What’s Your ‘Word’ for 2021?

What’s Your ‘Word’ for 2021?

What's Your 'Word' for 2021?

F R I E N D S!!!

We made it! We are here in 2021! Feels a little surreal, doesn’t it? We’ve spent the last 9 or 10 months saying, “I can’t wait for next year” and we are finally here! I hope that you all rang in the New Year happily and safely. All we can do now is pray that we find ourselves, as a country and a community, on the up and up as the year goes forward.

Let’s talk about setting New Year’s goals for a moment, shall we? Let us reflect…

In case you missed it, I’m a big dreamer. Every year, my list of those hopes, dreams, and goals was always SO all over the place, and honestly, sort of superficial. It’s kind of sad, but I can highlight for you the top few things that my list generally centered around: hoping for success in relationships, hoping and dreaming that I would find success in my career as a theatre student (aka hoping to get work, essentially), and hoping to “work on myself,” which is very nonspecific.

I keep saying to my friends and loved ones, this is the first year that I’m excited just thinking about all the growing I can do. It’s my first year being an “adult” (using that term loosely), and I can really, truly focus on MYSELF. I’m not in a relationship, I’m not married to school anymore, so now, I am really excited to set goals for myself that are tangible and won’t be swallowed up by schoolwork or distraction. This is the first time that I am able to set real career goals, as an actor and now blogger/writer/whateveryouwanttocallthis and aim to accomplish them because I’ve got nothing but time and hope on my side. This is the first time, literally ever, that I am setting personal growth goals for myself that feel attainable. AND, again, it’s the first time that I have the TIME to devote to these goals. If I don’t accomplish them now, I guess I could blame it on work, but I don’t have the excuse of school or consistent rehearsals anymore (although having consistent rehearsals could also very well still count as a viable excuse if the universe hears my manifestations 😉 ).

It’s also the first time in four years that I feel like I’m able to set goals for myself on my own terms and go about crushing them in silence. I had actually considered writing my first post of the year all about my goals for 2021, and then I had a thought. My goals/hopes/dreams are just that. They’re MINE. I spent 4 years of college constantly comparing myself and my goals to those around me, and measuring my success based on whether I did it all. I’m realizing now that that no longer serves me. I no longer have to explain myself, my choices, or my actions to anyone (I never should’ve done so in the first place). So, no offense BTF community, but I will not be laying out my list of hopes/dreams/goals for all of you to see. We’re going to hustle in silence then crush the world with our good fortune and news on our own timeline!!!

But I digress. While I am not going to share with you my precious list of 2021 goals, I would like to share with you my ‘word’ for 2021. Leading up to the New Year, I started to see a lot of people I follow on social media talking about choosing their word for the year and reflecting on their word for 2020 and how it panned out. I have always gone into each new year with hopes, dreams, and goals made up in my head, but I honestly had never considered choosing just ONE word as the headline, if you will, for the new year ahead. I started thinking about all the things I was wishing for and manifesting for 2021 and I settled on the word ABUNDANCE.

Abundance.

“A very large quantity of something.”

I love that the definition is so simple, so malleable that I can kind of shape it any way I want to fit my life and circumstances. I can’t really provide you a step-by-step process on how to figure out you word for 2021; mine just kind of hit me in the face and I knew that was it. I can, however, kind of give you a framework for how I arrived at the revelation, and hope that you going on a similar journey sparks the same moment for you.

I simply started by sitting down and writing out my hopes, dreams, and goals for the New Year (take a shot for every time I’ve written that in this post lol). I typed mine all out in a OneNote document on my computer, so I’d be able to quickly access it. I didn’t hold back; I allowed myself certainly to dream big, but I did also try to make a list of things that truly felt attainable, that I knew I could successfully take action towards. Then I looked at every different sector of my life: family, friends, relationships, work, the blog/social media presence, etc…the list goes on and on. I tried to find similarities in what I was wishing for in each sector. Without divulging every goal and detail to you, let it be known that ABUNDANCE was the word I came up with to summarize what I was truly wishing for in my life in the New Year.

In each of those different areas of my life I wanted more. I wanted growth. I wanted success and I wanted happiness in copious amounts all the while. So I landed on abundance. I want the absolute most in every aspect of life and I am determined to make that happen.

Am I moving forward with my head down for a bit, since you never know WHAT could come out of this new chapter? Absolutely. I think I will forever be changed in the way I approach large life changes after 2020, we all will. But the fact that I am able to sit here and pinpoint a single word to sum up what I want out of this next year of life gives me hope and joy. Hope for the future and joy because I feel like I am going to be coming out of this fog with a much clearer headspace, making room to hold space for myself, my needs, those I love most and their needs, and anyone else who comes into my life along the way.

If you have a ‘word’ you are holding onto in this new year share it in the comments below, and feel free to share why you’ve chosen it as well!

I’m wishing you abundance + whatever else you are manifesting. It’s all yours, baby!

Lots of love

~ Ang

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November Round Up

November Round Up

Hello!!!

Holy gumdrops, it’s almost DECEMBER! I hope you all had the most amazing and SAFE Thankgivings! It’s so hard for me to even grasp that we are on our way to CHRISTMAS. Honestly, even though 2020 has been an absolute dumpster fire, it really has flown by!

I don’t know about you, but now that the year is coming to a close, I find myself sitting with the thought of where I was this time last year. Like, holy crap, talk about change. I do try really hard not to get too caught up in thoughts of “pre-pandemic” times, but it’s wild to me that we all knew 2020 would be big, but never in a million years did anyone expect all the events that transpired.

I don’t want to get too deep or too invested in a recap of the year (that’s for December content, wink wink), but it is important that we take a moment to recognize the growth I know we have all made in one way or another in 2020. Hello, if this pandemic hadn’t happened, I don’t think I would have been sitting here writing this for you, and you wouldn’t be sitting here reading it! Starting the blog was one event this year for me that set me on a new path that ultimately led me down so many other avenues that I hope to continue to pursue.

Setting my monthly goals for myself was something I DID NOT DO prior to starting the blog. So, showing up for myself (and for you all with these recaps) is something I am really proud of! SO, on that note, let’s hop into my November Round Up!

First of all, HUGE step for me and the blog…we reached 100 followers this month!!! Grow with the blog has been slow and steady since I started it back in May but having 100 people who follow and subscribe wasn’t something I had anticipated achieving in my first year! So, if you’re reading this, a huge thank you to YOU for your support! I also wanted to create a new freebie for subscribers, get ahead on content, and land at least 1 partnership with a brand, all of which I accomplished!

In my personal life this month, I wanted to work on my physical health a bit! I’ve always been very active because of my involvement with theatre and dance, but I’ll be honest…working out has not always been my favorite thing to do. I love yoga, and because of my teacher training I’ve done a lot of yoga during this quarantine, but I really wanted to start doing more to get my body moving. I haven’t done a lot of dancing since the theatre industry shut down, for lack of space and lack of motivation. Recently, I started following Megan Bowen and her business Dance From Home and I just finished her 14 Day Get Up and Dance Challenge! It included dance cardio workouts, strengthening workouts, and self-love exercises, and I’m so proud of myself for finishing it! It felt amazing to get my body moving on a regular basis and begin to love my body and meet it where it’s at. Typically during the holiday season, I slack off on moving my body and I end up feeling terrible about myself after enjoying all the holiday food. But I can honestly say that right now, I feel the best I’ve felt during this season in a LONG time! I’m ready to jump into the holidays, stay active, eat whatever the heck I want because I can, and enjoy it ALL!

Some other goals of mine were:

  • Try not to spend unnecessarily– I did still spend money on myself and some things I probably could’ve done without, but I did spend less than I did in October! Even small wins are still wins!
  • Keep manifesting– 🙂
  • Fill out gratitude journal every night– I didn’t land EVERY night, but I only missed one or two!
  • Pick at least one day to social media cleanse– This, I didn’t do. BUT I did set limits on my social media at night/in the mornings! I love that the iPhone allows you to set time limits on apps that you choose. I set a limit for myself from 11pm-8am. Going forward, I would like to have the limit start earlier and end later!
  • Read 1-2 books– Nailed it! Unless I was feeling particularly exhausted, I would read at least 1 chapter of my book before bed (since I set the limits on my phone!).

Like I always say, every month is hit or miss in terms of reaching my goals! November was a pretty decent month for goal reaching, but there were still some marks I missed AND there were marks that I kind of hit! I’m learning to be gentle with myself, so I encourage you to practice being gentle with yourself too! Now, here are some things I’ve watched/read/loved this month!

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November Round Up

TV

Schitt’s Creek

I finally finished the series this month and I LOVED it! It took me a while to warm up to the show, but I got so invested in the characters as their stories developed. I can’t say much because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t watched but I TOTALLY cried watching the final episode!

Killing Eve (Season 3)

I watched the first two seasons of Killing Eve early on in the pandemic, so I was really excited to see season 3 on Hulu a few weeks ago! Honestly, it hasn’t thrilled me, I’m not going as crazy over it as I was in season 2. I had to Google the ending of season 2 because there was no kind of recap, and I kind of feel like a third season was a little bit of a stretch. It was still entertaining; I just wasn’t as sucked in as I had been with season 2!

Grey’s Anatomy

Ok, listen. I am a devoted Grey’s fan, and while I do kind of think it’s been going on for too long, I am STILL watching. I got all caught up in the early Corona days, so I was ready when they announced they were coming back to TV. I commend the writers for their pivot into the current circumstances of 2020, it is interesting to see the medical field right now portrayed on TV. How true to the times it really is, I’m not sure. The first few episodes have really had me in my feels though. I’m excited to see where they take things.

And, of course, I’ve been watching Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelorette religiously! I love Kaitlyn Bristowe but…Nev should’ve won. There, I said it. For the Bachelorette, I’m predicting Ben, Ivan, Brendan, and Zach will make it far. Maybe Noah? They’re the top contenders in my opinion.

Books

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

During the summer, I read The Wife Between Us by this writing duo and I LOVED the psychological thriller so much that when I saw this book on a rack at Barnes and Noble for $7 I just had to get it! They did not disappoint with this one either! I was hooked right from the beginning, always asking questions and wondering where the plot line was heading! If you love a psychological thriller, their books are for you. You will be flipping the pages so quickly searching for answers, you’ll be done reading in the blink of an eye. Then, you’ll have to pick up another one of their books like I did! I finished this book and the next day I ordered their book You Are Not Alone! Check them out!

Podcasts

Chatty Broads

Chatty Broads is hosted by Bekah Matrinez (Bachelor alum) and Jess Ambrose, and I LIVE for their recaps of The Bachelorette on Wednesdays. Seriously, if you’re looking for the most entertaining and information filled Bachelor/Bachelorette recap, look no further! I am going to get into listening to their other episodes because I just vibe with them so much!!

Extras

Verb Energy Bars

I love these little nuggets! Each bar is only 90 calories, has as much caffeine (from green tea) as a shot of espresso, and they are yummy! They’re just so easy to throw in my bag to take to work, and they’re the perfect mid-day pick me up when I hit that 3 o’clock slump! If you’re interested in trying out the bars for yourself risk-free (seriously, no strings attached) you can click HERE to get a trial 4-pack for only $0.95! Salted Peanut Butter is my absolute FAV!

Liquid I.V.

Y’all know that Liquid I.V. is a CONSTANT favorite of mine! This month I tried the Strawberry and Apple Pie flavors, and they were to die for! I particularly enjoyed the Strawberry, it tastes like strawberry milk…only it’s water, not milk LOL if you want to try either of these flavors, the energy multiplier, the immune support blend, and more click HERE for 25% off your order + free shipping!!

Well friends, get ready for some more holiday content coming your way in the coming weeks! I hope you all jump into December with kindness, happiness, and love! Talk soon!

~ Ang