Wow, 2020. One of the worst, best, confusing, humbling, hard, and grateful years of my life. Thinking back on it, it would just be easy to say that 2020 has been the worst year imaginable with COVID striking shortly after the year began. There is no denying this was a year full of ups & downs, loss, struggle, isolation, and hardship. But what really stands out, more than anything to me, is all the positive things 2020 has brought me. Sure, I lost my job for awhile and was only brought back part time, but the major positive of that was spending the extra time with Oliver. I got to see and experience things with him I would have otherwise missed. His first steps, his first words, all his super cool dance moves…each of those things are priceless to me. Not only did the extra time off with Oliver bring me joy, but I also had time to learn new things, take classes, and create this blog to share my creativity with you all. Most importantly I learned that nothing is ever guaranteed and to be grateful for everything I have.
Although most travel was put on hold, some of my favorite memories were created this year. These include: Our first family vacation to Nashville, taking Oliver swimming for the first time, hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park, countless trips to the Henry Vilas zoo, apple picking with Oliver in the fall, and munchin’ on one too many corndogs in the Steinhafels parking lot 😆
Reflecting on the last few months here are a few things I’m grateful for in 2020.
- Extra time off with Ollie Bean.
- Time to be able to develop a website and create/share with you all on this platform.
- Family ❤
- Furthering my knowledge on design, photography and social platforms.
- Being able to invest in DSLR Canon camera to take my photos to the next level 👏
- Growth within myself.
If 2020 has taught me one thing, it’s that being positive is way easier than consuming yourself with negativity. Not only are negative thoughts hard on your mind, but it takes a tole on your body and soul too. I mean, so what if you were positive about something and the outcome wasn’t what you were hoping for. You spend way more time and energy dwelling and moping on negative things. It not only effects YOUR mood, but the others around you as well. Life is too short not to be happy, so enjoy every minute of it.
This year I am choosing not to set resolutions but rather set intentions. Here’s a look at mine:
- Put my phone away from 5-7pm and be engrossed in family time rather than social media.
- Learn more about camera settings and photography.
- Spend more time developing content for my blog.
- Read more books.
- Maintain a positive outlook, even during low points.
- Travel at least 3 new places.