Often at this time of year I write a blog reflecting on the previous year, and thinking about goals for the New Year.  However, 2020 hasn’t been a normal year!

Had someone said 12 months ago that we would be thinking about who we can and can’t see at Christmas, arranging to see family in public parks to exchange gifts and planning to spend New Years Eve only with your household bubble we wouldn’t have believed it (who even knew the phrase “household bubble”!).  Yet it is surprising how quickly we have adapted to this new way of living – limiting social contact, wearing masks in public spaces and not hugging loved ones has rapidly become the norm.

I have reflected on the past year as usual, and (despite everything), there have been some highlights.  I can now run 5k without the need of medical intervention, I bake every Friday via Zoom with my 8 year old niece (to balance out the running!) and I have really enjoyed the simpler way of life.  Meeting friends outside for a walk and having weekly Zoom calls with my family are enjoyable additions to my lifestyle and ones I will keep once this is all over.

From a professional point of view, I have been very lucky to keep working throughout this year.  No, I haven’t been as busy as usual and there have been some real low points.  Tears have been shed at times and motivation has, on occasion, been hard to find.  But I’m still here.  My business is doing ok and that’s all I am hoping for at the moment.  I am involved in some really exciting projects that will launch next year (stay tuned for more details) which I am thrilled to be working on and which have pushed me out of my comfort zone.

It is easy given the challenges that 2020 has presented to only reflect on the negative things from this year.  But there have been lots of good moments too and these are the things I chose to remember from this year.

As for 2021, well I am sure we are all hoping for a better year.  I have been thinking about my goals for next year, but my main goal is to be kind to myself and others.  If 2020 has taught me anything, it’s that there is a lot of joy to be found in the simplest of things – a telephone call with a loved one, reading a good book or a long walk in the countryside.   My goal for 2021 is to enjoy life and appreciate the simple things more rather than spending time worrying about the “what ifs” and judging success based on how busy I am.  As Marjorie Pay Hinckley said “The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days waiting for better ones ahead”

My very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!