• Emil Tiedemann

Welcome, 2021: My 10 Goals for the New Year

Updated: Apr 2

As you may have heard a million times by now, 2020 sucked! I am not going to get into why because we all already know and I'm sure we're all tired of hearing about it. For me, however, 2020 was not so bad. In fact, I got to spend more time doing whatever I wanted to than ever before, as an adult at least. I independently-published three books, including my baby, 'Popular Girls.' I delved further and further into concepts like mindfulness and stoicism. And I lost like 20 pounds...before I gained most of it back again before Christmas hit.

But that's okay, because a new year has arrived and there's nothing I love more than a new beginning! A fresh start! A clean slate! And before you roll your eyes into the back of your head, I am quite aware that there's really NO difference between December 31 and January 1, or any other day for that matter. But, I choose to embrace this arbitrary date on the calendar and run with it. Like I do EVERY January 1. And yes, I do fail EVERY year on at least some of my resolutions or goals, but I also make progress on some of them, or even entirely accomplish a few. This year feels different than all the others, however, after going through an entire decade's worth of BS in just 12 months. It made me reevaluate and put things into perspective more so than ever before, because 2020 was unlike any other year before. It made us prove our resilience, our creativity, our patience, our compassion for others, and our ability to adapt to even the most absurd situations. It made us think about all the things we take for granted and showed us how precious even the smallest things can be. 2021 will be my reset year. So, although I always maintain the ambition to constantly make improvements in my life each and every January 1, I have 10 specific goals I want to work towards for the next 365 days, even in the middle of this bitch-ass pandemic. If you feel like you need to reset too, I recommend you coming up with some resolutions/goals of your own...write them down...and keep them in a spot where you will see them every day. Tell people if you feel like you need to be held accountable. Or don't, whatever works best for you.


Maybe start a journal, a blog, or even a YouTube channel around your new aspirations and you might inspire others along the way. However you do it, make sure they are actually things you WANT to accomplish and not something that'll just impress others or make your parents or partner happy. Get excited about 2021 and make sure you work towards at least one of your goals each and every day, even if it's something small. Think of the snowball effect and before you know it you're crossing a goal off your list! If 2020 has taught us anything, NOW is the only time to start!


Here are my 10 goals for 2021, as well as my progress with each one (listed immediately below each individual goal). #10for2021

1. Save $̶5̶,̶0̶0̶0̶ $10,000*

2. Accomplish at least 5 goals on my 50x50 list

- 1 down, 4 to go!

3. Take a sweet-ass road trip

- Narrowed down to 3 destinations

4. Walk at least 2 million steps - steps in January: 111,863

- steps in February: 74,285

- steps in March: 83,670

- steps in April:

- steps in May:

- steps in June:

- steps in July:

- steps in August:

- steps in September:

-steps in October:

- steps in November:

- steps in December:

Total so far: 269,818

5. Optimize productivity

- Started Spanish lessons

- Redesigned blog

- Created a "Project Planner"

- Joined Skillshare

- Started new passion project

- Started a YouTube channel

- Learned how to use Audacity

6. Start a new book project

- Still thinking about ideas

7. Lose 30 pounds

- Down 3.4 pounds so far!

8. Learn the basics of Español

- Using the Duolingo app

9. Read at least 20 books

I) The Little Book of Mindfulness by Patrizia Collard

II) Wake the Fuck Up by Brett Moran

III) Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

IV) Rest, Refocus, Recharge by Greg Wells

V) Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

by David Allen

VI) The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

VII) 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph

VIII) Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace In a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman

IX) Enchiridion by Epictetus

10. Master mindfulness

- Meditating daily

- Practicing awareness

- Reading mindfulness material


*This will be in a bank account separate from my daily chequing account, my emergency fund, and any retirement savings.

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I'm a proud Canadian who is from the beautiful city of Edmonton, Alberta. I am a writer, graphic designer, and award-winning blogger who loves to read, write, watch movies, and listen to all sorts of music. I can also probably kick your a** at Ms. Pac-Man! Read more... 

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