Many people use New Year's Eve as a day for dreaming up what they want the next year to be like. And it's a good day to begin to make solid plans, when you haven't done so, already.
I got you started a couple of days early, with several of this past week's posts, and here's one more bit of planning you might want to do before 2021 arrives...
“We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the lost wages for individual workers, for losses to small companies, to medium-sized companies or city, state, county governments.” Dr. Michael Osterholm told Yahoo Finance Live on Nov. 11. “If we did that, then we could lockdown for four to six weeks and if we did that, we could drive the numbers down.”
In response to what Biden advisor, Michael Osterholm referred to as a COVID hell, he suggested a 4-6 week paid lockdown, which he says would slow down the spread of the virus.
Whether or not this idea ever becomes a national directive, the alarming rise in new COVID cases is likely to lead to a return to restrictions of some kind, and those who can quarantine themselves would certainly be free to do so.
If you decided to do so, what would be on your wish list to have plenty of during the super-long staycation?
My Top Ten Wish List
Here's what I would want...
-a relaxed reading allowance on Scribd, instead of them hiding some of the books I have chosen because I have cross the line in some mysterious way and read too fast or too much. You listening, Scribd?
-streaming Internet with subscriptions to Hulu, PBS, BBC and a classic movie channel.
-a cozy capsule to wear at home.
-a variety of tasty teas and Torano syrups to make them even tastier. Have you tried them yet?
-new Hallmark and UPtv movies to watch each weekend.
-an introductory week of non-stop Christmas movies on Hallmark.
-new board games my son and I could play.
-a budget that would allow for groceries to be delivered & maybe a cookbook w/ new recipes to try.
-several new style, decorating and Christian/personal growth magazine subscriptions to magazines like Cottage Journal, Magnolia, Darling, Marie Claire and Real Simple.
-candles and other hygge coziness all around my home
What would be on your wish list?
7 Ideas for Planning a Lockdown Quarantine
Here are 7 suggestions for what to do or have if you plan to quarantine…
One: weekly planned online get-togethers with friends and family, set up in advance
Two: grocery delivery and a month of meal planning
Three: an up-to-date first aid kit & emergency numbers list
Four: comfy capsule, cleaned and organized in closet
Five: a planned project or books/movies to help prevent boredom and cabin fever
Six: whatever feels cozy to you, easily available in your home
Seven: planned family activities (movie nights, taco nights, etc.) for as many nights of the week as is possible.
Do you have any of these things already or still in place?
Want to read an article that will give you more information about this possibility? Click this link: COVID Lockdown Proposal.
Have a wonderful New Year's Eve! And thank you so much for being a part of my life this past year.
See you next year!
Ready for 2020 to be over, so we can move on to something better next year? It all starts here!
It's getting close, now! The international year of misery is almost over and one filled with possibility will take its place.
Are you ready to embrace 2021, with an open heart?
If you haven't done so, yet, let's take some time now to begin to get clear on your wishes for 2021.
And may I just say, I am cheering you on to make them come true. With all my heart, I believe in you!
But first, here's something that will help us all get really clear about what we want in the coming year. That's the first step, that opens the door to possibility.
I was inspired by Sun Kissed Lex's post to create some journal prompts or questions for reflection that will help get you totally ready for a fantastic 2021! And I decided to answer a few myself.
Then, once you have answered them for yourself, I have a couple of free printable templates for you. Use the first one to list your dreams and wishes, and the second as a vision board template for the coming year.
Ready? Great! Let's dive into the questions...
Let's Start with this Holiday Season...
What was your favorite thing about this holiday season? Were you able to enjoy celebrating?
If you could create a holiday tradition of your own, what would it be? What would you celebrate?
Imagine & describe a post-Christmas day in the life of your favorite holiday character. What can you borrow from that imagined day to create a similar one for yourself?
What are the themes of your favorite holiday movies, that make you love them so much? What are some simple ways you could create them in 2021, for yourself?
In my favorite holiday movies, there's family togetherness, Christmas magic, and a character who lets go of the past, comes to believe in herself, and reaches for the life she wants. The one that's waiting for her. Right there, in that one long sentence is everything I want for myself in the coming year.
2020: A Year We'll Never Forget
What are your ten best memories from this year?
What positive things did you learn about yourself, your life, your strengths or your abilities this year?
What do you need to let go of, or heal, from 2020, so it doesn’t follow you into next year?
Take a moment to imagine tossing them into the fire below.
Then it's onwards and upwards, and we'll dream of a cozy winter and a year of harmony with your intentions.
My ten best moments include watching TV shows & movies with one of my friends, going to Olive Garden for my birthday, finding out that we were getting the apartment we just moved into this past fall, and reconnecting with my faith & spiritual practice in a deeper way. This year, I learned more about my true self, and was able to befriend, nurture, support & heal myself in ways I've been unable to before. I'm walking away from 2020 with the awareness that life is a lot more magical than I thought. And I'm ready to let go of self-doubt & this year's stress, pain, fear and hurt.
Let's Dream of a Cozy Winter
What are you looking forward to this winter?
Are there any potential winter challenges you want to get ahead of before they happen?
If you had to create an experience of winter hibernation for yourself, how would you do it?
How can you create cozy self-care routines that help make it a winter you’ll love?
What can you do during this winter’s potential lockdown that once it’s all over, you’ll be glad you did?
My apartment still isn't fully decorated. I'm looking forward to finishing it in 2021. Hmm - winter hibernation. I'd have to make sure I got my night-owl self to bed earlier, and I'd tip the scale toward rest & simple hunker-down delights like TV, movies, reading, sweet-smelling candles & cups of tea, and away from busywork. What do I want to be glad I've done? Write a book!
Onward to 2021!
Now, let's cross the threshold into the 2021 you want most...
What would “happy” mean to you in 2021?
What would “cozy” look like and feel like next year?
Are there any hygge lifestyle changes you want to make in the coming year?
What can I do, here, that would help make 2021 a great year for you? I really do want to know.
Happy - surrounded by coziness, with plenty of family time, and weight loss & blogging success.
Well done for giving some thought to those journal prompts, thinking about the year we're letting go of & the year to come! Now, I want to offer you one more source of wisdom and inspiration for 2021...
Gingerbread Reading - 2021
What if intuitive readings could be warm and cozy?
A lot of people choose a word for the year, each year. I’m offering a message or theme for the year, from the three that I felt guided to choose for you.
So, from these 3 cards above, choose the one you’re drawn to and then have a look at the messages below, to find the one that's a match.
LEFT CARD: What is 2021 calling you to become? There is a shift that will connect you more deeply to your authentic self. Do some journaling about this. What will this next iteration, in deeper harmony with who you are at the core, look & feel like? Give this shift permission to unfold in the coming year.
MIDDLE CARD: You deserve to take gentle good care of yourself in the coming year. Make a commitment to creating simple self-care rituals that will nurture and support you. Aim for a daily one. And at least one comforting, cozy go-to ritual or routine for days when you need a little extra self-care.
RIGHT CARD: 2021 is filled with possibilities. What do you want to create & experience as the year unfolds? It all starts with trusting that you know the answers already. That you know the path will take you where you want to go. Take some time to imagine creating the year that you want, and then, write down any thoughts that come to you about what to do next.
Now that you have had a big think about moving forward into the new year, I’ve got a way for you to cement your commitment to what you hope to create and experience.
Free Printable Vision Board Template & Goal List
Here's where you can download & print the pdfs for both the form pictured above, and the template for your vision board...
Wondering if vision boards even work? Check out this video. I've got a story to tell you that I bet will convince you!
Take the time to envision the year unfolding in exactly the way you are hoping it will. I believe that when you do that, you are creating it, in spirit, and all that’s left to do is watch it materialize and enjoy it when it does.
Wishing you the happiest, best, most wonderful 2021 you can imagine!
Thanks so much to Catarina for nominating me for this award!!
It's such an honor! I love blogging, but I love interacting with readers even more, and having great conversations with them, so getting this award means a lot to me.
Click here to read her great post where she answers the award questions.
Did you know that The Outstanding Blogger Award was created by a blogger named Colton Beckwith? Check out his blog: COLTON BECKWITH RPC.
(1) Who is your inspiration when it comes to blogging?...
Right now it's the woman from Design for Creative Souls. I'm working on branding right now & trying to make sure my message is authentic & in harmony with who I am, and her blog post & resources on The Idealist Brand Archetype is the best one I have ever read. She makes me really want to make sure I get this branding thing right.
(2) The best time to blog?...
Afternoon or evening seems to work best.
(3) Favorite topic to write about on your blog...
Creating a cozy lifestyle.
(4) Best viewed blog post this year? (Provide link)...
(5) Greatest gift of all time?...
True, kind friendship - the kind that sticks.
(6) With who would you want to collab with and why?...
Other lifetime bloggers who focus on all things cozy, on self-care, or personal growth. Sometimes the combination of more than one voice can create a kind of synergy and working together often makes both people more creative than they would have been before.
(7) Your favorite quote?...
"We must be willing to let go of the life we had planned, so we can have the life that is waiting for us." - Joseph Campbell
My 7 Questions
(1) What is your big dream for your blog in 2021?
(2) What are you hoping for, in general, for 2021?
(3) If you could give your readers one message, the one that inspires your blog posts, what would it be?
(4) Speaking of blog posts, what are the blog topics you love to write about most?
(5) Pick one of those topics you just mentioned - if you could get a celebrity to guest post about that topic, who would you pick?
(6) And is there a book about that topic you can recommend to your readers? (If you have reviewed it already, link to it.)
(7) If you could ask your readers one question, what would it be?
The Bloggers I Am Nominating
Mind Beauty Simplicity Blog
Lynn Mumbing Meija
The Martha Review
Self Care at Forty
The Barefoot Blogger
Creative Life Midwife
That Happy Reader
Tea Party Princess
See you tomorrow!
Hi, I'm Jeanine
Author, tea matchmaker, self care coach and lifestyle blogger. I help women who want more time for tea breaks & self care simplify, and find time for both. More here.