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Hello 2021

hello 2021

Happy New Year y’all. I started the new year much like any other day – by going to the gym. I wish I could say I took advantage of my location on New Year’s Eve but I was asleep way before midnight. Part of me feels a bit sad about that but also, I was exhausted after packing and moving house since Boxing day. Anyway, it’s a brand new year but I’m not under any illusions of things being massively different to 2020 just yet.

There was a time when I would set resolutions and fail. Turns out, I probably was doing it wrong. Then, around 2013, I started to have mottos or words or intentions for the year ahead. It worked well for the most part. While I don’t believe you need a new calendar year to start something new, it helps that January is also my birthday month and so, a new year for me anyway. After the year that was 2020, I have been struggling to think about a word or an intention for this year. Partly, I’m nervous. Partly, I feel like I haven’t had time to really reflect. But, one thing has come up a fair bit for me in 2020 in therapy this past year and I feel like I could use that to set up a word and intentions for 2021.

My word for 2021 is Prioritise.

I intend to prioritise myself – at work, in relationships.

I intend to prioritise and practice self-compassion as opposed to falling prey to self-criticism and consequently, self-loathing.

I intend to prioritise my physical and mental health by continuing to exercise at the gym, eat well, attend therapy, practice mindfulness and self-compassion {see above!}.

I intend to prioritise my writing this year – essays, poetry, short stories, journalling – any of it!

I will continue to read but intend to prioritise books that are already on my shelves than just buying books.

I intend to prioritise managing my finances better this year after a lot of therapeutic book-buying, alcohol-buying and other non-mindful purchases in 2020.

I’m hoping by having this as an intention or guiding word, I am more mindful of my thoughts, actions and feelings as the year goes on. Even if it is a year exactly like 2020. Also, this article I read earlier in the year was also helpful in giving some tips on prioritising oneself.

Once again, Happy New Year! Hopefully, this year won’t be as bad as 2020 but given we survived 2020, surely, we can survive another year, right?

Do you have a word or intention for the year?

Do share!

***Linking with Denyse for Life this Week***

Featured image by Hernan Pauccara from Pexels

Until next time,

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  • Deborah Cook
    2 January 2021 at 12:18 pm

    I’m very much out of the loop as I hadn’t realised you’d moved. I think I tend to binge on blogs like I do on TV, books and food. Checking in once every couple of weeks and reading a stack and then going back into hibernation.

    Prioritise is a great word and I like the way you’re able to apply it to several aspects of your life and particularly that you’re going to prioritise yourself. (Cos if we don’t, who will?!)
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    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      2 January 2021 at 1:05 pm

      Haha I think I may have mentioned the move briefly in some posts before but it’s been more on Instagram stories with updates of packing etc. As for prioritising ourselves, I’ve learnt how little I do that! I always put others first even with work and forget about my own needs till it can be too late!

  • Joanne+Tracey
    2 January 2021 at 1:32 pm

    This is the perfect word for you. I don’t do words of the year every year, but I do find it sets the themes much more successfully that resolutions do. happy new year. May it be joyful and healthful (is that even a word?)

  • Michelle Hanley
    2 January 2021 at 2:23 pm

    I love this! I stopped doing resolutions because, let’s face it, if you have to wait for a calendar to make a change, you probably aren’t ready for that change. I think my word for the year will be “focus”. One thing at a time and do it well instead of allowing myself to be overwhelmed by the laundry list (to the point of not doing any of it). Thank you for the idea.

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  • Vanessa
    4 January 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Prioritise is a good one, and hopefully is an easy one to revisit during the year when our words are forgotten and we’re in the midst of life.

  • Debbie+Harris
    4 January 2021 at 8:41 pm

    I like the word prioritise and the number of ways it can be related to everyday life. Yes we survived 2020 so we can do 2021! My word is Bold 🙂
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  • Denyse
    6 January 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Good one Sanch. Let’s hope that prioritise comes to mind when the every day stuff, work and all try to find a place. I am sure you will be ready to recognise them for what they are. Love the move. Because I get to see those views when you post them. I sure know you are almost on top of the Warringah Freeway though!! Can you see North Sydney Oval or are there too many trees now?

    Welcome back to Life This Week in 2021 on my blog each Monday. Thank you for linking up this week. Next week the optional prompt is 2/51 Announcement on Mon11 Jan. Hope to see you back here then too. Take care, Denyse.
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