Like just about everyone else in the world, I am SO glad 2020 is finally over and we have the new, clean slate 2021 is offering us. I love the beginning of the year because I absolutely love setting New Year’s resolutions. I’m very goal-oriented, but for me it’s less about achieving the goal and more about enjoying having something to focus on and work towards.
I also enjoy creating little challenges for myself. I always have lots of ideas floating around, especially for creative projects. Creating challenges, for either a month, quarter, or year, helps me focus my creative energy so I’m not starting a million things but never finishing them. Here are some examples of past challenges I’ve set at the beginning of the year and actually stuck with:
- I wanted expand my baking skills, so I baked my way through all the challenges on one season of the Great British Baking Show
- I wanted to become more of a plant person, so I acquired (bought or was gifted) at least one plant every month that year
- One of my bucket list items is to read the complete works of Shakespeare, so in 2020 I read a Shakespeare play every single month
My 2020 Resolutions
I think to give some context for where I am going into 2021, it’s helpful to look at what I was hoping for in 2020. Some of these resolutions are carrying into 2021, and some I’ve let go of as my priorities have changed:
- Complete two triathlon races, one as a relay team and one sprint: I was doing really well with this one at the beginning of 2020, and then the pandemic hit and the triathlons I signed up for got cancelled like everything else. Greg and I canceled our gym membership because we weren’t using it in the pandemic, so I lost my pool access for swim training. I also realized I don’t like the biking training because I don’t have any good bike trails around my house, so I have to either drive somewhere or train on busy roads. I’m not planning on picking this goal back up, and I’m okay with that.
- Write a first draft of a novel in Q1 2020: I had a novel I was working on going into the year, and I was writing consistently on it until we launched this blog. Then I wanted to focus my writing energy on creating content here. This is an example of a pivot that I’m okay with dropping a resolution to complete. I also finished NaNoWriMo in November, so I still have a draft of a novel coming out of 2020. More on that later.
- Read a Shakespeare play every month: I did this one!
- Buy carbon offsets for all the flights Greg and I take for vacations: This is a sustainability-focused goal. We flew a lot in 2019, so this was going to be a big one for us. Then the pandemic hit and we didn’t fly at all in 2020, so this will carry over into 2021.
My 2021 New Year’s Resolutions
My New Year’s resolutions for 2021 are less specific than they usually are, but I’m okay with that. I feel like my general mentality for this coming year is “wait and see what happens” as the COVID vaccines roll out, so I’m in more of a go with the flow mindset. I do have a few things I want to aim for though:
- The resolution I’m confident I’ll keep: This is random, but I want to solidify my LinkedIn presence. The extent of my use of LinkedIn is basically treating my profile like my resume. My day job is in marketing, though, so by improving my LinkedIn presence I can help share things related to my company. In order to do that, I need to find categories of content outside my company that I’m excited about so I’m genuinely engaging on the platform and not just spamming people’s feeds with marketing things. My goal is to sit down once a week and post a status update or share an article that resonates with me.
- My short-term goal: I want to learn to play Clair de Lune on the piano in January. Greg gave me a piano for Christmas in 2019 (the story of buying it from Craiglist was incredibly serendipitous, but that’s a tale for another time). I was doing really well practicing consistently in the beginning of 2020, but then we launched Paint the House Pink and I co-launched Lit Sh*t podcast, so I got sidetracked to other projects. I really want to focus on getting back to the piano, and Clair de Lune is one of my all-time favorite piano pieces.
- The nebulous and daunting goal: I want to edit the novel I wrote in November for NaNoWriMo. I’ve written several first drafts of novels but never gone back and edited one, so this feels like a big goal for me. I also don’t really know where to start with editing, so we’ll see what happens!
That’s in for now! We’ll see if I actually keep up any of my New Year’s resolutions, or if I end up getting excited about something else. What goals for 2021 are you excited for this year? We’d love to hear from you, either in the comments below, or on social media. Also, don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter! One of our goals for the blog this year is to get our act together when it comes to the newsletter…LOL.