Misc.

I like odd numbers so let’s go 2021!

Is anyone feeling optimistic about the year in front of us? There have been so many changes this year, a new president, a pandemic, an economic shake up and loss of health, lives and devastation.

For me personally it’s been an uphill battle complete with health issues, family issues and stress. As a Capricorn, the sign of the goat, I’m no stranger to uphill battles, in fact I feel like I’ve been climbing these mountains my whole life. Being born under the sign of Capricorn is more of a curse than a blessing, many people, including myself, know this personally to be true.

So why am I so optimistic about the year to come? I’d rather look ahead than look back. I’m choosing to see the glass half full rather than half empty. While this pandemic is not going to suddenly end with the changing of the calendar, it’s important to remember this quote which is one of my favorites….

This too shall pass….

And on that note

Here are some of my goals for 2021

Be more present in the moment and enjoy the little things. I think I’ve kind of just been living in a…let’s get through this, let’s get things done, mentally. I think slowing down a bit has allowed me the time to think, to breathe, to reflect. I’ve been so busy worrying about making everyone else happy that I forgot one important factor, making myself happy. I plan on focusing more on doing things that make me happy too.

I want to blog more, take on freelance writing again and film more videos about things on my heart, topics relating to parenting, health and living a healthy life and start recording more podcast episodes.

I definitely want to make health a top priority this year. I’ve been dealing with health challenges and I’m living with a Chronic pain condition that millions are also living with (see my column on Fibromyalgianewstoday.com under Chronically Candid Mom for more on this).

I want to do more fun things. I can honestly say that although this year has been a challenge, I did more fun things than the year before. I traveled more and tried skating again, something I loved as a child and focused on having fun with my boys dancing, singing and playing games like Uno, Connect Four and video games of course.

I want to read more, real books. Yes, they do still exist and so do libraries, go figure.😳 Did you know that two of the wealthiest people in the world make it an absolute priority to read every day? Apple tycoon Bill Gates reads at least 50 books a year. Warren Buffett, the most well known Billionaire investor out there, started his investing career reading 300-1000 pages a day. Here’s a link to books Warren Buffet recommends everyone read

https://financialpost.com/business-insider/warren-buffett-book-picks

Virtual hugs and blessings for 2021!

What are some of your goals for 2021?

Misc.

Dear Coronavirus….I thank you.

As we turn our calendars to the next year, and breathe a sigh of relief I might add. I can’t help but look back at 2020 with gratitude.

Cheers! To all the lessons learned, memories shared and books read, and to the pj’s we’ve been lounging in since March! Cheers, to the forced down-time and forced time to think, learn and grow.

While our old friend rona may not go home anytime soon, and the loss from this devastating time is incomprehensible and insurmountable but it won’t go on forever. Through it all, I can’t help but think about all the things we’ve gained from this time that won’t soon be forgotten.

Cheers to the things I’ve learned

I’ve learned that sometimes we need a alap in the face to put things into perspective. Two things are irreplaceable time and family.

I learned that I love to read as much as I love to learn.

I learned the power of kindness through chaos

What my kids learned….

My now ten year old son with Autism learned the value in reading and can now read a paragraph or two without help, which is huge! It took him getting stuck while playing Fortnite to realize this value, but hey…we digress

My youngest son who’s seven realized he loves dancing and singing.

Things we did this year…. well, we still lived.

I spent so much time with my kids that I will never get back. This time has been precious. They’re only little for so long.

We went to the coast twice. Bandon, OR and Eureka, CA and we went to Southern CA. Yes, we wore masks and took all safety precautions and obeyed orders.

I became a kid again! I rediscovered something I lived for as a kid…. roller skating. We went skating a lot. Thank you tiktok for opening everyone’s eyes to a trend we all thought was long gone.

And about tiktok, I’m embarrassed to say I discovered this app. And by discovered, I mean loathed….at first. Until I realized how much my youngest son loves dancing, we had so much fun on this app learning new dances.

All in all, it was a pretty good year putting aside how weird it was. I’m choosing to see the glass half full and embrace all I’ve gained, not lost.

What are some lessons you learned this year? What are some of the good times and positive things you’ve seen come from this year?