2021’s Powerful New Year’s Resolutions

For many people, this time of the year means setting new goals and intentions. While each of us Power Players may be different, we have all set high expectations for ourselves and our work. We hope this year brings fun, new adventures and educational lessons for all. We’re excited to share some of our goals and resolutions with you in the blog post below.

Instead of setting a ‘resolution’ I have set a few goals or milestones for myself in 2021. Last year was a challenging one in various ways, but it allowed me to take a step back and reflect on what is truly important and what brings me joy. This January I have kicked off the year with a focus on clean eating as a reset. I am going to continue to focus on my education and my love of reading. I am going to be more active with the goal of running/walking a minimum of 365 miles and hopefully COVID permitting travel to a few new destinations. Lastly, I have set a word of intention for myself and am going to reflect on it each day with my decisions.

I am more of a theme-setter. Each year, I establish a theme for my company and for myself. Last year, for example, the company theme was “intentional” and my personal theme was “health is wealth.” Who knew at the time how meaningful my personal theme would become during the onslaught of COVID-19! This year, my team and I are rallying around the theme of “client forward” which ties back to our Win Together core value. For me, it means that we are all moving forward together and we have our eyes on our clients’ success and growth as much as our own. For me personally, I decided upon ‘Authentically Amy.’ It means I’m communicating my needs, wants, and desires authentically and I’m not going to be shy about it.

We may want to leave many things behind in 2020, but I plan to continue practicing mindfulness and being present. Whether it’s my work, reading a good book or spending time with loved ones – I find great value in giving my undivided attention to what I’m doing or those I’m with. A couple of years ago I started filling a jar with good things, achievements or milestones that happened throughout the year. Every New Year’s Eve I open the jar and read through highlights from the past year. Sometimes it’s a concert ticket, hotel room key from a trip or note about a fun night out with friends. It’s one of my favorite traditions, as it allows me to reflect on all the good the previous year brought and it leaves me enthusiastic about what the upcoming year will bring.

Like Julia, I try to set “goals” for myself rather than making “resolutions”. Especially since the start of COVID-19, I haven’t prioritized my health and well-being as much as I should have. Heading into 2021, I want to make self-care and mindfulness a priority and focus on spending my free time with people I care about and doing things that bring me joy. I am admittedly not the most disciplined person when it comes to working out, so I want to establish a consistent routine and stop making excuses. I also want to find a new hobby and become involved with an organization or cause that I care about. However, none of this is going to be possible without more sleep! As a notorious night owl, I still have yet to outgrow my college sleep schedule of going to bed way too late. My goal is to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night and stop staying up unnecessarily late.

I have stopped setting New Year’s resolutions because they never come to fruition for me. Instead, I like to think of larger life changes I can focus on. This year, it is building more meaningful connections with my friends and family! I am trying to actively be more present and mindful in 2021.

I personally love setting New Year’s resolutions because I consider them small promises to myself. Last year, one of my resolutions was to correct people who pronounce my name wrong! In the past, I have always answered to the mispronunciations. I have to say, I did pretty well. This year, my top priority is to simply dedicate more time to my hobbies. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I have let things like reading for pleasure, cycling and creative writing fall to the wayside. I’ve spent way too much time looking at screens, but no more! I’m going back to basics in 2021. This will also be my first year of marriage, and I aim to try at least 3 new things with my husband this year – whether it’s an exotic food, a new vacation spot or a new shared hobby.

I love setting resolutions and goals each year and this year is no different! My main goal for 2021 is to find an organization to volunteer and serve with in the Dallas community. Though I fall short on some of my resolutions each year, I believe the new year is a great time to reset and move forward with motivation. For someone who loves to buy books, I don’t read nearly enough. This year I am setting a tangible goal of reading at least twenty minutes a day. This way I’m not set on a certain number of books, but am rather being more intentional with the way I spend my time. Along with this, I’ve set a goal of being active for at least twenty minutes a day. Since I am newer to the post-grad life, I am still figuring out work-life-balance. Since beginning my internship, I’ve lost all of my rhythm and routine when it comes to being active and taking care of myself physically.

One of my biggest goals going into the new year is to become more confident in the kitchen. For as long as I can remember, my mother has always been an incredible (and my favorite) cook. Her ability to eyeball ingredients and take guesses with her tried and true recipes leaves me in awe! Since graduating college last May, I have had more time on my hands to test my own skills. My goal is to cook one of her classic meals every week while also trying new recipes from various cookbooks in the kitchen! I started the new year by conquering my mother’s pot roast recipe. Next up will be a turkey taco skillet bake from the Defined Dish cookbook!

I have typically never been one to set New Year’s resolutions but after the crazy year that was 2020, I wanted to refocus my intentions for this coming year. My New Year’s resolution for 2021 is to focus on an all encompassing mind and body approach to my personal health. When the pandemic hit, a lot of this went to the back burner as we were spending more time at home and working out less. I have made it a goal to eat healthier, workout more and take time to nourish my mind this year.

I enjoy taking time at the end of December to reflect on the following year and create a list of goals for the next. I journal pretty frequently, so I like to store my goals and resolutions there! I’ve definitely picked up reading during the pandemic, but my TV time has increased too. In 2021, I’d like to spend less time on Netflix and even more time reading. 30+ books is the goal, in 2020 I hit 30! I also hope to branch out to different genres. I’d like to further my personal growth and knowledge by reading more educational novels. A few other random resolutions I have are to visit at least 3 new states and try something new each month!

I have a love-hate relationship with resolutions as I always set so many and then accomplish so few. However, in 2021 I am vowing to actually accomplish them so I am being selective on what I set out to do. In 2020, I was awful on the self-care front and, therefore, I really want to be more diligent and build a routine in 2021. This includes monthly massages, setting boundaries for my mental health, as well as finding outside-of-work hobbies and activities that spark joy in me as opposed to getting into a rut of simply scrolling on Instagram or watching Netflix. One that has already come to mind thanks to a Christmas gift I received – learning how to make the perfect charcuterie board! I officially have the cutest recipe book and a really nice wooden serving tray. Now I just need to work on perfecting the display!