Can you believe that the year is over in a matter of days? WHAT A YEAR! 2020 definitely has been full of twists and turns. I’m walking away from this year with viewpoints I didn’t imagine. Between having a baby and being quarantined for most of the year, I’ve had to learn to keep sane and push forward. As I reflect on the year, here are the three things I’ve learned that I plan to continue to value as the years continue.
- Don’t undervalue your community
Being a new mom in a pandemic has its pros and cons. I enjoy having space and time to bond with Avianna however, I feel like we are missing out on play dates and family gatherings. I get really stuck some days feeling like we are missing out on so much. I don’t know about you, but my phone screen timed has increased because I’m looking into online mom groups and online shopping (okay, most of it is online shopping). The pandemic has paved the way for moms to connect outside of being in-person. It’s been great being a part of these groups since there is plenty of shared information and experiences. In addition to the mom groups, my loved ones have also figured out how to be supportive without being in-person. There are always kind texts and calls that make the day better. It’s nice to have people check-in and be there to listen and support.
- Take a moment & pace yourself
Pandemic or not, having a moment to yourself to restore is essential. It’s hard as heck raising a kid, taking classes, trying to get my pre-prego body back, having sexy time with Diego, working a full-time job, and other responsibilities around the house. I cannot even tell you the last time I slept through an entire night. I’ve had to come to terms that not everything needs to be done in a day. It’s mandatory that I set aside time for myself every day. EVERY SINGLE DAY! Most of the time, I use my time set aside to absolutely do nothing and watch a couple of episodes of my favorite shows.
- Spend Time Doing Something That Interest You
I would really be stir crazy if I didn’t have activities in the week that I enjoy. In the past year, I’ve started to take classes, launched a website, and started a podcast (somewhat). I never thought I would like taking informatic courses! At first, I struggled to get into the groove of being in school again but now I have a schedule and I’m enjoying the weekly content ways I can use these courses to claim my bag. Aside from classes, creating this blog has been a fun getaway from the pandemic disaster. I’m looking forward to growing my audience and content over the next year.
Who the hell knows what 2021 will bring. As I see it, we will still face pandemic restrictions while we figure out the new normal for a few months longer. Let’s continue to show gratitude, be humble, and social distance as we roll into 2021. What lessons are you taking with you into the new year?