Hey guys! Welcome back. I hope you are having a great week. I wanted to first take this opportunity to say Happy New Year’s Eve! I am so excited for a new year and to see what 2021 brings our way. Hopefully it is mostly good things. Today is the day that we really reflect on the year that was 2020 and think about all the things that happened, both good and bad. So I wanted to take some time to share with you my favorite things from this year, some of the big moments, and some lessons that I learned. And then tomorrow we will open a new chapter and I will be sharing my goals and my vision for 2021. So let’s get into recapping this year so we can officially close this chapter!
This is kind of a more recent one, but most of you have probably seen that my candle collection has definitely grown and continues to grow. I have a candle burning pretty much all the time, especially when I am working because it helps me relax and stay calm. I have really loved candles this year and I just know that the obsession will continue into the new year.
Moving into my own apartment gave me the opportunity to really get back into cooking and baking and just being in the kitchen in general. And the last half of this year has been really fun as I try new things and really enjoy cooking. I even recently got an air fryer that I just started using.
Self Care Nights.
I have always been a strong advocate for self care, but with everything that happened this year in the world and in my personal life, I really learned the importance of consistent self care and doing what was best for me. And devoting nights to self care has changed my life tremendously. I do them at least once a week, usually on one of my days off because it helps me decompress and refresh for a new week.
Can we all just agree that TikTok deserves an award or something for helping us get through this year. I mean even TikTok survived 2020 after almost getting banned. So I definitely had to include TikTok as one of my favorites because it has lifted me up way more times than I can count. I have found so many amazing creators, musicians, and more on this app and I absolutely love it and can’t get enough.
This Is Us.
I started watching This Is Us a month ago kind of on a whim. It was Black Friday and I wasn’t really doing anything and I saw it on Hulu under recommended shows. I remember trying to watch it when it first came out but didn’t stick with it. But I have been watching it pretty much everyday since I started and I absolutely love it. There is not one show that I would recommend more right now than this one.
Brown Sugar And Cinnamon Pop Tarts.
This may seem kind of random, and trust me, it is. But it’s also not really. I tried this flavor for the first time back in September and my life was forever changed. I love these pop tarts so much. I always have some on hand. I don’t eat them everyday, but I do occasionally like to have one while I’m watching TV or something.
I think this is the first year really of me making my own money and really having money to spend. I have been able to buy things I need and want and just really enjoy my time. I don’t do anything crazy, but it’s nice not having to worry about not having any money.
Moving into my own apartment gave me a lot of opportunities and one of those was the freedom to decorate. It’s a clean slate and a fresh opportunity to make my space my own. I have my own bedroom and bathroom that I can decorate however and whenever I want. It’s one of my favorite things.
The Masked Singer.
As some of you may remember, back in June I watched all three seasons of The Masked Singer in like ten days. It was crazy. But I absolutely fell in love with the show and I watched all of season four when it came out as well. I love this show and it’s something I am always looking forward to.
And I can’t leave out the show that literally helped me get through the entire summer. I watched and re-watched this show I don’t know how many times over the summer. It’s one of my favorite shows ever and it really helped me get through a tough time this year. I will forever be thankful that I had it in one of the darkest times and it really helped keep me going and served as a really nice distraction.
Lessons Learned In 2020:
Nothing is constant.
If 2020 only taught us one thing it is for sure that nothing is constant. Everything can change in a moment’s notice without us being prepared. I started 2020 moving to a new city with a new job and a new relationship. In June all of that went away and I was not prepared at all. I didn’t know what my next steps would be or where I would end up. I learned that I can’t plan for everything and sometimes I just have to roll with the punches.
Self care is important.
Self care is something that should not be taken lightly because you can’t pour from an empty cup. This year has caused a lot of stress, worry, and anxiousness in the hearts and minds of so many of us. And it also showed us the value of self care and making sure that we are taking care of ourselves so that we can help others. It’s not about being selfish, but knowing what you can take on and what you shouldn’t.
Things are not always as they seem.
People are also not always as they seem. I learned that I have to go into most situations with very little expectations or none at all because I really don’t know what’s going to happen. I didn’t know at the beginning of the year my life would fall apart halfway through the year. I didn’t know I would move to a new city and get a better job. I didn’t know I would find amazing friends that I get to live with. I learned that things aren’t always what they seem, and sometimes that is a good thing.
Because nothing really stays the same forever, it’s important to be intentional with the choices we make. I learned over the course of this year that everything happens for a reason and that if something is on your heart or mind it’s because God placed it there for you. It’s important to make decisions based on what you think is best, not based on what you think will be the most easy or fun.
Always be working towards something.
Whether it’s a personal goal, a certain job or career, or something that you just want to do, it’s really important to always be working towards something. It’s important to know where you are headed and why it is important to you because that is what helps us grow. That is what keeps us from staying in one place forever. It’s important to always be moving forward and always have some goal in mind that we want to reach.
Happiness comes from you.
I learned this year that happiness is self-created. It’s up to me to make myself happy. Happiness doesn’t come from other people, my job, or anything I do necessarily. It comes from knowing what I have to be grateful for and making the most of the time I have. Happiness comes from knowing what I want in life and doing what I need to go after it. Happiness comes from me and it’s my responsibility to make it happen.
Listen to your gut instinct.
Whether it’s telling you something is right or wrong, your gut instinct knows you pretty much better than anyone. Your gut instinct exists for no other reason to help guide you through life. So you should listen to your gut instinct. I learned this year that it’s important to trust myself and what I know to be true. I learned that if I want something I believe it’s meant to be that I can make it happen if I’m willing to put in the time and work.
Alone doesn’t mean lonely.
I spent a lot of this year by myself. It was pretty hard at times, but I also learned something really valuable. I learned that just because I’m alone does not mean that I have to be lonely. I learned to enjoy my own company and really get to know myself. I was able to assess what I value most and what is important to me. I was able to grow in new ways and try new things. I may have been alone, but I was far from lonely.
Sometimes silence is the best response.
People aren’t always going to do right by you. They aren’t always going to do the right thing. Sometimes people are going to hurt you. It’s a part of life. But I have learned this year that if you stay silent people will realize their mistakes on their own most of the time. Sometimes being silent and moving forward and being better is the best response. You don’t always have to fight back or have the last word. Just be good and do good on your own.
I am capable.
And probably the biggest lesson learned this year is that I am capable. For a really long time I listened to many people voice their doubts that I could do anything really. But after moving to a new city on my own, finding a good job, and making it fairly well so far I would say that I proven those naysayers wrong. I don’t want to jinx it, but I feel like I have turned out pretty good and I’m excited to see what comes in the future.
And that’s it! Those are my favorites this year and the big lessons that I learned. I would say the highlight of this year was definitely the big move. Thank you so much for stopping by! And thank you for being here and being a part of my 2020. I am excited to see how much we grow in 2021. I really hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. Let us know in the comments what your favorites from the year were, lessons you learned, or a big moment that you are thankful for or proud of. Let’s celebrate the end of 2020 as we start preparing for this new year and what 2021 has in store. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!