Monday, January 25, 2021

My 2020 Review & Looking Ahead

Well, my extended holiday celebration is over and my apartment is back to just me. My sister and mom drove back to Texas with me after Christmas. We spent the last few weeks doing some fun weekend trips and checking out some Dallas spots. I loved having them here and waited to get a blog post up when I had a bit more free time. 

I usually post a year-end recap highlighting all the things I did the past year and then share my goals for the new year. Obviously, this year looked very different and I was not sure if I wanted to share an end of the year post. I realize we are already a few weeks into the new year but I still wanted to get this up. If not for you but more for me to have this to look back on in the future. 

2020.... I hesitated making a post about my year because all in all, it was a good year for me compared to most peoples. I had my job, was able to work from home, had Cooper to entertain me and I was able to at least get outside on walks and leave my appointment. Obviously, like everyone else, I did have my moments of crazy but I think we all did at some point. This year was not one of my worst years I would say it just felt very mundane. I kind of felt like I was doing the same thing over and over again because well I was. Sometimes it is hard for me to even really understand what others went through because I was pretty removed from all of it compared to doctors, teachers, etc. Like many others, I am grateful I got to connect with my family more and spendt the extended holidays back home. I got into some new crafts, had more time to blog, binged watched many shows, and got into watching TikTok 😂 I definitely missed traveling and weekend plans but I really did make the best of a crazy year. While I don't think I had any crazy life realizations like others may have had this year I did see how God prepared me for the year ahead without me fully understanding at the time. I started the year reading this book by Emily Ley. In the book she talks all slowing down, finding rest/hobbies, and being ok not being busy 24/7. Haha was that the perfect book to read at the start of the year. I also came to realize how my health struggles the past few years prepared me for this year. Everyone was talking about how our lives changed overnight. I read some article a while back that said in a way we experienced grief for what things were life pre-Covid. I experienced that exact feeling when I began my health journey. Pretty much overnight I no longer was the same and had to adjust to this "new" life. Let me tell you it was NOT easy. I felt all the things for quite some time. In a way, I was prepared for Covid so I can only imagine how hard some struggled if I think back to when I was deep into the height of my illness. So for 2021, I am not sure what to expect but I am hopeful for the new year! I thought about setting some resolutions but instead, I am going to take the pressure off of that and see what things I decide I want to focus on. I will say my goals for 2020 are still things I want to focus on this year or at least in some way. 

There were some pretty great times in the year that I wanted to look back on: 

Took a candle making class in Dallas when my sister was in town

We also visited Waco, TX for the day

Went the Florida the week the world shut down. It was a whirlwind of a trip and was short lived but was still fun to see family!

Enjoyed the little things during Covid like this beautiful flower arrangement I got myself 

Lots of Starbucks drive thru trips with Cooper in tow 

Started to try new recipes and found some things I really enjoy cooking 

I got contacts for the first time at the beginning of 2020. I am so glad I did because I don't think I could have managed wearing glasses and a mask personally. 

This really needs no caption ... 2020 

Enjoyed LOTS of days at the pool this summer 

Had a few outdoor picnics 

My sister stayed with me for about a month over the summer. We were planning on going away for the 4th but stayed in Dallas. It actually was a super fun day and we saw some awesome fireworks. 

Spent the week sitting at the beach in Hilton Head. It was definitely a different vacation then usual but still so fun. 

Celebrated 23!!

Took a last minute trip to a family boat in Michigan 

Spent Labor Day on my friends ranch #countrygirlknow

Had a not so fun flood in my apartment 

Fall at the Dallas Arboretum 

Weekend trip to Fredericksburg, TX

Drove home and spent Thanksgiving through Christmas back home. It was my first time home in a year and
it was great to be back home for the holidays! Cooper came too. 

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