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Lessons from the Year I Did Not Plan

Lessons from the Year I Did Not Plan


If you're a regular Etcetera reader, you know we love resolutions.  Every year we give our resolutions a great deal of thought and carefully craft them to help guide the coming year.  Read  our 2020 resolutions here, and read here for some reflections on my resolution -- simplicity.  

This has been a weird year, I think we can all agree on that.  And my success at letting my resolution guide my thoughts and actions ebbed and flowed.  But there are things I learned from the strangeness of 2020 that I will carry with me into the new year. 

I learned that it's alright to slow down.  Sometimes a nice bubble bath can clear the mind.  

I learned to let go of what was planned and embrace the uncertainty of change.  

I was reminded to trust my intuition.  Something that's always served me, but the early months of 2020 shook my confidence a bit.  

I learned that one of my greatest strengths is that I am not afraid of failure.  

I learned to get off my high horse and embrace audiobooks.  

I learned to show myself as much kindness as I strive to show others.  

It's been a difficult year, but there have been sparks of light throughout.  I am hopeful that I will be able to remember these lessons and build on them.  And whether 2021 brings relief or adversity, it will bring growth and hope.   

See our resolutions from years past