…and just like that, 2020 has come to an end.
There are things we can’t control, and this year taught us well. A year affected by a global pandemic have left us in isolation, not knowing what our future will hold, but hoping for better, and healthier times to come. There are changes that we need to accept in our lives, and together with them, the perception of ourselves and the world around us.
Sometimes, our fears can paralyze us, or become a great force – and it’s up to us to choose the path. As I stepped into 2020, I did not expect to be navigating these current uncertainties a few weeks later (I guess, nobody did). BUT the pandemic allowed me to completely face myself, soaking in every spectrum of emotions, feeling it all, good and bad, with all my nerve endings raw and exposed. It empowered me every day, forcing me to manage my time rigorously, and instilled in me a powerful sense of discipline. I learned to plan ahead.
Another year has passed, and everyone is slowly but surely getting caught up with new years resolutions, and the crumbling pressure we put on ourselves to always achieve more and more, as if it never was enough. Too often, we measure our worth in accomplishments and achievements. We act as if we have to improve ourselves every single day from the previous one. Please don’t get me wrong, I love learning new things and putting myself new goals to achieve. But sometimes we just have to press pause and mute the world. We don’t have to have it all figured out by January 1st. We have a full year to make it count, so please take one thing at a time!
A piece of advice, if you are struggling: It’s so much easier to stay committed to your goals, if you separate them into categories, and roughly plan for each quarter or month, depending on your preference. This will prevent you from wanting to do it all at once, and to put your focus on where you want to go. You will be able to deliver outstanding results, and even enjoy the process.
Now let’s get into my list of intentions for 2021, if you are interested!
(first image excerpt from axel vervoordt: wabi inspirations)
read one book per month
start practicing mindfulness
get rid of extra possessions
stop hitting the snooze button
take my vitamins/supplements regularly
stick to a gluten-free diet
every sunday start making a weekly meal plan/grocery list
learn urban gardening
yoga once a week
strength training three to four times a week
drink more water
focus on gut health
meditate three times per week
digital detox day once a week
write a post every week on my website
reach 5K on Instagram
finish writing my book
post three to four images on instagram per week
get my first paid instagram sponsorship
create my own self-care planner and release it
I know this might look like a lot, but remember you have a full year – you have 365 days to work on yourself. Some of these goals will obviously take more time and energy than others. And some I might not complete one hundred percent, and that’s okay. It’s about having an intention and working towards something. Setting yourself goals offers you direction and guidance on how to plan your days.
It’s about starting no matter whether it will work or not. Try your best, always! I wish you all a healthy and happy new year.