Happy New Year! I hope you all are having a wonderful start to your new year! We had a pretty quiet evening ringing in the new year. Mikey made a delicious pot roast and then we watched a movie (Despicable Me – Gryffin’s choice), and then I was in bed by 10:30. Haha, big partiers over here this year.
Ok, so on with the point of this post.
The last couple years I have thrown New Year’s resolutions out the door. They always seem like a good idea but I have never stuck to them…ever. A few years ago I heard about some people using a one word theme for their year – something they want to focus on over the course of the year.
Over the last 2-3 years I have loosely chosen a focus word for the year. I have discovered at the end of each year that it has actually held onto a theme (however, it hasn’t always matched the word I chose). So, while I am somewhat loosely choosing a focus word for this year again, this is the first time I’m making it official.
I originally had chosen “joy”, but it didn’t quite encapsulate everything I hoped to accomplish, while “embrace” did. I’m taking it a step further and making it more of a phrase.
“Embrace with joy”
For me, embrace means to accept circumstances as they are, to slow down and be in the moment, to accept who I am and who God is shaping me to be, and to buckle up buttercup because this year is likely going to be a wild ride, and I want to embrace it all with open arms.
In addition to the theme word I chose for the year, I have also created a 21 for 2021 list. This idea came from Gretchen Rubin’s “Happier” podcast. I’m not exactly sure if my list is set in stone yet, but it’s definitely a good start. It’s really nice to have specific things to look forward to accomplishing throughout the year.
I plan to do a deep dive on the list and go into how I’m planning this out throughout the year. Also, I’m dividing this into sections.
So here we go….
20 for 2021 List
~ Fun for everyone
- Go on a family vacation
- Do something special for each holiday, including minor holidays
- Make a Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter bucket list
- Read 12 books
- Start vlogging
- Be prepared (I’ll definitely expand on this in my deep dive)
~ House & Home
- Deep clean the whole house
- Revamp bathroom
- Revamp laundry room
- replace the deck
- Put together a recipe binder
- Weekly meal prep
- Take 12 social media breaks
- Get a facial
- Finish my 12 week devotional
- Go on 12 dates
- Say yes to invitations from friends
- Perfect my posture
- Do the splits
- Consistent clean double pirouettes
- 90 degree arabesque
So, there it is! I would love to know if you have any new year’s goals or a focus word for the year! I hope you all have a wonderful year ahead.
Cheers to the New Year!