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Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021

Don’t ask me how this is possible, but somehow 2020 is coming to a close. I'm honestly convinced that time is just an illusion at this point, because there is no way March was nine months ago. What a whirlwind of a year this has been, honestly. For that reason in particular, I know that everyone is beyond excited for 2021. Trust me, I totally get it and am with you.

There’s something magical about New Years. It’s an obvious chance for a fresh start, and can bring a big sigh of relief as we think about what we’re ready to leave behind. As we gear up for our new, clean slate we may even become overwhelmed with eagerness over the goals and resolutions we set for ourselves. Honestly though, I think we put a lot of pressure on the New Year. It's as if the New Year is our only chance for a fresh start, and if it doesn’t go as planned, we’ll just need to wait for the next year to try again. But that’s not even a little bit true. We don’t need to wait. And you know why? Because every day is a fresh start.

That’s right – I went there! I don’t care how cliche that sounds, because it's the truth. Every morning that you wake up is a chance to start over, to work towards your goals, to work on kicking a bad habit, to live intentionally, and to be your best damn self. Tomorrow is never guaranteed, let alone next year. Life is too short to postpone working towards being your best self.

Remember how excited we were for 2020? Then the world slowly started to shut down in the first two months, and by March it was basically completely shut down. For so many of us, our big plans for 2020 were either canceled or postponed. Many of us even threw our goals and resolutions out the window, or filed them away for next year.

This year was – dare I say – unprecedented, and it’s okay to admit that adapting was really freaking hard. I’d even go as far as to say it felt impossible at times. I’m one of many people who felt immense anxiety over the unknown, and at times felt completely helpless. But that’s okay. We need to let ourselves feel whatever it is we’re feeling and process our emotions. The key is to not let those emotions define or control us. At the end of the day, we are in control of how we live our life even if it doesn’t feel that way sometimes.

I encourage you to remember this as we go into 2021. You might not believe it, but just remember it. Keep telling yourself that you are in control of your life – the author to your own narrative, the captain of your ship, the main character in your movie. You get the idea. If you don't believe it know, I promise you will. And please also remember you are not a product of your circumstances, but rather a product of the way you react to those circumstances and how you choose to allow them to affect you. So I beg of you (and of myself)... let’s not let another year pass us by. Let’s promise each other that we will live our lives with intention and be our best damn selves each and every freaking day.

Happy New Year, everyone. Cheers to one hell of a year!


rebecca lian
Jan 07, 2021

Thanks again for the support, Daniel:) I agree, family is #1! Praying for an amazing year ahead!!


Daniel Wilches
Daniel Wilches
Jan 02, 2021

The year that tattoo on our foreheads with laser: Family is the most important thing in the universe and the stuff that we thought were trivial, stop being trivial the moment we were not allowed to do.

Cheers to a year we live one fresh strat at the time.

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