New Year, Same Old Me|Reflecting on Last Year

Hello! How are you all? It’s been such a long time since I have written a blog post (3 months to be exact đŸ˜²) and I’ve REALLY missed it. I actually wrote a post in November during Lockdown 2.0, but felt so uninspired that it’s just still sat in my drafts now. I think this has been very normal for a fair few of us. It can be so so hard to always be productive or have inspiration at this time and you know what? That is totally okay and normal. I thought it called for a bit of a break in the hope that some inspiration would come over me. I could write something I enjoyed again and post it into the world through this website of mine.

Back To It

I’m a bit late jumping on the ‘New Year’ bandwagon, I know. But hey, I’ve hardly known what day it is this month (also, how is it almost February?!?)

Now I don’t know about you, but these past few months I have felt SO reflective! I think the end of one year and the exciting prospect of a new year always calls for a bit of reflection. I like thinking about the past year and memories or what I’ve learnt. One thing I am very grateful for is that I feel like this pandemic has made me realise so many things, and it has also made me really appreciate the little things. I do genuinely think that this experience has given me a very different outlook on my life, has pointed me in the direction I want to go and most recently helped to confirm my career choice.

The Highs

Happy Hour at Home was most definitely a high for us. It brightened up the evenings of hearing what Boris had to say each evening at around 5pm, it was a lot of fun to have a good go at mixology and come up with a few concoctions. Happy Hour at Home got us ready for zoom quizzes, it gave us things to ‘cheers’ about, it gave us time to unwind after work… it was a real winner. One which has most definitely stuck and we now have a very well-stocked bar.

Lot’s of home cooking! I have to say, I absolutely LOVE to cook (washing up not so much) but I actually find it very relaxing cooking a lovely meal in the evening. My jeans may not appreciate it, but I have very much had the mindset that good food has been one of the small pleasures of these Lockdowns and has given me something to look forward to at the end of the day… and boy have I appreciated it! We had another idea of having themes for Friday night dinners, so far we have done Mexican, American and this Friday it’s Caribbean! Who needs a restaurant?!?

The great outdoors and glorious beach walks! I couldn’t be more grateful to live on the coast, especially during the 1st Lockdown. I have always liked going on walks, I have to say. Unless my dad has found it, because trust me when I say it will be a very long walk and we’ll probably get lost. Also… how clear and beautiful did everything look when the world was shut down? VERY! It was incredible how much clearer the sky got and the amount of pollution that disappeared from the horizon.

I’m also very grateful for having our beautiful little Brindle Frenchie, Miss Olive Nisbet. We have all agreed she has brightened up our year massively with her huge personality. Dogs, or just pets in general, were such a welcomed distraction in some of the dark times this year. We were definitely extremely grateful for our little madame.

Music was most definitely a highlight, despite not being able to go to a festival or gig. BBC 4 Friday Nights with whoever is one has been a particular highlight of this year. I feel like I have discovered a fair few new artists and had fun creating different playlists for my moods, including the Tunes to Get Through Lockdown which you can find here.

Looking to 2021

What a year 2020 was eh! It was the year of moving back in with my parents (pre Lockdown Vol. 1), of working for them during a very busy summer, of spending more time than ever with Mike, lot’s of walks, lot’s of cocktails, becoming a Remake ambassador and it was the year of so many zoom quizzes. The latter is one I most definitely don’t miss.

Despite the fact BoJo broke the news of Lockdown No. 3 to us all, I am very excited about this coming year. I finish Uni on the 19th March after I hand in my Dissertation – HURRAH! I’m excited at the prospect of my life changing again and moving on in the world, hopefully starting a career and becoming a fully fledged adult! I can’t wait to see where we’ll end up this time next year.

Hope you are all keeping well this year, and please reach out if you are finding this overwhelming – I’m just a message away! P xox

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