Well, that was 2020! There’s not an awful lot to say about it as we spent most of it under a lockdown and various restrictions, so there were no holidays, no big celebrations, and very few local adventures.
On the bright side our eldest started primary school and our youngest went into full-time pre-school which allowed me to have more structured working hours (when the schools were open!). We’ve had lots more family time, taken lots more walks together, and really focused on things which make us happy and contented.
This year I started learning Norwegian, did lots of baking and read way more books than I had hoped for. I also learned much more about history, politics and current issues, mainly thanks to Brexit and the Black Lives Matter movement, the emphasis on sustainability and environmental issues and discussions on gender and sexuality. Every day is an education and that’s the best thing that’s come out of 2020!
One of my goals for last year was to have a “no spend” year. Realising how wasteful I was being, I vowed to alter my non-essential spending and focus more on quality time and adventures with my family than belongings. This was made much easier by the fact that we couldn’t really go anywhere to spend money, but it has allowed us to boost our savings and has really changed the way I look at where my money goes. This is definitely something I’ll continue this year and hopefully we’ll soon be out and about, adventuring as a family again.
My other goal was to lose weight and this did not go so well! Remember earlier when I said I was baking more? Yeah, that didn’t really help! So here we go again, another year, another plan to slim down. When I work out and eat healthier I feel good, I feel stronger and more confident, so that’s the focus.
What have been your highlights of 2020? Do you have goals for the new year?
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