My New Resolutions for 2021

1. Flowers on Nightstand

If there was one lesson that repeatedly made itself clear to me in 2020, it was to take pleasure in the little things. Putting a small arrangement of flowers on my nightstand was one of those wee delights. As soon as I open my eyes in the morning, I now think of something pretty and beautiful, instead if immediately reaching for my phone. I plan on continuing this little habit for as long as I can.

2. Join a Club

Even for an introvert like me, 2020 was immensely lonely. It made me feel guilty for ever saying I was too busy to hang out. ha! And of all those rejected interactions, what I missed most was a chance to be part of a group that regularly got together over a common purpose. This year, I don’t even care what kind of club it is, I just want to be part of something fun. Some ideas that I have include – a running club, a hiking club, a French club, an afternoon tea club, a watercolor painting club.

3. Volunteer for a Cause

I just don’t have the time, is a sentence I have repeated over and over again in these last few years. And while it is true to a certain extent, I don’t believe that a lack of time is entirely to blame for why I haven’t volunteered for a cause; like I used to a long time ago (albeit when I didn’t have kids). Areas that interest me include public park clean up and maintenance, food banks, women and children’s organization. I hope to find a good match soon and get involved in doing something for them at least once a month.

4. Learn to Sew

I have seen enough sewing project videos in 2020 to finally get beyond the watching to doing. I own a sewing machine, and have no shortages in ideas on the kind of clothes I can make for me and Asha especially. Including other home goods. Using my hands to make something is my most favorite thing in the world, and it’s about time I actually make an effort to learn.

5. Plan More Date Nights

… and not just with Devang, but also with girl friends. My goal is to have at least 2 dates per month. The biggest impediment to this plan in 2021 might be that I will have a brand new baby. However what I know is this – I need to learn to detach myself from what I sometimes wrongly think is solely my responsibility – or that age old belief that the world will stop functioning if I am not there. Such lies, right! Not just that, I feel like I have forgotten how to talk to adults like an adult.

6. Try 3 New Recipes a Month

Cooking has been such a sore subject for me these last couple of years. I like food. I like to cook. But somehow, for whatever reasons, the two together just hasn’t brought me enough joy to make the effort worth it. I am determined to fix this in 2021. I think trying one new recipe of my liking every 10 days is not too much to ask of myself.

So that’s it folks – my six resolutions in 2021. I’d love to hear what you have on your plate too and why!

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