Hi 2021, I’ve got zero expectations from you. I didn’t even bother to write any new year’s resolution instead, I’m dedicating a word for the new year to help me navigate the uncertainty it brings. 2021 word: PIVOT.
Commemorating my last 10 kilometer run for 2020. Why the word PIVOT? It was all because of Kirsten Bell. I was listening to Jay Shetty’s podcast while running and on this particular episode his guest was Kirsten Bell. She shared about how she is as a wife, a parent, an actor (my family & I love The Good Place!) and as an entrepreneur (her new baby Hello Bello is such a cute brand that makes me wish I have a baby haha).
Anyhow, that 1 hour podcast got me through my first 10 kilometer run in 10 months. I was so engrossed with the podcast that I was clocking in mileage without even me realizing it. That one key takeaway from listening to this particular podcast episode is when Kirsten shared how she learned to pivot. As moms, we tend try our hardest to do it all. Heck we know we can but not all at the same time, right?? But what if no matter how much we try to do it, the situation and our capacity to try won’t just let us? That’s when we pivot.
To pivot is to swivel, rotate or turn. Most of the time we are forced to pivot because there’s not other way. Say you’re driving and reached a dead end, there’s literally no other way to move forward so we pivot and turn around. In any other case, pivot doesn’t necessarily mean we go back to where we started, it can simply mean we rotate so we can find another way. It can also be a way of adjusting to give space for growth.
As we welcome the new year I know most of us are hoping to see and experience more goodness from 2021. Honestly, I have zero expectations. Not that I’m cynical nor have no faith or hope for what the future holds, it’s just my way of easing in as we travel around the sun (I know so geeky lol). As we live in another country and find our footing, as we (still) deal with global pandemic brought by Covid-19, as we figure things out and as we take it day by day, I will pivot and let go of things beyond my control. I will pivot when the role needed isn’t mine. I will pivot my mindset the moment I catch myself overthinking. I will pivot especially when I put myself in situations I shouldn’t be in.
First mirror selfie to commemorate my new hair teehee.
It may be scary to change course when you’re used to going in a certain direction but what’s scarier is letting yourself get carried away by the flow, by the tide, by the wind even though you know you’re not going that way. I mean if the past few years has been all about going with the flow, I think I’ll try pivoting and see where it’ll lead me. Took a chance upon it when I realized having long hair is no longer serving its purpose on me. It was in fact causing me unnecessary stress–hair strands I annoyingly had to pick up up around the house lol. So two days before Christmas I decided to get a hair cut and baggage hair too. I pivoted! Hahaha. Silly as it sounds but I guess it was a good start. Oh and you know those word search photo people post over the holidays? The first four words you see would be your 2021 words? Well I tried twice and I got these: creation, love, strength and purpose. Gratitude, creation, self-care and alignment. Keeping these words in mind too because it’s never a bad idea to anchor on some words that can help you navigate the year.
I hope you’ve all had a restful holiday. It’s officially back to school and work for us. Happy New Year everyone! Wishing everyone good health. Stay safe and healthy!