In true fashion we’re almost a month and a half into the new year and I’m just putting together my year recaps and goal posts! I’m giving myself some grace though because that means I spent the holidays out of office, spending time with the people who mean the most to me…and then the first two weeks of 2021 were spent recovering from COVID-19 and catching up on everything I got behind on in 2020. Ugh.
2020 is a year that will go down in history as a cluster, a dumpster fire, a mess…the year where everything was turned upside down, inside out, and was truly “unprecedented times.” It was hard and unpredictable at times, but when I look back on everything that happened for me, it was still a successful year where I learned a ton about myself and made some beautiful memories.
Similar to last year’s post, this is a mix of my biggest moments from 2020 and notes from my Cultivate What Matters PowerSheets. I just love the way they break down reviewing your previous year and preparing to make the next one the best it can be!
Looking over my review and prep work every year is so powerful for me as it’s a tangible image of how much I’ve grown and what areas I still need to focus on.
And y’all know me, I’m BIG on documentation of ALL kinds –– writing, video, and photos, of course!!!
WOW!!!! It is so easy to get lost in “2020 sucked” but there was SO much goodness in there. Despite all of the odds, people still achieved their goals, celebrated their accomplishments, got married, and made time for each other. There were definitely things I would never want to experience again, but I am so thankful to be able to look back on that list and be proud of the good things that happened in 2020.
It’s interesting because last year I said “2019 was hard for a lot of reasons but there were a lot of wins.” I had NO idea what was coming for me, but I’m glad that I put in so much work on myself then so I could push through 2020 with a better mental state.
In the PowerSheets Goal Planner, there is an exercise to write out what worked and what didn’t work from the previous year. This helps to really think about the things that you want to continue and seek more of vs. the things you want to purposefully cut out.
Here’s what some of mine were.
Of course it wasn’t all peaches and cream…there was a lot of tough times, tears, and sleepless nights in the midst of trying to keep life moving forward.
Last year I would say that the second list was harder to write than the first.
This year…not so much. It was a lot easier to look at the bad and I had search to find the good. I am so thankful that at the end of this exercise, my WIN list is still a lot longer than my CHALLENGES list.
Either way, I highly, highly recommend doing this though because so many of my goals came out of both of these lists. I want to be intentional about keeping the good and fixing the challenges.
We are constantly learning lessons. Last year I shared about how my nana gave me a little coffee table book one time with advice from people ranging in ages 4-100. It is SO cute to read all of the things they have learned in their lifetime. My goal is to keep writing this down every year and then compiling them one day for my future generations!
Here are some of the top lessons learned in 2020:
Now that we’re almost a month and a half into 2021, it’s pretty clear that things didn’t magically change when the ball dropped on NYE. That’s okay though.
If 2020 taught me anything, it was that it’s my own responsibility to create a life that brings me joy…and it’s not always going to look like doing something expensive and extravagant. It looks like building community, treating my body with love, and finding the silver lining (even if you need a good, long cry in the shower first).
Next up, I’ll be posting my one word (yes, I did pick one and seeing why this post is as late as it is will make sense, ha) and goals for this next year!!! Here’s to 2021!!!
I’m Dakota, a Wilmington, NC-based photographer Helping engaged couples feel comfortable in front of the camera and creative businesses grow with purposeful brand imagery.
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