I spent most of 2021 in limbo. I wasn’t ready to move forward but I also don’t sit still very well, so I was moving, slowly, figuring things out while also doing a lot of waiting. Then things got a little crazy at the end of the year.
I haven’t written a blog post in forever. I am still not feeling exceptionally eloquent but sometimes you just have to get back on the horse, even if it feels weird, or you will never get back on. So here is a (not exceptionally eloquent) summary of my 2021:
2021 felt like a continuation of 2020. I didn’t even start a new Bullet Journal until March because it didn’t feel like a new year. (déjà vu right?)
I lost my job and decided I had ZERO interest in taking another corporate job and would take the rest of the year off to study astrology (which did not happen) and dabble in building websites (which did!)
I applied for co-op board approval to renovate my apartment which was supposed to take two weeks (spoiler alert, it took a lot longer than that). I avoided committing to anything big while I was waiting because I knew that at any minute, I would have to drop everything, pack up my place and move out for at least six weeks. (Limbo)
I volunteered to help a friend update her website and it went well. She loved it and I learned a lot!
The day after I got my second Pfizer shot, I broke my ankle. While everyone else was excited to get back to living a hot vax summer, I was laying low, healing. (I did eventually get out of my walking boot, reconnected in person with friends and family, and left NYC for the first time since 2020 later in the summer.)
While I was in limbo and laying low, I continued to explore my interest in building websites and discovered Squarespace. I spent most of my summer and early fall taking courses and learning how to build Squarespace websites and start a web design business. I loved learning something new that used a mix of my technical, creative, and business skills. I built and launched TWO websites in the summer/fall (check them out here and here if interested) and started building an infrastructure and processes to launch a web design business. I set a goal to build 2 more sites for my portfolio and launch my own website and business by the end of the year. Those things have not happened yet, because….
….at the very end of August, I FINALLY got approval to renovate my apartment and that, as expected, derailed me from getting very much else done for the rest of the year.
Before the renovation got going, I did squeeze in two trips to Albany, attended an unexpected family funeral, walked with my family in our annual suicide prevention walk, and packed everything I own into three closets and multiple suitcases.
In mid-October, I moved out of my apartment and into an Air B&B for six weeks while my renovation kicked off. I thought I would be able to get stuff done there, but it was very unsettling and uncomfortable not to be in my own space, so I wasn’t very productive.
Right before Thanksgiving, I moved out of the Air B&B and into my sister’s basement for 2-3 weeks while waiting for the renovation to be complete. (I didn’t really live in the basement, but I did sleep there, because they had their own construction projects happening, and it was very cozy!)
After two weeks in Pennsylvania, I was unexpectedly diverted to Albany for two more weeks to help my dad, who had been having some health issues.
After getting my dad back on his feet and set up with some help going forward, I headed back to NYC the Tuesday before Christmas exhausted and looking forward to being in my own, newly renovated home!
The renovation was not completely complete, unfortunately, so the crew kept working and I wasn’t able to get really settled until the week AFTER Christmas (and there is still a bit more to do in January, so I am not feeling totally settled) but I am mostly unpacked, loving my bathroom and kitchen upgrades, and happy to be home!
I had an astrology reading in April where I learned that my progressed moon (which represents our inner emotional self) was in the 12th house (the house of endings) for all of 2021. Astrology says that 2021 was the end of a 27-year chapter of my life. I was shedding my old self before starting a new 27-year cycle which starts on January 8th, 2022. (Leaving the corporate world is definitely a big change, so Astrology might have something here….)
Since my new cycle does not start until January 8th, I am giving myself a few more days before I dive into 2022. Plus, the world is just very weird right now so it’s hard to know what to do exactly. I was also told that even at the beginning of the new cycle I might not know exactly where I am headed and will still be figuring things out (phew..no rush!)
So instead of writing a bunch of goals and forcing myself to get this post out before the end of the year, I have just been taking it easy. 2021 was a lot. (That last 27-year cycle was a lot!) I need some more time to recover from all of that before I re-commit to actually getting things done. I did commit to watching all of the Harry Potter movies (that I have actually NEVER seen) before my HBO Max month runs out on January 16th so I plan to make that happen! (Three down, five to go)
You might hear more about me starting my own business soon or maybe things will take a different turn or maybe it will take me a while to get going.
I did set up my 2022 Bullet Journal which always starts with a cover page and theme for the year. For 2022 my theme is….. Just Be. That is my current vibe.