Updated: Sep 22, 2021
It’s New Year’s Day!
Now that 2020 is behind us (THANK GOD FOR THAT) we can now all take a deep breath. It was a tough one, hey?
I’m not even going to list why it’s going to go down as one of the worst years in history, because you’re probably as hungover as I am and we don’t need reminding, do we?
I can’t be sure that 2021 is going to be any better or worse than 2020. But, I can be sure that I’m taking the lessons learned with me for whatever comes next. I’m normally quite averse to making New Year’s resolutions, because they can get a bit toxic and perfectionist-y, and I’m not interested in that. I’m making a slight exception here, though. These aren’t things that I can ‘fail’ at, or forget about. These are intentions. These are lessons learned. In 2021, in no particular order, I am going to:
1) Embrace all the inevitable challenges and pitfalls as opportunities to learn. These are not proof of me failing, or being rubbish, but proof I am trying and I am learning.
2) Celebrate all of the wins, even the tiny ones. Take that imposter syndrome! A celebration might be a glass of fizz, or sharing on social media, or treating myself to a gift, or journaling about it.
3) Prioritise my personal needs- sleep and exercise are not optional. Repeat. Also: water!
4) Appreciate the ‘normal’ moments. When I get the chance to sit around a restaurant table, part of a group of 10, lingering over a meal, with low candlelight, just savouring the last drop of wine. Or going to the cinema and getting the big popcorn and diet coke. Or spending waaaaay too much money in an afternoon of shopping, being able to enjoy it and breath easily, without fogged up glasses. I don’t think I’ll ever take normal freedoms for granted again.
5) Value my health, and remember how lucky I am.
6) Journal daily as often as I bloody well want to. See how I wanted to put a limit on that? Gah- perfectionism creeping in. I’m rejecting that! Journaling is a fabulous tool, which can help me really focus on what is going well for me, or what is blocking me. More of that is good.
7) Set realistic deadlines. Seriously. This is a non- negotiable! Just because I can get it done in a day, doesn’t mean I should. I’ve got a gorgeous planner where I can block out hours of time, and I’m going to make sure I manage my diary. Self- care comes first.
8) Write for fun, not just for work. Fiction here I come! There are a couple of half- finished novels languishing in my hard drive somewhere. I’d love to dust off the cobwebs and see what I’ve got.
9) Remember imperfect action is better than perfect inaction. This sounds like it could be on a motivational mug in an office, but it’s a serious block for me (see bullet point 6!)! So this is a handy mantra for me to have around.
10) Remember to ask myself “what am I choosing to focus on right now?” when things go wrong or I get stuck. This is a good journaling prompt, but it’s also a good ‘in- the- moment-“ prompt. Another handy nugget.
Look at those delicious verbs! Appreciate, celebrate, embrace, remember, value. Lovely.
With all of that in mind, I’m really looking forward to this year. There’s something so irresistible about fresh starts. It’s like the first page of a gorgeous notebook.
2021 is going to be a year of new adventures; new friends to meet; my first year in business anniversary; new clients; finally going full time in my business; new goals to smash. There may be holidays (plleeeaaaase let there be holidays!), there’s going to be a new house (eeek!), and a whole host of things I don’t even know yet.
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Thanks 2020 for all you’ve taught me, I’m glad you’re off now. 2021, bring it on! Gently, please…
Now, where’s that Nurofen?
Happy New Year Everyone!