2021 is proving to be just as unpredictable as 2020. With a new strand of Covid rearing its ugly head, the restrictions and uncertainties keep coming. I like to set goals each year and for this year, I was coming up with a big old NOTHING. If I'm completely honest, the goals from last year got thrown away with the planner in May. With things shut down and people on lockdown, most of the goals I set for last year were just unattainable. By the time things started to open up I was well on my way to opening HIVE and all thoughts of the other goals were tossed out the window. So to say that I wasn't exactly excited to create new goals to be left unfulfilled is an understatement.
I wanted to start 2021 with at least an intention if I couldn't set goals. Luckily with a lot, and I mean A LOT of thought, I finally figured out what I wanted to do this year. This year will be all about self-care, wellness and family. The word of the year will be PIVOT!
2020 taught me that you have to roll with the punches. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, will go as planned. You have to be resilient and ready for change. Change is the only thing that is constant in this life. As much as all of hate to admit it, nothing will remain the same and we have to learn to be more accommodating to the changes that come. Even worse, we usually don't have any control of most of the changes that are thrown our way.
Goals and Actions
How have I decided to attempt to set intentions and goals for the year? By using weekly checklists and habit trackers. The days of constantly stalking my calendar were thrown in the trash with last year's planner. This year will probably be a lot of the same, meaning canceled plans and staying at home. Believe it or not, I'm okay with that. Spending time with my family has proven to be something that I didn't realize I was missing. Instead of piling my calendar with appointments and meetings, I'll be setting intentions to spend more quality time doing things to improve my mental health, my actual health and my relationships.
Goal 1: Spend at least 15 minutes a day with prayer, meditation and my Bible.
This is something that I am actually embarrassed to admit but I don't do this as consistently as I should. I usually go through the business of the day and only remember that I haven't even thought about it at bed time. At that point, I usually fall asleep while in the middle of praying. Embarrassing to say the least but I vow to change that this year. I will spend time each morning doing just that. Get it done when I'm bright-eyed bushy-tailed and better able to focus on what is important.
Goal 2: Spend at least 2 hours a week having one-on-one time with each kid.
If the I learned anything while being locked down with my kids it is that my kids crave more one-on-one attention from me. Don't get me wrong, I spent a lot of time with my kids before but it wasn't necessarily one-on-one. During the lockdown, we had a schedule for each day. Each day consisted of one-on-one time with each kid, even if it was only 15 minutes. The kids LOVED it. They didn't even care what we did. They just wanted my undivided attention for whatever time I could give them. I am going to continue this for the upcoming year. Even if I only get 20 minutes a day, they will each get that time from me.
Goal 3: Do Housework EVERYDAY!
Before you come after me, hear me out on this one. I'm one who will do dishes when I absolutely have to and only really cleaned the house on my days off. This leaves me with doing nothing but cleaning on my 2 full days off a week. I'm basically working 7 days a week with this set up and not enjoying my time off. This year, I have picked tasks to do each day so that when my days off roll around, I actually don't have much to do. In theory, I feel like this will be the best thing EVER. So far, it has worked well. I have a checklist for each day and it has made my weekend much less hectic.
Goal 4: Stick to my eating plan.
Last year, I posted quite frequently about turning the Pinto that is my body into a Ferrari. While I never did get around to posting the results of that journey, my bad. I'm proud to report that I lost about 25 pounds between September and Thanksgiving. I slacked off during the holidays and started again January 1st. The plan is to lose the last 25 pounds in the next 3 to 4 months. Honestly, it was pretty simple to follow, expensive...but simple. So I'm planning to stick to it and get it done.
Goal 5: Workout at least 4 days a week.
While I lost weight last year, working out was never something that I did. This year, I want that to be different. Starting January 1st, I began the Yoga With Adriene 30 Days of Yoga Series. I try to do this every year. She posts the videos on YouTube every morning and they are usually 15-50 minute long yoga workouts. This year, she is focusing on breath. Granted, it has only been a few days but I always enjoy it. Once this 30 days is over with, I'll amp up the workouts. I haven't decided where I'm going with it yet but I have a month to decide what's next.
Goal 6: Stick to a skincare routine.
I'm about to be the ripe age of 35 and a consistent skincare routine is probably a good idea. While I treat my skin well and wash my face nightly, the use of serums and some of the other age appropriate stuff I probably should be using hasn't entered the routine yet. I've done an embarrassingly large amount of research as to what a 35 year old should be using and I think I've got an easy enough routine that I will be able to stick to. Add a few days of extras like masks and exfoliation and I think I'll have a good bag of skin on my face.
A year without plans and real tangible goals feels weird but I feel like it will be good. This is a year to focus on myself and my family. No matter how crazy the outside world gets, if I just focus on these things this year, it can't be a bad thing.