2020 was the year no one expected in the slightest. I faintly remember the ball dropping last New Years in Boston and feeling so excited with what 2020 would bring. Most of my goals consisted of traveling to new places and gaining new experiences around the world. I wanted to live in a multitude of time zones, experience different cultures and eat a variety of unique foods just like I had in 2019. Clearly all of this was put on pause and at first I was beyond devastated. Who likes to cancel several flights and have everything taken away in a second (I still go through waves of feeling a sense of loss). Everyone experienced a loss of some kind some being bigger than others. I was very fortunate that my loss was very very small. Even though I had all these big goals to see new places at the end of the day I wasn’t truly content with myself. My body was run down from traveling and never stopping which led me to always be tired. I was moving onto the next event so fast that I wasn’t able to enjoy the present moment. I took every night of college for granted not realizing how fast it could be taken away from me. So even though I didn’t get to go to have the experiences I had dreamed of this year, 2020 shaped who I am right now and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I was able to gain insight on how to appreciate every single moment, spend time with my family that I will never get back and truly have my priorities straight. When life is busy and you’re moving so fast you forget what matters at the end of the day. 2020 brought me back to reality, just like most of the world. I hope that everyone during this year realizes life is so much bigger than just us as individuals, even though it is so easy to only think about ourselves. Every person who is impacted by this year in some way will forever have a different outlook on life. Each plan or event we have in the future will always have a special meaning behind it because we all know what it’s like for it to be taken away. I hope years to come we can all come together in a positive light of appreciating every single day we have.
With all that being said one of the things I learned about while in quarantine was manifestation and how powerful positive thinking really is. Having goals is important but writing them down and having them incorporated into your every day life is essential. I did not realize that without knowing I have been manifesting my current life since I was little. I am not a manifestation expert but there are many other blogs, YouTube videos and resources that can explain in more detail. I want to share some of the tips I’ve learned because they truly have changed my year and helped with a positive outlook on life.
1. Mood Board:
This is one of the first things I did when I moved back home from college. I was still heartbroken about not being able to travel so I created a mood board for each destination. I added positive quotes and hung them around my room. Having these around your room or your workspace is so important because then you are looking at them every day keeping it fresh in your mind. This is an example of one of my favorites because it was my first one.
2. Mood Book:
This is something new that I’ve been working on since I’ve been home for winter break. I wanted to have a book of all my goals for the new year and years to come. This way everything can be crammed into one area. This is taking me a while because I’m a perfectionist when it comes to making these types of things but so far I like the outcome. This is a great way to have all of your goals outlined but not have to have them around your room, especially if they’re personal. My goal for 2021 is to look at this mood book a couple of times each week so that way it is constantly on my mind.
3. Sticky Notes:
I have known about this trick since I was little. Many people use sticky notes around the room or on their mirrors to help with daily affirmations or goals. For me I like to have a positive quote on my bathroom mirror because that is a place I know I’ll be in every day. It is also one of the first things I see in the morning which helps with a good mindset for the rest of the day. It sounds silly but it really can start your day off in a positive direction.
4. Reminder on Phone:
I have not actually done this yet but this is one of my goals for 2021. I saw somewhere that if you set a reminder every day for a certain time with either a goal or a positive quote it makes sure that each day you were thinking about your future goals. I get very frustrated with reminders and alarms so I don’t know how this will work for me. But we are all continuously on our phones so this is a great way to have a reminder of what we want in life.
For both the mood board in the mood book I use Pinterest for all the pictures and quotes. It makes me happy in the mornings going through Pinterest and adding to my boards. I wanted to show some of my favorite quotes that can turn my mood around and also the links to my Pinterest boards.