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3 Life Lessons I’m Taking Into 2021

3 Life Lessons I’m Taking Into 2021

I don’t know about you but I’m so happy to see the backside of twenty twenty and usher in the new year. No one could have anticipated what the last year would bring upon us. A pandemic that took on the whole world and forced us to stay indoors, wear face masks, see toilet roll as the hottest commodity and appreciate having hand sanitisers everywhere. Pandemic aside, 2020 wasn’t my favourite year and not the start to a new decade I was hoping for but it did hold some life lessons for me. Yup, that’s the sum of the last year for me.

I appreciated my husband, my parents and my friends more because they all played a role in helping me get through and adjusting to the ‘new’ normal. For real, a huge round of applause to my husband (and all the spouses) that kept us laughing and appreciating everyday as it came. For a professional homebody like myself, I really enjoyed being at home. Seriously. No complaints here on that front. 

I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t get into the whole Marie Kondo’ing of my immediate environment. I didn’t go on a deep declutter drive. I did bake banana bread and lots of banana muffins that led to us gaining the ‘COVID 5’ as I’ve heard some people refer to it. I rekindled my love for shin ramyun noodles and even got my husband on board. We joined the cauliflower rice bandwagon. Let that sink in because you definitely read what you just saw. Shocking right? Truth be told, I think I actually ate more vegetables in twenty twenty than I’ve done in previous years. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting younger or wanting to live longer, but I’m slowly incorporating more veggies into my life and I know my mum is super proud of me.

That’s my recap of the last year in a nutshell – somewhat.

Now that we’ve gotten all of twenty twenty out of the way, let’s talk about some of the things I did in twenty twenty that I’m taking into the new year.

Count your blessings. On the days where I’m feeling super down and nothing is going my way, I like to look around me and take stock of some of the basic necessities I have and I’m able to afford. I always start by being grateful for being alive, having my health and a roof over my head. I continue to say thanks for everything I can see around me until I notice that my mood is changing for the better. It’s important to me to continue to be grateful for all the things that God has already blessed us with because life is no joke.

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Find the silver lining in every situation. If I’m being honest, it took watching the Silver Linings Playbook with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper for me to put in more effort into reframing how I saw life events that didn’t pan out as I’d hoped. I don’t even remember the storyline, but I do remember my takeaway from the movie and that has shaped how I react to things now.

Eating more vegetables. Ahh. The good ol’ vegetables. This one was a hard one to jump onto but now that I’ve made baby step progress, I want to continue until I get to that point where I’m eating a salad a day and an apple a day. 

What are some of the things you did last year that you plan on taking into the new year? Do share in the comments section.

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