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Twenty, Twenty. I was so pumped for this fresh year. This time, 12 months ago – I had big plans. I wanted to spend more time with my family, do more things I love with the people I love and focus more on my health.

Well, thank you, global pandemic – you made these plans come true. I wonder if it wasn’t for you, would I have been able to make it happen? It feels like we’ve lost so much this year, and it’s so easy to fall into only thinking about the negatives that have happened this year – because there has been A LOT.

The thing is, even though it’s been one of the roughest years emotionally, spiritually and financially, it’s given us some profound gifts. I am certain if you look for those gifts, you will find them too. I am sure I am not the only one that wanted the same three goals and kinda got them, but in a different way than expected. Homeschooling was one of them, that’s not the quality time I was thinking!

It has been a bat-crap-crazy year. There have been many moments of anxiety, fear, confusion, overwhelming exhaustion and lots of moments of taking a good hard look at ourselves and our life, realizing we have some changes to make.

There’s also been lots of wins;

  • My house has never been so organised.
  • I’ve finally gotten to lots of medical appointments that I’d put off.
  • The broken bits in my house are nearly all fixed.
  • I’ve connected more online with family.
  • I’ve maintained a strict eating and exercise regime all year as I’ve had no travel.
  • I realised the weaknesses in my children’s education.
  • I’ve had time to hide away and focus on myself.

And I have realised that the smallest things; an act of kindness, a meal shared with loved ones, the support of friends, and the gratitude for life – can become our greatest blessings.

As each year wraps up, I ask myself three questions:

  • What did I do great this year?
  • Next year, what do I want more of?
  • What do I want less of next year?

I recommend you ask these questions of yourself, and of your family, and pop them in a book to review the same time next year. It’s so cute to see what your kids say.

So, thank you 2020, you gave many of us what we have been hoping for – but just in a very different way than we expected.


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