Happy New Year, everyone! 2020 taught us all a few important lessons. Expect the unexpected and being thankful when times are tough. While 2021 might not be much different, we can’t let the lockdown put a stop to our lifestyles completely. We can still live our best lives with alternative actions and achievements.
We are big on setting goals and doing what it takes to achieve them. As mentioned in the last post, making the decision to change is instant. However, it takes time for results to appear. Sometimes, you can be caught up to the point where you don’t realize the results when it’s there. This year, we have a few areas we want to focus on.
To us, being present means you’re actively aware and participating in what’s going on around you. You’re not distracted by anything such as passive thoughts, and especially your devices. We want to be better at enjoying the moment. Sometimes, we are too busy trying to complete an objective that we forget to enjoy doing it. The last thing we want is to remember dreadfulness when we reflect back on specific moments.
We’re big on health. We try not to eat any process foods. The more color on our plate, the better. It’s amazing how the body feels after going through multiple weeks of clean eating. Don’t get me wrong, we love burgers, Korean BBQ, and sweets (Mario especially). We are not saying only to eat salads because for us, that’s impossible. Nancy and I love going out to eat and drink but we don’t go overboard. This year we will make more of an effort to cook our favorite out-to-eat foods. Nancy is already perfecting sushi rolls. Just be aware of how much is going into your body. Enjoy the cheat meals and exercise regularly. It’s all about keeping a healthy balance.
One of the positive outcomes of the lockdown is the cut in spending. We’re not going out as much and sticking to a more minimal lifestyle. This involves being more mindful about what we actually need. We were fortunate enough to be able to talk to a financial advisor. We try to make sure we have a solid foundation for our future. If possible, we believe it is good to try to talk to a financial advisor to get a realistic picture of your financial situation. We don’t know everything about money, but talking to professionals may give you the insight to invest more or invest in different portfolios that will benefit you. We know times may be hard right now, and many people are out of a job. So, it’s important more than ever to make sure you and/or your family have a plan to get through the new year. We are not sure how this new year is going to be but, we hope for a better one.
Even though we were promoted last year, the corporate ladder doesn’t stop there. Our performance this year sets the path to the next level, for both of us. We both enjoy the work we do in cybersecurity, whether it’s leading a team, building cool solutions, or trying to improve current processes. I (Nancy) built a robust cybersecurity risk scoring form for the team last year, and Mario created and improve a ton of use cases for detection and alerting. We were happy with the results, and believe we can contribute more in 2021. We are strong believers in being a career that we enjoy. If you’re spending at least 8 hours per weekday working, make the most out of it. If not, take the steps towards a career you will enjoy and thrive in.
Modern Minimalists launched late last year to get the ball rolling. We started off publishing a new post every 2 weeks to get a feel for co-writing and co-editing. Now that we’re a few posts deep, we are excited to share more exciting content on a weekly basis from this point forward. We are excited to share our thoughts and lifestyle this year, and thank everyone for your support!