Recently, during a conversation with my friend and fellow blogger, Erica from Behind the Scenery, she mentioned that her focus for 2021 was to look at;
Where I’m placing my energyErica Hefnault
I listened and agreed, although I didn’t give the statement much more thought after we finished our chat.
‘You can’t pour from an empty cup‘ is a well-used saying and it is true. Likewise the analogy of when on a flight putting our oxygen mask on first before helping others. (Yes, I know we won’t be on a flight anytime soon, but you get what I mean!)
2020 was a hectic year for me, despite COVID and I actually achieved a great deal including completing my Group Fitness Instructor Certification, starting as a Group Fitness Instructor in the Strong Healthy Women Virtual Studio and also starting the Women Living Well After 50 podcast with 26 episodes aired. It was a positive year despite COVID and one that I shared with you in my post Reflecting on 2020 and yes, there were some positives!
I was sailing along quite well, until my Mother-In-Law unexpectedly passed in October. It was then that I stepped back as I explained in my post What do you do when life doesn’t go to plan?, to support my husband and just take some time off to Review and Reset. I also, like many, reviewed the lessons I had learned in 2020 to take forward into 2021.
The period of ‘time out’ and ‘reflection’ gave me time to think about Erica’s words in detail and I seriously considered what I wanted to keep in my life and what I wanted to let go of in 2021. I do know that I have reassessed many areas and will re-introduce the podcast, some time in 2021 when I feel the time is right for me.
Whilst spending two days with my darling grandsons this week, Erica’s words came back to me, yet again. I had two fun-filled and joyful days with Ethan and Elliot and was reminded that spending time with them is a priority in my life and certainly where I want to place my energy.
This is a great exercise to reflect on and commit to focus on what is important to you as an individual. We are all unique and so, our needs and desires must reflect what we want, rather than what we read we should be doing or saying. It has to be right for you.
Where I’m placing my energy in 2021?
When I thought about it, I realised that my Word Of The Year answers this question succinctly and encompasses every area of my life. It is ‘SELF’
I need to embrace my SELF and live my life with the focus of keeping what SERVES me WELL and LETTING GO of what is holding me back and making me feel trapped in life.
I will be placing my energy into finding joy, love, gratitude in my relationships, activities, self-care, health and well-being, learning and growth. If something is depleting my energy levels, whether that be physically, mentally or spiritually then I will be letting it go and replacing it with something that enriches my life and ‘fills my cup’.
So thank you to Erica, my friend, for giving me something to ponder and ‘run with’ in 2021.