A Nurturing Approach to 2021

Last year my New Year’s resolutions went out the window by April. So instead of setting goals for 2021 that may not be possible due to the uncertain nature of life in general, I’m instead focusing on nurturing the few things that bring me joy.

My family

I will continue prioritizing being with my family by laughing, learning, cooking, and snuggling with them. I am going to continue building positive memories every day I can. We will watch movies, go on hikes, face challenges, and argue together. However, I recognize that with so much time for seven people to be together, I am sure there will be a respectable amount of door slamming — and I am OK with that. I can control my attitude around them, and I’m going for positive.

My health 

Today I’m healthy. So I’m going to keep working on nourishing my body with healthy foods and beverages. I’m also going to continue focusing on working out three days a week. However, now that I know what a year can deliver, I’m sure we will still order pizza weekly, and when we have to quarantine again because we have the sniffles, I may have a beer or two.

My profession

I own my own content writing business and work from home. So I will continue to build my business. I will continue to learn, research, and give my clients the best service, content, and writing I can provide them. However, if 2021 throws a blow, maybe I’ll take on fewer clients or pivot in a different direction.

My attitude

I get it. This time in our lives is hard. We want normal so badly. So many of us want back what we lost. I do too. Even though I still grieve a time now past, I plan to continue maintaining my positive attitude toward the future and hope that there is something good on the other side of all this. And when I’m down, I’ll let myself cry.

Connecting with friends

For many of us, 2020 allowed us to identify who our real friends are. I had to decide who I was willing to risk COVID for! Now I have a handful of people I’m proud to call friends and enjoy connecting with in person, on Zoom, or through texts. So in 2021, I’m going to continue connecting, because it is healthy and uplifting and so important to feeling normal. And if and when things get hard, I know who I can reach out to for comfort.

So 2021, come at me. I’m ready for you!

Rachel was born and raised in central Pennsylvania. She moved to the Boston area twice. The second time she stayed for good setting up residence in Scituate. For ten years, she taught middle schoolers the fascinating history of the ancient and medieval worlds. She has an MA in Special Education and is a certified Reading Specialist as well as licensed History and ESL teacher. Even though she loved teaching she finally let go of the working mom life after having baby number four. She and her husband currently have five young children ages 8, 5, 4, 2, & 8 months. She is a homeschooling mom and freelance content writer at @rachelrichcontentwriter and rachelrichcontentwriter.com.