What a year 2020 has been. Certainly when I first wrote down my 20 in 2020 list I had no idea what would become of our country – let alone our family. It’s so strange how in one moment everything can feel normal and the next brings the entire world to a standstill. Nevertheless, our family has done everything we could in order to protect ourselves like invest in masks, keeping our distance, being diligent about hygiene, and following the guidelines set by our state (and, you know, science…).
Although we’re in the last couple days of our year (thank goodness) and soon we’ll be ringing in 2021, I thought to take a look at my list and see what, if anything, I could cross off during my time in quarantine. So, here it goes!
My 20 in 2020
Pay off our credit card debt!
- Pay off one (or both) car loans.
Eat vegan/vegetarian/keto meals during the week with 1 cheat meal. Cut back on alcohol during the week.
- Finish reading The Goldfinch.
- Learn basic French.
- Have at least one date night a month with the hubs.
- Train for 5k.
- Run a local 5k event.
Save up to get Greyson a bunk bed for his room. Have professional photos taken of our family.
- Play the Minimalist Game at least once this year.
Save to take Grey to Disneyland again (we went for the first time for his 3rd birthday last year) or a Disney Cruise!
- Watch Casablanca (I’ve never seen it!)
- Try a true-crime podcast.
Spend more time outdoors with the family. (Finally) have a beach day. Send Christmas cards this year! (we ran out of time this year…)
- Learn to make homemade tortillas.
Find balance here on the blog and the lettering shop.
Well, it’s a little disappointing that in the 9 months since we first were in quarantine I wasn’t able accomplish more – but I’m extending myself a lot of grace. Covid in general has greatly impacted my ability to cross off some of these goals but I did manage get through a few of them!
#8-9 Around the time that Covid shut things down while we were living in San Diego I was in the process of training for a local 5k. I had signed us up and everything for the Leprechaun Run as well as a local autism 5k that benefits local autism organizations in SD (our son was diagnosed with ASD last year and has made so much progress because of these organizations and programs!). Covid caused these events to go virtual and even though I trained I felt it wasn’t safe to be outside just yet. So, I bolded these items but since I didn’t actually run I didn’t get to cross them off.
#11 Having professional photos taken this year was kind of a huge goal for me. I didn’t know at the time I wrote my 20 in 2020 list just how important getting these photos would be.
During the summer, and mid-quarantine, we found out we were pregnant with a girl due in the early spring! Having photos taken of us as a growing family not only allowed us to document my pregnancy, but I was able to have these photos to print and hang in our new house and have for the blog here. I always love getting photos taken and fingers crossed we’ll be able to do it more often!
#17 One thing we did quite a bit (once it was safe and beaches re-opened) was get outside and go to the beach. I’m thankful we were able to make this happen a few times because it helped break up our time at home and it gave Grey an outlet to play.
#18 Since we were able to get photos taken of our family I was excited to get ahead of the game and order our Christmas cards for this year! The last part of our year has been an exciting one with the announcement of our pregnancy to our move to Texas…it’s a great opportunity to share with friends and family the positive aspects to our year. They’re on their way so, stay tuned for those!
#20 Balance. It’s something I think I’ll always strive for and will quite possibly have on any list for the rest of my life. Now that I’m stepping away from work to relax and enjoy these last few months before baby girl arrives I’m so excited to re-launch my blog here and open Red Oak Lettering for the holiday season!
Although I wasn’t able to cross off everything, I did enjoy having little goals to work towards throughout the year -regardless of Covid. Now as we begin to look ahead to 2021 I’m optimistic about what the year will hold for all of us…I suppose it couldn’t get worse than 2020, right?
Here’s to the new year and new goals!