Goodbye 2020…Hello 2021
Categories: personal development, connection, goals
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who’s ready for a new year. 🙋♀️ For me, a new year always feels like a reset and an opportunity for a fresh start. Before we begin planning and looking forward to 2021, we need to reflect on what 2020 handed us. When we reflect, we are giving our brain an opportunity to pause amidst the chaos. This pause allows the brain to untangle and sort through experiences and observations while considering multiple possible interpretations and ultimately, create meaning. If we are willing to reflect and create meaning, that becomes a form of learning that will inform and influence future mindsets and actions. Plus, self-reflection is the key to self-awareness and we all know how important self-awareness is. So take some time and think about all that happened in your life in 2020. Grab a warm drink, ☕️ sit in a comfy chair and reflect on this past year with no judgment. What happened, happened. You can’t change anything; but you can try to figure out the lesson behind it. And don’t tell me you didn’t have anything good happen. I’m calling BS! That is just an excuse. Everyone had something good happen, even if it is small. You have to look for it!💛
Here are a few questions I borrowed from one of my favorite life coaches, Andrea Owen from Your Kick Ass Life, to get you started…
- What did you learn in 2020?
- What are you most proud of?
- What good – especially unexpected good – came out of 2020’s challenges?
- What are you bringing into the new year (2021) that excites you?
- How are you different in the best way imaginable?
Here is my 2020 reflection…
- I learned that life doesn’t always hand you what you want, but it will hand you what you need. I thought 2020 was going to be my year to really shine. I had so many things I wanted to do and participate in, so when everything was cancelled I felt lost. It took me a bit, but eventually I realized that eventually happening TO ME was actually happening FOR ME. I learned to not take anything for granted and live in the moment. Life has no guarantees, so make the most of it. I learned the value of rest and relaxation for my body. I didn’t have to constantly be busy doing something. It was ok to lay on the couch and let my body heal. That healing went hand-in-hand with learning the value of getting and staying healthy. I learned what my body needs to be maintained properly and that includes eating healthy plant-based foods, staying hydrated with lots of water, exercising and moving my body (walking and yoga), and keeping my mind stimulated (creativity, reading, learning) EVERY SINGLE DAY!
- I am most proud of my commitment to attending regular yoga practices especially during this pandemic. I was able to practice yoga every week on the beach or in the park with a group of fantastic ladies (all socially-distanced) and an amazing guide! Throughout the course of attending these practices (April-December), I learned more about myself and my body. I don’t have the body limitations I thought I did. In fact, it’s the opposite. I now realize that my mind will give out way sooner than my body. Not only did practicing yoga help strengthen my body (it’s amazing what just two days a week for seven months can do), it also strengthened my mind. I’ve been able to view and think about things with a completely different mindset and I’m super proud of that!
- Good things can always come out of bad situations, if we look for the lessons. Even though 2020 was rough, I was able to learn more about myself, especially during quarantines. I was able to spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen, which allowed me to learn and create so many new recipes. I now feel fairly confident in the kitchen and no longer doubt my skills. I was able to travel to new places and spend quality time with loved ones. We even gained a new daughter-in-law.
- I am bringing a few things into the new year and I’m so super excited about it. I am continuing to grow my online businesses. I had some success this past year even with the pandemic, so I can only imagine what this next year will bring. I am hoping to start selling merchandise soon and have some big plans to partner with new companies. I am also working on a cooking project with my husband that we started this past year during the pandemic and hope to reveal to the world later this year. More than anything, I am excited about bringing my new attitude about life with me into this new year. I find myself happier and less stressed, so I can’t wait to see what opportunities 2021 will afford me.
- I have noticed such a positive shift in me and my view on life in these last six months. It’s like all the hard personal development work I’ve been doing the last 10 years is finally compounding and things are starting to click. (I swear I’ve been waiting forever for this moment). Since my perspective and attitude towards life has shifted, I notice I feel better too. I am happier and have more energy. I have a desire to continue to take care of my mind and body. I, for the first time ever, have been able to learn to love myself so much that now that’s all I want to do. Practice self-love. And that is a huge win for me!
Excellent! Now we can start looking towards 2021. 🥳 A few days ago, my daughter-in-law, sent me this new years challenge and I loved it. It is super simple, but it requires you to think deep and come up with things that you can do to improve yourself and your life. So once again, I invite you to refill your cup, ☕️ sit back down and let’s look towards the future.
Name 10 things that you can do to better yourself. And then name 5 things that you can do to be healthier.
I had so much fun with this, I even got my husband to join in. 🥰
Here’s our 2021 challenge…
–Christina’s 10 things to better herself
- #communication – Continue to improve my communication skills through reading and exercises.
- #trysomethingnew – Continue to learn more about myself by trying new things and going on new adventures.
- #boundaries – Continue to set boundaries and not be afraid of confrontation. (Learn to say no and be told no with a smile!)
- #onedayatatime – Learn to fear/less and love more by living in each and every moment.
- #selftalk – Continue to improve my self talk by creating mantras and stick them all around the house.
- #selflove – Continue to love me for me by expressing my needs and wants in healthy, functional ways.
- #marriagegoals – Continue to support and grow with my husband and become the next bad-ass power couple!
- #balance – Find balance in my life between personal development (my time), business relations (work) and quality time with Mitch (marriage).
- #connection – Continue to grow and bond in all relationships (friendships, family, kids and marriage).
- #growth – Continue growing into this phenomenal woman that I am becoming by showing up in my life EVERY SINGLE DAY!
–Mitch’s 10 things to better himself
- Get the required sleep I know I need
- Get movement – working out, exercise and strength training
- Get more sunshine, more fresh air and breathe
- Continue personal development
- Move to a healthier environment
- Continue focusing on my relationship with my wife
- Continue focusing on my relationships with my children
- Be the best husband I can be
- Continue developing personal interests/hobbies
- Be kind and patient with people.
–Christina’s 5 things to be healthier
- Continue to experiment with healthier plant-based homemade recipes – hello homemade gluten-free sourdough bread!
- Continue to move my body and try new exercise endeavors – aerial yoga, SUP yoga, dance classes, rollerblade and ocean kayak.
- Make time for self-love and creativity every day!
- Know my own boundaries and respect them (I operate better in the mornings.)
- Live everyday like it’s my last…because there are no guarantees.
–Mitch’s 5 things to do to be healthier
- Continue my plant-based diet
- Continue how to deal with stress
- Continue to prioritize rest and relaxation (la dolce far niente)