As the clock struck midnight and said goodbye to 2020, it’s fair to say that everyone slammed that door shut and hoped that 2021 will be better.
Granted, the drama’s are continuing into 2021. The best way to think about it is, that 2021 was a really wild party (granted a shit one). It’s all over now, but you’ve still got all the crap to clean up! That is how 2021 is starting.
How was 2020?
I have had better years, that’s for sure. Although it could have been a lot worse, that’s for sure.
I’ve been extremely lucky that I’ve been able to carry on working. Being able to WFH has had its ups and downs, such as the lack of fibre broadband, but I was able to adapt quite quickly.
Previously, while I have been in the office, my team are in another office, so all my communication is like what I have been doing at home. I do know that some people from work have struggled.
Due to the pandemic, there has been a company decision to change the WFH position, so while I will still be based in the Manchester office, I will mainly be working from home from now on.
I will still pop into the office every now and then, but apart from that, I will be at home.
Each year, as well as doing the #BestOfNine, which highlights your most like images, I create my own top nine images that would reflect memorable events.
This year is different as some of the photos highlight a collective thought than a specific event.
Due to lockdown, we haven’t seen our family much or been able to watch my great-nephew grow up.
So when we had that little pocket of freedom, where I could also celebrate his 1st birthday, was special to me.
Zoom quizzes were the new going out, and I kept my sanity (just) by having our Virtual ChippyTuesday™ Quizzes.
As much as I thought it was just a way to catch up and keep in contact with everyone, I didn’t realise how important it had become for some of my friends. Which made it more special to me.
I added two additional tattoos to my arm, and another step (well two) closer to the sleeve being finished. I think it’ll be another big piece, a few smaller ones and then the shading of the whole sleeve.
The tattoos were added to my skin, by my talented friend Gaz, who unfortunately has felt the brunt of Covid. So, if you’re in the Manchester area and fancy a new tattoo, then get in contact with Gaz.
Make a house a home
The one thing about the lockdown is that we had extra time to do stuff around the house.
One of the big projects we completed was to add the decking to the garden. The job wasn’t planned until 2021, but as the space was getting used more, it seems more fitting to bring it forward.
2020 Goals Review
Each year, I set myself goals instead of resolutions. This is something to work on throughout the year.
When I was setting the 2020 goals, they appeared to be realistic. However a pandemic hit, and things kind of went out the window.
Goal 1 – Improve my mental health
So, if you read my last blog, you can see that my mental health hasn’t exactly improved!
One of the things that I wanted to do was see someone, to help go through the underlying issues, but Covid hit, and this plan was scuppered…understandably.
I will also say, that I feel after 2020, they area will have their hands full trying to help society get over the year.
Although, I would say that the blog I wrote on reflection to my brothers death, kind of helped. As I was able to articulate, albeit not always making sense, what was going on my head.
Writing the blog, and sharing it meant that my friends and family had a better understanding on what was going on in my head, something that I struggle to say verbally.
Goal 2 – Organise my photos
This is has been a long process, and a lesson well learnt, but I have been working on this throughout 2020.
I have still got the majority of 2020 to organise and some of the previous year as well, but we’re getting there. I organised several years, which I am happy about.
For 2021, I’m hoping to do monthly organising like I used to , just to prevent this disaster from happening again!
Goal 3 – Learn Spanish
At the beginning of the year, I purchased several text books to help learn Spanish…that have since been collecting dust on the shelf.
I did use an app course to learn some Spanish, which I used to do to and from work. However, you’ve guessed it, Covid struck, and walking to work stopped and so did my learning.
Now I can’t remember anything that I learnt. Although, I would still live to learn it in the long run.
Goal 4 – A ‘new’ hobby
Being in lockdown, my initial plan of getting more into photography went to pot. Hwever, I did try my hand at painting.
I have to be honest, I am no artist. I’m not that creative. I have the ideas, but can’t execute them as I’d like. However, I did complete a painting for the husby, which I am happy with.
However, when I tried to do a second painting, I kept on making mistakes and didn’t finish it. I was put off because ‘I wasn’t good enough’.
However, I still have an idea for an abstract piece that I would still like to do, but I don’t have a full idea. However, I would still like to give it a go. So maybe that is something that I can do in 2021.
What I would like to do, is try a lot of new things in 2021. That’s when we can!