Wow, what a year... 

Who would have thought back in January that 2020 would turn out the way it did... a year with a global pandemic that would bring pretty much everything to a halt. 

While you probably can't wait to close the chapter on 2020 and head into 2021, we want to share a few points on how to make your transition even more powerful. 

1. Reflect on the past year...and celebrate your wins! 

Too often we forget to celebrate small and big successes. 

What did you experience, design, create or do in 2020 that you're really proud of? 

Write down your answer!  

You can also use your calendar as a reminder and see all that you've noted there in the last twelve months. I bet it's a lot more than you realize!  

Often we are far too critical of ourselves, and instead of celebrating our small (everyday) successes, we start the new year feeling like we haven't done enough or need to do "better". 

2020 was exceptionally tough. Many of us had to work under challenging circumstances with little or no chances for a break. For many this year also meant huge financial challenges, personal losses and disappointments.   

So don't worry too much about all those points on your bucket list, that you couldn't tick off this year. 

You've made it through till here, and that is most important! 

2. Create a vision board

A vision board is a simple yet powerful tool to visualize your dreams and goals. 

While making a vision board might seem childish, it can actually help you get clear about the things you want in life and stay more focused and motivated while moving towards your goals. Just try and see! 

Here's what you need for your 2021 vision board: 

  • poster board
  • magazines 
  • scissors 
  • glue 

How it works: 

  •  Get some magazines and cut out ANYTHING that makes you happy or catches your eye. Images of nature, a house or a pet... that's totally up to you! Maybe there's a colour that you love right away or that glamorous dress. Make a big pile of images and phrases and words.
  • Go through the magazine cutouts and start assembling them on your board. You could even tell a visual story if you like.
  • Glue everything onto the board. Add writing if you want. 
  • Place your vision board in a prominent, visible location to act as a daily reminder and motivation. 

Many people who have tried vision boards have been surprised how many things they had visualized actually became true later. 

3. Declutter your home 

World known decluttering queen Marie Kondo once said: "To put your things in order means to put your past in order, too."

In our experience this is absolutely true. If you have not used the lockdowns and time spent home in 2020 for decluttering yet, now is the time! 

When your surroundings are organized it is much easier to keep the mind clear and focused. 

Decluttering also serves as a powerful ritual. You can consciously let go of old things and patterns and start from a clean slate. 

4. Get moving! 

Exercise releases feel-good endorphins that trigger a sense of well-being in the brain. This is not a “feeling” that few sporty people are lucky to experience, but actually a fact proven by science. 

If you want to start your new year in the best possible way, start moving! 

Exercise is not only a great way to get back into shape after a holiday overindulgence, it is also known to help fight SAD, symptoms of depression and occasional dullness. 

The best part: Many forms of exercise are totally free. Just put on your sneakers and head out into nature, roll out your yoga mat or hop on your bicycle. 

5. Select a theme for the new year

Studies show that only 8% of Americans who make a New Year's resolution actually keep them all year and 80% have failed by the start of February.

Not very encouraging, right? 

Rather than set ourselves up for failure, how about trading the standard New Year’s resolution for something more realistic – like a theme?

Pick something that inspires you and make it the motto of your year, for example 

  • Mindfulness
  • Growth
  • Pay it forward 
  • Keep it simple etc. 

If you have made or are planning to make a vision board, write or visualize the theme on the board. 

New Year = Fresh Start 

Look at the new year as a new opportunity. Remember, you still have time to work on that bucket list and all the other things that didn't go according to plan in 2020. 

A quote by Nido Qubein serves as a good reminder: “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start.” 

Happy New Year! 

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