Guide To Living Happily Ever After In 2021

April 15, 2021

For many people, the start of the year is the time to start life anew. It is common for individuals, couples, and families to set New Year’s resolutions — good practices, goals, and changed behaviors for the better that can improve their lives. Examples of common resolutions include losing a certain amount of weight, eating healthier and exercising more, being kinder to others, being more productive, and having a more positive outlook.

Sticking to some resolutions and goals for the new year can be challenging, especially after experiencing a memorable year of significant, unprecedented change like 2020. Still, with hard work, dedication, and a strong determination and will, people can achieve their 2021 goals. Individuals who are at a point where they feel they should say goodbye to life as they know it and start over fresh may have more than enough determination to maintain lifestyle changes and begin a new chapter.

People may decide they should change pace or move to a new location for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they want a fresh start after a time of mistakes or regrets. A wide range of events may be catalysts for change in people’s lives — offers for better career opportunities, the desire for adventure, ending relationships with toxic friends and family members, or leaving a problematic relationship after an argument or bad break-up. Regardless of what event served as the significant turning point in your life, you deserve your happiness. Described below is your guide for the best way to live happily ever after in 2021.

Take your time with romance and pursue relationships that make you happy.

If past years up until 2020 consisted of failed relationships, 2021 could be your year for finding romance and being happy with your true love. One way to ensure you will have a happy, successful relationship this year is to take your time with dating and move at a pace that works for you. Try socializing, accompanying friends to parties and get-togethers, and enjoying chances for mingling. Mingling can be a great way to get back out there after a bad break-up or an amicable split and meet new people, including the person who could be your lifelong partner.

Make big plans for your future.

2021 could be the year you meet the person you want to marry or the year your longtime love proposes to you. As the engagement ring is often the star of a proposal, people intending to ask the love of their life to marry them are likely to spend a great deal of time searching for the perfect ring to match their love’s style and tastes. Diamonds are a popular option for wedding ring sets, so people should consider obtaining wedding sets from a reputable diamond brand. The best jeweler should be able to provide a beautiful, conflict-free diamond engagement ring that has eye-catching cuts and stunning brilliance, with a wedding ring to match. You will want to find wedding bands that have the same metal as your engagement ring, too. So, if you opt for a rose gold engagement ring, don’t get a white gold wedding band. This jewelry is more than just some more accessories, after all. 

After the momentous occasion of an engagement, do not be afraid to start making big plans– like wedding preparations, for example — for your future. A wedding day is a day that, for many people, symbolizes the official start of their happily ever after. To reduce any stress associated with planning a wedding — especially one that has to allow for social distancing among guests — consider following a checklist. Be sure to complete necessary actions like booking wedding facilities, hiring photographers, videographers, florists, caterers, and a seamstress to make alterations for your wedding gown.

When you and your new spouse settle down from the excitement of your wedding ceremony and reception, and you return from your honeymoon, you may be curious about how to store your wedding dress. Considering how special wedding dresses are, you’ll want to be sure you keep them as safe as possible. Explore storage companies and seek the best options for self-storage facilities. A clean, moisture-free, clutter-free storage space with a convenient storage location offered by a reputable storage company can be the perfect solution for keeping your wedding gown pristine.

Draft a realistic budget and financial plan.

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Survey findings reveal that money is the primary source of stress among many United States residents, as most Americans worry more about their finances than about their health, family, and work. Creating a new budget or adapting an existing one and setting financial goals can be effective ways for you and your partner to increase their savings. Having more money may not equal having more happiness, but it can offer you an increased sense of security as you pursue your happily ever after this year. Designating a set amount of funds to use for your usual household expenses while saving the rest enables you to avoid overspending and have extra money saved for medical and household emergencies, salary cuts, layoffs, or termination.

If moving is in the cards for your future, having a financial plan be handy when you begin house or apartment hunting. Having a firm budget enables you to sign a lease for an apartment that you can afford with utilities included instead of signing for something unaffordable. Determine how much you’re able and willing to pay for rent, utilities, cool air for the summer months, heat for winter, and moving your belongings across the city, state, or cross-country.

If you move, move smart. 

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A move to a new home can be challenging, but it could be easier when you do not have many belongings to transport. One practical way to limit the number of possessions you have to move is to rent a storage unit. Whether or not you hire professional movers, ask family members for help with moving and unpacking, or move your belongings yourself, only bringing necessary items that you have room for can optimize the moving process.

After wrapping up the processes of renting or buying your new home and moving, you can enjoy making your new home a more functional space and designing your new residence to your liking. For instance, many people like to give plants as gifts to new homeowners. If you receive live plants from others and love taking care of plants, it could be enjoyable for you to put your houseplants in visually pleasing arrangements based on the sunlight they require. You can have fun arranging plants, wall art, and more decorative pieces in ways that represent you, your significant other, and your fresh start.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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