Happy New Year 2021

Remember this time last year, when we were all proclaiming “Happy New Decade”?

I think we can all agree the decade did not begin well in The Year That Shall Not Be Named.

Normally, I begin the year by making a list that summarizes all that happened the previous year. This time, I say “too soon” and skip that part.

I will, however, continue the tradition of reviewing my resolutions from last New Year:

  • The 2020 goal:
    to not get too attached to goals, and allow them to change
    How I did: 
    There were some changes throughout the year, and I had some anxiety about it, but not as much as I might have in past years when things didn’t go as planned.
  • The 2020 goal:
    to spend time / stay on track with my creative endeavors (which are more specifically outlined in the post Creative Goals 2020)
    How I did:
    Talking about each one of these would take up a lot of space, but I did update on my progress throughout the year. In summary, I reviewed the plan often, and several times tried to rearrange my time to do better. I stuck to these as much as I could, but in keeping with the first goal on this list (not getting too attached), I eventually had to let a few of them go when I got burned out.
    The post productive time of the year for my art was during The 100 Day Project.
  • The 2020 goal:
    to spend more time reading
    How I did:
    Technically, more time was spent reading. I hope to improve at this (which will take some better time management) even more in the future.
  • The 2020 goal:
    to start a book blog
    How I did: 
    My first review was just posted today, on the new blog!
  • The 2020 goal: 
    to care less what others think of me, and to not make judgements of others
    How I did: 
    As this was a year of isolation, I didn’t have much of a chance to practice interactions with others, so I don’t know that I can report on this one.
  • The 2020 goal:
    to be a more flexible parent, and allow Kj more choice in his daily life
    How I did:
    We both have implemented a lot of ways to allow Kj choice over his daily schedule, and he’s also had some more loosely supervised (but at home) time, and I think it’s gone well.
  • The 2020 goal:
    to figure out who I am separately from “Kj’s mom”
    How I did:
    Progress was made, but there’s still a lot of work to be done on this.

To be honest, the amount of goal-success was not what I’d hoped it would be, but what I had to realize is that most of these goals were set while I was still assuming Kj would be spending his days in preschool. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, that didn’t happen, for obvious reasons.

Fortunately, this ties in nicely to the New Decade Goal that I set for the 2020s:

“This decade, I want to be more flexible in all areas of life, and more open to growth.  A lot of growth and change happened for me in the last decade, but always after a lot of resistance, and only in retrospect did I ever realize the good things that were happening to me.  I hope in the future, I can be more aware of the good things while they happen.”

~Me, last year, on the very first day of 2020

Little did I know at the time that flexibility was the perfect goal for 2020. A lot of things did not go as planned, and I found myself having a lot of practice in appreciating the extra time with my family.

Goals for 2021:

  • Continue reading, and making content for the book blog. 🙂
  • Maintain consistency in writing for this blog.
  • Make time for other art and creativity (but I’m not setting a rigid “do these things, this often” commitment like I did last year)
  • Maybe do another 100 Day Project, but with more reasonable expectations this time.

Keeping it short and simple this time, because who knows how long quarantine will continue, and if 2020 taught me anything, it’s that more time at home doesn’t necessarily mean having the emotional energy for added stressors.

Happy New Year!

Here’s hoping 2021 is better for everyone. ❤

Thanks for reading!

To anyone visiting this blog for the first time, you can click here to read more about me.


  1. Update: This post contained a link to my other blog, which did not work because in my excitement, I did not realize that blog was still set to private. To anyone who may have tried to click the link, I’m sorry! The issue is fixed now. 🙂

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