As 2020 winds down, I find myself contemplating the year that was.
Several adjectives can be used to describe 2020, and not many of them are suitable for this blog.
The year has been long, tiring, and trying, thanks to the trials brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected the way we do everything in our lives. Still, I can’t find myself hating on 2020 too badly, because without some of the challenges of the year, I wouldn’t have met some of the growth I have had.
Even with the slowdown brought about by the pandemic, I still managed a busy year with my work at the newspaper. Adding in my continuing studies and picking up some photography clients, I’ve managed to keep busy, and grow my skills.
While the numbers for my blog views decreased in 2020, mainly due to significantly fewer posts, I’ve continued to gain subscribers.
In September, I soft-launched my YouTube channel, with big plans for it going into 2021. In light of my already busy schedule, I’m aiming to post a video every two weeks, beginning mid-January.
Thanks to the video devotionals I film for my pastor every week, I’ve been challenged to learn how to film and edit video. Looking back at my earlier ones and comparing them to the ones I have done more recently, I can definitely see significant growth in those skills, and those are directly attributable to the pandemic.
Mentally, I’ve still met some valleys through the year, but overall I am feeling mentally stronger than I have in years. The skills I have learned along the way are helping me develop a confidence lost since I worked on the ambulance.
I only pray that this exponential growth continues into 2021, and that I can leverage my skills into some part time work with my photography, videography, photo editing, and graphic design, in addition to my work with the paper.
Looking into 2021, I’m not planning any resolutions. Life has a way of imposing its will you, despite your best laid plans. Still, I do have some goals for the new year.
I want to build on the successes of 2020, and carry them forward. Even if I don’t go as crazy with my fitness, working out an hour a day, I want to include the health and fitness more into my lifestyle, working out several times a week.
I would like to blog more, though with the YouTube channel, they may end up being more vlogs.
I’d like to watch my diet more, and even if I’m not working out everyday, I’d like to work back into the habit of tracking my calories.
I know 2020 has been a hard year for many people. I’m fortunate that it was not as hard on me as it could have been. Yes, the pandemic and lockdown’s have been inconvenient, but they’ve pushed me further than I ever could have imagined. In some ways, I feel that 2020 wasn’t a year that I wanted, but a year I needed for God to show me a new path to travel on.
After the battle of the last few years, where I was a adrift and struggling, I feel like I’ve turned a corner, and am progressing further into recovery than I ever thought possible.
Thank you for following me on my journey, and I look forward to connecting with everyone again in 2021.