My Intentions in 2021

A friend shared a tradition with me. Instead of new year’s resolutions, she chooses a word or theme for the upcoming year to embody. I’ve decided to do the same for 2021.⁣

As some of you know, I have a very demanding career in marketing (which I am grateful for) but I’ve always been one to put work first. In 2020, work consumed me and I neglected many important aspects of my life. So, my word and intention of 2021 is 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴.⁣

Holistic wellness in 8 different areas (as they all work together): physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental, occupational, and financial. In these different pillars, I will focus on making baby steps to improve every day with flexibility and self-compassion in mind.⁣

𝗣𝗵𝘆𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹: Gentle movement daily by either walking, cycling, hiking, or yoga. Improve nutrition and seek more weight-loss by sticking with the @2bmindset principles. Schedule all doctor appointments (dentist, general, OB/GYN, eye, dermatologist, etc). More rest and sleep.⁣

𝗘𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹: Stress and anxiety management with acupuncture and therapy.⁣

𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹: Read up. Express creativity with this blog. Learn video skills and continue learning Spanish.⁣

𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹: Improve relationships. More quality time.⁣

𝗦𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹: Meditation and practice being present.⁣

𝗢𝗰𝗰𝘂𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹: Better work/life balance and counter-balance. Create vision for my future.⁣

𝗘𝗻𝘃𝗶𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹: Marie Kondo my life. Finish home projects and make home a sanctuary.⁣

𝗙𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹: Get back to saving, spending less, investing, and working toward FI/RE.⁣

To keep me focused, my word of the year is on a bracelet from @myintent.⁣

What’s your theme for 2021?

How am I planning in 2021?


Going into 2020, I invested in a new iPad and Apple Pencil to try my hand at digital planning. The appeal of only using apps and one device to plan and stay organized seemed like the answer to get my life in order. I’m a wannabe minimalist. I found digital planning fun, but not the complete system I envisioned. I still use my iPad everyday, but not for the purpose I intended.

Work is mainly digital. My company uses Outlook to schedule meetings. I time block my work day within Outlook to stay focused; I block periods of time to focus on tasks and projects. I manage projects with a software/app called Asana. However, I found myself still going to pen and paper to list out details or for a good brain dump. There’s something about writing on real paper that feels quicker and allows my brain to retain info.

At home, our family uses a shared Google account and calendar to manage appointments. For finances, we use the You Need a Budget app. To manage shared and synced digital shopping lists, we use Apple’s Reminders app. Outside of family scheduling and grocery lists, I tend to write out my daily goals/agenda in a notebook or journal in and an old paper planner. I love looking back at paper planner archives.

With this, I’m going for a blended system of digital with paper planning in 2021 and diving into the Cloth and Paper planner pictured (not affiliated). Ordered and anxiously awaiting delivery! Am I the only one looking to balance the best of both worlds, tech and paper?