Happy New Year, friend!

Man, it’s been a calm, slow start to 2021 and I’m digging it. The hubby had off the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, so we spent some quality time hanging out/going to the lake for mini adventures and working on lingering home improvement projects. It was delightful.

Now that we’re a few days into the new year, I wanted to give you a big ole virtual hug and remind you to be kind to yourself.

Seriously! Don’t treat yourself any different than you’d treat a good friend. It’s ok to be honest with yourself, sometimes tough love is in order too, but never do these things in a hurtful or harmful manner, ok?

You deserve so much better.

This reminder is as much for me as it is for you 🙂 I used to live and die by my ability to accomplish insane goals I set for myself each year. The really crappy thing was that I set my goals based on what society deems ‘worthy and important’ not what I really dreamed and desired for my own life!

A few years ago, a good friend introduced me to the notion of choosing a word to guide me through each year. I found this practice more productive and so much more meaningful.

Now, instead of specific personal goals, I choose a word that summarizes my intent for the year and serves as my compass. As I drift off course, this word helps get me back on track.

(Obviously, I can’t run a business like this… so this principle doesn’t apply to the business side of my life… but in my personal life, goals are a thing of the past.)

My favorite thing about choosing a word for each year is that it points me in the general direction I hope to go, but it leaves plenty of room for divine intervention. It may sound a bit woo woo to you… but I feel like the best and most magical version of my life can only come to fruition if I remain open to any and all possibilities…

2020 taught me many things, but the two lessons I walk into 2021 most grateful for are these:

  1. Seek adaptability over steadfastness
  2. The answers are found within (within me, within The Word – HIS Word)

In trying to find my word for 2021, lesson number 2 really spoke to me.

This year, Inward is my word of intention.

Often, when faced with a challenge, a tough decision, even a crisis, I seek answers externally. This year I want to be as open and obedient as possible. To do this… I must bravely journey inward.

So friend, as you wade through the first week or so of the new year… new goals and resolutions are fine if that’s what floats your boat. But! Don’t be afraid to try a new approach in your efforts of growth and evolution.

Cheers to 2021, Friend. I hope this year is filled with joy, good health and blessings for you and yours. I also hope it’s full of kindness… toward others and yourself.

Love and hugs,


Stephanie McCready
Stephanie McCreadyOwner & Chief Joy Officer At KINDer Brand

Hi there! I’m Stephanie. Owner and Chief Joy Officer here at KINDer Brand. From Gnomes and Rustic Farmhouse Decor pieces to Garden Gifts and more… I enjoy dreaming up thoughtful gifts with the intent to Spark Joy and Spread Kindness.

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I’m an East Coaster loving life in the Midwest. I’m a wife, fur mom, & tea-lover who’s Audible-OBSESSED!!! Hammocks are my love language and Jesus is my homie. If you’re a fellow enneagram geek, I’m a 4W3.