Well, what a year its been! One we would like to forget but one we will remember forever.
My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones, lost their jobs and those who have struggled this year. Please know that I have thought about every single family going through these times, I wish you strength and hope. I’ve seen the devastation this virus has caused and I’ve seen family, friends, colleagues and local paramedics go through the toughest times of their lives. I am proud of every single one of you, I am in awe of just how much love and kindness has been shown to others.
When the virus took hold, I wondered which family and friends would still be around by Christmas and I imagined losing those people. I didn’t know who would be poorly and who would end up in hospital, including myself. Trips to the shops were not a nice experience and the sight of the empty shelves was something I’ll not forget.
I struggled with this post to start with, I couldn’t see a way forward from 2020. How do you plan a future that is so uncertain? Other bloggers posts have helped me and given me inspiration to put pen to paper and think about my 2021.
If you are struggling, I hope this helps you figure some stuff out.
2020 Wrap Up
I didn’t have many plans or ideas for how 2020 would look for me, its kind of crept upon me and I’ve tried to do the best I can with it. It was a bad sign when I couldn’t write 2020 for a long time, I kept writing 2021 and had to change it. For some reason, years that end in a 0 have always been the worst for me.
2020 was a blessing in disguise, I learnt so much about myself. I had time to reflect and time to myself to think about what makes me happy. I learnt to be grateful for the things I have and the family, friends and colleagues around me that care so much.
My holidays to Cornwall and Malaga got postponed to next year. We had a three night break in a camping pod at Robin Hoods Bay (gifted) a night camping at Whitby with some off-roading the next day and a night at the Lake District, they all turned out to be the best time away I’ve had and it was really appreciated.
My last break abroad was Italy last January. During February we took my nephew to the Wildlife Park and he loved it, he keeps asking when we can go again and I cant wait to take him. March was my last CFR CPD session with us all in the same room, we all were laughing and joking, little did we know what was in store for us during April onwards. I was furloughed in May until the end of July, it seems so surreal to think about that time now, it was such a worrying time. At the end of June I started blogging, basically just writing a load of shit online that I’ve since realised people like to read and I quite like to write, I have released 52 posts in 2020 and have nearly 5000 views. July to December passed so quickly and I made the most of Christmas.
I learnt what is important and I learnt to put my health first, I needed to be the healthiest I could be in case I caught the virus. My asthma needed to be more controlled and I stopped drinking, it gave me a chance to get my blood pressure down. I’m not where I need to be, but I’m happy with the progress and I’m in a much better place. I’m grateful to have a home that’s kept me safe and warm, grateful for my car that has kept me safe, grateful for my job and hobbies that have kept me going and kept my mind healthy.
I’ve surprised myself with what I’ve achieved, its not been the best year for achievements but I’ve achieved things I’ve wanted to. I’m hoping that a chapter I’ve written will be published in a book next year. I’ve written a couple of chapters of a fiction book of my own that I hope will be published. Its something I wanted to do in my spare time. I love writing and reading, its helped with my mental health so much this year. I’ve read 30 books since May and I’m loving it, the perfect escapism.
I have a lot of hope and optimism for the New Year.
My Goals for 2021
- Drink more water
- Go for a walk every day
- Eat healthy lunches
- Reduce blood pressure
- Stretch each day
- Save money & reduce debt
- Spend less time on social media
- Limit news intake each day
- Practice gratitude and meditation
- Enjoy gardening in the summer
- Write a book
- More days out
- Publish 4 posts a month
- Read 4 books a month
- Take a lunch break each work day
- Do 1 thing I love each day
- Keep my daily skincare routine
- Have a daily to-do list
- Enjoy pamper time each week
- Write down 3 wins from each day
- Listen to podcasts and read books
- Face my fears
- Step out of my comfort zone
- Enhance skills and learn new skills
I look forward to seeing how I get on with these goals. What are your goals for 2021?
Have a lovely New Years Eve tomorrow and Happy New Year to you.
Thank you for reading my blog this year and for my blogging groups, I appreciate all the support, here’s to a successful 2021.