I saw a pink and white title in Women’s Health magazine one morning: New Years’ Goals. It was about a week into the new year and I thought to myself, “wow, I think this is the first year I haven’t written a New Year’s resolution.”
If you are anything like me, a new year is a breath of fresh air. It is the first page in a brand new chapter. I relish the idea of waking up with a reason — even if it is as simple as a new number at the end of the date — to continue to better myself.
But this year, the new year came and went and I did not make a single goal. This to me felt like the biggest change of them all. How many years had I tried some diet fad or put activity into my daily routine that wasn’t sustainable, only to bail in 30 days? I can still feel the disappointment when I bit into a forbidden food or missed a workout. The shame, the guilt and the dread piled up until I couldn’t tell you why I made the goal in the first place. I would look in the mirror, hurt by what I saw — or rather, by the changes I didn’t see.
This year, whether it was because I worked on the last day of the old year and the first of the new one, or because after 2020 my goals looked different, I didn’t make a list. Now, nearly two months into the new year, I decided to reflect on how the first few weeks have gone. What did I do that made me happy? What helped me get my body moving? What helped me wind down and get a good night’s sleep? Looking at all of these seemingly little details, I decided I wanted to make a list of how I want to feel in 2021, and what I am going to do to feel that way.
As a journalist, I am constantly chasing down tips and stories, running on steam sometimes, and I realized that it isn’t always sustainable. I want to be the best storyteller I can be and to do that, I have to be healthy. I have to have routines and practices to fall back on when eight hours of sleep or three meals a day is hard to get to (all the student journalists in the house, you know what I mean!).
Here’s to a 2021 filled with stories: the good, the bad and the everything in between. Here’s to working on ourselves as journalists and people. Here’s to being the best storytellers we can be. Here’s to us!
2021 Goals, Plans and Dreams
- I love making movement part of my day, whether that is yoga in the morning, an hour long gym session, stretching before bed or walking with a friend. I want to find the time to listen to my body each day and give it the movement it needs.
- I have been writing a nightly grateful list for a while now, but I also started doing it first thing in the morning with some lemon water, as well. No matter what happens in my day, finding what I am grateful for is the best way for me to process the emotions and events of the day without letting them consume my thoughts. This year, I really want to utilize this habit to dig deep and be specific about what I am truly grateful for in my life.
- Something I am really great at is showing up for others. It is an amazing skill to have, but in 2021 I want to ask not just what can I do for others, but what can I do to show up for myself? Not just because it helps me better show up for others, but because I am worth it. It also means showing up for myself in every way, not just saying no to plans to recharge my social battery, but also pushing myself to network, digging deeper with storytelling and studying (yes, even with FOMO).
- Finally, I want to focus on abundance this year. I am so grateful and lucky to have all that I do. I want to focus on appreciating and taking advantage of that fact. I want to remember each day that I have the means, the drive, the passion and the support within me and within my life to succeed.