Peace Out 2020

Oh 2020. You were a weird one, that is for sure. I can sit here and talk about all the ways that I hated 2020. All of the things we missed out on, the things that were taken from us, the people taken from us. The fear, hate and bickering that was brought upon us from the media and each other. But I don’t think any of us have the energy for that anymore.

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Instead, I want to remember the good I saw in 2020. How much extra time I got to spend with Zoe this year, that I would never have had in a normal year. Working from home, not having to put on real clothes and drive 45 minutes to my office was lovely. Even though every last bit of my sanity might be gone trying to juggle my job with my kid at the same time. My alcohol consumption has definitely increased this year, not going to lie.

It was nice to see people rally behind local restaurants and stores, doing everything to try to keep them swimming in an unprecedented year. I just keep thinking about how local business owners worked so hard to make their dreams come true, only to have this year shit all over them. I hope that curbside pickup sticks around, it is a lovely concept.

This year we baked a lot of banana bread, resurrected tie dye, started saying words like quarantini and had drive way parties and birthday parades. The it accessory was a facemask and the most purchased items were hand sanitizer, clorox wipes and toilet paper.

I am not completely mad about this year. Chris and I probably had more “date nights” than normal, since we would go downstairs after Zoe went to bed, pour some drinks and listen to music a few times a week. We really settled in to our new home and made it work for maximum comfort. I got my home office set up, we purchased outdoor furniture back in the spring, Zoe got a big girl bed, we became holiday blow-up yard decor people, we enjoyed Christmas for an extra month. We found a reason to celebrate all the little things and had daily parties of Zoe’s chosing. This year definitely made us all slow down some.

I read more books than I had originally intended and watched way less TV. Zoe and I have mastered some moves in Just Dance. We walked and walked and walked. I really love to walk. My fitness was on point all year, finishing out the last day with a hard AF workout this morning. Even if my nutrition went to shit the last two months. I will pick myself up, dust myself off and start back better on Monday.

Of course. OF COURSE. 2020 has to go out with a bang, as we are predicted to have bad weather tonight. I am really excited that we purchased virtual tickets for Tomorrowland 31.12.2020 and hope that we can just enjoy that and not have to turn on the news to stay weather alert. Ugh.

I don’t know what 2021 has in store for us. I am going to enter it quietly with no expectations and hope for the best. I am going to give others and myself more grace, and just take it day by day. It has been one hell of year, and it has taken an incredible emotional toll on all of us, if we realize it or not. I hope that we have all learned a few lessons to take in to 2021, and that we can all just be kinder and more tolerant of each other in general.

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  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent December 31, 2020 at 8:42 am

    I mean, did you move into that house & have that basement at JUST the perfect time! & ccows! Fun animals to bring smiles!
    BUH BYE 2020!!!!

  • Reply Kristin January 1, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Hope you enjoyed your NYE celebration! 🙂
    Zoe will be old enough to remember this time with you at home with her. Seriously fun memories in all the uncertainty.

  • Reply Carly January 2, 2021 at 11:32 am

    I love this post! I seriously don’t know how you juggled working with Zoe at home– on top of all the other invisible work moms do regularly– you are amazing! Those memes made me laugh, I definitely made sure NOT to use any stickers or gifs that glamorized 2021, lol.

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag January 4, 2021 at 11:08 am

    I’m so over 2020 – not just Covid, but with personal things that went on. The fact that your workout game happened all year is amazing. I really slacked on that one, but I mostly blame the blood clots in my lungs. I’m slowly trying to do better. I’m focusing more on food at the moment though – try and lose some weight. Sigh. I did read a lot in 2020, which is always a lovely getaway.


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