Did I Live with Intention in 2021?

My “one word” for 2021 was intention. I’m proud to say I actually kept trying to live intentionally all year long, even as I got crazy busy this spring after the vaccine became available.

Because I chose a word, I didn’t do traditional resolutions, but I did specify a few things I wanted to intentionally do this year. It’s time to look back at how that went!

2021 Goals

  • Stick to a healthier morning routine. Achieved! I did really well with this during the first part of the year. I started keeping my phone in the kitchen overnight instead of on my nightstand, and that small change made a huge difference. It wasn’t uncommon for me to get up and have time to make breakfast and actually sit down and eat it at home instead of at work. I backslid on that a little bit through the summer, but since I’ve started my new job, I’ve been doing a bit better again. I also started getting up at 5am for yoga class a few times a week, so that has helped too (even if it only makes 6am feel like sleeping in), and replacing my alarm clock with a wake-up light has been a game-changer.
  • Read 40 books in 2021. As I write this, I’ve finished 36, and if I finish Born a Crime by the end of the week (which I’m listening to on my commute) I’ll finish out with 37. Even though I didn’t make my goal, I’m counting this as a huge win. A big reason for choosing “intention” was because I was spending a lot of my down time scrolling on my phone instead of doing things I actually like, so beating my last-few-year’s average of 22-ish books a year is fantastic. I read 37 books even with a few weeks-long breaks from reading this year, and was able to keep up with two book clubs plus my own picks. I got way behind on my monthly book reviews this year too, so stay tuned for some end-of-year reading recaps soon!

I had also listed two nice-to-achieve goals for 2021 – blogging once a week and completing four embroidery projects. I obviously didn’t achieve either of those. But I’m not upset about that at all. If 2021 had been like 2020, I would have had more downtime to do those things, but as it turned out, I spent a lot more time going out and doing things with actual humans. For one, I joined a yoga studio and began learning ashtanga, which has been fun and challenging. And I also made some new IRL friends from a local subreddit, which is something I don’t think I would have done had COVID not become what it was. My husband and I also got to vacation this year to Washington DC. (Should I post a vacation recap? It would mostly be DC food recommendations because good lord, the food there. So good.)

I decided to choose a word again for 2022. I have an idea of what it will be, but I’ll save that for a separate post. Please tell me about how your resolutions/one word/intentions for this year went – I genuinely want to hear!


  1. Intention is such a great word. I was the opposite with the pandemic, in that when there were restrictions it put me out of work. I’m a long distance runner, so I signed up for a year long virtual to keep my accountable. My goal was 3,000 kilometers. Currently with 2 days to go I’m at 6,400 kilometers. Have registered for next year again, though there won’t be as high of mileage. Want to do more things like yoga and strength training. Happy New Year.

  2. As far as I can remember, I didn’t set any resolutions last year. A better morning routine makes sense though. I get up at 5 and leave for work at 7. The only special thing I do in that period is about 15 minutes of exercise. Most of the rest of the time is drinking coffee and poking at the internet. Maybe I can do better.

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