Focusing on Connections

Here at taudrey we are all about making connections. We love making relationships with our taudrey girls, and our hope that is through our personalized pretties you can feel empowered. Whether you connect to the personalization on your jewelry, connect through our brand messaging, or connect with a fellow taudrey girl, we hope you feel all the love and joy that goes into each and every piece. 

So when we read this post by one of our fav influencers, Jenise Subervi from A Toddler and A Topknot, we had to share with you. She is putting a focus on connecting in 2021 and we hope you enjoy her post and apply some of her advice below.

Plus, be sure to follow her blog here and give her some love on the gram (@atoddlerandatopknot). 

My name is Jenise, and I'm a Miami mom, woman, and wife. I'm a blogger over at A Toddler & A Topknot and photographer in my spare time, but you can usually catch me on Instagram or reading a book. I have two little ones, Caleb, 6, and Chloe, who will be 3 soon. I love coffee and flowers and anything sweet, I'm an eternal optimist, and I'm probably laughing right now. 

For the last three years, I have chosen a word of the year instead of making New Year's Resolutions. I have found it much easier to make a word work than stressing over specific resolutions. I chose the word CONNECT as my word of the year for 2021. 

Having a word of the year really allows me to set focus and intention for everything I do. Connecting is something I began to do more of 2020, and I'd like to continue to carry it through 2021. The key to being successful with this is giving myself ideas for each area. Kind of like small, attainable goals. At the end of the year, if I didn't necessarily achieve something, I don't feel like I failed at it because it's not a goal that's set in stone (like "work out four days a week"). 

Connect with my family. Turn off devices more often, or at least set them aside. Family dinners (which we haven't been very good about ever) and family walks/activities minus the distractions from the outside. Reading with my kids more often, and being present while they are home from school. 

Connect with my husband. Rid ourselves of the nasty habit of spending so much time on our phones before bed. Kiss longer. Smile at each other more. Shower one another with praise. 

Connect with my mind. Read. Pray. Do the things I truly love without distraction. Understand what makes me anxious, what makes me happy, what gives me peace. Connect more to those peaceful moments. 

Connect with my body. Do what feels good when it comes to exercise. Eat what makes me feel good (and not just what tastes yummy). Stretch. Breathe.

Connect with my home. Clear the clutter and find a rhythm. 

Connect with my work. Take on more projects that inspire me or move me. Do less of the work I don't love. 

Connect with others. My extended family, my friends, other parents at school, my audience. Make real connections with them. 

Have you done a word of the year? What is it?