As we enter the New Year, it is a bit tough to forecast what we have to look forward to in 2021. 2020 has proved to be an extremely challenging year and believe I speak for many when I say we are happy to leave it behind. However, with the uncertainty of COVID-19 and what it may bring this year, we need to focus our energy on the things within our control. Here are a few suggestions:
- Learn Something New
Did you know you can take FREE online university courses at www.futurelearn.com ?? If you’ve got some extra time on your hands- or you’re genuinely interested in expanding your knowledge and skillset- there are a variety of disciplines to study and variable course lengths. Check it out! If registering for a course sounds too intimidating- cozy up on the couch with an informative documentary!
- Find a Hobby
Chances are you already have things you spend time doing- and I’m not talking about Netflix or indulging in a glass of wine. A hobby might be something productive and constructive that you enjoy doing- maybe it’s a craft, doing a virtual fitness class, baking, etc. Hobbies are also great for those transitioning from working life into retirement… or from working full-time to not working… focus your energy on something you enjoy doing! Dive into the things that make you happy and see where it leads!
- Extend Kindness Everyday
It’s easy to get caught up in our own problems, issues and grievances. However, we must remember that there are others that are also struggling. Be sure to extend kindness whenever you can- whether it’s shoveling a neighbor’s driveway, offering a helping hand, or volunteering in the community. Let’s uplift each other with kindness!
- Health = Wealth
You don’t need a brand-new year to remind you that it’s time to take positive action towards living a healthy lifestyle. Last month I decided to start my mornings by blending up 2 cups of spinach with some fruit juice because I knew I wasn’t getting enough greens in my diet (and frankly, I hate eating them!) I may have to plug my nose and chug to get it down, but it’s a step in the right direction. Start with one thing- whether it’s getting outside once a week for a walk- or eating something green everyday like me – pick one thing to kickstart your new year.
Instead of focusing on trying to achieve every goal you’ve ever had at once, focus on one or two small goals. Don’t go for a NEW you this year- aim to create a BETTER you- one day at a time!