Happy New Year, everyone!
I don’t really want to begin this post re-living all that happened in 2020 as you are witnessing around most media, because, honestly, none of us need to re-live it and 2021 could possibly be just as challenging.
So, what I prefer to do is look back at the biggest lesson I personally learned in 2020…as a silver lining to guide my future decisions…and focus on the hope I have of new beginnings for all of us.
I choose to “fashion” my goals around one powerful word.
In January 2020, I began with a blog focus on my style goals for the year.
Like you, I had no idea that everything would quickly change, and those style goals would be tabled indefinitely.
I would go home to work my two jobs… then be laid off in July…and decide to build my blog working from and around home in a world where we all became mobility challenged. Those early January 2020 posts seem so far away.
However, as I came home and stopped the rat race of working in an office during the day and blogging the rest of the time, I learned some valuable lessons.
To begin with, my life was completely off balance. Since I worked so much, I had neglected my home, and to a certain extent the people in my life. I didn’t have time to speak with the neighbors, or clean out closets, or watch the birds fly about my yard. There was little time to do anything but work.
Opening my eyes to the lack of balance was huge for me and the reason why BALANCE is my word of the year. Since, I have been working from home…and working on my home…and spending time with family and friends…my joy knows no bounds. This new place where I find myself has been wonderful and I feel more like me than I have in a long, long time.
Of course, it was difficult to go through a COVID layoff, but it was also one of the best things that has ever happen to me. I was forced to look at my secondary income (this blog), which I continued to work for 10 years because I enjoyed it so much, as a potential main income. Yes, it is hard work…but doesn’t seem like work at all when I am passionate about it and energized by it
This is why I say that my number one silver lining last year was the word HOME. I have been blessed to have the time to organize, decorate, cook, and relax. Working from home has afforded me this balance. With Mr. B also working constantly, we were like two ships passing in the night, but coming home to work together has given us a deeper relationship and new meaning together at this stage of our lives.
Keeping BALANCE in my life means so many things for me going forward. It involves making time for family, friends, order in my home, spiritual growth, good health practices and meaningful work that I love to do. Each of those areas will have their own set of goals for the year…and yes the style goals will return!
It took a complete upheaval to set me on the right path. Though not fully retired from working, I can still enjoy more balance with only one profession to oversee and the blessings of an in-home office.
I love the quote from Vivian Green, “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain.” No matter the challenges ahead, I plan to take life one day at a time and continue to dance!
If you selected one word for this new year, what would it be? Please share your vision for this new year.
Let’s raise our glasses to 2021 and celebrate each day as the gift that it is and find silver linings daily…don’t allow the “times” to drag you down or shut you down. And, of course……
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By Pamela Lutrell