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!