Gratitude, Home Care, Living for TODAY, Quarantine

10 Positive Ways 2020 has Changed my Life

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Photo by Skyler Ewing on Pexels.com(Birds are beautiful.  I love watching them.  Something I’ve gained from 2020…)

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. 

I am…

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. 🙂
  5. 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
  6. Changing and improving travel plans. Like millions of other people, our travel plans were haulted 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.
  7. 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. 
  8. 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.
  9. Living more simplyNot 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.
  10. 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?

Covid-19, Gratitude, Living for TODAY

I failed.

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Photo by Quang Nguyen Vinh on Pexels.com

I failed June’s challenge — staying off of social media, the news, blogs, and YouTube was harder than I thought.

I initially was doing well but it didn’t last. I failed miserably by Day 3.  Since June was a complete train wreck (and you know what happens when you see a train wreck) I found myself not able to look away.  If I didn’t read it or see it, my husband was sure to tell me about it.  It all just made me sad.

Although I did a few of the things on my list, I didn’t do as much as I wanted.

Like write more in this space.  I haven’t quite been able to put two words together.  If you are reading this post, then I was actually able to finish it.  Like many people during this time, I have had extreme mood swings.  One day I have a ton of energy, ready to take on the day, and the next day all I can do is flop on the couch and binge watch a TV series.

These weird times have been hard for me, I have to admit.  It just all feels surreal.  But I continue to be grateful for all that I have and try to remember that my life is still pretty darn good.

I hope you all had a great June, and are staying healthy and safe. xoxo

 

Gratitude, Living for TODAY, Quarantine, Staying healthy

June: A New Start.

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It’s been quite a Spring, right?  Lots of information to take in.  Unfortunately, it’s been mostly negative, ugly stuff.  Death, destruction, and loss of income, to name a few.  An unprecedented time, indeed.

The doomsayers, fear mongers, and political hacks have all come out in full force to inject more fear.  And, it appears they are doing a great job.  People are loose canons, just waiting to explode.  I know it has affected me in ways I didn’t think it could, but I’m drawing a line in the sand. No more.

We have been fortunate.  My husband is still employed, our investments are holding steady, and most importantly, we are healthy.  However, in order for me to stay healthy, I have to make a change in how I am ingesting information.  Less stress equals higher immunity, right? So……

Starting today, June 1st, I will be turning OFF all social media, YouTube videos, blogs, news, politics, the stock market, the pandemic, or anything else that has been wreaking havoc on my normally positive nature.  For 30 days, I will be blissfully focusing on what makes me happy.  Self-care, if you will. And I.can’t.wait.

Just a few things I have planned are:

  • Reading (light-hearted fiction only).
  • Writing (I’ve always wanted to write a book, and now is a great time to start (more on that in a future blog post).
  • Hiking.  Trails are abundant near me and I want to try them all.
  • Baking.
  • Visiting with my grandbabies.
  • Gardening.
  • Cooking more meals from scratch.
  • Road tripping. My son will be within driving distance in June/July.  I’m so excited to see him!
  • Learning how to cut my hair.  It’s time.
  • Starting a Savings Challenge for the rest of 2020.
  • Learning a new skill.
  • Sipping coffee in the morning, sipping wine in the evening; and
  • Anything else I feel like doing that brings me joy, happiness, and peace.

Not everyone can take the month off, I know, but I’m sure the simple act of turning off social media and the news may work for your well-being as well.

What are your plans for June?