I can't believe it's already time for me to post about my 2021 resolutions. Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled to ring in the New Year and say goodbye to 2020, it just seems like I wrote my 2020 resolutions down not too long ago.
I love making resolutions. I've been making them for as long as I can remember. Seriously, the first resolution I can remember making was "Spend more time with my baby brother" 17 years ago. Something about resolutions makes me feel ready and excited to take on the year ahead. Plus I love looking back on them in December to see how I've grown.
Over the years I've tried to focus more on resolutions designed to help me better myself. Sure, one or two resolutions always seem more superficial compared to the rest, but overall they are all meant to help me improve in all areas of my life.
For 2021 my resolutions are....
I spent nearly all of my elementary, middle, and high school days learning the French language. Growing up in Vermont, I traveled to Quebec City and other parts of Canada with my family and loved getting to speak french when we traveled. But, once I went off to college I threw myself into my science courses and major lectures and left little time for any French learning. That being said, nearly all of the French I learned over a decade disappeared.
This year, I want to re-learn the language and focus on becoming fluent in French. It's something I loved learning and I've always wanted to speak multiple languages! I'm currently using Duolingo to help me with this goal. Stay tuned for a blog post all about how I use it and how much it helped!
Seek Out New Experiences
I'm a creature of habit, I always have been. I like routines and schedules. I'm one of those people who rewatches the same movies and tv shows over and over because I like them and I don't want to watch anything else.
This year, I want to focus on trying new things. I'm going to say yes to more new experiences and find new favorites. Whether it's something as small as trying a new restaurant or something as big as going somewhere new (once it's safe to travel again) I want to experience new things in 2021.
There's something so exciting about trying new things and even though I love sticking to my tried-and-true favorites, there's always room for a few new things!
Grow Blog and Podcast
Launching this blog and the Actually Tho Podcast has been such an incredible experience. I've learned so much about balancing my full-time job and my side hustle and it's been so wonderful getting to meet so many new people through this journey. That being said, this year I want to focus on growth.
I want to spend more time working on growing the Actually Tho community, blog, and podcast; connecting and working with more incredible people! I'm so excited to see where this adventure leads, so 2021 will be the year of focus and growth for Actually Tho!
Spend More Time Focusing on Myself
It never fails that I let myself fall to the bottom of my priorities list each year. So, this year I'm determined to spend more time focusing on myself. This doesn't necessarily mean spa days, trips to the nail salon, and other typical "self-care" things (although I love a great face mask). This can mean anything from taking a day to run errands by myself; which I already see ending with a trip to Target. It can also mean working out and having the previously mentioned self-care day. The point of this is to focus on me and allow myself to do what I need at any given time.
Foster Deeper Relationships
I'm so fortunate to have such close relationships with my friends and family. That doesn't mean I don't want to focus on creating deeper relationships with those people and with new people in my life. 2020 was a year of significant isolation so I want to focus on developing these relationships in 2021.
I'm a quality over quantity person when it comes to friendships and those closest to me. I'd rather have a handful of deep, meaningful relationships rather than a ton of superficial ones. This means that in 2021 I will do what I can to foster these deep relationships. Listening to those closest to me about what's going on in their lives, taking time out of my day to call a family member I haven't called in a while. Scheduling time to call my little brother during his first semester in college. Whatever it is, 2021 is going to be a year focused on these relationships.
What are your 2021 resolutions? Let me know in the comments on my latest Instagram post! Also, if you have any ideas for podcast episodes and guests or blog posts connect with me today! I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year!