My Year of Curiosity

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Never have I been a person who felt like I needed to put a name on the year I was entering. I’ve seen other people do that in the past and I always thought it was a little weird. Like…why? I just never understood it. But as of recently, something has changed inside of me. It all began when I had my first astrology reading and I somehow felt more connected to the world. Then once I had my second astrology reading, I felt like I had so much more purpose on this earth. The reading made me look deeper at myself, deeper at what I was put on this earth to do, and it made me look at how I wanted to make an impact on the people around me. This reading not only lit a fire under my ass, it ignited a new sense of curiosity in this world. So guess what I decided? That 2021 would be the year of curiosity.

And I wanted to share this because I believe that all of us need to work on being more curious. As Walt Whitman said, “Be curious, not judgmental.” In this world we live in, we are constantly judgmental. We judge people for how they raise their children, how they manage their money, how they look, how they talk, the choices they make. We judge because we’ve lost our childlike curiosity. We’ve aged and decided that we know best. Instead of being curious to why someone is raising their child a certain way or dressing a certain way, we think that we have it all figured out. And because of that, we pass judgment on a person that may change our lives for the better.

I recently had an appointment with a woman and I wasn’t very excited about it. I passed judgment on her because of the way she dressed and some of the conversations I had overheard in the past. But then I got to the appointment and I became curious. I wanted to learn about her – where she came from…what she had experienced. And the more I listened with open ears, the more I found an amazingly strong person who had been through so much. I found a person who inspired me, taught me new things, and person I really enjoyed talking to. My judgment made me almost miss out on a really incredible person.

For my year of curiosity, I want to be curious about people. I want to learn where they came from, how their experiences different from mine, and I want to see what they can teach me. I also want to be curious about spirituality. As a person who has never been religious or understood organized religions, spirituality has never resonated with me. But this year I have a whole new interest in it. Not organized religion, but I love the idea of finding something deeper that gives me even more purpose while I’m still here. And that also means I want to be curious when it comes to expanding my brain. I want to try new things, try to understand different ideas, travel new places, and I want to be open to what other people share with me.

This year I want to ask questions, I want to be optimistic, and most of all, I want to be curious. I want to leave my judgment behind me and see the world from rose colored glasses. Because you know what? Life is so much more beautiful when we see the world from different perspectives. I hope my own curiosity sparks something inside you and gets you excited to see the world through a new lens. And if you haven’t come up with a word of the year, hopefully I just did the work for you. Be curious, my friends.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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11 thoughts on “My Year of Curiosity”

  1. Hey Juli! You might find Ayurveda practices helpful in having a deeper relationship with yourself and the world. I have found meditation such as yoga nidra highly beneficial.

    1. Jojo I would love to hear more about this and your experiences. I’ve started looking in to my “Dosha” and quite frankly find it a bit overwhelming. Do you receommend any good places / resources to start or do I just need to sit my as* down and do my own research?

  2. What a fantastic theme for the year! Mine is “flow”. We are starting a large remodel at our house and I know I will need to let go of my Type A rigidity and control and flow with the process instead. We are moving out during the remodel, and new living arrangements will require a lot of flow too!

  3. We moved from NY to FL last year and my new to me chiro has been an absolute gem in my wellness journey. She is also an acupuncturist and chinese herbalist. We’ve gotten through bouts of anxiety, sleep disorders as well as help my general overall health and wellness. I mean who can’t use a good chiro sesh after heavy squats? New digs, new me! Plus Miami weather doesn’t suck. Congrats (is that the right word?) on your new year. Curiousity is such a rewarding journey, and it is definitley a journey, not a destination.

  4. Ted Lasso!! You inspired me to watch Ted Lasso, really the best gift you could have ever given. And Ted Lasso inspired me to make this same goal this year. Here’s to curiosity, not judgement!

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