One of the traditions every New Year is to make a New Year’s resolution, in which a person resolves to continue good practices, change an undesired trait or behavior, accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve their life at the start of a New Year.

Did you make a New Year’s resolution? I did! I’ve been doing it since I’ve known about it and I've been failing after a few weeks and say, I'll try again next year. 

So here I am, trying again for 2021 but this year will be different. I will be focusing on progress not on perfection. 

And I will be sharing it in this blog because there is a greater incentive to go out and do it when someone knows what you need to do or what you want to achieve to avoid having to explain why you didn’t to another person. That makes you my accountability partner. I hope you don't mind. Hehe!

So, here's the 21 things I will do in 2021:

1. Make sleeping early and waking up early a habit

There are two different kinds of sleepers: early birds and night owls. And I belong to the latter. I can stay up until the wee hours of the morning just thinking scenarios in my head. Thus, my dream was to be a romance novel writer then, to give life to the fictional characters and events I created in my head.

But in the past couple of months, I can feel the bad effects of sleeping late in my body. I experienced dizziness during menstruation. And according to my research:

Dizziness could be a caused of low blood pressure. 
Low blood pressure could be a caused of dehydration and lack of nutrients. 
Dehydration and lack of nutrients could be a caused of poor eating habits. 
Poor eating habits could be a caused of skipping breakfast. 
Skipping breakfast could be a caused of sleeping late and waking up late. 

So, this 2021, I will make sleeping early and waking up early a habit so that I will not put my health at risk. 

Sleeping early and waking up early is not going to be easy for a night owl like me but it's possible and it will be worth it for waking up early has many benefits and it has no bad effects. 

Some of the benefits of waking up early according to sleepadvisor that I really look forward to experience are: 
  • It helps enjoy quiet time. 
  • It gives more time to exercise. 
  • It helps sustain healthier diet. 
  • It helps skin look healthy. 
  • It improves concentration.
  • It enhances productivity. 
  • It improves quality of sleep.

2. Continuously pray for everyone 

One of the lesson that 2020 has taught me is to pray for everyone - Government, frontliners, for everyone who have been affected by the COVID19 disease, super typhoon and flood, for every family who have lost their loved ones because of it, for every livelihood that have been affected by it and for the vaccine.

And this 2021, I will continuously pray for everyone because the fight isn't over yet. 

3. Do devotional journaling 

This 2021, I will do something my spirit is willing to do regularly but my flesh is too weak to do it consistently. And that is, devotional journaling. 

"If I don't write it, I will forget it. Memories are too important." Said Stefan Salvatore in TV show The Vampire Diaries when asked if He keep a journal that I agree but there's more to it than that. 

Devotional journaling is a great way to deepen our understanding to the Word of God, to manifest the Word of God in our lives and to strengthen our relationship with Him. 

So this year, I will write down the word I will read in the Bible, the verse that will speak to me, the message I will receive from God and how can I apply it in my life. I will also write down my prayers, answered prayers and the challenges I will encounter and blessings that I will receive. 

4. Practice mindfulness 

Mindfulness can be defined as a mental state that involves being fully focused on "the now" so you can acknowledge and accept your thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment. 

Mindfulness meditation is a mental training practice that teaches you to slow down racing thoughts, let go of negativity, and calm both your mind and body.

The practice of mindfulness can bring many benefits to our emotional and physical health, as well as to the relationships in our life.

Here are some of the many benefits of practicing everyday mindfulness according to Very Well: 
  • It pulls you out of the negative downward spiral that can be caused by too much daily stress, too many bad moods, or the habit of rumination.
  • It helps you make fewer errors when processing your experiences.
  • It helps you put stressful events into perspective and build resilience so you're less overwhelmed by them in the future.
So, this 2021, I will practice mindfulness all throughout the day. 

In the morning before I get up, I will think first of the things I need to do for the day ahead, I will set goals and I will also set my mood. 

And from time to time, I will pause and recheck myself and revisit my goals. 

In the evening before I sleep, I will evaluate my day whether I had a productive one or not. 

5. Jog during dry season

I love to jog and to walk long distances because its benefits go way beyond the physical. I've discovered that everytime I jog or walk especially when I'm alone, I can think more clearly and I feel good about myself and empowered like I can handle anything life throws in my way. 

It is because of the endorphinsPhysical exercise like jogging, running is known to release endorphins in the brain. Endorphins act as a natural "drug" that make a person more energetic, more awake and, yes, happier. The endorphins can kick in during run, after a workout or both, and are generally referred to as a "runner's high." 

So, this 2021, I will jog during dry season for atleast 3-4 times a week. 

6. Take free hatha yoga classes online

As we age our flexibility decreases. Sad but true. I remember when I was in high school, I can put my feet behind my head but now I find it difficult to even bend!

But wait, I'm not in a hopeless case because I've learned that, though we can’t stop this natural decrease in flexibility as we age, we can certainly delay their weakening and better prevent future injuries. 

Hatha yoga aims include physical siddhis (bodily benefits such as slowing age effects)

So this 2021, I will start to take hatha yoga classes online. And good thing, I've found free classes on YouTube! 

7. Drink enough water

I know that staying hydrated is a daily necessity but even with that knowledge I can't really get myself drink enough water everyday unless I'm suffering from tonsillitis or flu. 

But recently, some people close to my heart died because of kidney failure and I've seen how they suffer and I don't want it to happen to anyone anymore. 

The doctor said it's not hereditary, it's in the lifestyle. So, this 2021, I will start to live a healthy lifestyle to avoid that kind of disease and I will start by drinking enough water for water is essential for the kidneys and other bodily functions. 

8. Avoid junk foods, fast foods, candies and sugar-sweetened beverages 

Junk foods, fast foods, candies and sugar-sweetened beverages are my favorite foods and drinks but this 2021, I will avoid these because we all know that they're bad for our health and it can cause diseases that I don't want to experience such as:
  • Digestive problems like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). 
  • Heart disease. 
  • Cancer. 
  • Kidney disease. 
  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Liver disease.
It's painful and the medication is expensive! 
9. Commit to weight gain

The last time I checked my weight was this month, last year. I weigh 77 pounds and I don't think I gain weight because people around me often tells me that I'm getting thinner. 

So, this 2021, I will commit to weight gain by consciously eating the most nutrient dense foods in the biggest quantity I could. 

No, I will not do it because they're telling me I'm thin but I will do it because my weight is not the ideal one for my height and age. 

10. Take Vitamin Supplements

I don't really like drinking vitamins or any medications because I'm afraid there would be side effects on my organs and I don't wanna spend money for it for as long as I'm not sick. 

But my family is insisting. And fine, this 2021 I will take vitamin supplements. The one that my doctor prescribed before. 

11. Learn how to put on a make-up

Last year, I began my journey in taking care of my skin by establishing a skin care routine where I can let my skin feel that she is well-taken care of and you know what, it gives me more confidence especially to go barefaced. 

And this 2021, I'm going to take the next level of my self-care by learning how to put on a make-up. I want to learn to do it to make my self presentable in the corporate world. 

12. Find the job that God has prepared for me

For months of waiting for God's go signal of when will I start job hunting, finally, on the first day of 2021, God spoke to me through His Word in Mark 16:7: But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee.

And I take it as a go signal for me to start job hunting. And the most heart-warming is, God is telling me that He is going before me! 

And on January 2, 2021, God spoke to me through His Word in Mark 16:9: He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene.

(The international ISO 8601 standard and most of Europe has Monday as the first day of the week)

And I take it as the time and the day to start job hunting. Just like what Jesus did, I rose early on Monday and start sending my resume. 

13. Do side-hustle

One of the lesson that 2020 has taught me is to have an entrepreneur mindset and I've venture in small business last year. 

And this 2021, I will continue that business even if I will have a full time job, making it my side hustle. 

Having a side hustle has a lot of benefits. Here are some according to one step outside that I can truly relate:

  • Full ownership and accountability, there’s no one to tell you what to do.
  • A steeper learning curve as you try to navigate the complex world of entrepreneurship. This brings you all kinds of new skills and experiences that will challenge you and make you stronger and more capable as a result.
  • Self-awareness and development. Exploring and working on your own ideas can teach you all sorts of things about yourself and about what you like and don’t like. A sense of purpose. When you’re running your own business, you’ll be interacting with clients and customers directly and you have an immediate and tangible impact on everything you touch in the business.

14. Become financially literate

I pray to God to give me wisdom in handling my finances, He answer my prayer by letting me meet few people that are financially literate that inspired me to be one. 

And this 2021, I will become financially literate by following Dave Ramsey and Savingspinay. And how I wish, I will be like them, educating other people on how to handle finances. 

Dave Ramsey fought his way out of bankruptcy and millions of dollars of debt. He took what he learned and started teaching people God's and Grandma's ways of handling money.

SavingsPinay helps Filipinos bridge the financial literacy gap one content at a time. 

15. Invest in Life Insurance 

On 2019, a financial advisor who happens to be a churchmate of mine, taught me about personal finance planning, saving and investing for my life goals. Unfortunately, my financial status during that time is not yet capable of purchasing a life insurance. 

On 2020, I managed my money wisely enough to put up small businesses to keep the money rolling and to gain more. 

And this 2021, I am mentally ready to invest in life insurance. And I will be financially ready once I found the job that God has prepared for me. 

For me, it's important to have a life insurance to financially secure the future of my family. 

16. Live minimally

Minimalist living typically involves decluttering, organizing, and "minimizing" your home — all in order to lead a simpler, more purposeful lifestyle.

Here are some of the best advantages of living minimally by Hanna Jeon that I stan:
  • More money. Fewer items in your home means more money as you'll be buying less and taking care of less. 
  • More time. If you live with fewer items in your home, you'll spend less time cleaning and organizing (and shopping)
  • Improved wellbeing. A minimalist home is significantly less stressful. 
  • More gratitude and mindfulness. Living with less will allow you to find more gratitude in the things you have. 
And this 2021, I will live minimally and will start off by throwing away the things I don't need or give it to anyone who needs it more. And before buying some things in the future, I will contemplate first if it's really necessary or not. 

17. Support my friend's business

This 2021, I will make sure to support my friends business in as simple as liking and following their social media page, reacting positively and sharing their post. 

18. Make time for others without burning out

Sometimes things doesn't end well in being an empath to my love language - quality time. I have moments in the past where I refused meeting other people because I feel burnt out and I spent most of the time with myself instead.

But this 2021, I am now ready to make time for others and I will and I'm so excited! I will schedule time for family and friends. Bond one person in a week to protect myself from burning out. 

19. Hike mountain 

Before the COVID19 pandemic, my friends and I would hike mountains twice a year. And that is something I missed in 2020. But I'm hopping that I could hike mountain this 2021.

20. Read 12 books

I've only read 6 books last yearIt's very few for someone who claims to be a book-lover but I have my reason. I feel guilty that I can read a fiction book in one sitting but my Bible reading doesn't even last for 5 minutes. I want to spend more time with the Word of God and if I can't do that, I don't deserve a time to read a fiction book but if I can do that, I reward myself a time to read a fiction book. 

And last year, I've proven myself that reading the Bible is my top priority and this 2021, I will read 12 books as a reward. 

21. Write 48 blog post

I've started this blog on February 29, 2020 and from then on, I've written and published 20 blog post:

And this 2021, I will write 48 blog post with a hope that you will learn some thing from my own experience.

That's all for this blog! Thank you for reading my first blog post for the year 2021! Again Happy New Year! May we all have a productive year! 

So much love,