Hello hello and welcome back to Cutting Chai Stories. This is the first episode of 2021, and I want to start it off with a great big hug of a thank you to all of you, my listeners, who tuned in to nearly 250 minutes of episodes, stuck with me through the hiatus between Season 1 and 2, from 37 different countries! Plus, Cutting Chai Stories was #19 in Spotify’s India charts for a whole month in 2020! I can’t think of a better way to start the new year than with this validation that you all are liking what you’re hearing. So thank you. In today’s episode, I want to give you back a sense of control over yourself in a time where things seem to be spinning OUT of control. We do a future pacing exercise — a fun one, I promise! — that’s an origin of the YOU you will be in 2021, and it all starts with choosing a word of the year to set your intention for 2021, for how you want to show up these next 12 months, the energy you want to bring to the world. I also share an excerpt of a powerful column by Bombay-based journalist Sameera Khan, who was inspired by a Season 1 writing prompt of mine; her story was published in The Indian Express. You can read the entire piece, and follow her, on Instagram @samjourno123. As always, if you feel inspired to share what you wrote, or how it made you feel, I’m on Instagram @cuttingchaistories and on Facebook in the Cutting Chai Stories Facebook group — come join us!