Word of the Year and 2021 Goals

2021 written in sparkling gold on a black background

January was a chaotic month so I have finally sat down and decided on goals for 2021. After the strangeness of 2020, it seemed silly to try and decide what I want to accomplish in this continuing chaos. I scratched off or modified several goals last year. So why pick any?

I realized that I need to use the word “goal” loosely. Many things I’ve written down won’t ever be truly finished. They’re things that guide decisions I’ll make, set me up for future plans. The things I feel I accomplish last year were more in this vein rather than a solid project. So with that in mind, here are some of my goals for 2021.

Word of the Year

Last year’s word was purpose. This year, I’ve chosen THRIVE. I’ve focused a lot of my time and energy the last few years trying to find my sense of normalcy after some challenging times. I’m ready to move forward past that and, well, thrive. Flourish. I’m tired of doing groundwork all the time.

Thrive – to flourish, to prosper – to develop well, vigorously

Career Goals

I decided to share a little bit about my career goals that aren’t just QC-centric this year. Launching a copywriting business last winter has me thinking a LOT about the idea of a career and the fact that I’m developing one. And as a writer!

Consistent content across blogs, social media – I improved a lot of my workflow last year but I can see things I still need to tweak. I also realized that I need to plan for unexpected weeks off differently.

Digital products – This has been a goal for QC for a long time and I am really determined to make it work this year!

Specific money goals – I’m not going to share numbers but I’m trying to think more about my finances, the difference between getting by, being comfortable, and stress-free. And how to translate all of that into dollars.

Blog content – I’m mostly keeping my goals from last year about the content (more BDSM specific stuff), but I also want to share more personal things, get a little deeper about my dynamic, and how we got to where we are today.

Personal Goals

Many of my personal goals remain the same but modified a bit for the reality of living in a pandemic (what a fun sentence that is!).

Read 50 books – Last year I aimed to read 20 books and ended up reading 72. So I picked a number sort of in the middle of that. I’ve also decided to give myself requirements for what I read:

  • 10 books from my (lengthy) TBR (to be read) list
  • 10 books that I already own
  • 5 non-fiction
  • 5 queer-centric
  • 5 kink books (that aren’t just for reviews)

Some books will overlap categories or not hit them at all, which is fine. I’m mostly aiming to expand what I’m reading.

Movement – A continued goal from last year. I’m still struggling hard with doing yoga at all so I’m trying to generalize to just “movement”. I already sat a lot with school and blogging and now it’s even more with my increased workload. I’m also anxiously waiting for the warmer weather so I can garden!

Journaling – Another continued goal but I’m expanding my definition. Free-form, prompt driven, morning pages, planning, artsy drawing – it all counts this year.

Art – I want to do more art in general! I spend a lot of time doing non-fiction writing and I want to get back into those fun creative spaces I once had.

I have a few more goals and ideas that I’m keeping to myself for now. I’m aiming to use all of these things not as goalposts but guidelines and see where it takes me.

Whether or not you’ve made goals this year or decided to just let it things happen as they will, I hope you’re able to thrive in the most glorious, fulfilling ways possible.

2 thoughts on “Word of the Year and 2021 Goals

  1. I’m always super nosy about what other bloggers are doing ‘behind the scenes’ so thank you for sharing your goals! I also love how your definition of goals, not as tick-it-off-and-you’re-done tasks but guiding principles to help you make decisions throughout the year. And I also really like the idea of you giving yourself specific reading goals, like reading books you already own or queer-centric books – I feel that’s something I need to do too.

    1. Thanks!! I’m always trying to find ways to be gentler with myself so I’m hoping having a shifted definition in mind will help.

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