2020 was an interesting year, to say the least! A lot went down over the past few months and it’s safe to say that we’re all looking forward to a kinder, lighter end of the year and 2021, right?

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought tectonic change to almost every part of life – how we live, where we live, how we work, what we do for work, what it means to be a kid, what family means, what is important … When a year is stripped of milestones, rituals and events, people feel lost and put their hope in the future to manage expectations.

No one knows what 2021 will bring; we can’t predict the future, but every new calendar year brings hope. Hope requires us to look at the present situation and regard it for what it is, and then plan for something much better. Will our “new normal” include wedding ceremonies featuring every person a couple has ever met, packed stadiums, or concert venues with thousands of people crooning the same tune? Will we even care?

Taking the pressure off of becoming a new and improved version of ourselves as soon as January 1st rolls around is what we should focus on. Hey, if the looming energy of 2021 gives you the inner fire to make changes, all the power to you! However, if you’re not feeling the “full steam ahead” attitude that we all begin a new year with, be compassionate and kind to yourself. Our effort in forging forward is meaningful and valuable regardless of when they occur. Let’s allow ourselves space to grow, to learn, and to move forward at our own pace, in our own way, and on our own time.

Acknowledge the struggles you’re still working through, take from it what is helpful, and leave behind what is not. Focus on simplicity for 2021. Choose a theme for the year ahead. It can be anything: momentum, courage, kindness. Then, every time there’s a decision, go back to your chosen theme to guide you.

So, what can you do each day to stay motivated on your journey moving forward? Ask yourself:

  • What do I need each day to feel my best? (Plenty of good sleep, healthy meals, joyful physical activity, a connection with those I love).
  • What are the struggles I anticipate? (Negative self-talk, difficult relationships, difficult situations). And what can I do to deal with it? (Journal, talk things through, make a game plan).
  • What is one kind thing that I can do for myself today? (Take a walk in nature, listen to a favourite tune, light some candles).
  • What is my mantra? (“I am always enough”, “I have hope” “I am in control of my life”).

“You don’t need to see the whole staircase, just take the first step” – Martin Luther King Jr.

We wish you all a blessed Christmas and a healthy and happy 2021!

Source: news24.com, lookingglassbc.com, eyecarebusiness.ca, happiful.com, washingtonpost.com, womanshealthmag.com

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