• Dr. Sharon Livingston

Twenty-One for '21

We all know how difficult 2020 has been for so many people.

Thank to whatever powers may be, a New Year is about to begin with new hope for a return to well-being.

It’s been a scary disturbing year, but it’s coming to an end. Isn’t it time to open our hearts and minds and think about what we can accomplish, with this new beginning?

They don’t have to be major changes, just steps to making small improvements in your life. Research shows that small achievements lead to larger and more inspiring results.

Here are twenty-one potential goal starters for ’21. Use your own creativity and personal needs to borrow them or to make your own list.

1.Buy a new toothbrush. You know the one you have is ready to be retired.

2.Walk 10,000 steps every day. Seriously, you can do it and you’ll feel stronger.

3.Look up on the Internet something you never heard of before so you can tell someone about it.

4.Wish a stranger a Happy Birthday. You can find them on Linkedin or Facebook. You’ll both feel good.

5.Go to a book store and browse a section you never looked in before.

6.Take a Tango lesson. It will exercise your body and mind.

7.Work up to doing 50 sit-ups a day starting with just 10.

8.Use crayons or paint or markers to make a personal logo for yourself.

9.Find a new friendly acquaintance who has similar interests. You can find them on

Facebook or Meetup Groups.

10.Focus on your breathing as you slowly count to 100.

11.Drink an extra 16 oz. of plain water a day. Adding lemon gives you extra points.

12.Learn how to cook something from a different country.

13.Reach out to a distant family member or long-lost friend and just say “hi.”

14.Be a PIA {Pain in the Ass] to someone just because.

15.Remember something from when you were 5 years old.

16.Do a good deed. And think about what makes it so.

17.Rearrange your bedroom or your bathroom and notice how it makes you feel in that space.

18.Plan a vacation for under $500. Really? It’s possible. Where would you go and what would you do?

19.Tell someone, especially someone you don’t know that well, what you appreciate about them.

20.Change the way you wear your hair.

21.Be outrageous in your special way . . . and let me know about it.

We’ve been challenged. The challenge continues. We grow from challenge. It’s all good. No matter what.

To a great 2021!