Oh What A Year: the 2020 tag

Hello my sweet friends, serious long time no talk.

To say the last 6 months of 2020 have been a whirlwind would be an understatement to say the least. From around August, I haven’t been as consistent with posting on my blog as much as I would have liked to. That’s a lie, honestly, I was struggling to find motivation to write, becasue for a moment the world felt normal again. Summer was sweet, it was slow and it was perfect. Sure it wasn’t exactly normal life, but hey, spending the first half of the year locked inside, being able to be outside, with COVID cases less then 80 a day, it was the closest thing to normal any of us were going to get and I think we were all here for it.

The area that I live in in Southern Ontario has been in lockdown since November 23rd, due to COVID cases rising above 2,000 cases a day in the province. Nothing nearly as close to what many countries around the world have experienced but for Canada it is the worst stats we have yet to see. With Christmas and my Birthday just around the corner, it’s becoming harder and harder to get excited for it, let alone the “new year” that is creeping up on us. Cause honestly, what is this new year going to look like, I think for many of us when we think new year, it means COVID and all that 2020 has plagued us with is in the review mirror and that’s just not the case, even with a vaccine on the way. I found myself lately, really reflecting and looking at my list of gaols for 2021, forcing myself to choose things that I can control – start a small business, blog more often, read a new series – becasue, that’s what I need to make it through the first half of this unknown new year. It’s all we can ever control.

When I set out to write this post reflecting on the year that we just had, I didn’t want to focus on the looming questions of “what’s going to happen” or “when will we return to normal life”, becasue truthfully I don’t know the answers to those questions, none of us do. And well, by now you all know me enough to know that I will always find the silver lining in even the toughest situations. So I wanted to make a small list of the best things that this year has given me and I encourage you to do the same. Here is my list:

20 Best Things That Have Happened To Me In 2020.

  1. I got to spend time with my family, time that I don’t think I would have gotten otherwise.
  2. I got more jobs in 2020 than I have in any other year of my life, including working on Family Feud Canada, and now my current dream job at iHeartRadio Canada
  3. I got to explore my own backyard, literally – I helped my parents design our backyard and even paved patio stones with my sister.
  4. I spent so much time outdoors, from hikes, to day trips to making sure I was moving my body for at least 30 minutes everyday, I am so thankful for the time I spent outside in nature.
  5. I learned to cook so many different meals that I don’t think I would have had time for other wise.
  6. I moved out for the first time in my life.
  7. I got a new puppy. She is a cockapoo puppy named Ellie and she is, quite literally, an angel.
  8. I saved a TON of money this year. Now, let me tell YOU – taking public transpiration to work everyday adds up, not having to do that meant I got to save a ton.
  9. I really leaned on my faith and meditation this year, and I have never felt more aligned and in a good place ever before.
  10. I stepped out of my comfort zone and went on a couple dates this year – safely of course.
  11. I also met someone pretty darn great, who now happens to be my boyfriend.
  12. I learned who my true friends are, who knew it would take a global pandemic to show you that the length of time you’ve been friends with a person is meaningless, in comparison to how they treat you.
  13. I feel like for the first time I have felt like I got to experience the changing of seasons. I enjoyed every single one of them.
  14. I focused on my gratitude for all the good things in my life daily.
  15. I organized a drive by thanksgiving, and it was a success.
  16. I learned that even if we are going through global pandemic, some people are just plain old shitty people, and even a global pandemic can’t make their hearts soft. I learned to appreciate the soft hearts in my life.
  17. I lost 3 people close to me. My grandpa, a family friend, and a friends mother. I learned how delicate life is, and if this entire year has taught me anything it’s that nothing is guaranteed. So be thankful, be grateful and live life fully and always walk with love.
  18. I worked out not to lose weight but to feel strong.
  19. I gained over 200 new followers on this blog, just through connecting with words. That’s pretty damn cool if you ask me.
  20. I learned to stop and appreciate everything good in my life. I didn’t do that enough before.

I am going to nominate 3 people who’s blogs I’ve read consistently even if I wasn’t so consistent: 50shad3s0fjay, Jai and Maryam as well as any of you who feel inspired to share your list. Tag me in them – I want to read what you have to say.

Sending you all love and light this Holiday Season, wishing you all the very best in the new year.

5 thoughts on “Oh What A Year: the 2020 tag

  1. Xandria!! I missed you!! I’m glad to see you back and this was such an inspiring and uplifting post to read. 2020 was a YEAR, for real. But look at all of these silver linings you’ve had!! Your puppy Ellie is the cutest thing I have ever seen in my life and I’m so happy to hear you’ve got your dream job. When you love what you do you never work a day in your life. Also you have a boyfriend now and you moved out!! Things are happening for you and I’m so happy because you deserve it!! Thank you for tagging me for this beautiful tag and I’m sending all the good vibes and love your way girl! Here’s to a bright 2021!! 😀 ❤ ❤

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    1. Oh how I’ve missed you, and this lovely community! Glad we had Instagram to keep up updated 🥰 Ellie is the most precious little thing I’ve ever had the privilege of having in my life, she is so smart and such a sweet sweet girl. Sending you so much love this holiday season and all the best this new year. Fingers crossed for a MUCH brighter new year 🤍

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  2. I’m so happy you’re back Xandria! Just in time for me to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Your beautiful posts have been very missed in my reader. It’s incredible how things fall apart and then come together so seamlessly. There have definitely been moments of ebb and flow present in everyone’s life this year!

    You’ve been on family feud and work at iHeart Radio? That is incredible. Two very big successes that you should be immensely proud of. A new partner, Ellie the puppy and a home of your own as well? There you go. You’ve pretty much done everything people wish to in their twenties. I’m so incredibly happy for you. There are indeed many beautiful things to reflect on so take this time to celebrate just how far you’ve come.

    This year I finished school, got accepted into my dream college, celebrated two years with my partner and worked as an influencer for a range of brands. I did a massive rebrand of my blog too and am happy that my site is thriving.

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  3. I love how your list is filled with simple yet incredibly important things. Congrats for all of your accomplishments this year! 😊 It is true that 2020 has taught us many things and appreciating simple pleasures is definitely one of them for me! Thanks for sharing and I hope you’ve had a great Christmas! 😊

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