Yes, I know. You’ve heard multiple references to “2020” and “Vision”. But I just couldn’t help myself. The dawn of this new decade has me pumped! The last decade heralded the beginning of a journey for me. 2010 started with a game changing rock-my-world crumbling down of the carefully planned follow-the-rules quiet life I was leading. Fast forward to New Year’s Eve 2019 and all I wanted to do was “dance this new decade in!” Which I did. Plus, I won a tv. Which was awesome! In the last 10 years I accomplished a lot like, passing the big “5-0”, becoming a Grandma, and progressing in a really great job. I let go of things like perfectionism, fear, and people pleasing. Setting boundaries and acceptance became my new repertoire. I saw that this imperfect life is absolutely beautiful. Not bad for a decade.
In 2020, I would like to journey further. And I want to inspire others to do the same. Maybe this list of “New Year’s Resolutions” will do just that for you.
A big theme for my 2020 is “Self Care”. As I think upon this concept, I realize self care does not mean self indulgence. In fact, sometimes it means making the more difficult choice. Perhaps one needs to remove oneself from unhealthy social connections, even though it would be easier to simply “go with the flow”. These last few years I have greatly reduced my social contacts. I focus more on authentic friendships that are healthy, even if that means I have less people in my circle. I would highly recommend this. I can honestly say that my emotional and mental health along with happiness have increased exponentially without making any other change. Self esteem and self worth have soared! I’m planning on continuing this.
Another self care strategy is to remove unhealthy habits. This is not necessarily easy. I’m talking about habits such as binge watching tv, “treating” myself to junk food, or even that “well-deserved” glass of red wine after a “hard days work”. Yes, I said that. Even the glass of wine. It is interesting to me how for years that daily glass was marketed as “healthy”. The latest findings have turned the tide and it is now recommended to reduce how many drinks one imbibes per week. Personally I have replaced the daily glass with herbal teas. There’s a great variety available, like lavender, mint, chamomile. I have also created a lovely recipe for homemade apple cider which offers beautiful comfort for any winter evening! In this vein, I have found it useful to ask myself why exactly do I need a particular unhealthy habit. What is happening in life that I would feel the need to dull my mind each evening with tv, unhealthy food or alcohol? One big tip is to replace each unhealthy habit with a better habit (which hopefully is healthy!). So, I’m thinking of adding things like walks, yoga routine, book reading and even lovely bubble baths to my nights.
These are a few of my 2020 goals. I would love to hear yours if you would like to share in the comments section. There is power in sharing stories! Plus it’s so encouraging! I wish you all the very best in this new decade!
Here’s my special quick home made crock pot apple cider recipe:
Quarter 6 to 8 apples, leaving skin on and dump them in the crock pot. Add 1/4 cup orange juice and then water to cover apples. Spice with nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. Here’s my shortcut: add apple-cinnamon herbal teabags (about 3 or 4). And here’s the secret ingredients to make it yummy: 1 Chai teabag and a dash of pepper. Yes, pepper. Trust me. It adds warmth to the whole concoction. Simmer on low 6 to 8 hours making sure the apples grow soft. Strain the mixture putting the juice back into the pot. Put the apples in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add the blended apples to the juice, stir and cook another hour or so. Sweeten to taste with maple syrup or brown sugar (or both!) Enjoy! Store leftovers in fridge.
Oh, yes. One last thing. I would be remiss if I did not share this 2020 photo of my precious “grand-dogters” Sadie (on the left) and Thea (on the right)!