2020 : A Year in Review.

Since the beginning of my blog I’ve always finished the year with a yearly round up. This year writing about the moments of pride, laughter or similar, doesn’t feel quite right. 2020 has been a difficult, where many have seen financial and metal struggles we never thought possible merely 18 months ago.

The past 365 days have been emotionally and mentally draining, every day we’ve woken up to new strains, political dramas and even children going hungry; this year to be frank, has left us all heartbroken and angry.

No matter the emotion the news brings 2020 has seen some amazing moments of gratitude. Throughout the summer neighbours came together to clap for the amazing front liners of the NHS, thousands of volunteers went out of their way to help the most vulnerable within our communities and small acts of kindness could be seen much more often. Yes, 2020 has been a year of confusion but it’s also been a year that kindness was shown.

Personally, I’ve been so incredibly lucky that so far in this pandemic, my friends and family are safe and healthy. Whilst there have been changes financially and even mentally, my loved ones are okay for the most part; I can’t tell you how incredibly grateful I am for that.

I can’t begin to tell you how much this year has changed my outlook on my life. I’m so grateful for everyone who takes time out of there day to empower me in my darker moments. To those who constantly reach out and check in even though we’ve only spoken over Instagram DMs, to the messages from loved ones telling me how proud they are, I hope you know how much I love and appreciate you.

Aside from the new level of admiration I have for my friends and family, I’ve finally understood the value of money. When a loved one lost there job, it shook me to my core and truthfully I buried my head in cleaning products and blitzed the house daily. It’s only recently that I’ve realised the importance of being financially stable, so for the past few months I’ve been putting a little aside and slowly I’m getting there. Money was a whole scares me, the prospect of my loved ones struggling and not being able to help, if genuinely one of my biggest fears. Having a little savings pot now, helps calm my fear and anxiety, if only a little.

2020 started as a year of amazing achievements but many were put on hold because of the pandemic. I don’t know where to begin when it comes to speaking about the issues( I know that’s not even remotely the right word) that the past 365 days has held, but what I do know is that 2020 has made me more grateful than ever for the life I have.

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2021.

Em x