why 2020 was one of the best years of my life

Don’t get me wrong – this year has been hard. I haven’t been able to see my family, there have been Covid scares with people close to me, and 9 months of quarantine is enough to make anyone crazy. But in so many ways, this year has been amazing too. I have had to grow in ways I never thought were possible. I think it’s so important to focus on the good things happening in your life, or the negativity will overtake your thoughts and lead to more negative outcomes. Here are some of the highlights, and hopefully you can relate to find some of the good in your year as well!

I was forced to get creative with my free time

In addition to blogging, I did a lot of things this year that I don’t think I would have tried without being forced to slow down. I always had my weekends packed with plans, but I found myself with a lot of extra free time. I went to a few state parks to do some hiking (and Shenandoah National Park, which was amazing!), read more books than I have in years… and tried out a few more hobbies that turned out to be fails (aka learning to do splits).

I feel healthier than I’ve been in years

Restaurants stopped being an option, so I spent a lot more time cooking healthy meals. I made a lot of progress in healing my stomach this year, which has led me to feel better in so many ways. I used to have anxiety about travel because I never knew when I would get sick, but I finally feel confident that I will be ready once travel is safe again! I don’t think I would have had the same level of confidence if I wasn’t forced to take a break and focus on my healing.

I started my blog

I have admired bloggers for YEARS, and I am thrilled that I finally started a blog of my own. If you are thinking about it – do it! My only regret is not starting sooner, and I have heard so many other people say this too. I have learned so much in the time I have already been blogging, and I have made so many friends. I truly think having more free time and less in-person interaction was one of the driving factors that made me finally take the leap. If you have any questions about getting started, reach out to me and I would love to share some of the things I’ve learned!

I learned to be more appreciative of the little things

This year has taught me not to take anything for granted. I never expected that I would have to go almost a year without seeing my family, and miss out on so many normal traditions. Every video chat, phone call and socially distant visit with my friends and family was so much more meaningful. I plan to make the most of in-person visits and the ability to travel as soon as it is safe!

I ran a Marathon

I am still in disbelief that I ran a full Marathon this year. You can check out my Marathon post for details, but I always thought this would be something I was too sick to even dream of doing. At the time I was so disappointed that the official race was canceled, but looking back, I couldn’t be prouder.

My boyfriend and I bought medals on Amazon since we didn’t get anything official!

I know this year isn’t what anyone pictured, but I truly don’t believe a year can be “good” or “bad”. I don’t necessarily make “resolutions” – I like looking back and reflecting what worked and didn’t work for me, and where I can focus my energy to improve and become an even better version of myself. When you think about it, a year is pretty arbitrary – I like to do this reflection periodically, and believe there is no “right” time to change something that may not be working for you.

Areas I want to focus on in 2021

Keeping my diet balanced and staying consistent with my workouts: I am starting Tighter Together by Madeline Moves on January 4th, and I couldn’t be more excited! I plan to do a post with how I do tracking my macros as a vegan, and whether I have good results with the program. I currently use Madeline’s Weekly Moves app for workouts and absolutely love it, but I could certainly do better with keeping a balanced diet (I have already realized that my protein consumption is super low).

Tracking my water intake: I have not been great about this lately! I use the “MyFitnessPal” app to track my food, and water tracking is a feature that I want to start using.

Journaling consistently: I journal only a few times a month, and I want to be more consistent. I recently ordered the Artist of Life workbook after it was recommended by a friend, and I am so excited to give it a try!

One more thing that I will say is that I always make a vision board in January, and I am a true believer that manifesting your goals will make them happen. I was looking back at my board from this year, and almost every single thing happened!

I would love to hear about your accomplishments from the year, or anything you may want to focus on improving in the upcoming year! Leave a comment or send me a message 🙂

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