Reflecting on the Year Gone

There is always an end of year moment to reflect and think about the good and not so great things about the year passed. What an extraordinary year this has been! I'm sure many of us could say that 2020 has changed us in ways that we never thought was possible. But it is important to celebrate what you have achieved and recognise how far you have come, it has been one hell of a ride. 

This year has changed the way we think about everything from family, friends, health and work to the importance of love, empathy and kindness. This extraordinary year has really taught us a thing or two about how strong and resilient we can be when things are beyond our control. More importantly it has made us all realise that life is something to be lived, enjoyed and appreciated. We need to embrace all the silly, joyful and light-hearted moments where we can. Just think about the small things that have made you happy and all the times when you have been proud of yourself this year. I'm sure there have been so many of them but we need to enjoy those moments of success in times like this, a time the world has never seen.  

Like with most years that pass us by there are always good and bad parts, but with this year at times it has felt relentless with no light at the end of the tunnel! It has been a hard, confusing and emotionally draining to say the least. But the close of year is the perfect opportunity to take stock and look at everything that you are facing. Always remember that you are not alone and there is someone out there you can talk to. It's amazing how saying something out loud can make it all feel a little less scary. 

We know that it has been a tough year for everyone and unbearable for some. At times we have felt sad, lost, alone and trying to deal with these overwhelming feeling was no easy feat. We all worried about our loved ones and hoped that they would stay home as much as they could to keep as safe as possible. It has been exhausting. But despite it all we showed one a other love, support and kindness - and that's something that we should all feel incredibly proud of. 

Sometimes it those little things that trouble us, those moments of anxiety that catch us off guard and for the most part there was no end to it all. But there has been some glimmer of hope and if it wasn't for all the kindness and togetherness that everyone showed many of us would still be stuck in those dark moments. It wasn't all bad. I often sit back and feel grateful and realise that I'm incredibly lucky to have shared this time with two of my favourite people and be surrounded (socially distanced) by amazing family and friends. 

One of the best things about this year was getting the opportunity to spend quality time with my daughter laughing, playing, learning and being creative together. Being at home gave us the opportunity to try new things together that we wouldn't normally have had the chance to do in normal circumstances. We hosted a lockdown birthday party for three, recreated the Rio de Janeiro Carnival in the living room, unleashed our inner baker and perfected the art of banana bread. We grew so much closer as a family and we will forever be grateful for this time together. 

So for 2021 there are no resolutions, no promises, no fitness or diet plans. I want to continue to take time to enjoy spending time with my family and appreciate every little moment that I make with them. What lessons can you take from 2020? I do hope you and your family have a wonderful New Year and cram it full of lots of fun and exciting adventures.