We did it! We made it through 2020

The 7 things I learned and will take with me in 2021

I’ve always hated when someone starts a story with, “If you would have asked me if I would have ever thought…” But there is no other way else to begin to talk about 2020. What a difficult season. I still feel a little shell shocked that we continue to deal with a global pandemic. And this election cycle left me feeling like I do a few days after a really tough workout...the soreness is still there days afterward and in this case months later.

It would be easy to get through the next few days and simply be thankful to still be here. And if you are in that category after this year, that would totally be enough. Or you could easily decide to put this year in your rear view mirror and throw the whole year away - again totally ok. But despite the awfulness {and there was plenty of it} in this season of time, there were some things that I hope to take with me in 2021. Here are the 10 lessons that I am clinging to and celebrating.

“To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven”...Ecclesiastes 3:1

  1. You may not have time to start tomorrow. The pandemic made it clear that tomorrow is never promised. Lots of people who put off new ventures, travel plans, reunions, lunch, I’m sorry's, phone calls, books, and I love you’s never got the chance to make good on those tomorrows. The pandemic is not an excuse to recklessly YOLO. But it is the time to take a look at your life and make sure you are living it to the fullest with no regrets.

  2. There are people hurting and I can do something about it. Watching tv or being online this year has made me cry more times than I count. Watching people suffering, dying and hungry is overwhelming for me. Have you ever had that feeling that the problem is just too big? I cannot solve the whole thing. None of us can. But helping one person makes a big difference and now more than ever when I feel like the problem is too big, I have committed to take a small action. Over time, tiny miracles make a big impact.

  3. Trust your team. I have always been a proponent of remote working. I believe if you hire great people they will do great work whether they are in the office or not. This has taught us all that given the right tech tools companies big and small can thrive, be profitable and that almost any role can function successfully from home. I miss connecting with my Gurl U R Not Alone team but great work can and did go on remotely.

  4. Self-care is a necessity, not a privilege. During this time, it was important to check in regularly with our family and friends and with ourselves. Whether it was taking a long walk, meditating or gardening, I learned that in order to feel the cups of others, I have to make sure that I fill my own first. When I ignored that as a privilege, I became anxious and had a few sleepless nights. Putting on my oxygen mask first is now a priority.

  5. Family really is everything. The older I get, I realize how blessed I am with a loving, solid family. This time in quarantine has made me not only value my family even more but recognize that I have sometimes taken that bond for granted. Not seeing my family as often as I would like has made me miss every gathering, hug, birthday celebration and ‘sitting around doing nothing event.’ I will take my new view and value every moment past and future into 2021.

  6. Contentment is all around. I have a type A personality and really like to be on the move. The global stop button forced me to stay home; not focused on the grass is always greener but on my journey and exactly where I am and what I have. This season allowed me to see how much abundance my life is filled with. And regularly give thanks for up. I have decided to reside in moments of gratitude.

  7. Switch off. Every app has a do not disturb button and all technology has an off button that the pandemic taught me to use. I now have a plan that helps me stay informed without being bombarded by a barrage of bad news.

I’m looking forwarding to turning the page to 2021 but am thankful for what I learned in 2020. What is your silver lining and takeaway from 2020? Please share!

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