Happy New Year and happy Friday.
Happy New Year and thank you thank you thank you to all of YOU for getting me through 2020. Wow. It has finally, FINALLY arrived! 2021 IS HERE! I certainly don’t need to be yet another one to chime in, but hells bells, I’m happy to say a not-so-fond goodbye to 2020. Later, see ya never, and good riddance.
Each year I pick a word to shape my year. Here is a list of my past words of the year:
- Just Do
This year I’m choosing a word that was definitely inspired by all that 2020 delivered. It’s a trait I’ve had to really focus on honing in on so I wouldn’t lose my mind.
My word for 2021 is: Patience.
Last year I learned a lot about patience. We all did. And that’s when I realized I have a lot more to learn. And because I’m always a work in progress, my word is spanning into 2021.
For me, patience is realizing that it’s not the situation working me up and causing frustration. It’s not the situation…it’s me. Most often, the situation is out of my control. But how I address the situation is 100% under my control. I am the one who decides…yes…decides and chooses to feel annoyed, resentful, or irritated. I am the only reason I am getting worked up.
That’s why in 2021, I am choosing to practice more patience.
Here are a few ways I’m practicing more patience in 2021:
- Be patient, and avoid interrupting others when they are talking.
- Be patient, and stop automatically checking my phone when waiting in line or sitting at a stop light. Just wait as if I don’t have it.
- Be patient, and keep looking for more pieces to the jigsaw puzzle. Literally and figuratively.
- Be patient, and don’t give the eye roll when someone pulls out their checkbook at the grocery store to write a check.
- Be patient, and calmly wait when someone is late. And don’t be late myself!
- Be patient, and walk someone through the learning steps that come so easily to me.
- Be patient, and use that never-ending time on hold as the canned elevator music drones on to sit still and breathe more.
- Be patient, and don’t rush the drying of my at-home manicure.
- Be patient, and simply close the kitchen doors my husband leaves open because it doesn’t really matter, does it?
- Be patient, and don’t try to protect my daughter from making her own mistakes or trying to solve her problems either. How else will she learn?
- Be patient, and smile when I’m feeling like not.
- Be patient, and listen.
What will your word for the new year of 2021 be?
Let’s all put forth our best effort to be more patient this year. It’s a new year but 2020’s hangover isn’t done with us yet. Together, we can do this!
But first, let’s dig into this week’s Friday Faves. XOXOXOXO
This is what I had for my first breakfast of the new year (pictured above.)
I am planning on chilling out to this BeeGees documentary for sure sometime today.
Read in your best Family Feud voice –> And the study says: 4 steps that will make you happier.
15 golden pieces of advice people got from therapists this year.
If you’re thinking about making a sober turn in the new year and giving up alcohol, this book will give you the motivation you need.
21 small actions that lead to big change and welcome in the new year.
21 smart money moves to make in 2021.
If you’ve been to the famed LA eatery and tried this breakout breakfast sandwich, you know exactly why you want to make it at home.
This gnocchi and sausage dinner is ready in a snap.
I don’t typically eat Domino’s, so knowing how to make their breadsticks at home could be a win win.
Another reason to love shrimp for dinner.
Clam chowder with heat. YES!
Another great chicken dinner recipe.
Instant Pot recipe alert: Black eyed pea soup.
This lentil soup has all the right flaves.
Italian lentil soup. So good and good for ya.
I will NEVER turn down a bowl of peanut noodles.
Feeling in need of a detox? This is one I could def follow.
Now the Dutch are getting into it: The art of doing nothing.
This Japanese New Year’s ritual is the fresh start we all need.
Have you heard about the private ski mountains where you have the whole mountain to yourself? Now that’s a serious social distancing idea.
9 fashion trends to look forward to.
This may be why everyone is getting plastic surgery.
11 goal setting apps to help keep you on track.
And finally, 7 ways to make your new years resolutions stick (starting with not calling them resolutions!)
That’s it for this week. Have a safe and happy New Year weekend!
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