I think we can all agree that we are happy for 2020 to be over. Admittedly, 2021 isn’t off to a great start, but with the Pandemic being in our lives for around a year now, I can safely say that I am looking at resolutions differently this year.
2020 has changed us all, probably in more ways than one. It’s been a pretty traumatic year for everyone, and it causes me not to want to put a lot of pressure on myself this year. For my New Year’s Resolutions, I’m looking at setting goals for myself rather than my career. Yes, of course, I’d like to accomplish things in my job, but in the grand scheme of things, they don’t matter to me as much as how I feel mentally.
So here are my new year’s resolutions for 2021:
1. Stick to my workout routine
Like many people in 2020, I stayed at home for 99.9% of it. But that meant that I wasn’t as active as I used to be. I started eating more, and I wasn’t moving my body at all. Towards the end of 2020, I started working out and felt myself become more alert, motivated and felt my mood improve. I even enjoyed doing workouts! Moving my body every day to keep it healthy and physically look after myself is a top priority for me.
2. Read at least one book a month
I think this was one of my New Year’s Resolutions last year, but I ended up hardly reading at all. With the Pandemic going on, I found it hard to sit down and focus on reading without my brain worrying about everything else that is going on in the world. Thankfully over the Christmas break, I got back into it and found that it did wonders for my mentality. I don’t want to force myself to read when I don’t feel like it, so I feel like having a goal of reading one book a month is super doable.
3. Get back into writing
Even if it never sees the light of day. I used to adore writing, but found myself unable to think of anything to write about in 2020. I hit a bit of a brick wall with it. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to get back into writing creatively. Even if it is just the opening chapter of a book, I will never actually write, or just a long stream of a fictional character’s consciousness. I want to write until I hit that ‘AH HA’ moment to get back into the swing of things.
4. Buy More Second Hand, Vintage, and from Small Businesses
In 2020, I made a conscious effort to buy from small businesses as they needed our support the most during the Pandemic. I also started to buy more second hand and vintage and found some pieces that I adore, and I know I will keep forever. I’ve had a lot of fun searching for unique items in vintage stores, and I feel much better buying from a small business than I do a big corporation. I’m not ready to cut out fast fashion once and for all just yet, but I want to be more conscious about what I buy in 2021.
5. Have more date nights
And that’s all of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2021! They’re nothing epic for massively ambitious because I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. If there’s one thing I learned in 2020, the world is unpredictable and can change so fast. So here is to be kind to ourselves in 2021