I want to share with you my 2021 intention. Yes, I hear you, you’re all thinking ‘why is this girl only sharing this at the end of January?’. Well, I wanted to try it on for size first, make sure it fit, triple check I didn’t want a refund, you feel me? (2020, I’m looking at you for making us all hesitant about 2021 and ensuring we are all tip-toeing into the new year).
Anyway, I regress… So, here’s the thing, I call it an ‘intention’, because I really don’t like the word ‘resolution’. The word ‘resolution’ is seen as a dirty word. It’s seen as something that is punishable, or something in your life that needs fixing – not something that is a tribute to your evolution and desire to improve yourself. So, because of my disdain of this word, I call it an intention. It’s something that I’m working towards with purpose.
I’ve celebrated the last two new years the exact same way (and just quietly, I hope my new year’s always looks something like this). ‘We’ (whoever that may be, usually my sister, my best friend and a few others) cook some great food, enjoy a few drinks and are all tucked up in bed by 10pm. Our alarms sound at 4:30am on January 1stand we all clamber out of bed, throw on our swimmers and head to the beach. We sit on the bench, watch the sunrise and then go for a swim in the ocean. Post swim, we source some coffee and brekky and all feel pretty smug because we’ve achieved so much by 6:30am. We then spend the rest of the day by the waterhole at our farm in the Gold Coast Hinterland. It is the most wholesome way to start the new year.
As we’re sitting on the beach watching the sunrise, we talk about what we want to achieve in the year. Our focuses, our intentions, our goals, whatever we want to call them, we discuss them.
2021 sees me on a new adventure (more on that in a future blog post). A new job, a different community and my 7th move in 3 years. If you’ve been around here awhile, or you know me personally, you’ll know my approach to things is like a bull at a gate. I’m efficient, I don’t muck around and in my entire professional career, I haven’t spent longer than 12 months in the same location.
In short, I’m terrible at sitting still and I have a tendency to leap head-first into new things the second I start feeling comfortable somewhere. In a text conversation with my boss from 2019 (who is the ultimate cheerleader/confidant/mother/mentor hybrid I’ve ever had) I was lamenting that I just wanted to get to the point in my life where I could live happily in the middle of nowhere and not have to move so often, she said to me “Chill out would you? You don’t need to achieve all of your dreams tomorrow.” And you know what? She is so right.
So with that, my 2021 intention is this: Be content where I am.
I’m a future-orientated person. I have big dreams and I get caught up in the mindset of ‘I need to achieve these goals right now.’ – which I know is not how life is meant to be. I know that if I achieved everything I wanted tomorrow, I’d miss out on life’s serendipity. I also know that I’d just create more dreams and plans and the whole point of goals is that you work towards them. I know all of this – but it’s something I’m still learning to find peace in.
2021 finds me back in a city I know I don’t want to live in forever. I know with every fibre of my being that I do not want this place to be my long-term home, but I also know that right now, it’s where I need to be. I need to focus on the fact that right now, while this may not be the final destination, I am allowed to be content at this pitstop and find the beauty with it.
In 2021 I hope to be at peace knowing that God has placed me here because it’s part of the incredible plan He has for me. In 2021 I am going to strive to enjoy the green grass that I have (albeit the physical amount of it is significantly less because of my geographic location) and in 2021 I am going to focus on where I am and not always being 10 steps ahead.
What’s your 2021 Intentions? I’d love to hear them! Please leave a comment on this post, on my Instagram @the.urban.farmhouse or on my facebook page The Urban Farmhouse.