Way back in December of 2020, I created a “21 for 21” list (blog link here). Not really a bucket list, but more a focused list of what I wanted my life to look like, inclusive of what I was going to track. I contemplated lots of tracking and decided to focus on New Experiences, New Recipes tried, and Books Read. My 21-for-21 built on implementing Practicing Positive Psychology tools that I studied extensively during the pandemic, including activating my signature strengths. There was also aspects on taking the time to savor things (slowing down, not just always doing – although “be active” is an aspect, too) and acknowledging what was needed for the Big Move.
The pandemic continuance in the first half of this year and execution of the Big Move have impacted all three of my tracking lists. As in 2020, the New Experiences list is way behind my goal of 101 for the year with only 20 items YTD. Books read took a downturn in April and May as time was spent on packing and unpacking, so only 40 books on that list, with most from early in the year. I switched to a cooking freezer/pantry clean-out mode, which limited the new recipes exploration. That approach to dinners did make for some interesting meals. I’m still in search of a good brown stir fry sauce though, but wonder how many of those attempts are really new recipes!
My “be active” activities need a reboot right now. Once again, packing and unpacking has taken a toll as I feel I have limited time and energy for regular yoga. I did do a number of final walks with friends before we left Cincinnati and plan to start a weekly beach walk, a monthly neighborhood-walk-around in my Tourist in Own Town plan, and a monthly walk & talk with a Cincinnati friend. And I definitely need to restart my regular yoga practice! My body is feeling the lack of good stretching.
It‘s been helpful to look back on this “21 for 21” list as I begin putting together a Summer Plan and switch from unpacking mode to living. Some things to include are: learning about Florida plants, start a Tourist in Own Town calendar, get on the SUP (a face-my-fear activity), and work out details of my Intentional Connection plan. And continue to “celebrate the wins”, even if it’s just combining, organizing, and reducing all the paper files as I unpack!
What are you thinking for your Summer Plans?
Picture credit: Me – June 1st sunset.