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21 for 2021: June review

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It’s halfway through the year and I’ve made good progress on my intentions. Some areas, however, seems to be stuck and that makes me wonder whether they remain the right choices for me.

Progress in June

Complete the 52 Book Club 2021 challenge: I completed this in June, six months ahead of schedule. I found the categories easier to fulfil this year and will soon write a post detailing the books read.

Blog regularly: This is still happening whereas in previous years it would have tailed off by now.

Practice yoga five times a week: I managed 29 sessions in June.

Complete six pieces of writing: I wrote two poems in June and am currently revising and editing a short story. The London Writers’ Salon Writers’ Hour is keeping me on track with this.

Complete A Year to Clear: I’m still working through this programme by Stephanie Bennett Vogt and am up to day 212.

Implement a cleaning schedule: The schedule is there but the motivation isn’t. This needs to become a habit.

Each week, take a positive step to improve my mood: Some of the things I did in June are: online literary festival and bookclub events, meeting friends, hosting an afternoon for a group of ex-colleagues who have become close friends, dinner in a restaurant with my daughter, afternoon tea with my sister and daughter, a trip to London with my partner, and a return to ballroom and Latin dance lessons.

Intentions already fulfilled

Choose a word for the year: My word is space and is all about creating more physical and mental space in my life.

Take a writing course: I’ve done several this year ranging from poetry to life writing.

Do a meditation: Earlier this year, I was making time for standalone meditation sessions; now I do it as part of yoga.

Visit London: I went in May and again in June.

Try new recipes: I’ve tried numerous new recipes this year and have added to my repertoire of meals. I plan on continuing to do so.

Have a wardrobe cull: I’ve been through every item of clothing and either disposed of it or, in the majority of cases, refolded and grouped similar items together.

Attend a literature course: I have attended several this year from Middle Eastern Literature to Literature of the Absurd to Critical Reading.

Visit the sea: I’ve made one trip to the coast; now it would be nice to go on a warm, sunny day and spend some time on the beach. Hopefully, when I’m away later this month, it will happen.

Try something new: From online bookclubs to London Writers’ Hour mingles, I’m always on the lookout for a new challenge.

No progress made In June

Visit new places to walk: If this is going to happen, I need to be intentional about it.

Fill my art journal: I have definitely lost my creative mojo in this respect. However, I’ve reignited my interest in knitting and am also going to try embroidery, so I’m being creative in other ways.

Tidy the study and keep it that way: Again, this needs to be scheduled in.

Watch The Merchant of Venice: I haven’t got round to this yet. I feel more drawn to Samuel Beckett at the moment!

Attend a mindfulness workshop: Although I’ve done an online course, I would like to do one in person.

Some areas I’m excelling in, others are stuck, albeit hopefully just temporarily as there are a further six months of this year left!

21 for 2021: May review

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I’m still making progress on many of my 2021 intentions, some of which have been fulfilled several times over.

Progress in May

Complete the 52 Book Club 2021 challenge: I read nine books in May, taking my total to 50. This means there are just two categories left to complete. The first is ‘an author of colour’, for which I am in the process of listening to the audio version of Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden. The second is ‘a book by Kristin Hannah’. Although she seems to be an incredibly popular writer, I’m not particularly drawn to reading her novels, which appear to be quite long.

Take a writing course: I did a Writing Inspiration Jam workshop with City Lit. Unfortunately, it seemed to kill my inspiration and I haven’t written anything since!

Blog regularly: I’ve reduced the number of times I blog each week but I’m still doing this on a regular basis.

Practise yoga five times a week: I did 30 yoga sessions so I’m consistently meeting this goal, and feeling all the better for it.

Complete Stephanie Bennett Vogt’s A Year to Clear programme: I’m working through this day-by-day and am halfway through on day 183.

Meditate: I did some standalone practice as well as it being part of my regular yoga sessions. I do feel much calmer and clearer afterwards.

Visit London: Last weekend I went up to central London and it was buzzing. I wandered round Covent Garden and had lunch outside as the weather was beautiful. I feel lucky to live within half an hour’s train journey of such an amazing city.

Try new recipes: I’ve sourced a few recipes online, which have been lovely. I’m enjoying experimenting and it has reignited my interest in cooking.

Have a wardrobe cull: I have now been through every item of clothing and organised my storage areas with the items I wish to keep for the moment. I will continue to dispose on items on an ad hoc basis, and am considering pursuing a minimalist wardrobe.

Implement a cleaning schedule: In the main, this is going well, although sometimes life gets in the way and I fall behind.

Attend a literature course: I’m currently doing a Critical Reading course with the University of Oxford and one on Literature of the Absurd with the WEA.

Try something new: I joined an online bookclub specialising in Japanese literature, an interest of mine. I also attended online the Cambridge Literature Festival bookclub on The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue, and a Southbank Centre event where International Booker nominees and their translators read from their work.

Each week, take one positive step to improve my mood: Some of the things I’ve done this month are a picnic, ballroom and Latin dance classes, Bank Holiday entertaining, I hosted my bookclub get-together, and I’ve attended the London Writers’ Salon Writers’ Hour mingles in Zoom breakout rooms.

Intentions Already Fulfilled

Choose a word for the year: My word is space, chosen with the aim of creating more physical and mental space in my life.

Visit the sea: In April, I had a day out at Goring on the Sussex coast.

No Progress Made

Visit new places to walk: The weather in May was awful – so much rain – so I kept local and didn’t explore further afield.

Fill my art journal: I’ve definitely lost my creative enthusiasm as the pages remain blank.

Tidy the study: I didn’t get any further with this although now my daughter is back in the office for two days a week, I have no further excuse.

Complete six pieces of writing: I didn’t do any this month.

Watch The Merchant of Venice: I haven’t done this yet. Instead I’ve been watching plays for my Literature of the Absurd course.

Attend a mindfulness workshop: I still haven’t found an in-person one yet.

As I’ve made significant progress in many areas, I may have a reassessment at the end of June to see what I want to do in the second half of the year.

21 for 2021: April review

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Based on Gretchen Rubin’s idea, I have created a list of 21 items I want to achieve in 2021. Obviously I have had to take the ongoing situation into account when devising my list so it is slightly more restricted than it would usually be. Here is my April review.

Choose a word for the year: My word is space and my aim is to create more physical and mental space in my life. To find out how I have been creating space in April, see this post: https://marginalia14.wordpress.com/2021/04/28/creating-space/

Complete the 52 Book Club 2021 challenge: I completed ten books in April, bringing my total to 41 so far. If I continue at this rate, I will finish the challenge some time in June, which is a record for me. I have been far more focussed on my reading this year, making a conscious effort to sit down and pick up a book, and I have been taking part in a few literature courses and have joined a couple of online book clubs, all of which are providing deadlines to help me focus. My question now is what will I do when I’ve finished the challenge?

Take a writing course: This month I attended a brilliant writing masterclass with Louise Doughty on how to plot your novel and a discussion with George Saunders on crafting short stories, both of which formed part of the immensely satisfying Cambridge Literary Festival programme.

Blog regularly: I’ve still been blogging every day, which I never intended when I wrote this list. It has simply evolved naturally.

Visit new places to walk: I need to give this more attention. However, I am amazed to have discovered a nature reserve less than a mile from my home. Despite living in the area all my life, I hadn’t known it was there. I also had a long walk along by the sea from Goring to Rustington.

Practise yoga five times a week: In April I did 35 yoga sessions. I’m finding it easy to meet my target as yoga has become an essential part of my life.

Fill my art journal: I don’t know what’s happened here – I haven’t done any art journalling and feel I have lost my mojo. How can I get it back?

Tidy the study and keep it that way: This is a bit of a sticking point as it’s been on my list for a couple of years. I got off to a good start last year but when my daughter began working from home, I handed this space over to her so it’s been problematic getting in there at convenient times. It’s possibly why I haven’t been art journalling as it doubled as my studio where I could leave my art materials out. It’s been suggested that her office might return for a couple of days a week so there’s a possibility that I might be getting this space back for at least part of the week.

Complete six pieces of writing (short story, poem, essay): This month I wrote a poem and a personal essay. I’ve also written the first draft of a short story, which I am now starting to revise and edit.

Watch The Merchant of Venice: I haven’t done this yet although I have found a Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre production, which is available to rent.

Complete Stephanie Bennett Vogt’s A Year to Clear programme: I work on this each morning and am now on day 147. Although I haven’t had any moments of huge transformation, I am noticing subtle shifts, so I think there is a cumulative effect.

Meditate: I am trying to introduce a daily standalone meditation into my life and have now completed 21 consecutive days. I feel much calmer after each short session.

Attend a mindfulness workshop: I don’t know when these will be available to attend in person. Perhaps I will try to find one that is held via Zoom.

Visit London: I haven’t done this yet but am planning on going this month. Hopefully I’ll be able to meet my daughter for lunch somewhere and have a wander around.

Try new recipes: I’ve been getting recipes and ingredients delivered by Gousto, which has reignited my interest in cooking. I’ve particularly enjoyed the Korean recipes.

Have a wardrobe cull: I’ve almost finished doing this and just have an underbed storage area to go through. I’ve got rid of a few items – there are probably more that could go – and organised the remainder in a more sensible way.

Implement a cleaning schedule: I think I’m finally getting somewhere with this. It’s set up and seems to be working effectively at the moment. Now I just have to stick with it.

Attend a literature course: I’m currently participating in a Ten Poets course and another entitled Reading Lolita in Tehran. I took part in a Contemporary Literature taster course at City Lit, where we discussed short stories by Lorrie Moore and Edwidge Danticat, and have just begun a Critical Reading course with the University of Oxford.

Visit the sea: Last week, I went to Goring on the south coast of England. It was a beautifully sunny day with clear blue skies and, being the UK, a biting cold wind. However, I had a very pleasant walk from Goring to Rustington and back, and enjoyed the fresh air and lovely views.

Try something new: I attended two conversations at Cambridge Literary Festival: one with Maria Stepanova and her translator, Sasha Dugdale; the other a fantastically inspiring discussion between Monique Roffey and Salena Godden. I already had The Mermaid of Black Conch on my ‘want to read’ list but I am equally intrigued by Mrs Death Misses Death, which I’m going to get on audio book as Salena Godden, a performance poet, reads it herself. I was most impressed by the extract she read during the discussion. I also watched a Southbank Centre discussion between Kazuo Ishiguro and his daughter, Naomi, both of whom have new novels out.

I’ve also been attending the London Writers’ Salon writers’ hour, and plucked up the courage to remain online afterwards for a breakout room mingle.

I’ve set up a summer reading challenge for my tutees, the first time I’ve attempted such a thing. I’m curious to see how they respond to it and whether it encourages them to read with greater enjoyment.

Each week, take one positive step to improve my mood: I’ve implemented various ongoing intentions, such as not using my phone after 9.45pm, eliminating Twitter from my life, meditating daily, focussing one one thing at a time, and cutting sugar. I’ve also bought a bubble tent so I can spend more time outside when it’s chilly, and some comfortable patio sofas for when it’s warm. I’ve got to assemble the furniture so this will probably have detrimental effect on my mood before I start to reap the benefits!

All-in-all, this challenge is going well this year, probably because I had to be far less ambitious when choosing my activities.

21 for 2021: March review

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I got this idea from Gretchen Rubin whereby you write a list of 21 things that you want to achieve in 2021. Obviously, this year, I am limited by the fact that we are in an extended period of lockdown and so my list is based more or less around activities that can be easily achieved in the current circumstances. Here is a review of my progress during March.

Choose a word for the year. I amended my word slightly from clarity to space as I feel this better encompasses what I want to achieve. Find out more here: https://marginalia14.wordpress.com/2021/03/17/my-word-for-the-year/

Complete the 52 Book Club 2021 challenge. So far this year, I have read 31 books, which is definitely a record for me. I have begun allocating books to the challenge categories. It’s obviously much easier in the early part of the challenge to do this but once there are fewer categories to complete, my reading has to be more selective and I might have to buy books that specifically fulfil a category. When I first did this challenge two years ago, I didn’t allocate books until the end of the year but this year I’m being a bit bolder in this respect.

Take a writing course. I’ve completed four online writing workshops with City Lit this month: Life Writing, Micro Memoir, Memoir, and Poetry.

Blog regularly. I’m continuing to post on a daily basis, which wasn’t my intention at all when I used the word ‘regularly’. I get up early and after a journalling session and before my morning yoga practice, I find myself drawn to my laptop to write.

Visit different places to walk. I haven’t been so intentional in doing so this month. However, I have visited three different places and with the advent of spring and the improving weather, this will be easier in the forthcoming months.

Practise yoga five times a week. In March, I did 36 online yoga sessions with the amazing studio, Bamboo Wellness[1], and I’m averaging around eight sessions per week. I’ve been practising yoga at this intensity for over a year now and find I get a bit cranky if I miss a day. It’s helping to keep me centred, strong and flexible. If we ever get back to normal in the UK and my schedule has more external commitments, this might be more difficult to achieve; however, I cannot see myself reducing it by much as it feels essential to my wellbeing.

Fill my art journal. I seem to be hitting a bit of a block on art journalling at the moment. I probably need to find some inspiring YouTube videos or have a browse through Pinterest to get my creative juices flowing again.

Tidy the study and keep it that way. This is on hold as I am tackling other areas at the moment. I must ensure this doesn’t slip so much that it’s December and it looks the same.

Complete six pieces of writing (short story, poem, essay). This month I wrote a short piece of micro-memoir writing and a poem. Read my micro-memoir here: https://marginalia14.wordpress.com/2021/03/26/micro-memoir-recollections-from-my-childhood/ – and my poem here: https://marginalia14.wordpress.com/2021/03/05/ekphrasis-yellow-pumpkin-a-poem/

Watch The Merchant of Venice. I haven’t done this yet.

Complete Stephanie Bennett Vogt’s A Year to Clear programme. I read through the day’s suggestion each morning – it’s a year-long project, which I started towards the end of last year – and I’m on day 107. Some days resonate with me more than others but instead of letting that put me off, I keep going. Although I can’t highlight for certain the ways it’s working, I do feel that overall I am heading in the right direction so it must be having an effect.

Meditate. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been making an effort to do a short daily meditation.

Attend a mindfulness workshop. I did an online mindfulness course but I would like to do an in-person workshop. Whether this will be possible this year with the way things are, I don’t know.

Visit London. I plan on doing this just as soon as things open up in London. It’s difficult to say when this might be as the UK government keep moving the goalposts.

Try new recipes. I’m continuing to order recipes and their ingredients from Gousto, which is broadening the range of dishes I cook.

Have a wardrobe cull. I’ve tidied the chest of drawers and moved bulky jumpers to the under-bed storage area. I’ve made a start on clearing and sorting my wardrobe.

Implement a cleaning schedule. I’ve got a schedule but I’m having trouble sticking to it!

Attend a literature course. I’ve started 10 week poetry course, which focuses on a different poet each week. I’m also participating in a poetry course on FutureLearn, Unseen Poetry and the Creative Process.

Visit the sea. I’m waiting for warmer weather for this one.

Try something new. I’m still limited by everything being locked down, which is restricting my world to that which can be lived through a screen. I attended the Cambridge Literary Festival’s bookclub on 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in this Strange World with Elif Shafak. Read about my experience here: https://marginalia14.wordpress.com/2021/03/18/a-new-experience-my-first-cambridge-literary-festival-bookclub-event/

Each week, take one positive step to improve my mood. This month, I have introduced meditation sessions, concentrated on uni-tasking, made a concerted attempt to reduce Twitter time, and have started The Listening Path, a six-week programme on paying attention.

[1] https://www.bambooyoga.uk/

My word for the year

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I originally chose clarity as my word for the year; however, after consideration, I’m changing this to space, which better encompasses what I want to focus on.

In recent times, I have been feeling overwhelmed and cluttered: physically, mentally and in terms of my life in general. This year, I want to create space in my environment, my mind and my life.

In physical terms, I want to clear my environment of the clutter that I hold on to unnecessarily. It blocks energy and causes stress by reminding me of my failure to deal with it through my desire to keep things ‘just in case’. It also wastes time in searching for misplaced items and prevents me from properly storing the things that are wanted, needed and used. I feel tired when I see it, frustrated when I can’t find something, and demotivated when I can’t put things away. These feelings spill over into other areas of my life and are defeating. I want to create space in my physical environment.

My cluttered physical space creates a cluttered mental space – the two can’t be separated. My mind is unfocused and can’t concentrate, with a myriad of thoughts flashing through it at any one time. This is draining and allows no energy for concentration as whilst working on one task, I am thinking of the one after, and the one after that. Then the negative thoughts attack and its a downward spiral. I want to stop being distracted and to focus on the present moment, giving it my complete attention without agonising over the past or worrying about the future. I want to let go of those thoughts that do not serve me. I want to create space in my mind.

I schedule too many tasks, leave things until the last minute, and am busy, busy, busy but at the end of the day seem to have achieved nothing. I’ve flitted from one task to another, not seeing anything through to completion. I procrastinate and then feel anxious and stressed as the task becomes urgent. I don’t allow sufficient time between appointments or when I do have time, I fill it with one more task (which there isn’t quite enough time to complete) – either way, I end up rushing and stressed. I schedule activities for the future when, deep down inside, I know I won’t want to do them. I take on clients on a day off. I want to create space in my life.

It’s going to be tough! However, if I can take some small steps this year, I will make progress in creating space and ultimately achieve my original word, clarity – the quality or state of being clear.

21 for 2021: February review

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I got this idea from Gretchen Rubin whereby you write a list of 21 things that you want to achieve in 2021. Obviously, this year, I am limited by the fact that we are in an extended period of lockdown and so my list is based more or less around activities that can be easily achieved in the current circumstances.

  1. Choose a word for the year. I’ve decided on the word clarity. I want to declutter my mind and also my physical space to allow me to gain greater clarity.
  2. Complete the 52 Book Club 2021 challenge. So far this year, I have read 19 books, which is definitely a record for me. Now could be the time to start allocating books to the challenge categories.
  3. Take a writing course. I’ve completed two online writing courses with City Lit, London: in January, Personal Essay Writing, which was packed with excellent tips and ideas, and in February, Writing for Blogs, which again was very useful and gave food for thought.
  4. Blog regularly. I’m currently posting on a daily basis, which wasn’t my intention but has just happened.
  5. Visit different places to walk. Each week, I’ve been making an effort to find somewhere different to walk. Even though I live in the suburbs of London, I am blessed with having lots of beautiful countryside within a short distance.
  6. Practise yoga five times a week. In February, I did 36 online yoga sessions with the amazing studio, Bamboo Wellness[1]. They provide an fantastic range of online sessions with excellent teachers, and I can’t recommend them highly enough. A link to their website is at the end of this post and people have joined their classes from around the world.
  7. Fill my art journal. I’ve completed a few more spreads although not as many as I would like.
  8. Tidy the study and keep it that way. This has been on my to do list for the past two years. I’ve made a small start as I think it’s a job that’s better tackled in small steps. However, I’m putting this on hold at the moment as I am focusing on item 16 on this list, culling my wardrobe.
  9. Complete six pieces of writing (short story, poem, essay). Following on from the Personal Essay Writing course, I wrote a personal essay.
  10. Watch The Merchant of Venice. I haven’t done this yet.
  11. Complete Stephanie Bennett Vogt’s A Year to Clear programme. I read through the day’s suggestion each morning – it’s a year-long project, which I started towards the end of last year – and I’m on day 74.
  12. Meditate. Bamboo Wellness[1] offer a free 30 minute meditation session on Sundays, which I tried once (it tends to clash with a dog walk). I’ve also done some short sessions as part of a mindfulness course.
  13. Attend a mindfulness workshop. Although I’d really like to attend an in-person workshop, this just isn’t possible at the moment. However, I have just completed week 1 of the Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance course offered by Monash University on FutureLearn.
  14. Visit London. I’m not sure when I’ll do this, perhaps spring.
  15. Try new recipes. I’m continuing to order recipes and their ingredients from Gousto, which is broadening the range of dishes I cook.
  16. Have a wardrobe cull. I’ve got an under-bed clothes storage area where items tend to get put and forgotten about. In February, I went through this, removing items I no longer want and folding and sorting the remainder. My next area to focus on is a chest of drawers. My plan for the future is to use the under-bed area to store out-of-season clothes and use the drawers for the current season. Garments are currently randomly split between the two.
  17. Implement a cleaning schedule. I’ve returned to using the Errands app to schedule cleaning. Now I need to get into the habit of doing it on the allocated day!
  18. Attend a literature course. I finished the How to Read a Novel course and am currently participating in a How to Read a Poem course, before starting one on Shakespeare (all free on FutureLearn). I’m also in the process of working my way through the reading list for the Reading Lolita in Tehran course that starts in April. I’ve also signed up to a Ten Poets course beginning this month and a Critical Reading course that runs from April to July.
  19. Visit the sea. I’m waiting for warmer weather for this one.
  20. Try something new. I’m limited by everything being locked down so I’ve been doing the aforementioned reading, writing and mindfulness courses.
  21. Each week, take one positive step to improve my mood. This month, I have focussed on one area each week. These were: cut out sugar; slow down (stop rushing through tasks but move slowly, focus and take my time); clear the decks (finish the niggling items on my to-do list); and complete week 1 of the mindfulness course.

On reflection, I am pleased with the way this is going so far. Of course, it’s much easier without external distractions, but I also feel sad that it is so limited by the ongoing situation and that there are so few opportunities to do activities outside the home; however, I’m trying to make the best of it and to keep my mind occupied with projects so I don’t fall into a repeat of the low mood I was in last year.

[1] https://www.bambooyoga.uk/

Review: first week of 21 for 2021

I compiled my 21 for 2021 list last weekend; now seems like a good time to review my first week.

  1. Choose a word for the year. I’ve decided on the word clarity. I want to declutter my mind and also my physical space to allow me to gain greater clarity.
  2. Complete the 52 Book Club 2021 challenge. I’m well on my way with this one, having read six books so far.
  3. Take a writing course. I’ve signed up for a course on personal essay writing with City Lit for next weekend.
  4. Blog regularly. Good so far.
  5. Visit different places to walk. I have a beautiful local park that’s very convenient to walk my dog in; last week I ventured to a place I have never particularly explored.
  6. Practise yoga five times a week. I completed eight yoga sessions last week. I enjoy a flow in the morning to stretch my body and wake it up, and a yin or restorative session in the evening to help me wind down for sleep.
  7. Fill my art journal. I’ve completed a couple of spreads.
  8. Tidy the study and keep it that way. This has been on my to do list for the past two years. I’ve made a small start as I think it’s a job that’s better tackled in small steps; being too ambitious will result in failure, as I’ve learnt from past experience.
  9. Complete six pieces of writing (short story, poem, essay). Nothing done on this one yet.
  10. Watch The Merchant of Venice. I had a quick look for a version to watch. There was a film starring Al Pacino and a production from many years ago starring Laurence Olivier. I’d rather watch a more recent Globe theatre production!
  11. Complete Stephanie Bennett Vogt’s A Year to Clear programme. I read through the day’s suggestion each morning – it’s a year-long project, which I started towards the end of last year, and I’m on day 34.
  12. Meditate. I do this as part of yoga but want to try a stand-alone meditation.
  13. Attend a mindfulness workshop. I need to source one of these.
  14. Visit London. I’m not sure when I’ll do this, perhaps spring.
  15. Try new recipes. I’ve recently subscribed to Gousto. I choose four recipes a week (usually ones I wouldn’t normally cook), and they deliver the ingredients already measured out. It’s been a very good experience so far.
  16. Have a wardrobe cull. I’ve removed five unworn items this week; this is going to be a longer term process for the same reasons as they study.
  17. Implement a cleaning schedule. I used to use the ‘Errands’ app but I’ve been neglectful of late so I’m going to get this up and running properly again.
  18. Attend a literature course. I’m currently participating in a course on Middle Eastern Literature, and have just signed up for another where we read and discuss the novels that are read and discussed in Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi.
  19. Visit the sea. I’m waiting for warmer weather for this one.
  20. Try something new. This is obviously limited at the moment but who knows what I’ll find.
  21. Each week, take one positive step to improve my mood. Last week, I had a social media and news embargo and feel so much better for it.

I’m quite pleased with the way I’ve started working on this; now I need to keep up the momentum.

My 21 for 2021

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin, here is my list of 21 intentions for 2021. I wasn’t going to bother this year as I am feeling so out of sorts but perhaps this is the year when I need to do this more than ever.

  1. Choose a word for the year.
  2. Complete the 52 Book Club 2021 challenge.
  3. Take a writing course.
  4. Blog regularly.
  5. Visit different places to walk.
  6. Practise yoga five times a week.
  7. Fill my art journal.
  8. Tidy the study and keep it that way.
  9. Complete six pieces of writing (short story, poem, essay).
  10. Watch The Merchant of Venice.
  11. Complete Stephanie Bennett Vogt’s A Year to Clear programme.
  12. Meditate.
  13. Attend a mindfulness workshop.
  14. Visit London.
  15. Try new recipes.
  16. Have a wardrobe cull.
  17. Implement a cleaning schedule.
  18. Attend a literature course.
  19. Visit the sea.
  20. Try something new.
  21. Each week, take one positive step to improve my mood.

There is no reason why I can’t succeed in these intentions and my focus this year has been to give myself projects to concentrate on, which will lift my mood. I have never felt so low in spirits and lacking in motivation. Everything that feeds my soul and inspires me by opening up new opportunities has been taken away with no hint of ever returning. I need to find a way to preserve myself; hopefully this will help.

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