There are many things I’ll miss about 2020 , and thats a bold statement considering this year has been tough. We have been and still are living through a global pandemic. We have seen innocent people of colour die in the hands of those who swore to protect them. We have seen fires in several countries destroying homes and businesses. I mean I could go on and on describing the terrible things that have happened this year. But in amongst the bad stuff there have been some positives, and those are the things I’ll miss the most.
Instead of focusing on the bad stuff, I thought I’d end the year on a high. I want to share the things I’ll miss about 2020 as we go into 2021. And I want you to do the same too. Take some time to really think about the good stuff that has happened to you this year, even if it’s that you simply survived the year.
Before COVID really hit I was blessed enough to be in New York as I entered into my 25th trip around the sun. Each year me, my best friend and my mom all visit New York together. It’s become sort of an annual tradition (although it won’t be in 2021). It even snowed on my birthday this year, and I was in my favourite place. How lucky am I?!
Before I turned 25 I said that my 25th year would be the best one yet, and I guess in some ways it has. Yes we have had so many tragedies this year, but I have learnt so much about myself. I’ve done so much self growth and self reflection. This year really reminded me what’s important.
I’m still fortunate enough to be working from home, which I’m so thankful for. Without all this time at home, I would never have been able to spend this much time with my parents. Family quality time is something I really cherish, as I know when I move out and get older and have a family of my own, it will become less and less.
Not only has family quality time increased, I have been able to spend more time connecting with friends. We have spent hours and hours on FaceTime talking and watching movies together, and I don’t know if that would have been the case if the year didn’t pan out the way it has.
Those are the kind of memories that I want to cling onto when I look back at 2020. And I will miss when life goes back to ‘normal’.
THE YEAR MY BLOG WAS RE-STARTED
One thing I will miss about 2020 is it still being in the year that I decided to re-start my blog. It Sounds very trivial but I really will. Its one of the best decisions I could have made this year and has kept me so busy. Its sort of been my outlet through the good and the bad times of this year, and I didn’t realise how much I needed it. And now I don’t know how I would ever live without it!
I had no idea that my blog would grow like it has or even become what it has. I’m so grateful everyday for the constant love and support my little blog receives.
THE MEMORIES MADE
I know memories stay with us, but I really will miss and cherish the memories that have been made this year. There have been some real pivotal moments in not only my personal life but my blogging journey too. They are the things that I will cling onto when I look back to 2020. It will be more than just the year of the pandemic to me.
What will you miss about 2020? What are some things that stand out for you in 2020?
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Love these Olivia 😍 I’ll miss slowing down. Before I was always rushing around and trying to do everything at once. 2020 has forced me to slow down and made me appreciate time spent with loved ones and having more time to relax/do nothing. I hope that once this is all over we don’t go back into a culture of rushing x
I loved these👏🏼 2020 has forced me to slow down alot too. I hope we take a more laid back approach to live from now on!
I love this, I completely agree that although there’s been so much tragedy this year and at times it’s been really tough, there are still positives we can take from 2020✨❤️ I definitely feel that I’ve learned so much about myself and grown so much as a person because of the time to slow down and reflect. I’m also v jel you get to go to New York every year, defo going there for Christmas one year🗽😍
Love this! 2020 has been a year of reflection for me too.
Yes, very lucky we get to do it every year! Sad we wont get the chance to next year though! If you do get around to booking, let me know! I have many tips I can share
It won’t be for ages probably but I’ll definitely come to you when I do for all the tips!
Love this post! I’ve actually had a really good year all things considered, I feel really lucky and grateful for my loved ones being safe. During all of the down time this year I decided to pick up my guitar again, I’ve been playing on and off from the age of 7. I had so much time to practice and improved so much. 6 months later, I got a job as a guitar teacher! I’ve just missed my loved ones so much! Especially my grandparents. ❤️
Wow! Thats amazing! We’ve had so much time to be still and start picking up on hobbies we once didn’t have time for!
Such a positive outlook on 2020✨Love this Olivia. A birthday celebration in New York —AMAZING!!
Congratulations on your blog, it truly is fabulous. Always inspiring. Xx
Thank you so much girl, for always supporting 💛
Such a great, positive post! I love this so much! As much as this year stinks, you remind me to slow down and remember all of the good that came from 2020. Thank you! ☺💛🙏🏼
Thank you so much! There are always positives in the negatives!
Everyone has been bashing 2020 so it’s great to find someone focusing on the positive.
Way to go Olivia 👏👏👏🎉🎉🎉
I know! 2020 has been bad yes, but it has been good in so many ways too!
The quality time for sure! Reading this post makes me realize how down to earth and appreciative you are. It’s really great to see a twist on 2020 that isn’t about regrets or missed plans 😊
Thank you 🤗 I think the world needs a little more positivity!
I’m going to miss all the time I save by no longer commuting, since I’m working from home at the moment. It’s honestly 2 hours extra a day.
Same here! My commute time everyday is 2 hours! But I think we’ll be working from home for much longer!
Don't Lose Hope
This is a very positive post. I will miss people deliberately making time to catch up with each other where distance separates them. Zoom and Facetime are not ideal, but it is better than not connecting at all. During the pandemic we’ve been in touch with people we haven’t spoken to for ages – sometimes years – and that has been great 🙂
I agree! its given us alot more free time and the chance to catch up with old friends. Thats something I am grateful for too!
I love the positivity in this post. Many times we do need to step back and take stock of all the good things we can learn in a seemingly bad situation. Thanks so much for this.
You’re so welcome. So glad you enjoyed it! I think sometimes we need those little reminders of what we have to be thankful for!
Hahaha I wrote a very similar post which I published today as well, where I talk about things we have learnt from 2020. I agree that quality time with loved ones has increased, which is great! Not only that, it has taught us to be grateful for our loved ones. I hope we can continue to spend quality time with loved ones when things go back to normal 🙂
Thanks for this post about 2020, I really enjoyed reading it!
Haha! Thats so funny! I just went and checked and they are so similar! Great minds think alike!
Your thoughts and sentiments about 2020 are inspiring. I like your optimism. This old guy is not being very creative or thoughtful today because I can’t think of much I will miss about 2020. All experiences, good and bad, from every year make us wiser and better people, hopefully. Great question!
I have days where I think 2020 has been the worst but sometimes you have to look past it! I hope 2021 is a better year for you sir!
Suzanne- Happily Decluttered
2020 made me slow down a lot too and I have loved it. Even when things go back to normal I plan on making less commitments .
Yes me too! I want to enjoy my life and fill it with less commitments if I can!
Like you work keep sharing
Thanks so much!
I definitely won’t miss being in lockdown, but having 3 months off with pay to enjoy was something I miss already. I had a lot of time to work on my house and my Netflix watchlist 🙂
Darren Owen - Living PF
Love this post Olivia and i agree it is great to look at the positives. 2020 i will miss majorly because it gave me that time to deeply get reacquainted with myself. I worked on my faith which is nowhere near perfect but much better than 2019, my 25th bday in Miami and the clarity into finding my purpose and achieving my goal of 100 followers on my blog before the year ends. Always hated the culture of rushing around and being “busy” a calm season was needed. Stillness was necessary. Despite this pandemic and even contracting the virus, I think 2020 has been a pivotal year for me.
I love that, stillness is so necessary. You’re so right. We didn’t do alot of that before this started did we? Now we have been forced to stop, and realised we prefer it!
Darren Owen - Living PF
It’s so crazy how something so simple was almost impossible to do because of the rush of life and the nature of staying busy. Should there be somewhat of a normality again I’ll for sure miss the quite and stillness. It does wonders for one’s soul and spirit
Hill Study Center
What I am definitely going to miss in 2020 is staying home for a good 10 months and still getting paid. I am not sure that teachers in Ghana will ever get it this way again. Credit given to covid 19
What a luxury!! Thank you covid for that blessing for you!
Hill Study Center
I think like a lot of people having that down time at home I will miss. Xxx
Yes me too!!
Covid has really been a blessing for me, i was sitting on a rollercoaster and it was just getting faster and faster. Covid slowed it down
Thats so good to hear! So glad it has been a blessing for you!
It’s been such a year for slowing down and reflecting on our lives. Having hobbies and less time travelling has done me the world of good! Thank you for this lovely positive post xx
You’re so welcome. Thanks for sharing! It really has been such a learning experience for us all xx
I love being able to read about the positives, this was a great reminder to look at the good even in the hard times. Like you, we were able to take a trip before everything got bad and the memories from that are so precious to me. I was also able to connect with old acquaintances this year and begin the walk to an actual friendship.
I’m so glad it was a reminder for you! I love that! Even though it was because of the pandemic you were able to start your friendships back up, its still such a positive. Because without covid you might never have done it!
Exactly! The opportunities wouldn’t have been the same.
A beautiful post thank you so much
Thanks so much!
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That was honestly lovely to read. ❤ I love how you considered all the tragedies too and still chose to look back on the little joys.💕
One thing I’ll certainly miss is slowing down and having endless time in our hands. I’m sure thaat is never coming back now😂💕
I hope it stays around for a little longer! I think after this we will have a different outlook on life. And I hope its one that is alot more relaxed and more home based!
It’s always possible to find gratitude 🙌 yes self development and nurturing relationships has been an invaluable part of the Covid crisis. Also having time off work to appreciate life, while being subsidised by the government is a luxury that doesn’t come along very often! 10 days into Blogmas Olivia you’re smashing it well done 👏👊
Thank you so much!🤗
When would we have ever had this opportunity to take time away and actually do the things we enjoy? It would have been unheard of!
I think because of Covid people are more intentional when meeting people, or doing something. Hopefully when Covid is over people will not take things for granted 🙂
I agree! I hope that we continue with this mindset as the years go on!
2020 had been a roller coaster for lot of people but yeah well said
Very true! But there are still things I will always be thankful for from 2020 🙂
This is a pretty nice post and I think your comeback is what’s most amazing for me.
Thank you! I am so thankful!
Veena Hegde Bhat
I miss those days when we didn’t have to wear a mask!
I miss those days too!