2020 – The Year No one Predicted

I’ve already written a reflection of the HR landscape and the changes 2020 has brought, for my blog I wanted to write my own reflection. 

It’s easy to look back on 2020 and feel we didn’t have the year we wanted. I wonder how many vision boards will be carried over into 2021 as those things we promised ourselves simply couldn’t happen no matter how hard we tried. I’m not going to hold back, 2020 has been bloody tough!!! 

It’s been a long year, looking back it’s hard to remember January and February. The year certainly hasn’t held anything I planned. I’m sure I’m not alone, so whilst this is my personal reflection I hope it will make you see how much you have achieved. 

I homeschooled my children for 4 months whilst running a business. I never thought I’d be doing that. What an achievement! Regardless of teachers informing my children “it wasn’t proper learning” and “now we need to catch up”. I did it! I homeschooled primary children, they are still alive and have skills they wouldn’t have had if we didn’t have that period. Not only that, I secretly enjoyed it and got an even greater chance to reflect on my children’s education and their growing personalities. 

Just for the sake of complete honesty, I can’t say I liked every second, there were times I was extremely stressed, trying to balance the needs of children and my business. I worried about the impact on their education and not being good enough. There were battles both with children and poorly used technology. But, I got through and for that I will celebrate the positives and forget the rest. 

Homeschooling felt at times all consuming, hence it being the first thing listed here, there has been so much more to the year. I’ve learnt there are lots of amazing walks right on my doorstep, I don’t even need to get in the car. I’m already looking forward to seeing the bluebells again next spring. 

I’ve developed skills I never thought I would, learnt new technologies – dabbled in a bit of coding and video editing. I didn’t do a course, I wouldn’t say I’m skilled in these areas by any stretch. But I have found things I enjoy.   

I went into 2020 with my business only 6 months old, I can now say I’ve continued to grow my business through a pandemic.  

Most importantly, I’ve learnt to focus on what’s important in life. I’ve learnt to prioritise what really matters. I’ve really learnt we don’t have to do things “because that’s the way it’s always done”, both personally and in business. I’ve learnt challenging the norm and myself is good (scary but good). I’ve learnt to allow myself down time. 

I know what I’ve really missed this year and what definitely will be on my vision board in 2021, for one thing I can’t wait to see theatres reopening. 

We all have different priorities, different things we enjoy. We may have all been through a pandemic but it’s impact is unique. There is no doubting it’s been a tough year, but we did it. We’re through! 

Bring on 2021…

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