At times I can’t believe another year has gone by…time flies so fast…it seems like I celebrated last year’s New Year’s Eve yesterday…Not this year. 2020 went on…and on…and on. I don’t know anyone lamenting the passing of 2020 or who will remember the year fondly. Maybe the few folks who celebrated a wedding, or birth. Most of us eagerly turn the page onto a new year.
The boomers turn their attention to the future…
Jennifer, of Unfold and Begin, was just waiting on the year to change. In her most recent post, she wrote about wanting to hit the reset button but knowing that we can’t just reset as if 2020 never happened. There’s still time to join her Ease into 2021 program designed not to hit reset and run blindly into 2021 but rather to take our time, ease into the year, and determine where we go from here.
As she approaches 70, Carol Cassara at A Healing Spirit has learned that new year resolutions and setting words don’t work for her. But she did set on a much simpler (and more effective) way to start her new year and shares it in Forget New Year Resolutions and Do This Instead.
Does anyone else gain weight…from exercise? Laurie Stone of Musings, Rants & Scribbles knows this theory goes against everything the experts have told us over the past few decades. Move more. Eat less. Lose weight. But many have learned with soul-crushing frustration (herself included), it’s not always the case. Like Sherlock Holmes, she decided to solve this riddle, and she thinks she finally did.
Covid has brought us mostly bad news. But Tom at Sightings Over Sixty wonders if there have been any Silver Linings to the pandemic. He comes up with one or two. Can you think of any others?
Staying close to home and forced to give up some activities gave us extra time to pursue new endeavors. Some will be happily tossed aside A.C. – After Covid – but we might continue to enjoy new pursuits. One frustration for many of us has been the inability to travel. Rebecca Olkowski with BabyBoomster.com writes about the fun and benefits of virtual travel. It’s a great way to see the worl or even your own neighborhood.
Making resolutions for 2021? Rita R. Robison, consumer and personal finance journalist, suggests considering these: Make a realistic budget and stick to it, repay 20 percent of your credit card debt, add one month’s pay to your emergency fund, and make sure you have enough insurance for a catastrophe.
Hopefully the new year ushers in better times for all of us. As 2021 begins, I think of this infamous quote and hope the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel emerges soon:
It is said that the darkest hour of the night comes just before the dawn.
– English author Thomas Fuller (1650)
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