2020 has been interesting to say the least. A calamity of shenanigans is probably a more accurate description. But every year has its ups and downs, even if this year felt a little disproportionate. I believe there are still things we can take away from this year to better ourselves going forward.
So some of these things I may have known before 2020, but this past year really drove home a lot of points. Without further ado, and in conclusion of my thirty things series, I give you:
Thirty things I learned in 2020
- Be humble.
- Grateful is more than a feeling and can be a mindset.
- Pay attention to the little things
- Set a good example – little eyes are watching.
- Family first because they deserve to know they are important.
- Everything can change in an instant.
- Be flexible and try not to stress over things out of your control.
- Know your worth.
- Tell others you love and appreciate them.
- Find pockets of joy – like treating yourself to a coffee.
- Communication and clearly speaking your intent are incredibly important.
- Walking away from a situation when people need space is not giving up, but giving others what they need in that moment.
- It is far better to cool off than to let things escalate beyond repair.
- You don’t have to agree with or like everything someone does to love them and treat them with respect.
- Understand that respect is a two way street – and the golden rule of treating others how you want to be treated is always important.
- Time flies – even in the slowest of social seasons – so take the picture.
- It’s okay to need down time – not every minute has to be jam packed with activity.
- Give yourself more grace than you think you need. Because you do actually need it.
- Everyone has bad days, it’s what you do next that is important.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. (This one is really hard for me)
- Never underestimate how much stress can be relieved just by hugging someone.
- You’re never prepared for how fast they grow up.
- Multitasking does not work.
- Batch working (doing similar tasks all at once) is really just amazing.
- Go after what you want. It’s not going to just be handed to you.
- It’s okay to say no. That’s it. Especially if it is what is best for you in the moment. That can be your reason. You might just need the time for yourself, without anything else planned, and you can say no. You don’t have to do everything that is asked of you.
- Don’t take anything for granted. From your significant other to the little things that make you smile in the mornings.
- Never underestimate the trust someone places in you when they need a safe place to vent or talk.
- Be more empathic to what others are going through.
- God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. Just always hold onto that.
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December 28, 2020