It’s January 1st, the first day of 2021. How are you doing? Can I offer you some coffee? Or perhaps tea? I’ll be happy to make some hot chocolate if you prefer. I’m having tea this very first morning of the year. I am a coffee lover big time, but the first month of the year I always skip coffee, and drink green tea and herbal teas instead. It helps me to not overdo my coffee drinking the rest of the year, and I appreciate it more. I’ve done this for a few years now, and it’s a routine I like. Most of the year I just enjoy one cup of coffee in the morning, and sometimes one cup in the afternoon, but in November and December I tend to increase the amount of coffee I drink, due to the darkness and that I am more tired then, compared to the rest of the year. To make it all the way to the holidays there is simply more coffee than usual. January is when I press the reset button, sort of. I started this morning with a cleansing matcha tea, it was refreshing.
Did you enjoy any celebrations last night? My children and I walked down to a nearby lake at midnight, and enjoyed watching the fireworks there. It was not a clear night, I’m sure some folks were disappointed, but we had a great time. Earlier in the evening my daughter and I cooked Mexican food for our family, and we baked a mud-cake, that we enjoyed with ice-cream. Ooo, there is plenty off mud-cake left if you’d like some to go with your beverage?
Did you make any new years resolution? I pledged to read 120 books 2021. Besides the reading challenge I am committed to think about the environment in the choices I make every day; traveling, reuse/repurpose, energy, shopping and what I eat. To some degree I already do this, so it is not a completely new concept to me, but I want to learn more and implement this kind of thinking to more areas of my life. Some of my friends decided to do a complete shopping ban for a year, to only by food during 2021, nothing else! It wouldn’t be realistic for me to do that at this time of my life, but there are things that I can do. In fact, while we were enjoying our Mexican dinner last night, I talked this over with my children, what we as individuals, and as a family, can do to stop climate changes, and how we can consider the environment in our choices. It was a good conversation. Both my son and daughter are mindful individuals. Subjects that came up was; saving water, not wasting energy (only use LED lighting and switch the light off when we leave the room. We live in a passive house, and have chosen to only get solar energy.) We can choose to only purchase what we need and choose quality, and buy second hand items when appropriate. We are not vegan, but we eat a lot of vegan food and are committed to continue doing that. When we eat meat, we are committed to only eat good meat, and not with every meal. I want to continue growing food, and maximise the space we have available at our balcony. I’ve been looking into growing vertically. Speaking of food, I am planning on continue doing monthly grocery shopping, only adding fresh fruit and vegetables when needed (choosing local, and in season produce.) I buy in bulk when possible, and try to think about packaging when choosing products. We talked about vacations when Covid is behind us, and decided that if we do need to travel far distances travelling by train should be our first choice. I am certain that every little thing that each one of us do makes a difference.
Today I am planning on having a relaxing day. The only thing on my agenda is to hug my kids, clean out after Christmas and take the holiday items down to a storage unit that is included in our rent here. In general I am against storage units, since I think they encourage clutter and saving things you don’t really need, but I have to confess that being able to keep the beautiful artificial Christmas tree that was gifted to us there is rather handy. Besides the Christmas tree there is only going to be empty boxes, and suitcases. We simply don’t travel enough to have the suitcases in the apartment. 2021 is going to be a great year! Happiest of Happy New Year to you! Tell me your thoughts about 2021 in a comment.
There is a beautiful white world out there, my heart is light, like the feathery flurries falling down from the sky outside my window. 2020 is almost over and it has been a strange year of hard work, and some stressful times. There have been progress, and overall there have been some wonderful moments, with new insights, and new levels of gratitude. I know that my life won’t be the same. I am committed to think even more about our planet when I make choices; when it comes to what kind of energy sources I choose, how I travel, what I eat, and my shopping habits. 2020 have been a life changer, and I know that isn’t exclusive for my family. Seeing both of my children laugh together have been the best part of 2020 for me. I’ve read 116 inspiring books, out of my goal of 70 books (I didn’t know about Covid and the extra time I would have on my hands during my staycation at the time I’d set my goal.) 2020 was also the year I didn’t wear any makeup for a whole year! That is a first during my adult life. 2020 was a year completely without animals, which has been very strange, and also a first. 2020 was an amazing year in my teaching career, I’ve felt that I’ve really made a big difference in some children’s life, and my colleagues have been outstanding to work with.
The two photos are from my morning walk earlier today. The ski jumps that you can see in the background are situated in a recreational area called Lugnet close to my house. It’s a huge area and no less than 57 of the biggest national sports federation are utilising Lugnet for their sports. There are big arenas for ice hockey, swimming (indoor and outdoor the summer,) ski jumping, cross country skiing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, gymnastics, tennis, martial arts and many other sports. I have hundreds of miles of trails to explore there that I have not seen yet. The trails are mostly in forested areas and accessible year round.
I welcome 2021 with open arms. I am ready for a year of health, gratitude, happiness, prosperity, love, and kindness to all.
Happy New Year!