2020… you can be gone!! I’m so over you! For real though guys, what a year it has been! I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say we’re all ready for 2020 to end and for 2021 to begin! I have already started planning out my goals and have already started some diet changes this past week that I plan to keep up with in 2021 and I wanted to share how I plan to do so. I hope this will help someone else out there who is planning to knock it out of the park in 2021!
WRITE IT DOWN
Whethere you’re a planner person or not, writing down your goals is so important. I feel like every time I write something down I not only get excited about it happening but I can even visualize it. I actually grabbed a few planners from Blue Sky on Amazon and they are so cute and helpful. I’ve started writing out the days I will workout in my planner, what content I need to post on my blog or youtube and also monthly goals.
It’s great to reflect on the past year. What have you learned? What could you do better? What do you love about yourself? I actually published a self love + gratitude journal on Amazon where you write down 3 things daily that you’re grateful for and 3 things daily you love about yourself. It’s just $9.99 if you want to grab one for yourself! I’ve found when I take a few minutes each night to write down these things plus any other random thoughts it helps me to feel less lost in life and more together.
CLOSE THE DOOR
This one is difficult for many including myself. If you are still hurt from the past or maybe you have messed up yourself.. it’s time to close the door and start a new chapter. One idea is you could write a letter to the person who hurt you and not send it. Just write out all of your feelings, get it all out. It can be really theraputic. You also could write a letter to yourself about a phase you want to leave in the past, or something about you that you don’t want to be part of your life anymore. Maybe you got a divorce, got over a drug or drinking problem, lost a friend, dropped a bad habbit. Write it down and either throw the letter away, or burn it. Peace out negativity and hello new chapter!
SET REALISTIC GOALS
I’m so guilty of setting crazy hard to reach goals and then failing. The feeling of failing sucks. This year I’m going to set small goals that are obtainable. Instead of saying “I’m going to drop carbs all year long” I am going to drop carbs for 1 month and go from there. Same goes with working out. I’m planning on getting back into fitness in 2021. I really left it in the dust this year. I’m going to start with getting some sort of workout in 3 days a week, even if it’s a walk. It’s important to make goals and to reach them but also remember to make them realistic and to be kind to yourself.
START EVERYDAY WITH A SMILE
Seriously it sounds weird but force yourself to smile every morning. Okay, do it right now.. doesn’t it feel good? One study even suggests that smiling can help us recover faster from stress and reduce our heart rate. Also tell yourself it’s going to be a good day. Starting the day on this note will help so much no matter what comes your way. Whatever side of you that you feed will come alive. So if you feed the positive side you will become more positive. Don’t give into the negative side.
I’m definetly not one to push my religious views on others but I do pray myself. I forget some days as I’m human but I want to make it a habit to pray every single day in 2021. I also want to try to meditate at least 3 times a week. I got into a habit of meditating this year for a few months pretty consistently and felt so at peace with the world and myself. What a difference sitting in silence can truly make!
MAKE TIME FOR YOUR CREATIVE OUTLETS / HOBBIES
This is a big one for me as well. I have been working so much on my blog in 2020 that I have forgotten to make time for myself. I haven’t painted in months. I use to paint abstract paintings at least a few times per week. In 2021 I want to take at least 1 day a week and stop working. ( I never take a day off) Having your own business it’s hard to stop.. but I feel like this approach to work makes it easy to quickly burn out. I’m going to take 1 day a week off next year and do whatever I want whether it’s paint, go on a hike or sit on the couch and binge Netflix.
Physical fitness is so important not only for our bodies but also our minds. If I don’t personally stay active I will actually feel depressed. My mind and body need to move. Like I said earlier I haven’t been the best with my fitness routines this year since Covid came to play. It’s been tough! In 2021 my goal is to workout 3 days a week whether that be a walk, a yoga class, a workout game on the VR, a hike with Winnie or a run. I hope to workout more like 5 days a week but 3 days a week is a realistic goal I know I can achieve so 3 it is!
I hope these tips help you to get your New Year started on the right foot! What are some of your goals for 2021? I would love to hear in the comments below!