December 14, 2020

If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that we can never predict what the year will hold. It's been a long one for several reasons, and it's ok if you can't see the silver lining in this garbage fire of a year. No one is going to judge you if you write off this year, with the hope that 2021 is better. But even during rough times, there are lessons we can learn. The pandemic and other events taught us all the importance of slowing down, simplifying, and reconnecting with our community's critical issues. So, as we look to a new year and think of resolutions, here are some things to keep in mind.

1) Declutter your space

We've all been spending quality time at home, and we've all had time to notice what needs to be fixed at the house. People have been upgrading their houses so much this year, there's a global shortage of lumber. Sometimes the best feeling is living in a clean space to gather your thoughts, and it also means more room for the activities you're now doing at home. 

2) Leave some space in your budget

It's time to talk about money. Being more fiscally-responsible is one of the top resolutions. It's not always possible for people to save money--times are tough--but if you happen to have some extra cash, it's smart to put some away for a rainy day. Or for a pandemic. A financial advisor can help you develop a plan to pay down debt and save some money.

3) Create some structure in your day

When you're working at home, working out at home, and relaxing at home (all in the same PJs), it's hard to have a structure to your day. But creating a more exact line between your work life and your home life is essential. Without it, you could be sleeping in until 9:00 a.m. and checking your emails at 9:00 p.m. Find a schedule that works for you and stick with it.

4) Try being (a bit) healthier

This past year saw many people throw their fitness and weight goals out the window. And don't get us started on everyone's mental health. But as you move into 2021, it can be time to think of attainable goals you'd like to reach. You could…

  • Try a 30-day yoga or fitness challenge. Many fitness studios have shifted to online, so completing this in your home has never been easier. Or you can take it outside!
  • Take on a dry January. The holidays can be a time to indulge, so take this January to cut out the booze (at least for a little bit). If you still need a fix, there are plenty of non-alcoholic beer choices
  • Connect with a psychologist online. Similar to fitness classes, many mental health professionals are offering their services online. Ask your friends and family for recommendations, or try popular apps such as Better Help and Talkspace.

5) Plans will get derailed

If there's anything you can bring away from 2020, it's that shit happens. The plans that you made at the beginning of 2020, whether it was to travel more, save more, or weigh less, were hard to follow through with during multiple lockdowns. But don't be hard on yourself. As you make plans for the new year, remember that you can only plan for so much, and the rest is uncontrollable. Do what you can and leave some wiggle room for surprises.