21 Things in 2021

Instead of writing a New Year's Resolution, some of my friends gave me the idea of making a list. A list of 21 things I'd like to accomplish in the new year. My first thought was, "wow, that's a LOT of goals to set for a 12-month time frame." But, as the conversation grew over the topic of setting goals, creating a word to focus on, and this huge list of things to accomplish, I realized my thinking was off.

Sure, 21 things to do in a year is a lot. But is it, really? I reframed what I wanted to allow myself to add to this list. In doing so, I took a lot of pressure off myself to make it "the best list ever." I gave myself until the end of January to complete the list. I added things to my list from many aspects of my life, including professional, personal, family/home, and self-care items.

So what kinds of things am I looking to do in 2021?

Professionally, I want to get my teaching certificate. My plan is to get this in the fall, which gives me spring and summer to research my options, get registered, etc. I also want to incorporate a goal-setting unit into our PE curriculum. Plus, I'd like to get a chance to go on two overnight wilderness trips with our kiddos. I just hope Covid allows for this to happen!

At home, I want to come up with a daily cleaning schedule for my family. This will alleviate the dreaded weekend clean we currently struggle to accomplish. I also want to cook with my instapot once a week. I want to foster a cat. And I want to print pictures and frame them to put up on the wall in our dining room.

Personally, I'm adding things to my list that are different from my usual health-related goals. I want to volunteer at least 25 hours this year. I want to find my mantra. Blog at least once a week. Learn to meditate. Travel to Hawaii. It's strange not to find an exercise or strength-related goal on my list, but this year I'm focused more on my inner strength and beauty. There is a lot more to be said about why I'm choosing not to focus on exercise this year, but that's for another post.

I have never been good at self-care. I always put myself last. This year I'm trying to change that. So yeah, I want to binge a Netflix show one weekend. I want to read 12 books. Go to Richmond to see my friends. Do more things for me.

All in all, there's still plenty of time for anyone to make a list of 21 things for 2021. I still haven't finished mine. And that's okay. I'm working on it. Progress. Just like working on myself is progress. Forward progress.

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