When it comes to the start of a new year, we will often self-reflect as to what the year will bring and the goals we might have for ourselves and our loved ones. For some, that may take the form of New Year’s resolutions, for others, it may not be that definitive. I like to view it as a time of renewal – much like September gets us feeling like it is time to get back to routine, January gets us thinking about how we might want 2021 to look.
With 2020 having given itself a pretty bad reputation, many people are feeling like 2021 is going to be the year. And yet, we are still faced with uncertainty – we have no definitive timeline as to how long it is going to take to control the Coronavirus; thereby bringing back our freedoms. And so I put some thought into what I want to put into place in terms of the start of the new year so as to connect with that grounded and essential part of myself:
- I purchased for myself the revised and updated version of “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach. It features a short reading per day which focuses on living a balanced and joyful life.
- I intend to continue my daily 45 minute walk on forested trails. It really is my ‘me-time’ and having joined another My Virtual Mission walk, I am further motivated.
- In December, some of the women in our family’s bubble had a craft night. We had such a good time that we have decided to have one once a month.
- I will continue to jot down in my gratitude journal what I am thankful for each day as it has been wonderful to periodically re-read.
- I have decided to try and save my holidays at the beginning of the year so that if the restriction to travel gets lifted, I can have lots of flexibility to plan some much needed trips!
And of course, I look forward to spending quality time with our family and being creative when it comes to trying to visit our loved ones that we are limited to see. Continued video chats, winter bonfires, sending letters through the mail. What are your thoughts for gearing up for the new year? Feel free to share your ideas 🙂
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