So this is what it’s like to live through a pandemic. It’s tough, to say the least. We have all experienced tremendous loss and disappointment and may have had some pretty dark days.
We’re not fans of forced “happy talk,” but we are grateful for the lessons learned in 2020. We learned so much this year — especially about ourselves and our strengths — individually and as a community.
So here’s to 2021! Let’s remember the values and qualities that got us through 2020 and use that as the perfect vantage point from which to look ahead.
As we jump into 2021, we thought it appropriate to celebrate our collective resilience and perseverance with some inspirational words.
1. Gratitude. Start the new year by reflecting on the days just left behind. What made them challenging? What did you cherish?
2. Connection. As Brené Brown says, “Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard and valued – when they can give and receive without judgment.”
3. Empathy. Think of someone in your life. If you could have a free and open conversation, what would you like to say to them. Put a plan in motion to make it happen.
4. Courage. Embrace the bravery and connection that comes with being your true, authentic self.
5. Community. Be grateful for the inspiring community of women you have in your life — reach out and let them know how much they mean to you.
6. Discipline. Harness your strengths. Know the risks. Work the problem. The future looks exciting.
7. Resilience. Doubting your abilities during financial, professional, or personal roadblocks? You already have the tools to succeed. You are strong enough.
8. Restoration. Lalah Delia says, “Self-care is how you take your power back.” Choose YOU by starting a self-care routine that powers you up.
9. Confidence. Be clear about your goals and values; you’ll find making decisions can be simple and straightforward. Start by defining what matters most.
10. Creativity. Creativity drives progress. Question stereotypes and look for new solutions and methods of doing things. Celebrate curiosity.
11. Generosity. Giving can contribute to your overall sense of life satisfaction and purpose. Consider what “time” or “talent” you could provide to someone in need.
12. Inspiration. Inspiration can come from the people and places in our lives. Who is inspiring you? Plan time together and start the year inspired.
These words of inspiration are a reminder that we have what it takes not just to survive, but to thrive. Cheers to 2021!