I love the end of a year. I know, I know. I should be excited about Christmas and all that joyful stuff but what gets me excited is the opportunity to let go of something and begin anew.
I do this a lot. I purge in various ways all year long – a closet here, a hard drive there, my so-called friends list on Fakebook. I simply like to clean. So, the beginning of a new year is like getting a new car or moving into a new office. I feel a sense of empowerment when January 1st rolls around. I CAN DO ANYTHING I WANT THIS YEAR! I love January 1st. It’s my favorite day of the year.
Let’s do something this year to make a difference. I invite you to block four continuous hours on your schedule sometime during January to accomplish the following tasks.
- Spend at least one of those hours with someone you love. Trust me: It is easy to take people for granted. One hour is a quiet lunch, a short walk, one episode of Yellowstone. Could you do it?
- Take a look at your credit report. Seriously. It’s most likely free, and this is something you don’t want to be jacked up.
- Review your security settings on social networking sites. Yes, they are ‘social’ networking sites, but does everyone need 100% access to you all the time? Nope.
- Make a list of the five people who made 2020 better. This could have been the suckiest year – or the best year – of your life…but I guess that the reason you are still here breathing in the air is that there was someone who made a difference in your life. Now that you’ve identified them tell them. Sit down with a pen and write a handwritten note. It could be ten words: “You made a difference in my life this year. Thanks.” No need to get dramatic.
- Vow to learn to make something better than anyone else. I’m not talking about building a house or crafting a specialized violin in your garage. It could be something small but learn to be the best at it. I’ve declared Sundays a day to try a new recipe. I’ve yet to perfect anything, but I’ve had fun.
- Let go of your quest to earn more and instead embrace a lifestyle that spends less. Seriously. I know you love those thrift shops and think that if you don’t use that coupon, your life will be OVER…but you really have all you need because you are reading this blog…which means you have access to a computer and the internet…so most likely you have access to food, water, and shelter. I’d say you are set for a while.
- Make a list of the ten things you can do without in 2021. Make a plan to do without ten things/tasks/commitments/beliefs. I’ve already axed Hulu and creamer in my coffee. I’ve also given up on looking like I’m 30. I’ve earned these grey hairs and these laugh lines.
- Finish something. Last Christmas (2019, not this past Christmas), I painted my living room but ran out of paint. Now, a full year later, I still need to finish this room. I’m the worst at finishing things. But, there is a nice release of energy into the world when the project is completed, and nothing is left ‘undone’.
- Set ONE goal for 2021. No New Year’s Resolutions, no lists of goals to accomplish in seven different categories (Sorry Stephen Covey!) One goal. Now, work out an easy to follow a plan to achieve it.
So, there. Join me in the joyous celebration of finishing up 2020 and looking forward to 2021. Virgos of the world will try to accomplish all nine in one day (Yup. And by Virgos I mean me). Others will wait and do one a day. It’s no big deal… try them all.