I don’t think we will ever forget 2020, nor should we. We all went through one of the most monumental years to ever happen during our lifetime. For a moment in time, we all shared similar feelings of empathy and distress navigating a year we were not ready for, nor expected to happen as it did.
But here we are, on the other side. And like that, it’s the year twenty-twenty ONE!
You’re probably expecting the “new year, new me” speech but not this year! I want to take a lighter approach and focus solely on a few things I want to get better at doing consistently in my life. With how last year went, I think it’s important to take things day by day, as you really don’t know what tomorrow will be like. I want to focus on smaller things that I can control in order to work up to the larger life aspirations that seem so scary right now (I’m sorry but with the housing market in Nova Scotia, there’s no way buying a house in 2021 is a personal attainable goal at the moment for me.)
I’m sure a lot of us had high hopes for 2020 and we probably made very big personal goals for ourselves for the year, but what we didn’t know back then was it was actually a year for inward self-reflection and self-discovery.
Last year gave us uninterrupted moments to really hear ourselves and what we want and/or need to thrive in today’s world. During that time, I learned a lot from listening and now have actionable plans for the future. So for today’s blog, I want to share with you a few of my personal goals to turn into recurring habits for 2021.
No. 1 Drink more water.
I’m notorious for not drinking enough water so you might see this goal and laugh, but for me it’s a legitimate push to change my water habits in the new year.
When I’m at the office or out of my home, I usually carry a refillable water bottle with me. But when I’m working from home, I get too comfortable and just go refill my water glass when I feel like it. And let me tell you, “when I feel like it” isn’t a measurement I want to continue using for my water consumption. I know there is a water intake calculation you can use to determine the amount of water needed per your body weight and activity level, so that is my personal approach (again, not a doctor) to measure how much water I should drink per day.
Here’s to refilling and drinking many a glasses of water in the new year!
No. 2 Read more books.
I want to read more books. Yes, that sounds like a very simple goal to achieve, but when you can’t get your attention span to cooperate for even a few minutes to sit down and read a couple of pages, you’re in trouble. How is it that I can spend so much time “reading my phone”, but cannot put aside even A MINUTE to pick up a book? (Don’t worry, that was a rhetorical question. I know my dependency on my smartphone is to blame…)
So because I am unable to sit down and read A book, I want to make it a personal goal in 2021: to read a book cover to cover. Well… I set my goodreads 2021 Reading Challenge goal to five books, but I’ll honestly be happy for finishing a single book this year.
Do you use goodreads?
Let’s be friends!
I’m always looking for new reading inspiration and could really use some accountability on this reading journey.
No. 3 Be more Active.
Personally, I want to be more active again.
Since I started working from home in March of 2020, I really fell out of shape. You really take your work commute “cardio” for granted when you don’t have to do it anymore. Even my butt sure does miss hiking up the steep hills to and from work. During my time working from home, I have become a little complacent with my at-home exercises and fitness routines if I’m to be honest.
I’ve always struggled to work out efficiently at home. I wasn’t much of a gym-goer before the pandemic, but I did enjoy having the ability to work out at the office gym. It was nice having a dedicated fitness area so I could compartmentalize my reps and relaxation. Without the physical separation of “reps and relax” I find it hard to work out in the same manner at home, as relaxation is solely on my mind. That being said, I want to change that mindset and get more comfortable exercising “at my place of leisure.”
My goal is to get back into the habit of practicing yoga at home (since it’s one of my true passions), while also trying out some resistance band and strength exercises (eventually, but let’s focus on yoga first.) I actually started the BREATH – 30 day Yoga Journey with Adriene this afternoon. It’s free, for all levels of experience and you can follow along over on her YouTube channel. Watch the introduction video below and see if it’s for you.
See you on your yoga mat!
Now, I want to thank YOU for reading the blog and supporting me throughout 2020.
It was a weird, but magical year of life lessons and learnings, and definitely an interesting year to get back into blogging. I want to carry over some of this new found calmness and acceptance into 2021, but gracefully and ever-so-slowly of course.
Signing off this post with a photo of the lovely Taylor Swift in a bear costume. How very Ari Aster of her, to break up with 2020 in this perfect Midsommar fashion.
Also have you watched Death to 2020 on Netflix yet? I highly recommend that you do. It’s from the makers of Black Mirror and incredibly entertaining!
How are you approaching 2021 and what are some of your goals for this year?
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Chat again next week!