It's that time of year that everyone either loathes or embraces. It's the end of the year. Most people use this time to reflect on the past year and prepare for the new year. This can bring about feelings of joy or sadness.
Let me start by saying this: SURVIVING 2020 IS ENOUGH!!!!!
2020 was hard, complicated, unprecedented and you can fill in the blank with a bunch of different words. DO NOT let anyone try to shame or guilt you for "not doing enough" this year. Yes, there are some people who used this year to start business, create something new, pivot and do amazing things. There are also people who may have held on, struggles and survived this year by the skin of their teeth and the string on their mask. BOTH ARE OK. There is no right or wrong way to "do" or "be" in a global pandemic.
With that being said, I think there is some merit to looking back over the past year to highlight the highs and take note of the lows. This is not to judge but to be able to build on what worked and re-evaluate what didn't before the new year begins.
So here are some peaks from 2020:
-Stated The Heart to Heal, Inc with my first stimulus check
-I maintained not 1 but 2 jobs (more on this later)
-Spent quality time with my co-worker friends (weekend overtime, spa day, sleepovers and amusement parks)
-Bought a new mattress
-Traveled to Chicago and Tampa
-Had a roommate for 3 months and it worked out perfectly
-Started my loc journey
-Changed my car headlights on my own (I was really excited about this!!)
-Applied for a $10k grant to encourage wellness in Millennials and I made it to the next round
And 2020 had a few valleys:
-Didn't get a job i really wanted
-Did get to have my traditional family game night for the holidays
-Not as many happy hours
-Had some family members dealing with health issues
-Face coverings (I am so over them!)
Now that I think about it, 2020 wasn't that bad for me, but was filled with minor inconveniences and annoyances.
As we are now 5 days in to 2021 (transparency moment: I started this entry after Christmas and wanted to post it before the New Year but that didn't happen), here are a few things I am working towards:
-Growing The Heart to Heal---Developing programs for professionals and community members
-Leaving my part-time job (I have been saying this for almost 5 years and I mean it this time)
-Creating another stream of income doing something I enjoy
-Actually completing one of the savings challenges I started
-Maintaining my overall health and wellness---being consistent with exercise and therapy
What are you looking forward to in 2021??