planning for 2021

That seems like a bit of an oxymoron doesn’t it? How can one plan for 2021 when it seems like I don’t even know what the world is going to look like next week?

This is hard for me as someone who loves to plan, someone who likes knowing what things are going to be like in the future.

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Now of course I am not listening to this advice as I have already bought my 2021 planner and can’t wait to dive into it (more on this next month) and of course I am already thinking about the future.

My current job contract ends at the end of the year and due to municipality budgets being so up in the air I don’t know if there will be a job there in 2021. But also, that job isn’t my dream job. Just this week I have heard some promising news from the public library world, a job I worked for a full two weeks before being laid off alongside everyone else due to Covid-19. So hope has been rekindled, but I don’t know if either of them will be options next year or if I will put in an entirely new direction.

Nigel and I talk regularly about how we are glad we got to spend so much time together this year (from March – August we weren’t apart for more than 3 hours ever) and how we were able to create routines, traditions (fun freezer friday!), have so many daily conversations, and enjoy what we can of this season of life. I know that that may change in 2021 so I want to make sure that we are planning for more of that intentional time that came so naturally this year because we were always at home.

Then there are the plans that are more like dreams. The vacations I would love to go on if there is a vaccine out to everyone next year, the big house warming party I would love to host, and all the time to spend with friends. These are things that I love thinking about, until I get sad that that isn’t the current world that we are living in and pray that people start following restrictions so that hospitals are less full, jobs and schools are safer, and we can get back to these times sooner.

But there is only so much that I can control. If 2020 taught me anything it is that flexibility and pivoting is key and that is something I need to bring into 2021. So while I do have my planner, my plans, and my dreams I know that things are going to change and we will have to adapt with it.

So while I can’t plan all my activities, my vacations, or even my job, I can plan my mindset, my planner, and be ready to pivot.

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