Last December, I thought, “2020 – what a great year to set my goals high and focus on the good!”
Here we are, 12 months later, and all I can say is, “Wow.” No one could have anticipated what a year it’s been. But you know what? As I reflect on 2020, I can honestly say that, for as many challenges as the year brought, I’m coming out on top. I have awesome people around me, and I’ve made room for things that motivate and inspire me by clearing out negativity.
I’m extremely proud, excited, and happy with my 2020, and today I’m sharing why. As you read through the reasons it ended up being a good year for me, I want you to consider all the ways it’s been good for you, too!
Special Time With My Daughter
2020 started with an amazing trip I took with my daughter to Kauai. I’d never been to that Hawaiian island before, and we made so many fun memories! I love trying new things and eating all the good, healthy food wherever I go on vacation. And let me tell you, we tried lots of food.
We did so much hiking (even though neither of us had the right shoes!), and oh my god, I’ve never laughed so much before. Plus, we rented a convertible, and the whole trip, I couldn’t park it right. I’d have to park and repark it, and I can’t tell you how many times we’d crack up over it! It felt so good to have those experiences with my daughter.
I absolutely love spending time with my adult children. Of course, I miss when they were little kids: the best times in my past were always with my children. But no matter how much I miss them young, I love spending time with them as adults, and it’s actually even better. I love the people they’ve become. They make me so proud because they’re good, kind, and strong adults. I’m so thankful my daughter came with me on that adventure to Hawaii and made those memories with me.
Becoming a Grandma
As the year moved on, we had a big surprise with my grandson’s arrival! He’s my first grandchild and was born a month early. I honestly have to say even though I didn’t feel “prepared” to be a grandma, it’s the best thing that’s ever happened in my life. When you think of grandmas, you think of old ladies… but not all grandmas are old!
There’s nothing better than seeing my grandson light up when he sees me and knowing that he loves me. Just when you don’t think there’s any more room in your heart, BAM, this sweet child comes into your life, and it’s like your heart explodes! Suddenly I’m broke, too, because I can’t help but spend money on things that remind me of him or that I think he’ll like!
It’s so much fun to see this little person who looks just like your child. It’s just crazy wild! I see so much of my son in this little baby, and it’s amazing to see him as a father. He spends so much time with my grandson and does everything he can to make him happy. That’s what a father does, and I’m so proud of my son. Watching him and my daughter-in-love (no “law” here, she’s the wife of my son and a daughter in my heart) as parents is incredible. They’re doing a great job, and they’re raising the happiest little boy ever.
COVID hit in the midst of this amazing experience of becoming a grandma, and it’s been extremely difficult. But you know what? I gave up everything. I didn’t need to go anywhere or be around a bunch of people. I picked and chose what was important in my life and I don’t regret a moment of it. I love getting to spend time with my grandson and being able to help my children. Really, those parties and trips and big gatherings aren’t worth a single second of the time I’ve had with my loved ones this year. I’d give it all up again.
Becoming the Sole Owner of My Companies
In July, a huge change happened in my life. I took over ownership of my companies through a forced buyout. It needed to be done, and while I gave multiple chances for it not to happen, it was best. It was hard to do, and at times I wasn’t 100% sure it was the right move. But when I look at my employees’ faces every day and the new work environment we’ve created, I know it was the best damn thing I’ve done. I’m successfully taking care of many families who count on me to make good business decisions, and I can’t tell you how good that feels.
My business is growing. We’re strong, and we can focus on the good things that are happening around us. I have a great team, and we’re proud and thankful to serve amazing customers and give them the best we can. Even though the road to get here was difficult, there’s a saying I love: Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations. I couldn’t be more excited about where my business is doing.
As we purge a bunch of stuff and get a lot of old junk out of our business, we’re bringing in new and great things. So while this big change wasn’t easy, it’s definitely been another highlight of my year.
Making Way for New People
I’ve met some amazing new people in 2020, and I’m so happy to have them in my life. I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to bring them into my world if my life had stayed where it used to be.
These people share similar goals and visions as mine and support me. When you look at your inner circle and remove sources of drama and unhealthy environments, you make room for good people. You create space for relationships with people who share your passions and help you see things in a better way. They give you hope and inspiration to try new things and open up your would. Had I not made some big changes in my life, I wouldn’t have met some wonderful people, and I’m so thankful and blessed to know them!
2020 is one of the best years I’ve ever had, and I’m so looking forward to the year ahead! Because I know no matter what the universe throws at me, I’m strong and confident. I have a lot of work to do on myself yet, and I’m not afraid to admit that. There are days I struggle, but I’m doing my best.
So, bring on 2021. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being on this journey with me. Thank you for allowing me to help you through whatever it is you need help with. And thanks for supporting me on my journey, as well. Keep working, keep striving, keep motivating, and keep putting one foot in front of another. We will get wherever we want to go.
Live your best life,