2020 Year End Review

2020 Year End Review
2020 Year End Review
Monster hiding in the long grass Photo by Anne NygΓ₯rd on Unsplash

Right then. I’m just going to skip December 2020, because what’s the point? We spent most of it in lockdown. I’ll just move right on to the 2020 Year End Review, and from there my plans for 2021.

I didn’t expect to come out of 2020 back to normal, and I haven’t. Spoiler alert: I’m not sure that 2021 will get back to normal either, but I think most of us have adapted to Covid Normal. Vaccinations notwithstanding, I don’t see a lot that’s going to change.

Anyhow, 2020 has been a mixed blessing. Though when I look back at the plan for last year, it seems as though it’s panned out pretty much as expected.

2020 Goals

Pleasure
Recharge
Read 78 books.
I started the year with the goal of 78 books and read a total of 120. πŸ™‚
Friendship
Friends
Make some local writer friends.
I’d hoped to make some local writer friends but made some international friends online instead.
😐
Friendship
Creatures
My creatures are happy and healthy and find my garden a haven.
Poor pretty girl passed away. With the Covid restrictions we weren’t able to get a new dog. πŸ™
Friendship
Contribution
I share my knowledge, time, and money with those who need it.
There wasn’t much practical that I could do to help during lockdown. I wrote and published a bunch of stories. There’ll be one free here forever. πŸ™‚
Beauty
Body
I enjoy exercising my lean, healthy 59 kg body several times a week.
β€’ Eat < 5g of salt and sugar per day.
β€’ Walk 10,000 steps per day.
β€’ Sleep 8 hours each night.
I had a small stroke late in the year, and that’s made both of us more interested in improving our health. πŸ™‚
Beauty
Garden
Plan and implement a peaceful garden (lush and abundant, providing habitats, weather protection and a mystical threshold),
Q1: plan garden and start landscaping.
Q2: finish landscaping and start planting.
Q3: nurture and enjoy.
Q4: nurture and enjoy.
With the nurseries in lockdown as well, I haven’t made any progress on this since Q2. At least we didn’t lose the existing planting during the Spring storms. 😐
Beauty
Home
I feel that with the work on the garden, my house might be a tip, but I will affirm that I live in a comfortable home that soothes my soul anyway.
One of the bonuses of my stroke, (if you can put it that way), is being easily distracted. Another is being less attached to things. So we’ve had half a massive cleanout. πŸ™‚
Beauty
Presence
Argh! I’m giving myself the style keywords “dainty minimalist,” so we’ll see how we get on.
I bought a new black wardrobe for Summer, including a lovely fluffy merino and possum cardigan. πŸ™‚
Wisdom
Growth
I learn and grow every day.
β€’ Visit a historically or culturally significant venue or event each month.
Well, there haven’t been many visits. What I have been doing is a bunch of online writers classes. πŸ™‚
Wealth
Time
This year, it’s still maintaining out of office hours, so finish up at 1730.
Since the stroke, I’ve been much better at finishing up at 1730. πŸ™‚
Wealth
Money
I’m not setting targets for that because I can’t control it. But publishing more books will help.
I now have twenty short stories on the market, and with my rebranded books, am enjoying trickles of money! πŸ™‚

Like many others, I’ve been glued to the to Covid updates, and I feel like my brain just exploded with the stress of it. I’ve had to take a step back and work on the things that I can control, (like the clutter), and away from things like politicians who think the economy is more important than people’s lives.

All in all, despite the bad, there’s been a lot of good in the year as well. Like others, I’ve had the opportunity to step back and consider a more meaningful life. A life that matters.

How was your 2020 Year End Review? Did you even bother?

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19th January 2021

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