My 2021 Theme

Hello, world! I’m back with my theme for 2021. I know I’m a little late, but at least it’s still January? Anyways, before another day ticks us closer into February, I want to share my theme for 2021, which is:

With intention and consciousness.

Backstory: I’ve spent much of my life on auto-pilot, diving into people, jobs, and situations without giving much thought to them. I lived much of my life based on other peoples’ inputs, and no matter how good the intention was, I was never fulfilled. 

It was like I had my head underwater, unable to figure out which way was up or down or if I was moving forward or backward. All I knew was that I was miserable inside. It wasn’t until many journaling sessions later, along with numerous self-help exercises, that I realized I was the one who had to change to break free of this cycle. 

Significant changes started with breaking down my old habits and slowly replacing them with new ones. That meant being conscious of the choices I was partaking in, ensuring they were intentional and served my future self. It took a LONG time to get there. Honestly, I feel like if the pandemic didn’t happen, I wouldn’t have half the self-awareness that I do now. It’s still a work in progress, and I have so much to learn. This is why I wanted to continue being intentional and conscious into 2021.

For the sake of keeping this post from being excessively long, I’ll stick to 1-2 bullets per section. Here are the areas of life where I really want to embody my theme (via the Lavendaire Artist of Life Workbook):

Health Goals

  • Eat a vegetarian meal at least three times a week and cut out red meat completely. 
  • I’m currently doing dry January, but once that’s over, I want to continue a healthy drinking pattern, such as not having more than three drinks in a sitting. 

Relationship Goals

  • I want to be more present for my family. Even though we are all on lockdown together, it’s easy to take this for granted, and I know the time we have together will not last forever. This means not having my phone with me during dinners and doing more chores around the house without being asked. 
  • Continue setting boundaries, especially with people outside of my family. I work best with some space and not being ‘on’ at all times. I realize if I don’t recharge, I start harboring feelings of resentment. Obviously, this balance is not always going to be perfect. However, recognizing when I need some space and communicating that need will be my primary goal this year.

Career Goals

  • Figure out what direction I want to take my career and have a more substantial 1, 3, and 5-year plan. Before, I was never able to see beyond a year. It was only recently that I started to formulate a more concrete plan for my career. I want to make learning on the job exciting again.

Personal Growth Goals

  • Learning to pause, think, and say “no” instead of automatically saying yes to something that doesn’t serve me because I’m afraid to voice my thoughts
  • Perfect my morning routine of waking up at 5am to meditate and journal for a bit before working on my creative projects before work starts. Currently, I’m waking up automatically at 6am, but it’s been a struggle to get up any earlier, haha. 

Money Goals

  • Continue saving most of my paycheck each month while the pandemic is still going on and learn more about investing. 
  • I’m on a no-buy for skincare, makeup, and clothing this year except to replace what I actually need. I want to be more appreciative of what I have.

Creative Goals

  • Create a daily art practice and post more of my art β€” I’m doing the 100-day project for this starting January 31st!
  • Continue writing and posting on my blog when I can. I’m still a believer in slow blogging, but I don’t want to use that as an excuse for actually just being lazy, lol.

I’ll end this post with a quote that I have hanging above my work desk that reminds me why I’m doing all of this:

“The person you will be in 5 years depends largely on the books you read, the people you spend time with, the food you eat, the habits you adopt, and the conversations you engage in today.”

What is your theme for this year?


  1. PedroL

    Dear Alice, you have a great collection of goals, good luck on pursuing them πŸ™‚ this last quote it’s really interesting, about being someone as the result what we do in the next couple of years, the book we read, etc, that’s why I believe it is so important to be open and curious about what surrounds me πŸ™‚ have a great new year and cheers from Portugal, PedroL

    1. Alice

      Hi Pedrol, thanks for stopping by and for your comment πŸ™‚ I agree, being open and curious is probably one of the most important traits to have in order for growth. Happy new year to you as well, hope everything is good in Portugal!!

  2. Erica

    I heard about a theme while listening to a YouTube talk a week or two ago and completely forgot! But I think my theme may have changed. I also have toyed with the speakers idea about doing a theme each quarter as opposed to a whole year if that seems too ominous. I’m battling with choosing healing or life organization for mine.

    I’m also curious about looking into slow blogging. I have never heard of that.

    1. Alice

      Hi Erica! Oh wow, I like the concept of having a theme for a quarter rather than an entire year a lot more. I’ve never been able to stick to a theme for an entire year, because it was hard to find a word that was all-encompassing for 365 days. Especially when the unexpected happens. Maybe it just means I haven’t done a good job of choosing the right word ahaha.

      I really like the versatility of the themes you’ve chosen. To me it seems like they can blend into the other a bit. For example, if you choose healing for the first quarter, life organization can be part of that healing process and vice versa. They both sound like good themes πŸ™‚

      The article I linked about slow blogging does a pretty good job with explaining what it is. I felt relieved when I found it, because it feels like in order to stay ‘relevant’ these days, you need to churn out content all the time. As a result, this leads to burnout for creators but also as a reader, I find it hard to find quality content as well. We could all benefit from slowing down a little bit.

      Hope you have a good weekend, thanks for stopping by!

  3. reindeershermaine

    oh wow you have some great goals, I hope all goes well for you!! And I saw that you wanted to eat vegetarian meals, that’s such an admirable goal. I could go vegan, but I don’t think I can ever give up eggs πŸ™

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