My 2021 Template

Updated June 24, 2023

No matter how I feel about 2020, January 1st is a new page and a fresh start.  I love the chance to look ahead and lean towards “all the days ordained for me (were) written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Ps. 139:16)

It can be intimidating to look at a year and make plans, knowing there are unforeseen circumstances coming our way. Here’s how I am organizing my 2021 thoughts. If you want to use the same format, there’s a blank template (free downloadable) at the bottom below.

Needs to Happen in 2021 (Priorities)

  • Finish writing project
  • Get Tyler’s future launched
  • Emma married well and in peace

This is what has to happen next year, they are promises I’ve made to myself or others. I have to finish a book under contract. I have an 18-year-old son graduating from high school whose future won’t wait. And I have a daughter who has a spring wedding, with high hopes and memories to be made. I know as I look at this-  time, effort and energy will be needed to see these through and having it written down galvanizes my commitment!

Hope to Happen in 2021 (Dreams)

  • Better rhythm of rest and productivity
  • Write children’s book
  • Get back to Nigeria and India

I am dreaming of a healthier me in 2021, this means a stronger, smarter rhythm of rest in my life. I fancy writing a children’s book that’s been in my heart for almost twenty-five years, and think this next year it’s time for it to come to life.  I am tired of being grounded from international travel, and on my dream list are a couple of trips to the other side of the globe! Having these visions written down keeps me accountable and reaching.

Can’t Happen in 2021 (Convictions)

  • Lose heart
  • Forget the people I love for the sake of others.
  • Return to crazy

This year has taken so much, but it can’t take away my conviction. I am determined to not lose heart, I am unwavering in not returning to a schedule that I don’t love to wake up in and live. I am committing to a connected, creative and appreciative 2021.

Every day is a gift we exchange for activities and people. We can’t get it back and I am starting this year with a full heart, a clear plan, and hope for the future. Join me!

About Author

Beth Guckenberger is the Co-Executive Director of Back2Back Ministries and founder of the Reckless Faith Movement. Beth and Todd have a large family they’ve formed through biological, foster, and adoptive children. She is an author and speaker, sharing her experience as a mother, a missionary, and a student of God’s Word.