Posted by: devonellington | January 4, 2021

Jan. 4, 2021: Easing Into the New Year

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Most years, I hit the ground running, filled with plans and hopes and dreams for the coming year.

I had SUCH high hopes and big dreams for 2020. The start of a new decade. I was so excited, only to have my dreams dashed upon the rocks of the pandemic, my own health issues, and the rot in the United States government.

I want to hope for better, but I don’t want 2021 to say, “Ha! You thought LAST year was bad? Wait and see what’s in store!”

I’ve almost forgotten how to be hopeful and positive, and I don’t want to lose the part of myself that believes in creating positive change.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m picking one thing to focus on for 2021. It has a lot of moving parts, pun intended.

Moving is one of the most stressful things to do in one’s life.

But, in this case, it’s necessary, and I want it to be as positive as possible.

I need to know WHERE I’m moving – that’s still up in the air, although I have a list of possible locations.

I know WHEN – my lease is up at the end of April.

I’m putting together the HOW – which has to do with resources/money for the move, cleaning things out, and organization. It means taking on extra work and working differently to put together the financials in order to make this happen.

It means getting serious about purging the boxes in the basement, something I keep starting and stopping over the years, because every four or five boxes, I’m overwhelmed again.

There’s no room for being overwhelmed.

At the same time, I have to juggle daily life: taking care of home and family, dealing with clients and assignments I have, while piling on more.

The next few months are a juggling act.

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