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What’s On Your 2021 Vision Board? My Top 9 Items Might Inspire You!

Posted by Karen on January 1, 2021
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Written by Karen Hutchinson, REALTOR® and Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Happy NEW Year!

A very happy 2021 to you! Has there ever been a year that’s been welcomed so warmly?

This will be the year that we can get back to living our lives and moving around more freely. The pandemic will not last forever, but I will readily admit that it feels like it’s lasting forever.

Human Connection

The pandemic has revealed to us how important human connection is in our lives. However, the pandemic has limited our ways of connecting with each other.

What used to be a “given” in terms of connecting in person has become an exercise in connecting virtually. A phone call, email, text or zoom meeting can thankfully keep us in touch. But those things can never replace the warmth of a hug or a handshake to break the space between us.

A Lot Can Happen In A Year!

So much can change over the course of a year. This is the reason I have decided to create a vision board for 2021. The things that I intend to do can become lost in the shuffle of daily life. The vision board helps me keep my eyes on them.

And the reason that I have decided to share my vision board with you is to break the space between us. It’s an attempt to create a human connection by giving you a glimpse into my life outside of work. There are not many ways we can do that otherwise at this point in the pandemic.

What Can We Control?

Some things in life are beyond our control for now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still dream about them, and act on some of them.

I hope that sharing my vision board with you will inspire you to dream and plan for some good things this year.

In the world of hurt and disappointment that was 2020, a little dreaming of better days ahead in 2021 has been a welcome escape for me. I hope it will be for you too!

My 2021 Vision

This is the collage I made of the things I would like to see happen in my life in 2021. Some things on my vision board are pricey, but my favourite things are priceless.

1. In It For The Long Run

Classic new year’s goal: more activity and healthy eating. No need to elaborate.

2. 🎵 She’s Going To The Chapel 🎵

I have the usual reasons for healthy living. But I also have a serious external motivator for the increased activity and better food choices: my wedding! I became engaged during the pandemic but we have resolved not to have a Covid-restricted wedding. We will wait until it’s safe to gather without the worry of this virus being spread.

I will be honest–this buys me some time to get into the shape I need so I can wear a special dress on our special day.

3. My “Plus One”

It might sound odd for someone to say they became engaged to be married, and then two months later, they became a first-time grandmother. But there it is–life in the 21st century. Well, at least my life in the 21st century.

My post-pandemic goal with our new little family member is to spend as much time with her as I can. I have hinted to my son and daughter-in-law that they should brace themselves for me making up for time lost during physical distancing protocols. I wonder how they feel about that 🤔 .

4. Merry Christmas… 2021

Speaking of my little granddaughter, I started making a Christmas stocking for her. I made Christmas stockings for each of my three sons when they were born. I thought this would be a meaningful continuation of a family tradition.

5. Before and After

Another hobby I would enjoy carrying on with this year is making over an assortment of small furniture pieces.

I have accumulated a variety of pieces and have enjoyed my experience using chalk paint. I am very much a beginner, but I love breathing new life into something not quite ready to die.

Also, I am a sucker for good “before and after” photos.

6. Extreme Makeover

Perhaps not an “extreme” makeover, but a makeover nonetheless.

There will be some manageable household projects checked off the list this year. But one of the most significant achievements will be prioritizing a list of tasks that need to be done over the next few years.

Rome, and my house, weren’t built in a day, and my house won’t be re-built in a day either. I will be happy enough with a plan. Well, a plan and a budget!

7. Music To My Ears

Actually: books to my ears. But “music to my ears” is a better quote!

My youngest son has loved audiobooks for a long time. He has been trying to convince me to check into it. I recently investigated all its virtues, and now I am hooked!

I can listen while tending to chores or driving. I can also just sit with a warm beverage and have someone read to me on a snowy day.

This activity is a keeper, which is why I included it on my vision board. It’s heavenly!

8. London Calling

Anyone who knows me is likely worn out from hearing about the fond memories I have of my solo trip to London. It’s been nearly 10 years since I’ve been.

My dream was to return for the 10th anniversary of my trip. It won’t happen on the exact anniversary, which would be in April. The state of world travel won’t allow it.

But a consolation prize would be to travel there in December. HARDLY a consolation. To see London lit up for Christmas, explore the markets, and warm up with a cuppa tea… what could be better than that?

9. “Home” Is The Nicest Word There Is

–Laura Ingalls Wilder

For many years I’ve given what I could in money and time to a few foundations that support women’s issues. Among them are support systems, including housing, for women fleeing domestic violence. I also support a foundation for women who are starting or re-starting their work lives.

These organizations include The YWCA Women’s Shelter, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, Rowan House, and Making Changes Association.

Being displaced from your home and having to build a new life is an enormous and frightening undertaking.

I gravitate to causes that involve the provision of shelter partly due to the field of work I am in.

And I gravitate to causes that educate and empower women and girls to make a meaningful contribution to their communities.

I actually don’t need my vision board to remind me to continue this support.

I hope my vision board has inspired you to dream and plan.

Thank you for spending some time here with me today. I hope you found it to be a useful way to get to know me a little.

If you would like to reach me, please contact me here: Contact Karen

Here are a few more articles of mine you might enjoy:

It’s Now Time For Sensational You!

5 Surprising Design Trends Being Reshaped By The Pandemic

Now Is The Time To Get Serious About Post-Pandemic Retirement Living

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