Nourish in 2021
Despite everything that happened in 2020, I committed myself to my chosen theme -- Live Green -- as best I could. I had to shift some priorities around as the year went on... but I was pretty pleased with the progress I made.
In keeping with tradition, I decided to build on that progress when considering a theme for this year.
Self-improvement is a journey. It's a journey that doesn't end as soon as you turn the page of your calendar to a new year. If things are working, why not explore ways to expand upon that success?
Inspired by my choice to live green, I'm aiming to Nourish in 2021. With all the technology at my disposal, I've grown to embrace using a pen and paper again. So I will continue keeping a bullet journal to help me stay motivated and organized.
This is normally the point where I'd share photos of my bullet journal spreads for the year. The truth? The minimalist approach I've been using for the past two years has worked really well for me... so I'm sticking with it.
The one spread that I didn't carry over from last year? The full-year future log. Because I do still use my Gmail calendar, I view that my future log.
Not including special spreads like my blog post tracker, I am only using these spreads this year:
- daily habit tracker
- a "someday" spread to capture the tasks I need to address that aren't immediate to-dos (I also call this my "brain dump" spread)
- weekly spreads
So much simpler this way!
And that's the beauty of the bullet journal approach. The more you use it, the better you become at identifying what's important to you. And when something doesn't work, you don't migrate it to the next week or next month. At first, I thought I'd hate that each month wasn't structured the same way... but I've grown to appreciate the flexibility a bullet journal affords.
If you want to learn more about my plan to Nourish in 2021, then keep reading!
This year, I need to spend more time taking care of myself. When I thought about how to expand upon the word "nourish" to identify specific goals... I thought about the ways someone could nourish themselves.
Then I narrowed things down and zoned in on the way I could nourish myself. What could I concentrate on this year that would:
- help me live a healthier lifestyle
- feed my love of learning
- make me happy
As I wrote down my goals for 2021, I made sure they were ways I could:
- Nourish my body
- Nourish my mind
- Nourish my spirit
Are you ready?
Nourish my body...
- drink more water
- be more active
- get more rest/sleep
- take better care of my skin
Drinking more water is obvious. I have to be better about doing it.
It may seem like being more active cancels out getting more rest/sleep. But I realized that both -- being active through exercise and getting more sleep -- are vital to my well-being. I'm not looking to start training for another marathon or anything like that. I'm going to set mini fitness goals and see what fits.
As for my skin, my immediate concerns are my winter skin (so dry!) and developing a better skincare routine. I need one that helps erase some of the signs of aging that have set-up camp on my face.
Nourish my mind...
- read 12 books
- continue Spanish lessons
- continue antiracist work
My reading goal of 20 books last year was a little too ambitious... so I lowered the goal this year to 12 books. If you're on Goodreads, then you can follow my progress over there.
I interrupted my Italian lessons on Duolingo last fall and added Spanish lessons to the mix. My accent definitely needs improvement but translating is becoming easier and easier. Continuing these lessons is a goal for this year because I don't want to lose the knowledge I've already acquired.
I'm quite involved with the work centered on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice at my job. I have a long way to go with my own education (and re-education), but I'm committed and ready to devote the time to it.
Nourish my spirit...
- create new blog content
- complete backend blog updates
- devote time to music
- foster important relationships
- support local community
- continue living green
- feed emergency fund
- continue making our house a home
There are a lot of goals under this category, and that's intentional. These are the things that are going to light me up inside... the things that will make me happy... the things that will feed my soul.
This blog and the activities associated with it have informed a few of these goals. Again... totally intentional. This site has come so far since I launched it in 2008 and too much time has passed since I made any real effort in growing it. This is the year to change that!
Do you have a theme for 2021? Let me know in the comments so we can keep each other motivated and inspired!
- 60 Small Ways to Nourish Your Body, Mind, and Soul!
- Quick Guide: All You Need for Goal Planning This Year
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