Rules for Life (2021 Version)

Posted on December 2, 2020

A red curtain with a spotlight.

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What I’m Listening To: All the jazz music I can find including this Spotify playlist: Jazz in the Background

What I’m Reading: I’m still stuck in fall and am working Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic series … I’m on The Rules of Magic.

What I’m Watching: The Repair Shop on Netflix

I always get a bit reflective this time of year, so I decided to productively channel it this year put the spotlight on the reflection. I sat back and thought about my experiences in 2020 – both personally and professionally – and came up with some reflections based on six simple rules I hope to follow in 2021.

Don’t settle.

This isn’t just about your relationship with another person. This is about you. Don’t just accept a job because that’s all there was. Don’t turn your back on doing what you love. You are worth so much and to settle, is to not give yourself a chance. You aren’t an incomplete puzzle; you’re an evolving masterpiece.

Change for you; not for others.

If you want to make a change – do it for the right reasons. Don’t change for your friends, a potential significant other, or for anyone – but yourself. The people who matter will love you for who you are, not for who they want you to be. But if you want to change – then do it! I think we all have room for growth in 2021.

Be engaged in the world around you.

Learn how to balance your life between time spent staring at screens and time fully experiencing the beauty of life while disconnected and you’ll be far happier and healthier. I plan to do a lot of this in 2021 – because most of this year has been spent in front of a screen doing my job. I need to reengage with the world around me.

Ask for help.

Decide today to lift the rug on all of your problems and shine a light, and then ask for help. We aren’t in the alone – yes, we might all be on different boats, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make an armada and work our way across the ocean.

Realize that there are more than the one or two options at the front of the line.

The world really is open to you and you have so many different options in front of you. Look around, use your creativity … I feel like 2020 has definitely made me go through Plan C, D, 4 and 5 when it comes to different projects, tasks and things I’ve tackled.

Don’t regret not doing something.

Right now, it can seem like you have so much time that there’s little bother rushing to tackle anything of value. The pandemic has really made me struggle with a little bit of procrastination. But I don’t want to regret things that I could have taken care or wanted to do. The pandemic has also made me aware of the fact that life is a lot shorter than you think. So I have big plans for 2021.

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