Hello and happy Friday.
My husband and I were at our daughter’s basketball game—masked and socially distanced and where each player is tested weekly and only allowed two spectators per player—talking about how weird it felt to be there. “Happy 2021,” we’d shout to other parents through our muffling masks. That’s when we’d turn to one another and joke about how it still feels a whole lot like 2020.
Ah! But as long as we mask up and stay safe, things will surely get better. 2020 isn’t done rocking our world yet. But I’m doing all I can to be hopeful things will change for the better very, very soon.
I’m starting off 2021 with a clean slate. I’m taking the lessons 2020 taught and impressed upon me to improve myself and help those around me. I’ve set my word of the year—patience—and just 8 days in, it’s already making a difference in my day to day.
Striving to be more patient is giving me the inspiration to add more new intentions for the year, and to delist and remove the things that don’t serve me.
“Maturity is learning how to start when you feel like procrastinating and learning how to listen when you feel like talking.” — James Clear
More on my list for 2021 intentions:
- More patience.
- Get outside.
- Use what I already have in my pantry and freezer instead of buying more.
- Smile at strangers. I love doing this. It freaks them out.
- Read more, scroll less.
- Don’t judge others. I don’t know what they’ve been through or where they’ve been.
- Check in more often with friends and family. Texts make it super easy.
- Forgive. Holding grudges doesn’t hurt the one I hold it against, they have no idea. It’s only hurting me.
- Notice the good in others, then tell them.
- Cook more of my favorite recipes instead of continually “testing” new ones.
- Journal 3 daily gratitudes of gratefulness for life’s abundance.
- Unsubscribe from newsletters I don’t read. Unfollow social media accounts that don’t make me feel good or I simply don’t enjoy anymore.
- Eat more dinners at the dinner table. Covid brought us closer together around the table and I want to keep it going.
- Send surprise notes and birthday cards to show someone cares. That I care.
- Less clutter.
- Less procrastination.
- Have more fun. Silly fun. Stupid fun. Fun just for fun.
- Be more resourceful for readers.
- Show my husband more love.
But first, let’s get to this week’s list of Friday Faves. Thanks for being here.
“There’s no bad weather, only bad clothing.” I’m bundling up and 100% embracing the ideas behind the new hygge: friluftslive.
It’s been named the best diet of 2021, and this list of 50 recipes will keep you on it.
This delish looking couscous recipe fits right into the Med Diet flow.
This zoodle ramen is a slurpably low carb way to go.
PERFECT for lunch or dinner too, meal prep is easy with this roasted veggie bowl.
This twist on everyone’s favorite comfort food recipe is flirting with Southern style the plant based way.
Oh my, this lasagna recipe is on target for the new year.
This quinoa salad is a keeper.
Now this is a soup that will keep you healthy but fulfilled all winter long.
I’m down with these homemade granola bars. Chocolate chips forever!
French onion chicken…save some for seconds!
If one of your goals is to expand your worldly cooking, this Indian recipe would b a good one to try first.
Where’s the future Queen Gambits out there: How to teach your kids to play chess. Actually, I have no idea how to either…
Thinking of creating some sort of a depository at the door? Check out this IKEA bench hack that turns any small spot into a mud room.
Etsy’s trend report for 2021 and everything that’s about to be hot now.
I don’t have a cat, but if I did, I’d def have this.
How cute is this retro coffee maker?!
In keeping up with my at home manis, I just ordered this.
I may have given up on doing gel manicures at home because I REALLY like this clean nail polish. It stays on as long as the gel and doesn’t F up my nails.
And finally, what to do with gifts that don’t spark joy.
That’s it for this week. Have a safe and happy new year weekend!
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