It’s been quiet a year. There’s a lot that does not need to be said. I’m glad it’s hours away of being over and I look forward to 2021. Here’s is what I am hoping and praying for next year.
Personally, I’d like to get in better shape. For me it means eating better (healthier, less), counting steps, sleeping better, and with some prayer, having less on my mind to worry about. I definitely see a path on how to get to a healthier lifestyle. I just need to stay the line and be committed.
In 2020 I did a lot to get ready for the upcoming year. Took care of most house repairs and concerns, cleaned up and improved our home network, and basically bought everything I needed/wanted so my family can enjoy all internet of things. Anything else, would just be fluff. One less thing to worry about in this category.
Same with our vehicles. While we were sheltering in place, I took the time to catch up on repairs, modifications, and maintenance. So when things open up again, we will be able to take extended family road trips. My truck is now setup as a bugout/overland vehicle, so I took care of all the major upgrade to make it as off-road capable as I can. There could also be work done to make it better. But with it being a 2002, I can’t justify putting any more money into it. It runs well (knock on wood), so I’m good with that.
My other resolution is to save more money. This has been a yearly struggle. This year didn’t help because I was furloughed during the pandemic – April through June. The hidden blessing was that the kids were on distance learning and my wife was exempt and was able to work from home. What we spent in after school child care, we saved and used toward stacking up on food and groceries. We paid of debt and are looking to continue this for next year.
We are counting our blessings that we sheltered in place. We sacrificed not seeing our family in person. No Thanksgiving celebration and no Christmas celebration with them this year. We did leverage Zoom, however, to see them. When it was safe under COVID guidelines, we did go out. It was our mini celebrations for being as safe as we could. I did learn a lot of cooking styles and techniques this year, which I am very proud of.
Of all the COVID restrictions, not traveling was one we missed the most. Prior to COVID, we would travel at least twice a year and would take several weekend getaways in-between. We are really hoping that the distribution of the Corona virus vaccine could get to more people, more quickly. The sooner it does, the sooner we’d feel about traveling, going back to school, and work and to see some normalcy. If wearing a mask and social distancing is the new normalcy, then I guess we don’t have a choice and we want to set a good example for our kids.
Which brings me to the last resolution. To be the best person I can be. I see what it looks like, I just need to get there. Maybe if I can get through the other resolutions, maybe the result will be a better person. Don’t know and we’ll have to see.
For the most part, I think we wrapped up 2020 pretty good, relatively speaking.