Dear Soulseekers,

We are about to embark on a new year, a new journey. I don’t suspect the first half of 2021 is going to be much different than what it has been for the past 6 months, but by summer, I am expecting some normalcy to return. How disappointed I am going to be if this doesn’t happen. Sigh.

While our world may not seem different at the beginning of 2021, I am going to be different. I have chosen my one word as my intention for this new year. This word will be my focus, my goal to keep me grounded in my intentions and the changes I want/need to make. My word is LESS. I hadn’t even thought about choosing my word for next year, when I stumbled across a blog post that someone else had written and she talked about the year that she had chosen LESS as her word. When I read that, I just knew. This was the word for me.

LESS is the perfect word for me because since this pandemic started, and before that if I am honest, I have lived with excess: too much stuff, too much spending, too much candy/sweets, too much wine/vodka(hate to admit that!). You get the point. I need and want to cut back -on all of it. None of that excess is truly good for me. Not good for my health, my well being, or my bank account. It’s honestly just gotten to the point of ridiculousness.

In order to honor my word, I have set a few specific goals in order to live a life with less.

  1. No purchasing of clothes/shoes/purses, etc for 6 months. Jan 1 – June 1. I will re-assess June 1 to see how I am doing. This will be tough one. My online shopping game is strong. I mean I’ve been practicing it all during this pandemic!
  2. Wine is for the weekend only – if I want it all. And I will!
  3. Candy/sweets – if I don’t have it in the house, I won’t eat it. Period.
  4. Each pay period I will withdraw a set amount that is my spending money. This money will be used for any personal needs, meaning anything that is not for the household and the whole family. If I want a Chik-fil-A salad for lunch, my spending money goes for that.

Want to choose your own word? Think of the areas that you want to change or improve. Keep it simple and fairly short. You want your goals to be attainable and specific. Saying that you want to lose weight is too broad. Instead get specific. I want to lose 5 lbs by the end of January. Small, short goals will help you achieve success which is rewarding and will help keep you motivated.

So this is my plan for 2021. Feel free to share your word or goals. I’d love to know what others are choosing as their intention for 2021. Stay safe, stay healthy and happy new year!

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