The tradition of New Year’s resolutions dates back thousands of years, and while many aspects have changed, the core philosophy of self-improvement has remained the same.
Most goals and resolutions for 2020 quickly turned to simply making it through, but we are looking to 2021 with cautious optimism and hope. Each year Bellmont Partners sets agency goals. From business metrics to our company culture and team initiatives, we’re committed to being good stewards in our community and encouraging each other to be the best versions of ourselves. We all know that the commitment to personal resolutions often dissipates by February, but perhaps putting ours out into the world will increase our chances of success. So here we go!
“My New Year’s resolutions are to eat healthy, to be more grateful for what I have and to not be afraid to try new things. Obviously with everything that has happened in the past year it really makes you stop and appreciate everything you have and also makes me much more aware of how lucky I have been to be healthy and to have a healthy family, and I really shouldn’t take that for granted. Also, it’s shown me that life is short so you need to get out there and live life while you can and not be afraid to try new things!”
— Breanna Welke
“Bike more – Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy working from home, but it reduced my bike-to-work commuting trips to almost zero in 2020. I’m looking forward to making a more concerted effort to get back out on the roads and trying out some new trails in 2021!”
— Johanna Holub
“I have a few pretty generic goals for 2021, like drink more water and floss regularly, but the hardest one by far is getting up the first time my alarm goes off instead of hitting snooze until I have two minutes to pull myself together.”
— Julie Goulette
“Two of my goals for 2021:
- Visit and spend time with my family, friends, co-workers and clients in person again – and hug them all! – when it’s safe to do so.
- Try new activities and explore new places when we can safely do so. Like many, 2020 focused on staying safe and healthy, and doing activities that brought comfort, so I’m ready for more adventure in 2021. My bucket list is overflowing!”
— Shelli Lissick
“My resolution is to carve out at least an hour each week to play the piano. It allows time to focus on creativity and discipline in different ways, and always reduces stress.”
— Jen Bellmont
“My goal is to take more intentional breaks throughout the work day – things like: taking my dog for a mid-morning walk instead of waiting until nighttime, actually making a lunch instead of just grabbing a granola bar, or taking a 15-minute afternoon screen break to read the current book I’m on.”
— Briana Gruenewald
“Two of my goals for 2021:
- Read at least two books per month – now taking recommendations for fiction, memoirs and business books!
- Bike 800 miles on my new NordicTrack stationary bike – my usual metric for tracking exercise is “did I move today?” so I have no idea if this is an over-ambitious or under-ambitious distance. We shall see!”
— Bridget Nelson Monroe
“I’m trying to read more books from other genres than my usual (historical fiction/memoirs) this year. My first book is Friday Night Lights from the sports category.”
— Kalli Plump
“I did a “21 in 2021” list, but a few on the list include:
- Read 18+ books for fun
- Get a haircut
- Get the COVID vaccine
- Try a meditation app
- Save for a family vacation in 2022”
— Megan Derkey
“More intentionality with my schedule. 2020 kind of wiped out our normal routines, so using that as a clean slate to add stuff back in (or not) at a healthy pace.”
— Michelle Griffith
“My 2021 Goals:
- Learn to play the guitar – Near the end of 2020 I picked up a guitar and started learning how to play for the first time. It’s been really fun to learn something new, and after a full day of Zoom meetings, playing music is a nice outlet to wind down that doesn’t involve a screen. I’m looking forward to sticking with it into the new year!
- Hopefully work with the BP team in person again – I’m optimistically looking forward to safely connecting with everyone in the same room again at some point this year.”
— Sydney Schoeberle
“My resolution is to put down my phone and turn off my TV and read more books! Recommendations welcome. (I’m a big mystery/thriller fan – but open to anything!)”
— Megan Anderson
“This sounds simplistic, and it is: One of my goals for 2021 is to get back to reading outside of work – for both professional development and fun. As a former journalist, I’m still a news junkie, and during 2020 it was much too easy to fall into the habit of voraciously consuming deep-dive political or pandemic articles on my iPad at night. But this year, I’m shifting away from endless doom-scrolling and – happily – have already started to nibble away at the heaping pile of books, both analog and digital, on my nightstand. Next up: the latest Stephen King collection, which likely has nothing on the real horrors of the last year.”
— Brian Bellmont