In 2020 I answered a list of 52 journal questions. Read about it here.
Year in review
Well, we’ve done it. One way or another we’ve battled through the madness that has been 2020 and are about to emerge out the other side. It really has been a year that felt like it was never going to end – and my perspective of time has been really skewed as a result. But hopefully I will remember enough of the high (low) lights!
This year I was determined to be more consistent with my posting on my blog, with a goal of 3 posts a week. Once a week I answered a Journal Question and this is the final one. I’ve quite enjoyed it, some were fun to answer while others pushed me out of my comfort zone – but I think that can be a good thing. I plan on doing something similar again next year (and will talk about that more in a later post).
When covid happened I decided to post 5 times a week, and managed to keep that going all year. I plan on continuing that schedule for the moment, as well as doing the A to Z challenge in 2021 (I have my theme and research all done and will start writing the posts and scheduling next month).
I didn’t do the A to Z challenge this year because I was away for most of the month prior. I went on my writing retreat cruise which was wonderful – although it would have been even more wonderful if I hadn’t been so sick.
Sadly illness (not the covid variety) was the overarching condition for me in 2020. I fell ill on 22 Feb and am still sick now (severe asthma). The last couple of months in particular have seen me slide downhill rather significantly. But the 3 months of smoke-filled skies from the Aussie bushfires that heralded in 2020 were probably the trigger.
The bushfires were horrendous and many areas where I live are still closed to the public. We really only had a couple of weeks of clear skies before covid took over as our new fear.
There’s no need to revisit covid life, because we are all still living it. Hopefully this coming year will be all about the vaccine!
It was much harder to reach goals this year because life was flipped on its head. But I did manage to achieve some. I had two main goals – health related and writing related. I really wanted to improve my health (well, that didn’t work out), but while my health struggles I did try to lose weight and improve my fitness. Sadly my fitness hasn’t been a huge success (hard when you struggle to breathe), but I have lost 22kg (48.5lb).
I had a writing goal of finishing my manuscript, polishing it until it shone, and getting it out on query. Tick, tick, tick. It’s on query at the moment and I will let you know how it fares. In the meantime I am plotting my next book and will be starting to write it in the new year.
Many of my other goals slid into obscurity as the year crashed and burned around me. But that’s okay. The main ones were the two above, and I feel great about them. Really, how can I be disappointed with 2020 when I still managed to achieve what I did?
It’s now New Year’s Eve and 2020 is finally drawing to a close. I am looking forward to seeing out the year and welcoming in a new one. I hope you have a wonderful evening, however you choose to spend it.
Have you managed to find some good in 2020?