I love numbers..and themes...and writing my plans in colored flair pens! I really thought about this next year and what I want to make it. I needed a focus- I needed to feel like there was a mantra for this next 365 days! That's where I decided to call it "MY GOLDEN YEAR"
2020 was not a horrible year for my family. I know it was for so many people, but we managed to find some positives and find some happiness even thought things were hard, and strange and often heartbreaking.
Some big wins for 2020-
~No more pop! Gave it up and plan to just continue that. Added lots of water and herbal teas.
~New job! I am finally being recognized more and will be able to grow in this more visible role. More money and more flexibility for me- two huge plusses!
~More connection- I have reached out to more people during Covid- not in person but on the phone, through social media. I have been more "in touch" than in the past and that felt good. I have had to work at my friendships more- it was more challenging to be there for my friends-and that extra effort has strengthened many connections!
~Remembering how much I love being a mom...wife and daughter. We have all spent A LOT of time together- and I love my small circle so much more and appreciate them so much more deeply. Especially my kids have really risen to these crazy challenges and I have seen them all with very different eyes.
2021 is different because I really have a lot of blessings ahead and am actually recognizing them and planning for them! I have spent a lot of time thinking about what kinds of things I want to add to my life once things are safer....and I have also recognized that some things and people just needed to be backed away from. Social media showed me sides of people I did not know existed...and that has been hard but now I know and I have decided to step away for a while. The negativity has been heavy and I needed to learn from it. I will expect more joy and plan for it!
It's my GOLDEN YEAR because I will turn 55 on 2/21. The numbers seemed to work so that's what I am calling it!
In June, I will celebrate 30 years of being married! Not always easy but always a blessing to be with someone I truly love and respect and care about. Our relationship and our life deserve a celebration!
We will also celebrate another family wedding in November and two friends who will have weddings in May and November. Love- especially young, hopeful love- is awesome. It will be so fun to be included in all the celebrations!
I am not going to fall into my same failure trap of making proclamations of huge goals and then achieving nothing. This year I want it to be different. I just know that in my life, I want to be
I think if I work those three things into my days, I will see life fall into better order. A different type of goal setting for me...but it's that old saying if you want things to be different, you need to do something differently. I want to work on my way of thinking. That is what has been holding me back.
Being PRESENT will help me stop worrying so much and focusing on all sorts of things- but more focus on what's in front of me. I don't want so much to pass me by.
Being MINDFUL just means I want to think more about WHAT I am doing and WHY. I have learned to be OK with saying no to things and people- and I have learned from that. I need to care how I am spending my time and attention. Just "going through the motions" on a lot of things has not brought me joy. I need to shift out of auto pilot more often!
Being BLESSED- well, aren't we all? But, I don't think about that enough. God has given me so much...He has always reminded me that I never walk alone...and I need to wrap myself in that gift and feel the power of it. My faith life has felt different this year....and I want it to be exciting and empowering again! My faith has always been an extreme source of joy in my life- and it has felt a little bit dull lately. I have had to work harder to find inspiration and messages that resonate with me. I have discovered new faith leaders and new ways to practice my faith, and I plan to keep that up.
I love new beginnings. I love that moment when you think about possibilities and hope- and I am motivated and excited as I stand at the starting line of this new year. The key will be remembering today's feeling as time moves forward. I will cement those three words in my head- PRESENT, MINDFUL,BLESSED- and see if that doesn't move me towards the fulfillment and joy I am seeking!
I hope that whatever your hopes and dreams are as you start this new year, I hope they come true for you! I hope 2021 brings you what you need and what you are looking for.
FROM MY 2016 BLOG- really loved this. That was a turning point year in my life and much of this held true...
My theme for this year- Grace, Growth and Love. Starting with Grace- I want to be more present in my life, more kind with my words and to fully experience the Grace God has gifted my life with!
4. Growth- I want to grow into a more confident, self assured woman! I want to learn more- to explore more, look at new and differing perspectives- to round out who I am and add dimension!
5. Love- I want to love my children, friends and family better! I want to open myself to new friendships and experiences. I want to face the world with less judgement and a kinder heart.
I also want to love myself in a better and deeper way! I want to deepen and renew my marriage in all sorts of fun and creative ways! We celebrate 25 years of marriage this summer, and I want to celebrate where we have been but to also look ahead to where we are going!