New Year, New Focus

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This is where the new story begins, and I’m so excited you’re here for the journey and hope that you follow along on your own!

I’m definitely going to be right here with you, every step of the way, but I do know you’re fully capable of achieving what it is that sets your soul on fire.

If you don’t know where to start, I’ll guide you.

It’s okay to be lost, unsure, and uncertain, trust me we’ve all been there, and heck sometimes I go through it multiple times a year. But through the activities in this series, I hope you’ll find yourself closer to your dream life.

If, at any point, there is anything specific you’d like to see or an idea you have, do let me know in the comments below. You can also contact me privately through Instagram. 

Now then, let's say we get started, shall we? Our journey awaits us!

My Word & Focus 2021 is _____

Is there a word you want to take the center of your life? Is there a theme or something you want to focus on? What's something you desire more of, or have been wanting for awhile think of a word or theme that describes it.

Companion and/or correlating words of my word.

What other words that remind you of your word? Maybe words you considered before choosing your word or focus? You can look up synonyms, and go down the rabbit hole from there. If you speak multiple languages, maybe you can find words in that language also to go here.
  • Adjust
  • Alternative
  • Bend
  • Change
  • Choice
  • Choose
  • Create
  • Directions
  • Ebb and flow
  • Evolve
  • Forward
  • Lean
  • Learn
  • Live
  • Move
  • Move forward
  • Path
  • Reflect
  • Transform
  • Transition
  • Turn
  • Zigzag
  • 変身, へんしん
  • 動く, うごく
  • 変える, かえる
  • 化す, かす
  • 変わる, 変る, かわる
  • 交代 ,こうたい

The definition of my word.

Pretty simple, go to Google or and find the definition of your word.
  • Verb
    • move or cause to move from one place to another, especially over a small distance.
    • change the emphasis, direction, or focus of.
  • Noun
    • a slight change in position, direction, or tendency

How will I manifest my word this year?

How will you bring it to life? These are meant to be short and concise.
  • Vibes don’t lie
  • Let my heart sing
  • Capture intentionally
  • Live the width not just the length
  • Discover and foster
  • Change my mind, my goals, my priorities, when I feel they don’t align
  • Paying attention
  • Doing the work
  • Staying aligned with what I feel is the best choice for me in the current moment
  • Try new things, take chances

What is one quote that resonates with my word or what I desire from my word?

Why did I choose this word?

Focus on your “Why” it will be your motivation. 
Shift started to appear itself to me in August when I felt like things were taking a different road. In my Passion Planner, it’s easy to make changes for myself, but the same couldn’t be said for the Artist of Life workbook. I felt stuck in previous goals that didn’t feel relative to me. In fact, I didn’t complete the goal in my 3rd quarter and 4th quarter of 2020 because they didn’t feel relative. 

I chose shift for my word for the year because the ground beneath my feet is constantly changing. As if the world is constantly reminding me to take what resonates and leave the rest, to slow down, to not get ahead of myself, to take things in strides.

I have to be able to change in a matter of seconds and that's sometimes hard to do.

When I am in a good mood, motivated and all, I have to grasp at it and get work done because I'm not sure when I'll feel blocked, unwilling, or unsure even. But sometimes when I rush into things, grasping and getting so much done, I end up hurting myself. For some, it leads to burnout, but to me, it could be like pain that I've never had before reminding me to take things slow. That nothing good comes from rushing or anxiousness. It's hard to slow down in those moments, be aware, be present. It's hard to shift. It's hard to stay steady when the ground is changing. But I must. For there is no other way.

Things change, life changes, and we as humans have to be able to bend when it bends. Life, as we knew it, changed so much in 2020 alone. For me, a lot of what I wanted wasn’t available to me anymore. Yes, I had found my identity again, but I didn’t relate to what I wanted at the beginning of 2020, and I really wanted to create a way for myself to check in quarterly and ask myself, "Is this still what I want? Is this still what I need?" If not, figure which aspects do I need to change in, and change with them. 

“Joy can be found through trials. Courage and faith can be found through the fear. Gratitude can be discovered by our losses.” - Lindsey Stirling

There's nothing wrong with either giving up something if you can't physically and/or mentally handle something. Some things just aren't for some people. BUT there's nothing wrong with working through things either. Just ask all the professionals who've learned their trade. None of them were just born with it; they had to learn it. Anything you want in your life will not come easy, but it CAN be done.

So I'm not sure where my journey is taking me. All I know is that I have to trust it and myself, put what I can forward, and let life handle the rest.

How do I want to feel in 2021?

  • Connected with my highest good
  • More at ease
  • Grounded in grateful living
  • Calm in my mind and my body
  • Inspired by my craft
  • Hopeful in my healing
  • Peaceful and patient
  • Reflective
  • Present in my life
  • Emotionally organized
  • Well-rested
  • Filled with laughter
  • Liberated
  • Exhilarated
  • Abundant
  • Successful
  • Fortunate
  • Courageous 
  • Trusting
  • In my purpose
  • Safe, seen, and supported in my relationship with myself & others
  • Tender and open to deeper vulnerability
  • Alive and invigorated
  • In good health
  • Enough
  • Certain
  • Sure of myself and my choices
  • In love with my life and passions
  • Interested in the work I do
  • Authentic
  • Persistence and perseverance

What do I want to invite into my life in 2021?

  • New bonds
  • New journeys
  • New hellos
  • New and stronger friendships
  • New accomplishments
  • Abundance, money, success, and finances
  • More “playtime”
  • Making time for what I believe is important to me
  • Good health for all my technological items
  • Living the width of my life, not just the length of it
  • Answers.
  • Intentional video and photo captures that interest and inspires me
  • An opportunity to go abroad that I don’t want to miss out on and it’s a sure thing for me
  • People who value me, my time, and my work
  • Dreams, chances, opportunities, life well lived
  • Dreams come true
  • New chances to take
  • Friendships that value, appreciate, and support me. Friendships on the same wavelength as I am.

What will I let go of in 2021?

  • Looking at comment sections that aren’t mine.
  • People pleasing
  • Ranting of any kind.
  • Assuming what people mean.
  • Saving things that are negative or dwelling on negative interactions of what could have, should have, would have been but it’s in the past
  • Self-doubt
  • Negative self-talk
  • Responding in the heat of a moment
  • Unproductive reading
  • Limitations 
  • Waking up to social media
  • Reading on my phone too long after lights are out in bed
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Inactivity

What do I want more of?

  • Meeting new people and being open to them
  • Shadow work
  • More intentional photos and videos
  • More happy days
  • Balance
  • Courageousness
  • Money, abundance
  • Putting myself first
  • Clarity in communication
  • Forgetting about situations that have bothered me and occupy my mind and time with something positive or productive instead
  • Focus
  • Game time
  • Exercise
  • Endurance
  • Guy friends
  • Music in my life
  • Intentional projects 
  • Chances to take
  • Being my authentic self in person and on medias
  • Having fun for the heck of it
  • Friendships that give me the same I put out. I’m DONE giving so much to others without expecting anything in return. I’m exhausted by feeling like I am not truly valued and appreciated, and want friendships who are on my wavelength.

What do I want less of?

  • Ranting to others
  • Reading comments on posts that aren’t mine
  • Listening to people complain every day about how miserable their life is but won’t do anything about it
  • Arguing with people who really shouldn’t be argued with because almost always I’ll get hurt
  • Accepting people who will never respect or accept my boundaries or apologize for their part in things
  • Trying to make those people who turn everything into competition realize I support them, they won’t see it and they just grate my nerves so why bother?
  • Supporting people who won’t support me back
  • Spending too much time on something upsetting, do something else!
  • Less mehhh days
  • Less over analyzation
  • Overextending myself for others
  • Googling situations that bother me looking for an explanation
  • People who don’t truly value, understand or appreciate me

Who I am now

Think about these things to define your current self: traits, values, motivations, and inspirations you have now. How you feel about myself currently good or bad. What are you currently doing with your life? What you don’t want. The person you already are.

  • An ambivert
  • Analytical
  • Confident
  • Content
  • Creative
  • Determined
  • A dreamer
  • Easy-going
  • Fortunate
  • Goal-oriented
  • Grateful
  • Imaginative
  • A bit lost
  • Occasionally stylish (when I feel like it, not as much as I used to)
  • Able to pull off a casual no-makeup look and still feel fucking gorgeous
  • Open-minded
  • Persistent
  • Reflective
  • Straight forward
  • Unsure
  • Trying to be better
  • Understanding
  • Forgiving
  • Defensive (which I find can be good or bad depending on the situation; good when people try to use or abuse me. Bad when I let my emotions control my responses instead of just walking away from fucktards)
  • In my PJs (lmfao, I had to)
  • Doubting myself
  • I don’t want to work a 9-5 job
  • Questioning my path
  • Trying to figure stuff out
  • I don’t want to work for someone else
  • I like how I get by, it’s not perfect or ideal but I get by and I make it work. Isn’t that the most important part that I’m somehow capable of pulling shit out of my ass and making it into an opportunity?
  • Capable
  • Valuing myself
  • Have a fucking backbone
  • Don’t take shit from no one
  • Don’t hold onto grudges
  • Don’t accept people to treat me like they have again and again
  • Keep certain people who don’t deserve me at arm’s length
  • Don’t want to sell myself just to make money. Sell myself out. Kind of like umm, cut corners on who I am just for the sake of money.
  • Don’t want to live a normal life.
  • Never want to settle.
  • Don’t want a mediocre lifestyle.
  • Don’t want to sit here for the rest of my life.
  • Don’t want to be stressed about what the hell am I doing.
  • Don’t want to be stagnant.
  • Don’t want to be lower middle class.
  • Don’t want people to think they can bully me into getting what they want. I’m sorry, not sorry, but fuck no.

Who I want to be

Think about these things to define who you want to be. Your would-be self. What do you want to achieve? How do you want to feel? Traits you admire in others. Traits you want for yourself. What do you desire? What do you want out of life? Think big, even if it's intangible. Write it down. Get it all out. This is for you and only you! The person YOU want to be. How do you want to portray yourself? Actions that can be made towards the person you want to be are?

  • Entrepreneur
  • Intentional
  • YouTuber
  • Influencer
  • Well-traveled
  • World student
  • Warm
  • Inviting
  • Inspiring
  • Inspirational
  • Storyteller
  • Speaker
  • Active
  • Authentic
  • Badass
  • Boss babe
  • Singer 
  • Musician
  • Courageous
  • Daring
  • Exciting
  • Fashionable
  • Unapologetically me
  • Financially stable and capable of anything
  • Fit
  • Fashionable
  • In tune with myself
  • Inspired
  • Interested
  • Knowing and understanding of my path and the answers provided by the universe
  • In love with myself fully
  • Intentional
  • Passionate
  • Self-reliant
  • Spiritual
  • Surely certain
  • Unconventional
  • Unstoppable
  • Voice actress
  • Lots of endurance
  • Strong
  • Legendary
  • Living in the house of my dreams
  • Champion. I want to feel like a champion!
  • Know how to drift and drive a manual transmission
  • Grateful for my “boring” moments.
  • I want a video game character modeled after me. I don't even need royalties lmfao.
  • Healthy. Nothing will be worth it unless I’m healthy.
  • Have a substantial amount of bitcoin.
  • Fierce
  • Loyal
  • Special
  • Needed

Wrapping it Up

I've seen so many people rush to start on their new year goals calling it, as usual, "New Year New Me." But honestly, not much changes unless you make the change. You have to be intentional in your desires. It doesn't have to be big, you just have to start.

Therefore, it really takes me a lot of time to really get detailed about what changes do I want to see in myself. I like to sit down and focus, and sometimes I come back to it multiple times throughout the month to add to it. I also caught a cold so it's been a struggle to sit down for a long period of time during that first week. My luck! And I don't go much of anywhere... But I really don't like to start writing out new goals before the year ends or rushing it. It's almost like playing into FOMO, fear of missing out. Always looking forward to the next thing, instead of living in the present right here, right now.

I think a lot of people forget that the present is just as important as the future. It makes the destination that much more worth it. Any day can be a good day, so as long as you put your mind to it. I'm not saying smile through the pain, but don't cast out a day as a bad day if it was just mundane. To be honest with you, I feel blessed for those boring days now. It reminds me, "Ah! I'm not stressed out." And that's something to be grateful for, no?

I also try to make this part of the process just as visible as a vision board. The vision board is my next step and probably the activity of February. But I like to take all the answers here, and put them in my planner, put them in my iPad, put them where I can see them, and look back on them from time to time. Reminding myself my why, what do I want, who I want to be, etc. I'm not going to get there without starting. So another option for my February activity might be learning how to break goals down in a way that they're S.M.A.R.T.

smart goals acronym explanation specific measurable attainable realistic timely

Whichever the case, I hope you continue on this journey with me. Come April, July, October, and the end of December I'm going to have 2 activities per month available. One for that month, and another to look back on the previous quarter and deduce whether to keep going or to shift.

Question of the Day

What is your word or focus for the 2021 year?

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