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Moving Forward In 2021

Updated: Feb 17

A new day in a new year

How do you make plans for what you want to tackle in the new year? Coming up with a few words for the year has caught my attention, so I decided to give it a try. The words I've chosen are helping me to make some goals for the next twelve months and provide some focus. I’m still working through the fine details, but here’s some of what I'm thinking:


The coronavirus pandemic ushered in something completely different. The life we knew was blown to bits, and 2020 found me rethinking just about everything. This year I’d like to use those bits to make something that will serve well in the days to come. I’m still puzzling over some of the pieces, but I’m ready to start putting things together.


Here’s a great word for a recovering people pleaser like me. “People pleasing” is an innocuous term for an approval addiction and maladaptive coping strategy. Over the years, it’s affected just about every aspect of my life. The unexpected year of 2020 also brought the conditions that ushered in new found freedom in this struggle. Liberation has been a process, but every inch of ground gained has been cause to celebrate.


Recently, I read that someone’s wardrobe brings her joy. Joy! That’s something that I’ve lost sight of, and not just regarding what I wear. Put me down for seeking what brings joy.

Finding some words for the year turned out to be a helpful way to clarify the direction I want to be moving in for the coming year. In fact, it also helped me to arrive at a theme for the blog in 2021:

Rethink, Renovate, and Rebuild

Who hasn’t fantasized about starting a wardrobe from scratch? What would you do differently if you could start completely over? While not many of us could ditch it all and start fresh, we could do a major rethinking and renovation project. You in? Bring it on!

I’m hoping we can have some fun with this in the coming months. I hope you'll join me!

"Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free"

(Psalm 118:5)

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