Here we are, finally, in the final countdown of 2020. What a year it has been for all of us, that mentally and emotionally felt like it has lasted five-hundred years. Who would have thought that we would face all the things that we have faced in just one year. A Global Pandemic, isolation, job loss, wildfires, cancel culture, and more.
Although at times it felt like this year would never end, it will. Doesn’t it feel like forever ago that absolutely no one could stop talking about the crazy Tiger King?! And then his nemesis Carole Baskin went on Dancing with the Stars?! Nothing made sense this year. Although things won’t magically turn back to normal when the clock strikes midnight on New Years’ Eve, it gives us all hope of what 2021 will bring knowing that the worst year will become history.
One of the best ways that we can wave goodbye to 2020 is to reflect on the past year and what we’ve done for ourselves and how we pushed through, what we’ve learned, and realizing that making it through this year is an accomplishment in itself. Take the time over the holidays to relax, watch your favorite show or movie, read a new book, take a hot bath, donate to a charity, or anything else that brings you joy. We owe it to ourselves to make quality time to take a deep breath and be kind to ourselves after this whirlwind year.
Going into 2021, it’s exciting to think about the potential that the year can bring to us. An effective vaccine for COVID-19 becoming available thanks to the front-line workers working tirelessly to end the pandemic, feels like the light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.
New Years’ Resolutions are always a topic of conversation this time of year, but this year is different. In fact, in a recent survey, 7 out of 10 Americans are ditching their materialistic resolutions in 2021 and instead will be focusing on learning life skills and practical goals. It may be a good idea to jump on that bandwagon if you haven’t already, and re-evaluate your goals and come up with a resolution that will help make you thrive in 2021 while we watch the world become more “normal” again.
Potential goals for yourself in 2021:
- Saving Money For the Future: The events of this year have been financially straining on most of us who are business owners, brand ambassadors, and more. When business starts picking up, saving more earned money, working more shifts, paying off debts and building up a safety net is a very healthy goal for the new year.
- Travel More: This has been a tough year for people who enjoy traveling and visiting new places. Coming up with a plan for a trip you’ve always wanted to take, and working toward that goal by saving and finding good travel deals can be extremely motivating.
- Create A Personal Development Plan: Whether you want to develop a self-care plan, an exercise plan, or a plan to increase your business revenue, taking the time to create a personal development plan can jump start your motivation and drive in the new year.
No matter how big or small of a goal that we choose to make for ourselves going into 2021, any goal that motivates us to better ourselves, our work/business, or others is something to be proud of. As rough of a year that 2020 has been, it proves that we are stronger than we think, and can push through anything that life throws our way.
Goodbye 2020, we will NOT miss you!