2021 A New Year and ALL the Possibilities

2020 has taught me to really appreciate life and all it has to offer as well as ALL it has to throw at me with a positive attitude.  There is always something to be thankful for – even when bad things happen.

While we have some control in our life, we are NOT IN control, God is!  I am stronger than I give myself credit for MOST of the time and when I’m not, it is perfectly fine to ask for help from others in my life, those that love me will help even in the worst of times. The acts of prayer and faith can give me the strength to overcome my own thoughts, doubts and fears.

So with all of this in mind, I’m entering 2021 with a renewed spirit and faith that it WILL be a better year!

AT 12:01 AM tomorrow morning IT WILL OFFICIALLY BE THE FIRST TIME EVER THAT HINDSIGHT IS OFFICIALLY 2020!

Just 3 years ago I underwent life changing surgery that they promised me would get easier and better to live with as time went on. I’m here to tell you that this was only partially true 🙁 SOME days I feel “normal” and can even eat relatively normal, but MOST days I’m still afraid to eat most things and I’m still having some severe reactions that can shut down my day at a moment’s notice.

So, when my friend Martha over at Seaside Simplicity suggested replacing resolutions with 30 day challenges I had to jump in with both feet in an effort to “regulate” my life and have an element of control over my life in general. I’ll even pop back in periodically with a progress report to hold myself accountable.

I don’t normally do “resolutions” per se, but if ever there was a year that needed to be changed it would be 2020.  So for 2021 we’ll call it “life style” changes for the better.

She gave a suggestion link to 100 different ideas to do as 30 day challenges. The challenges were listed with a side note of easy, medium or hard.  As I went through the list I found 19 that I already do:

  • Menu Plan
  • Morning & Bedtime Routines
  • Set a list of Daily Priorities
  • No Alcohol
  • No sugar & No Fast Food – this one gets a side note – sometimes this is just plain unavoidable especially during the pandemic if you had to travel at all, but this is NOT a way of life for me.
  • Stopped watching the news.
  • No credit cards.
  • Started multiple blogs
  • No smoking
  • Make or Build something
  • Make bed daily
  • Practice Gratitude – Pay It Forward
  • Random Act of Kindness
  • Talk to a Stranger – something I do that irritates hubby to no end sometimes!
  • Take a photo EVERY day – also something I do that irritates hubby to the other end sometimes!
  • Read Everyday – I always read as I fall asleep and in the car and in waiting rooms…

And another 66 I don’t want to do 😀 EVER

So that leaves these 15 or so that I am going to try and incorporate into 2021. There will obviously be some overlap since there are only 12 months in a year, not to mention we are hopeful for a BIG move for a new project house in 2021, but I will start with this list and all the good intentions hat go with it. I’ll then adapt as necessary as some are more involved than others. Many are also not just 30 day challenges, but lifestyle changes to be incorporated into a daily life.

  • Keep a Daily Food & Sugar Level Journal so I can continue trying to figure out trigger foods and/or times to avoid the dumping syndrome reactions as well as the hypoglycemic reactions caused by trying to eat “normal” food.
  • Learn to Program this is something that has always intrigued me and I know just enough to work my blog and get myself into trouble sometimes 🙂 so would like to know more.
  • Meditate this is something that I think will help with my health issues and food issues if I could learn to slow down and take things easier on myself.
  • Detox House I really want to be more ecologically responsible with using simple vinegar based cleaning products and staying away from chemically produced products. I’ll be making my own dryer sheets with essential oils and things like this.
  • Learn A New Skill… oil painting, wood burning... Learn to Draw This is also something I’ve always wanted to do better.  Included in this category is learning to paint with alcohol inks.
  • Write in my Journal Daily This category will also help with the meditation I think. I’ll split my time between a regular journal and my faith based journaling. I already do meal plan journaling.
  • Cook a New Recipe Every day This category is one that is ALMOST one I already do, but I want to do even better at. BUT, EVERY day is a super stretch as it leaves no room for pizza or hubby cooking so I’ll settle for 3 weeks out of the month or so. 😀
  • Practice Minimalism As we prepare for the BIG move this one is really important to me. I’m beginning with the Christmas decorations and sorting to donate a good portion of the decorations and artificial tree.
  • Eat Vegan (plant based) for a Month This category is going to take some research, not to mention some coercing on hubby’s part, but I really think there could be some serious health benefits by doing this.
  • 10,000 steps daily I’m usually pretty close to this, but I want to make a concentrated effort for the DAILY part of this statement.
  • Burpees daily & Whole Body Fitness Challenge We joined a gym last year and then the pandemic hit so never got into a good routine. This too will require a little research at first, not to mention some serious discipline to do it at home, but is TOTALLY doable!
  • Clean Up Digital Clutter We really need new computers, something I’m trying to put off until after the move and after I clean up all the files and photos. But, I also want to clean up my blogs and their recipe categories.

LIVING YOUR DREAM LIFE

WEEK 1:  SELF DISCOVERY

  • ACHIEVEMENTS 10-20
  • TALENTS/STRENGTHS/ABILITIES
  • HOBBIES/INTERESTS/ACTIVITIES/FUN
  • 5 PRIORITIES IN MY LIFE
  • 5 THINGS THAT MAKE ME SMILE
  • VALUES
  • OBITUARIES

WEEK 2:  DESIGNING MY DREAM LIFE – DETAILED DESCRIPTION IN PRESENT TENSE USING YOUR VALUES, PRIORITIES, TALENTS & GIFTS FROM LAST WEEK’S SESSION AND FOCUSING ON THE POSITIVE

  • DREAM BIG
  • MONEY IS NO OBJECT
  • LIVING HOW YOU WANT
  • LIVING WHERE YOU WANT
  • DOING WHAT YOU WANT

DESCRIBE:

  • WHERE YOU LIVE – ATMOSPHERE, FURNISHINGS, LANDSCAPING, LOCATION, ETC…
  • YOUR JOB
  • HOW YOU SPEND YOUR TIME
  • WHAT YOU DO FOR FUN
  • HOW YOU VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME
  • YOUR FAMILY LIFE
  • ETC…

WEEK 3: UNDERSTANDING MY DREAM LIFE – PROS & PROS LIST

  • MAKE 2 COLUMNS – TITLE THEM DREAM LIST & WHY
  • TRY TO GET TO THE UNDERLYING “WHY”,  NOT JUST THE SURFACE
WEEK 4:
  • Look at your  WHY  list and see if you are already doing something that answers that why. If you are, CONGRATULATIONS! YAY FOR YOU!  Begin to see this in a different way beginning NOW. Give yourself a pat on the back and start appreciating and seeing this part of your life in a NEW WAY! WOW!  You are living part of your DREAM LIFE! How does that feel? Can you embrace the feeling that you are living part of your dream life NOW?  I’ll be talking a bit more about this in another session.
  •  Take your list of “WHYS” and find a way to make each dream happen NOW by simplifying it and/or creating it in a different way. This is going to take brainstorming and lots of creativity but YOU CAN DO IT! If you are really having a difficult time coming up with a different way to answer the “WHY”, you can e-mail me for thoughts and ideas or put out a comment for others to give suggestions.  Don’t give up on this assignment. For some of you this may come easily and others it might be difficult. Keep at it and let me know how it’s going. Don’t get “stuck” on your original list. There is a reason behind that dream that you can modify and accomplish NOW.
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE! What are you waiting for, head over to sign up too!

DESIGNING MY DREAM LIFE

I found this great opportunity over at Seaside Simplicity and jumped at the chance to join Martha and Sandy over at Hob Nobbers.  Sandy is hosting a great little workshop, Live Your Dream Life Now. I really needed the motivation to start off 2013 right!

WEEK 1:  SELF DISCOVERY

  • ACHIEVEMENTS 10-20
  • TALENTS/STRENGTHS/ABILITIES
  • HOBBIES/INTERESTS/ACTIVITIES/FUN
  • 5 PRIORITIES IN MY LIFE
  • 5 THINGS THAT MAKE ME SMILE
  • VALUES
  • OBITUARIES

WEEK 2:  DESIGNING MY DREAM LIFE – DETAILED DESCRIPTION IN PRESENT TENSE USING YOUR VALUES, PRIORITIES, TALENTS & GIFTS FROM LAST WEEK’S SESSION AND FOCUSING ON THE POSITIVE

  • DREAM BIG
  • MONEY IS NO OBJECT
  • LIVING HOW YOU WANT
  • LIVING WHERE YOU WANT
  • DOING WHAT YOU WANT

DESCRIBE:

  • WHERE YOU LIVE – ATMOSPHERE, FURNISHINGS, LANDSCAPING, LOCATION, ETC…
  • YOUR JOB
  • HOW YOU SPEND YOUR TIME
  • WHAT YOU DO FOR FUN
  • HOW YOU VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME
  • YOUR FAMILY LIFE
  • ETC… 

WEEK 3: UNDERSTANDING MY DREAM LIFE – PROS & PROS LIST

  •  MAKE 2 COLUMNS – TITLE THEM DREAM LIST & WHY
  • TRY TO GET TO THE UNDERLYING “WHY”,  NOT JUST THE SURFACE
    IT’S NEVER TOO LATE!
    What are you waiting for, head over to sign up too!  

    LIVE YOUR DREAM LIFE NOW

    I found this great opportunity over at Seaside Simplicity and jumped at the chance to join Martha and Sandy over at Hob Nobbers.  Sandy is hosting a great little workshop, Live Your Dream Life Now. I really needed the motivation to start off 2013 right!

    I too love things like this, and it came along just at the right time for me. I have been feeling completely stuck lately. My mind has been constantly racing in a big giant circle as to what to do, what choices and changes to make, and how it will affect my life and my family.  For those who know me well you probably already know I’m talking mainly about our adventure with VA red tape and my health. The VA paperwork has become all consuming. I’m not enjoying anything about it at all! It’s leaving me with almost zero energy to do any of the things I want to do, or even the things I need to do. Many areas of my life are suffering because of it.

    Sandy’s workshop is going to help get me and my mind off this roller coaster ride. I’m  still looking for that epiphany I talked about last week.  The desire to get all the crap out of my life is overwhelming and  I’m more than ready to live a happy and fulfilling life.

    What are you waiting for, head over to sign up too!  
    We’re just beginning so there’s still time to sign up on the ground floor so to speak.
     Have journal ready – raring to go!