Lessons Learned in 2021

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Another year is coming to an end. This year was again full of uncertainty and adjustments, but we made it. Congratulations! Give yourself a pat on the back!

Although this year was hard, I reflect back on 2021 with a smile because it was a year of personal growth and insightfulness.

For the first time, I had time to myself. I had time to do what I wanted to do and dive into my passions. I got to explore and find where my true passions lied. This ultimately helped me focus on my mental wellbeing and personal growth.

I got into baking. I started baking from scratch and made up recipes as I went. I never thought I would like baking, but it turns out that I really enjoy it. I got really into baking for holidays and special events, so I made Christmas-themed donuts, pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving, and heart-shaped desserts for Valentine’s.

I also started to strength train, which has been amazing. I no longer exercise for aesthetics, but rather for strength and just out of pure enjoyment. I made workout routines that were home-friendly, with minimal equipment. I have been progressively building strength.

It’s easy to dwell on the negatives of the year, but try to focus on the positives and the highlights as well. If you felt that this year was unproductive and unsuccessful, make a plan to make next year better! Instead of making aesthetic goals, make personal growth goals that will benefit you for a lifetime!