It’s a year everyone just doesn’t know what to think about.
WHAT. A. YEAR.
Surprisingly I have heard more positive than negative about it and honestly, that’s how we feel about the year. It was a year of realizations.
2020, the year the world stopped, but put a lot into perspective.
It was a year of shifting and a year of realizing how we wanted to spend our time (and money). The year started off with bliss and celebration that it was 2020, our wedding year. Plans were under way and my wedding dress got picked up from the studio in February the day my parents left for their Florida vacation. In March, things started to shift… We had dinner at St. Elmo’s Steak House here in Indianapolis and we remember our waitress saying that this could be her last day of work for a while because the world was changing. This was March 15, 2020. We had plans for my thirty-second birthday the next day, but on Marh 16, 2020, the world started to shut down. My birthday is now known as Black Monday 😂
That was the day it all shifted and the initial fear hit us all. I was ecstatic to be working from home and not a cubicle starting that week. Downtown Indy was a ghost town and then the real 2020 hit.
While that sounds like the start of a nightmare, it really wasn’t. Because of wedding planning there were a handful of days that were filled with stress and tears wondering if the wedding would even happen in any type of fashion close to what we had dreamed of for that day. SPOILER ALERT… it happened. It was perfect.
Despite those stressful days, days of cancelations, the day of losing my job and days of spending time with my people, it was also the perfect year. We talk about it all of the time. This was the year we started living more intentionally.
Looking back at 2020, these questions became a piece of our reflection and the way we chose to live out what was the craziest/ strangest/ best year.
- Is this important enough to spend my time and energy on?
- Is this bringing me joy daily?
- Is how our money is spend a true reflection of the life we are striving for?
- Who are our cheerleaders (greatest supporters) in our lives? Who can we be cheerleaders (great supporters) for?
- Because the world tells me to think like this or do this, is it actually what is necessary and good for me?
- Is my current reaction out of fear or fact? Am I thinking for myself?
- Are my daily actions and thoughts helping build a life I want for myself and my family?
These are the reflections we had this year and they were so powerful. 2020 changed our way of thinking and doing. We are so proud to say that we kept living in 2020. While I wish the trips and celebrations had not been canceled and our honeymoon in Hawaii could have been a reality, we also made the best of it and lived and laughed daily. Yes, as with all years there were moments of stress and tears, but we also lived and it was kind of the perfect year because of it all.
I hope you made 2020 the best it could be and lived even if it was with your people, inside your four walls and just found joy in those moments.