2020 has been one of the roughest years of my life. And with all my might, I’m sharing some of the things I’m thankful from this past year.
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Back in 2014, I used to have a series called Thankful. In it, I would list one thing I was thankful for every day that month. While the post won’t be coming back, I did want to take a page from those days and share a few things I’m thankful for this year.
2020 was a rough one for me, but my experience isn’t unique. Almost everyone I know struggled a little this year. This is why I want to encourage you to make a list of your own and write down what you’re thankful for. Maybe it was the ability to simplify this year because of our circumstances or the fact that you’ve gotten a little more time with immediate family because of quarantine – regardless, jot it down and be thankful!
I originally decided on 10 things to list out. But when push came to shove, I couldn’t come up with that many. Honestly, I’m still having a hard time coping with some of the things that went down this year – from my mom’s death, to a cut in my hours at work, to some health issues I haven’t shared or even acknowledged – I’m still completely wrapped in the 2020 funk. But there has been some good that came out of this year, so here’s my list.
5 Things I’m Thankful for in 2020:
1// The Houseparty app. Sure, there’s Facetime but not everyone has an iPhone. Thankfully, those you want to connect with can jump on the Houseparty app and get chatting “face-to-face”. I’ve chatted with my girlfriends almost everyday since lockdown, and I could never be more thankful for that. They are my sanity.
2// The 2020 election results;) I’m celebrating and if you’re not, I’m sorry. But I believe our county needs new leadership to do their job and lead. There’s going to be a rough road ahead, sure, but I think it’s a step in the right direction.
3// Theo’s laugh. I kid you not, the sound of Theo’s belly laugh will slap a smile on your face instantly. Sure, the cause may be because of something he shouldn’t be doing and he thinks it’s hilarious, but man do I love hearing it.
4// The Audible app. I’ve always loved reading but this year I’ve enjoyed expanding the types of books I add to my list. From self-help to Black authors to skill development, and even some autobiographies, I’ve been taking advantage of the Audible app during my daily walks or chores.
5// Runs with Remy. Before lockdown, we had signed up for a 5K hosted by Remy’s school. Due to all the chaos and quarantine, the 5K obviously didn’t happen but that didn’t deter Remy. Her and I have gone out on runs to “prepare” for next year’s run and I’ve really enjoyed that time spent doing something we both love.
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