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My One Word for 2021: Intentional

Intentional

I’m a huge fan of Christmas celebrations (my love language is gifting), and I enjoy how our homeschool lessons are centered on the birth of Jesus. But looking forward to the new year is another reason why I love the Christmas holidays! I know New Year’s Resolutions are overrated and you can simply start a new habit (or stop a bad one) any day of the year, but the first day of the new year is just so symbolic. The new year is a great opportunity for a reset, right?

A cold new year to you all!

I also look forward to my year-end/year-starter traditions such as breaking open the piggy banks with Yuri, my financial planning session with Job, and coming up with a One Word for the Year. Instead of separate resolutions, I take time to think of a word that embodies how I would like to picture the incoming year. It’s a personal tradition that I’ve been doing since 2016!

(Here are my One Words for 20162017, 2018, and 2019 – I don’t think I was able to come up with one for 2020.)

After much thinking, I decided that my One Word for 2021 is Intentional.

There are a few major goals I would like to accomplish, so I would like to begin the year intentionally rather than just going with the flow. For example, even though I’ve been in charge of budgeting our income and expenses ever since, this year, I drew a 12-month financial forecast with clearer goals in mind.

But finance is just one of the aspects of living that I would like to approach more intentionally.

During the mid part of 2020, I started getting interested in minimalism. And I don’t mean the ~aesthetic~ kind of minimalism (my house does not look anything like the “minimalist” Pinterest interior boards). Instead, I started to desire less and appreciate what I already have.

I had our cable connection disconnected and opted for Netflix (which costs less and has more shows) and YouTube (free). I also had my postpaid plan disconnected even though I was eligible for another new device. I don’t need a new phone, and since I was mainly at home, I no longer needed the mobile data allowance. I switched to a prepaid sim and never looked back!

Another thing I did to minimize was to not buy a new planner… for the first time. This was a significant change for me because I used to be a big planner junkie and easily spent thousands per year for planner and accessories. This year, I decided to use digital planners on my devices — not only free but also more convenient and efficient (for me).

I was so into minimizing that I actually had trouble thinking of a gift for myself whenever someone asked me what I would like for Christmas!

I did ask for food… like the Aromacology coffee our neighbor gave us!

I think I’m rambling here and going beyond the point, and there are still more things I would like to talk about regarding minimizing, so I’ll write another post about it next time!

What I want to say is that I would really love to approach things and the important aspects of my life more intentionally. I would love to be more intentional about my quiet time with God, my health, my family, my work, our finances, homeschooling, friendships, interests, and more. This is how I picture the year that I would like to have in 2021.

I was elated because, the other day, my devotional was about God being an intentional God with a purpose and a specific plan for each one of us. It said that because God does not approach life randomly, neither should we. I think the devotional confirmed my One Word for 2021 wonderfully. 😊

Cheers to an intentional, purposeful year ahead!

Christmas Events

Christmas and New Year 2020 in Photos

It’s currently the second of January 2021, and I’m taking advantage of the downtime before school resumes on Monday. I was actually able to finish 2 K-dramas during the Christmas vacation — Sweet Home and The Guest (all horror series, I know) — so I think it was a vacation well-spent haha!

Anyway, belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I was supposed to write at least 2 blogs back last month, but December happened and it just got super busy. I wasn’t expecting that Christmas in the year of the quarantine would be busy, but here we are. Just to clarify, my schedule was busy not because there were a lot of events (there were none), but I was trying to finish all homeschool and work tasks before the vacation. There was also some shopping to be done for Noche Buena and Media Noche as well as gifts for neighbors and family members.

Christmas and New Year this year was admittedly different from others because, aside from the lack of holiday events, we were not able to spend it with our loved ones. Both Job and my brother did not get to go home this year because of the pandemic so it was only the 4 of us at home who celebrated Christmas and New Year. Still, we are blessed to be complete and healthy so we’re happy!

Celebrating Christmas with my 8-year old who’s nearly 9!

Small Noche Buena spread enough for 4

I wasn’t able to take photos while we were opening gifts, but I gave these 2 K-Pop albums of their choice. A Blackpink album for my sister and the BTS Map of the Soul 7 for Yuri (I bought these albums in advance; hindi pa narelease ang BTS Be)

We had Christmas Day brunch at home with my cousin, Kuya Jason Olalia, and his family

On Christmas weekend, we did our yearly tradition of counting Yuri’s ipon (which is actually my Invisible-50 Challenge since he did not receive any allowance this year hahaha)

Happy New Year! This was our small Media Noche spread

I had to highlight this dish, which was the only dish we did not cook. We ordered this Chicken Biryani from a neighbor. Yum!

Celebrating Christmas and New Year as a family — virtually!

Again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Let’s look forward to a great year ahead!