I don’t think I have to go into detail about what a whirlwind this past year has been. No matter who you are, where you live, or how much money you have, your life was changed this year. The pandemic shifted our lives, our economy, our friends and families, our jobs, and so much more. 2020 has taught me a lot but I wanted to go into a little more detail on the good that I’ve taken out of a crazy unpredictable year, what I’ve learned, what I have changed permanently in my life, and what I look forward to.
What I’ve Learned
I have learned so much in 2020, from shifting my business systems, taking more time for myself, learning about who I am and what I want and deserve in this life, how to work on relationships, listen to others more, and most importantly, how to take a step back and simply press the pause button sometimes. There was a lot of quiet time and self-reflection. I can honestly say, that this year has brought out a version of me that I am proud of and one that I see embracing growth for the rest of my years.
One thing that has been a needle mover for me this year is expressing gratitude on a daily basis. I have learned to appreciate the little things more than I had in 2019, and back then I thought I was “grateful enough”. You can never be too grateful for the roof over your head, food in the fridge, snacks in the cabinets, group texts with friends and family that sometimes you just have to keep on Do Not Disturb, for someone who loves you so deeply that sometimes it doesn’t feel real, for education, health, nature, and the simple fact that you’ve got a heart that is beating. When you feel overwhelmed or your brain just won’t chill out for a minute, that’s your cue to press pause. Press pause and reflect on what you’re grateful for and I promise you – it’ll be the quick reset that you didn’t know you needed.
I wish I had more planned for 2021, but truthfully, I don’t. I have a few things up my sleeve that will push me further on a personal level but to be completely honest, I look forward to continuing to learn throughout 2021. I look forward to keeping on living in the moment, not overthinking too much about my future, ebracing the present, taking more walks with my husband, doing more puzzles, cooking more often, and loving on my friends and family a little extra, just because. Between tonight and tomorrow, the only thing that’s actually going to change is the date and time, and the rest is up to you. Take what you’ve learned in 2020, and continue to put your best foot forward as we roll into an always unpredictable, new year.