I’ve always been a pretty upbeat and positive person, but 2020 has challenged me in ways I didn’t think possible. Staying positive has been the biggest challenge of them all. It hasn’t been easy finding the ‘good’ in 2020, but I did, and I hope these things will help you see the positive as well.
10 positive ways 2020 has changed my life.
- Finishing home projects. Not being able to go anywhere has enabled me to concentrate on what needed to be done at home. We’ve removed wall paper (FINALLY!) and painted rooms. Some of these projects have been on my ‘to do’ list for YEARS.
- Trying new recipes. We haven’t eaten in a restaurant in 8 months (although we have had take out). I’ve been enjoying eating at home, and with that trying new dishes that mimic some of our favorite restaurants. Our food at home tastes so.much.better. We know exactly what is going into our food, and with that comes peace of mind.
- Saving money. I’ve written a blog post on how much we’ve saved since the beginning of 2020. We are continuing to save, and have a HUGE goal for 2021.
- Changing financial goals. I wouldn’t have, in a million years, predicted a year like 2020. My husband kept his job, thankfully, but had to take a 10% pay cut. It made me realize that we have been a bit complacent in our financial goals for retirement, and now have an urgency to pay off our mortgage. We’ve always wanted to, but now have a plan to get it done by the end of 2021. 🙂
- Appreciating Nature. I’m not a fan of masks. I will rarely go to places that require them. I do, however, take long walks in nature….something I’ve grown to appreciate more and more. And thankfully those walks have helped squelch the extra weight brought on from Netflix binging and snack eating early on. ;o
- Changing and improving travel plans. Like millions of other people, our travel plans were halted abruptly. We were supposed to cruise to Alaska. The new cruising protocols make my skin crawl, so we won’t be cruising anytime soon. We will, however, be traveling to Alaska. By land. And it will be so.much.better. Something we may never have done had it not been for the events in 2020.
- Valuing time with family. Family dinners, family birthdays, and just plain family get-togethers have been my social lifeline, and I’ve never appreciated them as much as I do this year.
- Taking an online class. I’ve been ‘retired’ from my administrative/bookkeeping job for two years. I’m a bit rusty on my skills, so I’m in the process of taking classes online to become certified in Excel and Quickbooks. This will put me in a very marketable position should the need arise to obtain work, which can be easily done online. I’m not sure I would have done this pre-2020.
- Living more simply. Not going to restaurants, traveling, or running around shopping has allowed me to cook from scratch, read, journal, walk, and live very simply. A very positive side effect, indeed.
- Slowing down. 2020 has afforded me the time to slow down. I have more time to reflect on what is truly meaningful to me, which in turn, has altered some of my plans going forward. I may not have figured this out if it wouldn’t have been for 2020. For that alone, I am grateful.
How about you? What has changed this year for you? Anything positive?