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My New Year Essentials + Goals for 2021

Well how is everyone doing on their New Year resolutions/goals/intentions?! I actually did a little poll a few days ago over on Instagram stories and I was amazed to see that a huge percentage of people don’t even bother making resolutions anymore. Lots of people said they’re more into making intentions for the new year, which I can totally get behind. I love starting January with new visions and goals in mind. It seriously motivates me and gets me back on track, which I really need after the whirlwind that was 2020. Anyway, today I wanted to share a few of my favorite New Year essentials, which are basically just things I like to buy in January, along with a couple of my goals for 2020!

My New Year Essentials

  1. New Devotional: I ordered this daily devotional for 2021 and I am already loving it. I got a lot out of the book Power Thoughts, so I know this devotional will be just as awesome.
  2. New Planner: One of my must-have things for the new year is a fresh new planner. I’m a huge paper planner nerd and the Erin Condren Life Planners are my favorite!
  3. New Water Bottle: I try to drink a ton of water each day, so I spend a lot of time with my water tumbler. It might as well be cute, right? I just got an adorable one from Starbucks the other day, but I also love this motivational one.
  4. New Makeup Brushes: Now is a great time to freshen up your makeup brush stash and throw away any old ones that have been hanging on for too long. I just did that and it felt so good! I love the Real Techniques brushes–they’re super affordable and I’ve been using them for years. I just ordered two of these blush brushes.
  5. New Vitamin Routine: I’m a huge fan of vitamins and I’m actually fascinated by how natural supplements can do so much good for our bodies. I take A LOT of vitamins each day, but I just re-vamped my routine a bit for the new year. I added in these Good Girl Probiotics and I’m excited to see how they work for me. My other daily vitamins currently include:


  1. 5am Wakeup Call: I really want to get back in the habit of waking up early during the week. With COVID happening, I totally let my routine fall to the wayside and it’s been tough to make myself get up early since then. But I’d love to get back into that habit this year. I just get so much done in that quiet time!
  2. Embrace Courage: I have done a lot of work on myself over the last few months and one of the things I’m working on is embracing courage over fear. I know that sounds cliche, but I think it’s pretty fitting for all we’ve been through in 2020. Instead of praying for God to take my fear away, I started praying for Him to give me courage to face the things I have in front of me. Just that simple switch has helped me so much and I’m going to continue praying that in 20201!
  3. More Social Media Free Days: One of the hardest parts about what I do is that it can often feel like a 24/7 gig. There’s really no off switch unless you intentionally make it happen, especially when you have a brain that’s going 100mph like mine! I’ve become much better about taking breaks over this last year, but I’d like to continue even more for both my mental and physical health. I’m shooting for at least 2 days off a week and occasionally taking an entire week off.
  4. Read More Books: One of the good parts of 2020 was that I read a lot of books. I got in the routine of reading every night before bed and it was so good for me! I definitely want to keep that up this year. (I listed my favorite books of the year HERE.)
  5. Short + Sweet Blog Content: Can you believe I’ve been blogging for FIVE years now?! December was actually my five year blogging anniversary and it’s just so crazy to sit back and look at all God as done in these last five years. I never, ever would have imagined I’d still be here doing this every single week. I really didn’t think I could make it six months, let alone five years. This has all grown beyond anything I imagined and I give God the glory for that. Anyway, I’d really love to focus on sharing more posts here every week. But I often get caught up in thinking that my blog posts need to be long and detailed with lots of photos. I’d love to instead focus more on short and sweet posts in 2021. Like little tidbits of life, new things I’m loving, a quick decor tip, etc! Just quick and easy posts that are fun to read. That’s my goal!

Ok well I think I’ve rambled on long enough today!! I hope you have a fabulous Tuesday. See you back here soon! xoxo

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The Comments

  • Ruth
    January 5, 2021

    I look forward to your post & love the idea of short ines (not that long ones are bad). I too am starting to take breaks from social media. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m charging my phone 2-3 times a day…not good

  • Ruth
    January 5, 2021

    I look forward to your post & love the idea of short ones (not that long ones are bad). I too am starting to take breaks from social media. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m charging my phone 2-3 times a day…not good

  • Ramona Wampler
    January 5, 2021

    I think one of the reasons I love following you is you are so relatable. I too kind of like the “fresh start” the new year brings. I too want to work on getting up earlier and then getting dressed and starting my day. 2020 made me get into the habit of having no schedule and wearing PJs sometimes all day! I love to read and would like to get back into that so I’ll check out your list of books too! So here’s to a fresh start and prayers for a wonderful 2021!

  • Kim
    January 5, 2021

    I too enjoy your blogs that are filled with wonderful links to products, decor help and mindful things to ponder. I thank you for for your time. It is NOT wasted. I like the ideas of unplugging as well. I get so consumed with social media I feel I am grabbing my phone all the time. I would like to start reading at night as well. Thanks again and here’s to 2021.

  • J. Nagle
    January 5, 2021

    Love your goal of less time on social media. I actually deleted all my social media this year as I realized how important it was for me to connect (take away from 2020). I am so glad you have your blog because you were one of the people I was going to miss in Instagram. Happy New Year!

  • Monique
    January 5, 2021

    Thank you – I loved reading this post. I’m trying monthly goals this year so that I can adjust based on how life is going and things like whether the kids are in school or not.

  • Susan Ellis
    January 5, 2021

    Love you expressing your faith in God! You’re a beautiful person! I pray more people see their need in our loving God.

  • Angela
    January 5, 2021

    Why Magnesium at night?

  • Erin
    January 5, 2021

    Great list ! Thanks for taking the time to round it all up for us ❤️

  • Candy
    January 5, 2021

    Hi Sarah
    I love your goals for 2021! I have set a couple and hope to keep them! May God help me to be a better person and listener.

  • Beth
    January 5, 2021

    You are an encouragement to me in so many ways. You’re real and I appreciate that. I’m eating right again and exercising. You are a good encourager in that. You have a precious family. Please thank your husband for his service. I love your blog. Happy New Year.

  • Kara
    January 5, 2021

    I have really enjoyed the addition of your IG stories and your blog posts to my life this year. I love your style. I have purchased more than a few home decorating items you have posted. They make me happy. Your openness and your faith in God is inspiring. Ty

  • Adele
    January 5, 2021

    I So Look forward you your blogs and post I have been following for quite a while now and just love love love your entire style and decorating tips ❤️🙏🏻Happy New Year

  • Sheilah Perry-Rosales
    January 5, 2021

    I’m glad everyone has time to do what they want and love.Being an essential worker with 2 jobs I’ve got 4 hrs a day to sleep.My days off are no better as I have to catch up on everything that didn’t get done during the week.Thank goodness my kids are grown and I’m single.

  • Mary C Daly
    January 5, 2021

    Hi All:)
    As as lover of Morn/Nite Routines i see many ppl talk about getting up early & some , to me very early. I have read Dr Michael Breus The Power Of When & talks about “Chrono Types” You may have heard of a Lark or an Owl ( He has 4: Lion, Bear, Wolf & Dolphin they correspond to Lark & Owl +…& with these Chrono Types not everyone wakes very early as easy as others & cant stay up super late either, So to those who waking EARLY is not doing it for them lol, its ok it mite be ur Chorono Type & have read Gretchen Rubin’s books on The Four Tendencies ( & thats similar as we are all different & what works great for one Tendency , not so much for another…She wrote Better Than Before, The Happiness Project & she writes on Habits ( she has a large online presence & tons free to dig into to ( Pod Casts)…Tnx !..>All the Best♥

  • Mary C Daly
    January 5, 2021

    Gretchen Rubin wrote other books Too