2021 – The Year of Me

I’m making it official: 2021 will be the Year of Me. I hope you will consider making it your year too. With a few simple steps, your world will be a bit brighter. Read on to learn how.

Last year, I chose my Word Of The Year — STRETCH. I stretched in my community by offering to volunteer in Boulder. I met a few new neighbors and planned my mom’s 90th birthday party from a thousand miles away.  Lots of stretching was going on. I even remembered to stretch my body once in a while.

Stretching into my Word Of The Year or WOTY, Stretch

My stretching ended in March after arriving home from Wisconsin when Colorado went into lockdown. I curled up in front of the TV and tried to make sense of our new reality. Have you ever tried stretching while in a ball-like state? I was too tightly wound.

Staying on top of our altered reality was toxic.

December sunset

It seeped into my subconscious. Instead of my typical nightmare where I would go to a party bare butt naked, I was fully clothed but didn’t wear a mask. Oh, my God! NO ONE WORE MASKS! I would wake up in a full body sweat. 

I wanted to write about my feelings and how we were starring in a medical thriller, but everyone experienced the same thing. GAH! Anything I wrote would be redundant, like this sentence. It wasn’t until December that I wrote a humorous story about COVID from a different angle. 

Then I stepped away from social media and the news to focus on my family and the holidays. I haven’t blogged in over a month. Ahhh. It unwound me.

I took a photo of the Christmas Star while up in Breckenridge.

Christmas star

As the New Year approached, words like self-care, comfort, and healing came to mind. I couldn’t figure out how to incorporate them into a resolution. Hmmm.

Then my sister, Patty McCartan, gave me a new book – A Year of Positive Thinking by Cyndie Spiegel. On New Year’s Day, I read the first daily passage about how I was exactly where I should be. There was some comfort in knowing that. I wondered how I would feel at the end of the year.

A Year of Positive Thinking

The passage on January 2nd made my third eye blink. *insert giggle here*

Spiegel introduced the Japanese art of Kintsukuroi. When a vase drops and breaks, the artist repairs it with gold. The bright metal brings attention to the crack and makes the vase more beautiful while improving its strength.

2020 shattered us. We need a little Kintsukuroi. The gold will make us whole again.

But how?

Example:

Tuesday, I woke up and felt as if I had run a half-marathon in my sleep. Since I had a long list to accomplish, I panicked.

 I’d spent most of the time in the mountains and my house was decked from floor to ceiling in holiday decor. What appears magical at Christmas looks old, tired, and gray with dust in January.

The pressure to post something worth your time had been building for a while. What would I write about?

I didn’t want to drink a gallon of coffee, jitter out, and then crash. Instead, I took a spin through the internet.

After reading an article about increasing my energy chakraworth a try, right? — I did a breathing technique and peaced-out for a while. That’s when the idea for the Year of Me popped into my pointy head.

Me-Time, but it’s not what you think.

What a concept! After reading a passage from A Year of Positive Thinking, I will let the words sink in while turning it over in different ways to embrace it. Then I will check in with my body and mental state. What have I got to lose?

I edited this article while Trump protesters breached our US Capitol. What did I do to avoid the negativity? I vacuumed my big-ass house. The insanity will end but the damage is done. The hatred continues. Shattered again.

A part of me wanted to watch this atrocity as it happened while another part wanted to take a hot soak. I got my second Shingrix shot and resembled a slowly tranquilized deer. The soak won out.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that I’m impulsive and have no shame. I didn’t even bother to look in the mirror after my shower! I’m adding, acting on impulsive positivity to my daily ritual.

Look at what happens when it’s the Year of Me — other than the abject humiliation.

A Year of ME will shape my day and change my point of view in a positive way. Using Kintsukuroi, I’ll attempt to repair my cracks by refocusing my day with a positive spin. Who knows what impulsive and positive acts may arise…

Blue sunset in January

In 2021, I will start my mornings with Me Time. If I’m not feeling it, I’ll reread the passage, meditate, do a few yoga poses, or take a walk to get my blood moving. This is Day 7, and I feel an abundance of positivity already, even with the insanity.

Slowly, my cracks will be filled with gold. Join me. The world will be so bright, we’ll have to wear shades.

Susie Liindau in the gold sunlight

Are you ready for more positivity in your life? What are you doing to keep smiling?

52 thoughts on “2021 – The Year of Me

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  1. Great a cappella voice, Susie. Thank you for your positive words, yesterday was scary. You have always impressed me as a very positive person anyway. In fact, if I needed to jump start my car and you were around, I’d clamp the red wire on you! Have a great day and year!

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    1. Ha! Thanks, Al! I thought I might be mortified today, but I’m not. 😂 When I showed the video to my kids, I suspect that they thought, “She’s back.” 🤣 Self-effacing humor was my MO when I started this blog nine years ago.

      Yesterday was hard for all of us. People need to put politics aside and reach out to their family and neighbors. The cracks are real.

      My energy level is so high, I’d probably blow up your battery. Lol! Happy New Year to you!

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  2. Last year was my year of positivity and I think – despite everything – I managed that pretty well. This year is shaping up to be something completely different. I find myself so depressed the past few days. The weather’s not helping (cold and wet) and I have no inn guests this entire month so nothing to look forward to in that regard.

    But, I’ve decided that 2021 will be my year of hopes and prayers. Praying never hurts and no matter what happens, nobody can take our hope away. So . . . wish me luck!

    Hang in there. Good to see you again (in cyberworld).

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

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    1. Thank you, Patricia! It’s good to be back.

      I think we all need to focus on hope and prayers in 2021. They will steer us toward a much brighter future. The sun will shine again!

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  3. Staying positive and resilient is the only way to be in these times. I think I may take a page from your 2021 and focus more on what makes me happy and healthy. Here’s to a much better year that hopefully brings peace to the country.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Biker Chick and for your words!
      We all need to fill our toolbox to show positivity and shine in our communities. That energy is almost always reflected. In my case, it’s worth a little humiliation. 😂
      Here, here!

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  4. I continue to remain positive. The last 24 hours were an abomination that should bring a feeling of shame to every American. The result of this shame should be a dedication to reunite and vow to never let this happen again. Those who feel powerless ought to double down with positive feelings. Think of the good in our lives instead of the few asshats that make the news. All these trouble makers and their leader should gone just as soon as they get no more attention. Their light has burned out and we see them for what they are. Good for you Susie. Keep it up.

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    1. Thank you, John!

      I figured I would get a chance to THINK I told you so to any one who loved Trump but had no idea he would stoop this low. There’s a congressman who believes that the people who breached the White House knew exactly where all the rooms were and a senator or congressman tipped them off. I trust that no matter who is involved, they will be brought to justice.
      I’m staying inside my cosmic bubble while out of it from yesterday’s shingles shot! ❤️

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  5. LOVE IT – the Year of Me – Keep on Smiling and Finding the Positives!!! I have been thinking about treasuring lately. Like treasuring my greatest someones. Like treasuring the day and soaking in all those great moments. Like treasuring my whole, well being. Etc., etc., etc. Life is such a precious gift and one to be treasured, soaked and savored. Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

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  6. This year has started out rough – the death of my brother-in-law from covid. I’m hoping the beginning of the Year of the Ox in early February will turn things around not just for me but for our country. I find stretching an absolute necessity for bloggers! Otherwise we freeze up!

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    1. Oh, no. I’m so sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. The nightmare of 2020 continues. I looked up my horoscope but forgot about my Chinese sign. I’ll look it up! ❤️

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  7. As soon as I read your title I knew it was going to be a good one! When I began to wake up spiritually and see life through a different lens, I began to understand the value, no, the necessity of taking care of ourselves. I hope you don’t mind my sharing, but this short teaching from one of my favorite metaphysical teachers blew my mind when I first heard it, and I think you’d appreciate it: https://youtu.be/OpxR2x7zrmM . At ten minutes, it’s not too long but full of gold, and Mary’s a very cool chick.

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  8. Welcome back Susie. Great to hear that you are self-repairing and filling up on positive vibes during these difficult times. No point in being negative and letting the news get you down, there are always good things to concentrate on. Life is for living and experiencing isn’t it? Don’t waste a day.

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  9. Love to see you back Susie. It can be difficult to rise above all of the negative news & the challenges Covid has created in our day to day lives but in concentrating & focussing on the positive, it seems to have a little less power over us. Happy New Year!🥳

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    1. Thanks so much, Lynn!
      Last week was horrifying and like most people, I’m just trying to stay healthy until I can get vaccinated. My new daily habit helped! One of the messages stated that everything is fleeting. Nothing good or bad lasts for long. I’m looking forward to much better days.
      Happy New Year to you!

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  10. I am glad I read this post first thing in the morning Susie. It brought a smile and a ray of hope. Let us all use a little gold on the cracks and march into 2021 with positivity . And of course, with our shades on.
    Kintsukuroi, I have written down this word in my journal.

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    1. Oh, that’s good to hear, Deepa! I’m glad my attempt at positivity helped. It was good-timing for me here in the States where insanity exploded. Starting my day with positivity works for me.
      Happy New Year! 😎

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  11. I was deep into a depressive funk by mid-2020… and then I figured out what was causing it. Stepping away from social media has been a miraculous cure. Now I’m feeling refreshed and ready to tackle 2021 by focusing on the needs of my pandemic-lockdown-beleaguered clients.

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    1. That is so good to hear! Social media can be soul-sucking and doesn’t ever inspire me. This year, I’m going to seek out inspiration. 😎
      Are you a therapist, Darius? If you are, your business must be booming. May we all find inspiration and feel refreshed in 2021!

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      1. I’m not a therapist, although I do seem to spend a lot of my time talking people down from the emotional ledge these days! I’ve been a humble voiceover guy since 2010, and my clients are mostly media agents under ridiculous pressure… with most of their desperation caused by social media… which, ironically, their careers depend on. A very vicious cycle indeed.

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          1. It is super stressful for them. People like you and me are fortunate to be in situations that allow us to step away when we need breathing space. Of course, it essentially comes down to the choices we’ve made.

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            1. I still check news on Twitter but needed to step away from the constant status updates on other platforms since most don’t inspire me. That said, #adventure on Instagram lifts me up!

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  12. Loved this one. It is very timely for me after feeling very despondent since 6 January… It brightened my day. A 35 mile bike ride helped to. Too tired to me angry and between the endorphins and your Kintsukuroi analogy, I feel I’ll sleep better tonight and live a more joyous day tomorrow. Keep singing!

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    1. I’m so glad to hear that, Jeff! Biking is a great way to burn off stress and last Wednesday was beyond words – I tried shitshow, but it isn’t strong enough.

      I hadn’t sung out loud in a really long time but figured setting a very low bar might inspire others. It helps to have no shame! 😎
      Happy New Year!

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  13. 2020 has been a crazy year. Thank you for the sprinkle of positive energy. I hope this great beginning for you continue throughout the rest of the year and the years to come!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jolos! I’m glad that my positivity sprinkled on you. Some days might take more effort than others, but I feel a difference. I hope 2021 brings you renewed hope and happiness, my new friend. 😎

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  14. Love this post and love all the feedback and ideas. I love picking a word for the year, but this year, the word “magic” picked me. And I’m super excited about seeing where all that leads. I’ll be reading your blog to see how you experience the year of Me!

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