2020, Looking back

2020, Looking back

Hello πŸ‘‹πŸΌ

It's a bit behind schedule, but I managed to put some time aside to do a reflection on 2020.

We all know it's been a year like no other, and this post won't ignore the fact we are in a global pandemic - but I'll be touching on some wins in the last year.

Let's look back at 2020...

Reflection πŸ€”

It is very easy for us to take advantage of the things we have in life without realising, but this year has been a real turning point in appreciating what we have.

People πŸ‘©πŸ»

This should be obvious, but it's easy to take the people you have in your life for granted. I am personally very grateful for the connections I've had to help make this year easier.

Firstly, I am grateful for the colleagues I have worked alongside throughout the pandemic and how we have banded together to help each other get through this unusual period. I've had a fantastic support system and leader that genuinely care for my wellbeing and personal development.

Outside of work, I am incredibly grateful for all the family in my life but especially for my wife. Despite all the ups and downs we've faced this year, we've grown stronger together and as individuals and I'm grateful for that.

All my friends, both online and offline - you are all amazing!

Experiences β›°

It's been a year filled with cancellations. Having to adapt to the new rules that do not always make sense within a matter of days or sometimes even hours.

Despite all of that, in September 2021 I married my best friend. On the original date we had booked too! Our wedding was always planned for 20th September 2021 with the intention of having over 100+ guests. When we started having national lockdowns, we initially postponed our wedding until the following year. But in August 2020, less than 6 weeks before our original date - we decided to put the wedding back on. We realised that it wasn't about the party, it was about getting married to one another and not waiting unaware of when the next opportunity to do it might happen. Following the guidelines, we had around 20 guests at our wedding and it was my best experience of 2020 by far.

But we didn't stop with just getting married, that would be too easy. We found and purchased our first home. It is a fixer-upper, so we are currently renovating the property but excited to finally have a place to call our own home.

Game Changers 🧐

Remote working has been a game changer for the way in which I manage my time. It has given me a minimum of three hours back per day which I've split between studying and extra sleep rather than sitting in traffic. Plus, it's helped with the savings pot too πŸ’°

This is a relatively short post, but something for my own personal reflection of 2020.

See you on the other-side,

Jess

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