I honestly believe that 2020 was a long and slow year. Maybe because the change from a fast to slow-paced life was a big adjustment for me.

I welcomed 2020 with a burning desire to make big decisions in my life. I thought that it will be a year of change and chasing my dreams. 

However, as I looked back to my year, I am surprised that tons of good things happened. Though 2020 was not as exciting as I planned out, I am just glad that it turned out better than I initially thought it would be.

Let me share with you some of the good things that happened in my year.

Be more present

I like the idea of doing something. Even just going out for a hot chocolate drink, as long as I am doing something outside my apartment. I always thought that having a busy schedule (personal or work) means that I am being productive of my time and energy.

During the first half of 2020, I hustled my way out to distract myself from what is going on in the world. I jampacked my schedule, and work really hard just to make my day (during the quarantine period) pass by fast.

I am honestly not sure if I was sad, in denial, or depressed about what’s going on but what I know for sure was I just needed to have a distraction.

The year 2020 gave me a lot of time to think about my health, my time, my purpose, and my passion. 2020 taught me to be more present. It taught me that rest is a productive activity and that rest is essential.

Learning new things

With too much time on my hand, I spent the time to learn about things that I am curious about.

I learned to read and write our Ancient Script, Baybayin.

I learned how to cook. I never thought it would be fun to explore and try new recipes.

I enrolled in many online courses that can help me level up my skills as a freelancer.

I always liked to learn something new, and the year 2020 gave me a lot of things to learn about. I am thankful that this year was a great learning experience.

Going back home

It was an easy decision to go back home with my parents.

After 10 years living in Cebu City, it was my first time to spend this much time again in my hometown.

Do you ever experience the feeling that a place is familiar but at the same time different? I am really happy to be home, however, my hometown has changed a lot!!!

On an another note…

I was excited to spend more time with family and friends. And speaking of friends, I really wanted to reconnect again with my old friends. As I am reaching out and wanted to spend more time with them, I realized that they are already living their life without me in the picture. Hahaha. I mean, we are still friends, but for a long time we never talk and bond, I guess there is this same feeling of familiarity but different at the same time. I believe that is a perfect reason to reconnect!

Rekindle my passion

The year 2020 was a year to rekindle my passion for creating content. I had the chance to connect with people who like to create blogs/vlogs and we did an 18-week challenge together. I am very happy that I survived that challenge.

I learned that I am really happy about creating content, writing, or making videos. I want to make more content next year as well that’s why I joined the challenge again and it will be 50 weeks of creating content. Good luck to all the participants !! 🙂

2020 was a year full of challenges, trials, and adjustments. It was a year of learning. A year of choosing the best ways to be more present at the same time to dream of a brighter future.

I hope you had a great 2020 and hopefully, 2021 will be a great as well!