Looking Back to Look Forward: 2021 Goals

As much as I’d love to join the masses in saying, “see you NEVER, 2020! I’m forgetting you ever existed!” I personally will be reflecting on last year for a long time. I learned resilience, saw flaws in desperate need of changing, welcomed our sweet third baby to the world and had more time with the people I love most in this world than ever before. It wasn’t all bad.

I have eight main goals this year because this is how I function best, but I’ll share three here:

1. Seeing as my word for the year is rest, I couldn’t get away with not addressing my sleep habits. I don’t get enough sleep-plain and simple. It was fine until it wasn’t and I had the biggest thyroid flare I’ve ever had. I’m putting my health above work for the first time this year. Goal: be in bed, completely done with work no matter what at 9:30.

2. Daily movement is important for everybody, but with Hashmoto’s it’s a non-negotiable. I gave myself grace last year in this department since I gave birth in the middle of the year and opened the Shop after the summer, but I paid for it. My body is stiff and tired and I miss the energy and strength I have when regularly exercising so it’s time. Goal: move my body five days a week.

3. I spent nearly all of December reading. I realized as I closed my last book (Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah-what a phenomenal book!) I realized how important reading is for me. I focus on myself less, I have a greater imagination and empathy and my creativity is heightened when I read fiction. I listen to podcasts every single day but sitting down and prioritizing reading over watching something is a discipline I want to prioritize this year. Goal: Read 25 books. (It doesn’t sound like much but it’s a giant leap from a grand total of 3)

After looking at what worked, what didn’t and what I’m changing coupled with my goals, I couldn’t be more excited for 2021. I’m so grateful for the chance to live out another year and to end the year filled with less of me and more of Him.

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  • Agnes 1 year ago Reply

    I have the same goal – read twenty-five books this year. And I am looking forward to it. Happy new year to you and your family.

  • Amanda Filler 1 year ago Reply

    Jill, thank you so much for this post! I am praying for your choice to make more of Jesus this year and I know the Lord will be glorified so much by your decision and resolution to stay steadfast. Praying for your sleep. A question for you, as I also have thyroid issues. Do you take a good magnesium maleate? I have been for over a year and it can do wonders for your stress, anxiety and sleep. The brand we buy is Kirkman. May the Lord bless us and keep us on our health journey’s as well!

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