21 things I hope to do in 2021

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2020 was the sort of crazy ride few of us expected, with tosses and turns and deep dives. But now we’re waving goodbye to it, and I thought I’d share a brief list of 21 things I hope to accomplish in 2021. So here goes, in no particular order…

  1. Sleep more. 2020 was a year in which I failed to get enough rest. I overworked, overstressed, and binge watched escapist YouTube videos (New Zealand drone views were one of my favorites). So… let’s start with more than 5 hours of sleep at night.
  2. Read more. I mean for fun. I read for work all the time, but it’s not the same.
  3. Write more (not service pages for Australian plumbers!). I have so many book ideas and so little time.
  4. Eat better. Like sleep, much of healthy simple cooking had gone out of the window in 2020. I need more soup and homemade bread in my life.
  5. Work less. I got some fantastic clients in 2020 and appreciate the constant stream of work, but what I really need is more time off.
  6. Enjoy my children more. Time is so fleeting and I just want us all to have a good hike together, a game of monopoly, a cozy read-aloud, or simply some time to chill. And I want to be able to do that without constantly checking the time.
  7. Declutter. My home would be more manageable with less stuff.
  8. Get crafty. I did some great crochet projects in the past year, but I’d like to expand my horizons and try new things.
  9. Grow more stuff. We’re fast approaching the Sabbatical year in Israel, and I don’t want to miss my chance.
  10. Get into raising quail. We currently have one, after a tragic accident involving a sneaky stray cat. I’d really like to breed these fun little birds.
  11. Make soap again. Just because.
  12. Discover places I have never seen before. Doesn’t have to be anything fancy – a new walking path near town would be great.
  13. Appreciate myself more. This year, it has struck me numerous times that if I had someone in my life who does for me all I do for other people, I’d feel like I have a guardian angel who constantly pampers me!
  14. Stop fearing and roll with the punches. Yes, it’s a crazy world. No, there’s no security. But stressing all the time doesn’t help.
  15. Clean more effectively (so I can spend more time doing things I enjoy).
  16. Exercise.
  17. String a clothesline again (I’m currently using a folding rack).
  18. Hang up a couple of hammocks.
  19. Find ways to earn more money in less time (so I can do all the rest of the things on my list).
  20. Make my bedroom more inviting and cozy. I love my bed more than any other place in the world. šŸ™‚
  21. Reconnect with old friends. Make time. Answer that phone. Return that message. Get together.

What are some things on your wish list for 2021?


Author: Anna

An Orthodox Jewish wife and mother enjoying a simple life with her family and chickens, somewhere in the hills, in Israel.

4 thoughts on “21 things I hope to do in 2021”

  1. Well, since I’m just now getting around to this, I obviously need to put some of these items on my To-Do list.

    Sleep more? Absolutely!

    Connect with old friends? Yes, indeed. My BFF and I used to go out together quite often, usually just to “hex around” – maybe go to IKEA, or the fabric store. Now, she has a very ill husband, and if they are not off to doctor visits, she afraid to leave him home alone for too long.(I should stop complaining, I know!)

    I have been “blessed” with what somebody calls The Thumb of Death. Our oldest and youngest could both grow cactus in a swamp, but I have been known to make plastic flowers wilt. Growing things is OUT.

    I work as a temp, and my agency found me a really nice job, 8:30 to 5:00 form my dining room table. The Squire is a big help, but I finally told him I needed professional help – a house cleaner! So we have a fellow come in on Mondays to do the downstairs. It’s worth it, believe me! I run through on Sunday afternoon and play Pick Up and Put Away (other wise I’d never do it!) and George dusts, vacuums and wipes cabinets and counter tops. Such a blessing! And it goes without saying that getting more exercise is next to impossible.

    Decluttering is a circular movement. I toss and sort and somehow there is more under there. Bartholomew Cubbin and The 5,000 Hats has nothing on me. It’s a sort of Loaves and Fishes thing -there’s more when I’m finished than there was when I started!

    As for stopping being so fearful, the only thing you can do is put your problems in a mental box, listing each one as you drop it in, close the flaps, and push it up into the sky. G-d will take care of them, He’s up all night anyway, but He can’t do much of we don’t stop taking them back out of the box and polishing them. When our youngest was in her teens, we honestly thought we’d have to go to the morgue some day to identify her body. I mentioned to my BFF that The Squire and I lost a lot of sleep over this kid. “Will staying up and worrying get her home faster?” Well, no. “Fine. Get some sleep; when the cops show up, at least you’ll be rested.”

    And homemade soup and bread sounds WON-derful! I’ll send you some bread recipes; I have about a million.


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