Three Habits I’m Bringing into 2021

Hi friends, Happy New Year! Jon and I are back in NYC after spending some much-needed time with family – more to come on that! We drove back from Georgia Saturday and spent yesterday unpacking, cleaning, and organizing the apartment. It feels so great to start the year off clean and fresh. I’ll admit, my Christmas décor is still up because I needed a little more time with it, but this weekend I’ll get it all organized and put away. Hopefully 2021 will be a year filled with great memories and collecting more ornaments from places I’ve been!

I always like to reflect on the past year and think about my goals for the new year (I wrote down about 15!), but today I am sharing some habits I cultivated in 2020 that I’m bringing into 2021. While 2020 was a rough year, it also brought along some changes that I want to implement permanently.

  1. Practicing yoga (almost) daily – in April I downloaded the Peloton app and instantly fell in love with their yoga classes! I had been going to yoga twice a week pre-pandemic, so I was worried about not keeping up my practice and losing the little flexibility I had gained. With the Peloton app, I started doing yoga almost every day after work, even if it was only a twenty-minute restorative class, and it was the perfect way to unwind and stretch after sitting all day. I can definitely tell how much my flexibility has increased after over half a year of regular practice. I’m currently working towards a yogi headstand away from the wall 🙂
  2. Reading more – I read 17 books in 2020, a huge increase from the maybe five books I read in 2019. I have always loved reading, but it was on the backburner until this past year. Some of my favorite books I read in 2019 were The Great Alone, Educated, and American Royals.
  3. Traveling Local – Jon and I adventured on two road-trips this year (Lake Placid & our East Coast Road Trip) and had the best time! We loved exploring upstate NY and are excited for more hiking and exploring now that we have a car!! Last year I created a NY hiking bucket list, so I’m looking forward to crossing some off this year. I am also excited to explore the Hudson Valley, Long Island, and go golfing!

Do you all have any habits you’ve developed in quarantine that you want to continue?

22 thoughts on “Three Habits I’m Bringing into 2021

    1. Working from home is great, I would be happy never taking the subway to work again 🙂

  1. Loved reading this. I am not sure if there are any habits I want to keep. I have definitely started watching more television during quarantine. I think there are a few changes that need to be made this year. Thanks for your post. It was very inspiring.

    1. Posting daily is impressive, you did a great job! Best wishes to you as well, hopefully we will be able to travel again soon 🙂

  2. I began working from home and spending a lot more time blogging and engaging with other WP bloggers. That’s the routine I’d like to carry on in this year. Best wishes for the new year, Lyssy.

    1. I have enjoyed reading your posts and engaging with other WP bloggers too! That’s a great habit to keep. Best wishes to you this year as well, Leighton!

  3. Hmmm, I started cooking! That in Itself is a Christmas miracle! And Lots of Peloton rides – both id like to stick with. I really enjoyed the great alone. Just recently started a book I think u might like – Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt – have u read it? I’m 1/3 into it, but really liking it. Happy new year to you and Jon 🥰

    1. Haha!! I am hoping to cook this year. I love the Peloton rides too – I’d have to be restrained to not keep that up this year. I have not read that, I’m adding to my list, thanks!! Happy new year to you and Sean as well!

  4. I’ve made more of an effort at getting out and walking… and less whinging about it! So determined to keep it up. My cookery effort has also improved so hopefully that will continue. To add to that astonishing list I’ve just bought needles and wool!!!

  5. Wishing you a Happy New Year. Working from home forever would be perfect, but then again … Like you I have read and written more this year, to keep too. I’m happy for you to have a car; the Hudson Valley and the north of the state have lots of charming and different places, I’ve been exploring some of them from Toronto.

  6. Happy New Year Lyssy! I am with you on the exploring local. We’ve just hit another full lockdown here with no leaving the house apart from for exercise, food shopping or medical care until MARCH. So the best hope I have of seeing anything is only in a 10 mile radius until at least Easter 🙁 I will vicariously visit New York through you guys. xx

    1. Happy New Year Hannah! Oh nooooo that is going to be tough!! I suppose better safe than sorry, maybe things will get better before then (fingers crossed). Haha I will try not to let you down! xx

  7. I found working from home quite stressful, and difficult to detach at the end of the day. One positive thing was that I cut down a lot of office related spending like daily coffee, lunches out and post-5pm drinks. I noticed that I didn’t miss them that much so I’ll try to continue that this year.

    1. I agree that is it very difficult to detach and set boundaries. That is good to cut spending – I have started making coffee at home and I love it! Happy New Year!

  8. Happy New Year! I’ll join you in reading more although I’m already reading a lot, I think it’s never too much 🙂
    I love having projects (either personal or professional), I write all my projects by month in a book planner and keep achieving them one by one 🙂 I’ll keep doing that for 2021!
    Thanks for sharing this article! Have a great year and stay safe 😊

    1. Happy New Year!! I agree reading more is always a good thing 🙂 That is a great idea! I also love writing down my goals and projects so I can cross them off. Hope you have a great year and stay safe yourself!

  9. Tara Westover’s book, “Educated, A Memoir” was a great read….heartbreaking but excellent. And, wow, my daughter and I have that same photo (Indian Head area) only ours was from late October. We absolutely loved the Adirondacks and I wrote a blog about our hike up Mt. Marcy. My goal for 2021 is to write more often and to continue hiking new places.

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