimportant, but people are the only true thing that matter in this modern-day world.

Love your life, and be filled with joy this year.


You, age 12, Audrey in 2020, the Pandemic Year.”


As you approach the final quarter of 2021 and make plans for 2022, will you take Audrey’s advice for yourself?

Are you waiting for a couple of years to pass, or will you love your life and be filled with joy in the present? If not, what will it take to get you there?

I don’t believe in work/life balance because my work is a part of who I am, and I LOVE what I do, so I focus on creating balance in my life and encouraging my team to make choices that create a balanced life for them as well.

And I agree with Audrey wholeheartedly - people matter most, and everything else is replaceable and unimportant.

Let’s finish 2021 strong and be filled with joy in 2022, the Growth Year.

If this resonates with you, please comment below and/or share how you will shape your future.

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About the Author

Allecia is a management consultant, entrepreneur, professional speaker, epidemiologist, and the founder and CEO of Prevention Advisory Group.

At Huron Consulting Group, she led a new service line’s growth to six-figure revenues for healthcare, higher education, and nonprofit clients across the United States for nine years. At Abbott Laboratories, she oversaw the technology transformation of her division. Allecia is an expert in growth and innovation.

After earning her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan, Allecia joined the City of Chicago to implement innovative health and social programs. Later, she was recruited by Chicago Public Schools to use creative problem-solving techniques to increase the overall immunization rate by more than twelve percentage points in a year.

Allecia specializes in creating Breakthrough Institutional Growth™ (B.I.G.) for her clients and is a frequent speaker at national conferences and events.

About Prevention Advisory Group

Prevention Advisory Group, LLC is a management consulting practice focused on helping clients create breakthrough growth and innovate beyond organizational challenges.

Topics: Leadership, team engagement, Management