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20 Lessons We've Learned in 2020

Updated: Dec 29, 2020



1. Anxiety can bring you closer to God

Although it does not seem possible, having anxiety, moments of uncertainty, and stress draw us closer to God. All that God wants is a relationship with us. As we depend on Him for more and more, He is able to whisper “My grace is sufficient for you, and my power is made perfect in weakness”.


2. The only constant is change

Nothing was ever meant to stay the same. Get ready - something new is sure to be on the horizon. Take advantage of ways you can improve when these changes happen and remember that if you are comfortable, you are not growing.


3. I am only as good as my team

Period. After having to furlough my pre-COVID team, I realized how ineffective I was alone. Not having a conference room whiteboard to work on has been an adjustment but I am thankful for my team being so willing to step and adjust.


4. Be agile - you can’t plan for everything

Our world is changing in so many ways and in order to become successful in anything we do, we have to stay agile and adapt to whatever this life throws at us.


5. I will never shake hands again

Sorry, not sorry. This is the one change I am grateful for in 2020. Elbow bumper for life!


6. Take life one day at a time

Plan each day as if it could be your last. I understand that it sounds morbid, but plan like there is no tomorrow - because tomorrow is not promised.


7.Save your money, even if it’s just a little

This is an important life lesson that you can only truly learn with time. Things happen, plans change unexpectedly, and you might have to use that saved up money to make it through...or you might decide to take a vacation on a whim. Both are important!


8. Do something that makes you smile every day

Life is too short to be in a constant state of worry or to be focused on anything that drags you down. You deserve to smile and laugh each day and find joy in even the simplest acts of self-care.


9. Travel while you can

Not having access to traveling has made most of us want to travel more. Once you feel safe, it’s time to see the world. Heck, it’s time to travel to the next state over and enjoy the beauty and natural wonders of our world.


10. Don’t stress about the things you can’t control

Worrying is in our human nature, but eventually, you grow to learn that there are only so many things you have the capability to change. Eventually, you have to learn to adapt and roll with the punches. Let go and let God.


11. Not to take your family and friends for granted

I don’t think anyone could have predicted that we would be forced to separate from our friends and families for almost a year, and we’ve realized how big of a blessing it is to see these people regularly and without restrictions. Treat every moment with the ones you love like it might be the last.


12. There is no time like the present

Make. It. Happen. What’s stopping you from chasing your goals and turning your life into what you dreamed it could be? Don’t wait around for opportunities to come to you, create this change for yourself.


13. We are resilient

Our world has been turned upside down this year with so much happening in almost every aspect of our life. Looking back at it now, we have overcome so much and proven that we can bounce back and come out of the woods even stronger.


14. Appreciate what you have while you have it

Life is such a precious gift, and whether that be the people in your life who matter the most or even your constant surroundings, it’s so important to realize how special it is and appreciate it while these things are still here.


15. Collective action is powerful

Our voices have the power to change the world. After the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery our whole world united in a way that most of us have only read about in our history books. This year was the opportunity for us to make history. Together, we united to fight for change. My mother used to always say “If you can’t hear, you can feel”. Finally, our voices have been heard.


16. The good guy always wins

This has been a hard lesson for most, but in the end kindness, love, compassion, and empathy for humanity will always prevail.


17. Health is our greatest asset

I had COVID-19 in early March 2020. It was in those moments when I could not breathe, taste, or smell that I realized my greatest asset was my health. As my 16-year-old business was coming to a standstill all that I could do was stand by silently and watch. I did not have the strength to fight, so instead, I prayed. I prayed for healing.


18. Be Kind

Kindness improves your quality of life. Being kind brings people together, improves their workplace, community, and health. The simple act of kindness is just as rewarding to yourself as it is to others.


19. The whole world slowed down so we could find ourselves

We have been given a gift and we all need to take full advantage of the time that we are given. It’s time to learn who we are, what we want out of life, and to reassess if we are on the right path to accomplish those goals.


20. It is okay to not be okay

This has indeed been a year of ups and downs, and I’m here to tell you that it is OKAY to be down. No one is perfect and happy 24/7, no matter what they might make it seem. Take the time you need to build yourself back up and get into the right headspace to make yourself whole again.



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