None of us could have imagined the year 2020 would bring. It's simultaneously been the longest year of our lives, while also somehow flying by. I legit can't believe we are already at Christmas!
I mean, who knew when we went into "lockdown" at the beginning of the year that it would only just be the start? At the time, I was pregnant and I wasn't mad that we weren't able to go anywhere. Staying healthy and safe was my only priority at the time.
And of course, we all hoped when school closed in the spring that it would be back to "normal" after the summer. And we all know how that worked. This year has been so unconventional and difficult for so many people.
While I've tried to stay positive through it all, goodness knows I've had my share of negative thoughts about this year. Especially when we got a day's notice that in person school was returning to virtual. I'm so thankful we have the help locally, because I know it hasn't been easy for so many families.
As we close out this year, I've looked back at everything that has happened and what I've learned. Patience has never been a strong suit of mine, but if there's anything virtual school teaches you, it's patience. It never works when you need it to, the videos are slow or lagging, and the poor teachers are trying to control all their students through the computer. I feel for the teachers. Big time. I'm hoping as we head into 2021 that my patience has improved and I see it reflected in every part of my life.
I've also learned that even in a pandemic, even when things look dire, that God always shows up. Nick and I have thrived this year. We paid off all our debt and we accomplished our dream of owning a CrossFit gym. When we made that goal together, we were thinking it would happen in the next 5 years or so. We had NO CLUE it would come true this year.
When we look back at 2020, our memories won't be about the lockdown or the masks, it will be about our amazing dream coming true and working our butts off to make it the most successful gym around!
Of course, we will never forget 2020 and losing our beautiful daughter Kynsleigh. She is a beautiful memory that will always be with us.
Despite the negatives, I'm thankful for this year. I'm thankful for the time it gave us with our families. I'm thankful for it forcing us to slow down. I'm thankful for the lessons.
There's no telling what 2021 will bring, but I know I'm not putting my goals and dreams on hold. I'll continue to work towards their achievement and continue to learn the lessons this world provides.
Life may look a little different these days, but it's no reason to stop pursuing your greatest dreams. It may take a little longer, it may look different than you originally planned, but that's okay. Keep moving forward. Keep striving for more.
I hope you all have a beautiful Christmas this week, if you celebrate. I'm in lovely Florida visiting my mom, brother, and my nieces and nephew. It's a much needed vacation and time away, and I'm so thankful for it.
Enjoy this week, my friends.
With love and wellness,