Betwixmas is over, 2021 is here, and thus begins a new Sundaze series. I had a vision of this post starting with me figuratively painting a scene of my January start but, basically, I’m cold and I’ve been cold for far too long. Ya girl doesn’t do winter very well. I rang in 2021 on Animal Crossing: New Horizons and watching Harvey’s Twitch stream, and I was struck by how similar it felt to my NYE of 2015, where I spent it in bed in Hong Kong playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Then, I drove to Harvey’s in the morning for a New Year’s Day dog walk to blow away the cobwebs and finally see him amidst Tier 4 madness, albeit socially distanced! Of course then we returned to a flat battery on my car… hopefully that isn’t an omen for how the year will pan out, eh?

New horizons

On the note of how the year will pan out, I’ve been putting stepping stones in place for The Future. If 2020 was the year that knocked our expectations down, 2021 can be the one that lets us rebuild them in a more considered way. I’ve learned so much about myself, the way I live (when expectations are gone) and how and when I thrive.

I finished my first week of permanent work! After deciding to close the doors of my copywriting business last month, I happily signed a permanent contract at a place I’d previously been freelancing for. I’m really content. The stability will be invaluable for me after a tumultuous year, and should give me some time and headspace to grow & Chai, now that I’m not crying myself to sleep for fear of never securing another client or chasing unpaid invoices from pre-pandemic. Your girl is determined to buy. a. house.

Daisybutter in 2021

Unlike most years, I’ve struggled to visualise what I want Daisybutter to be this year. In fact, during the last week of December I even considered… leaving? However as we head towards ELEVEN years of this blog, I feel happy that we’re still here building a wonderful community and always sharing experiences. Although I’m wading into the new calendar year ‘head empty no thoughts’, I’m really looking forward to seeing what will end up documented here. Posts might be a touch fewer and far between – I’m sorry! – as I try to balance my life better, but these weekly Sundaze posts will be the perfect way to catch up properly.

I want my blog posts to be a healthy mix of content that serves you and content that’s just joyful and a personal heart-to-heart. If I learned anything from 2020, it’s that I crave wholehearted, openhearted content. Nothing too superfluous. Nothing flashy. Just honest-to-god content that weaves words together with magic together with a snapshot of the everyday.

The Daisybutter Book Club!

With that in mind, I’m thoroughly excited to share that this year I’m starting my own book club! I love that we’ve already established a bookish ‘division’ of the Daisybutter community, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you all more. It’ll be hosted on my Discord server in a private category and we’ll read a book together each month, along with chilled cosy discussions.

My Discord server is one of the most precious parts of the Daisybutter world, and the friendships we’ve already made on there are invaluable; one-of-a-kind. If you’d like to join along, simply click here (you’ll need to join Discord) and read the welcome note to learn more! Our first read of 2021 will be A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, a title from my own TBR. It follow’s Sherlock Holmes’ great-great-great-granddaughter, and is touted a YA mystery/thriller.

Pick up your copy now, ahead of our first, very informal discussion on Wednesday 13th January.

Links I’ve Loved

  1. 8 Pros and Cons of Being a Mood Reader via What’s Hot?
  2. I’ve been so excited to start using my new bullet journal, and I’m always curious to say how others lay theirs out – Megan shares her 2021 bullet journal setup.
  3. Sian has created a wonderful series on her blog and Instagram. The 12 Days of Self-care sets you up in good stead of a mindful, self-loving year, and I’m really enjoying the prompts.
  4. Anika has shared her best books of 2020 over on Chapters of May; her recommendations are yet to fail me!
  5. Want to reinvent your career in 2021? This post on The Everygirl makes for a great read.
  6. And, Tenneil has shared her top 10 albums from 2020.

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