Notes on 2020 and THANK YOU!!

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Well hello everyone!

We have nearly made it to the end of 2020. What a year?! This year was meant to be the year I ticked off so many things on my ever growing to do list. Sadly, like many others, I didn’t get all of them done. But I didn’t expect in this rollercoaster of a year, to have really pushed my comfort zone (it might not seem a lot from the outside, but to me it is!), I started this blog, started a postgraduate course and continued to try and be kind to myself and others. I have made new friends, lost a job and found another one, which seems a pretty mean feat in a pandemic.

This time between Christmas and New Year, where none of us know what day it is, it can be a little bit daunting; looking into the void and uncertainty of a new year (especially considering the one we have come from). But I think this is normal. Instead of thinking of what could go wrong; I have decided I am going to try and think of the possibilities and opportunities that may come. 2020 for me, could probably be summed up by likening it to my experience of ice skating – traumatic! Slipping and sliding, clinging to friends and loved ones, wobbling to stay standing, not going in the direction you had originally planned, doubt and swearing! Apart from that it was smashing! Yes I stumbled off the rink bruised and wondering what the hell had happened, but I also had a lot of laughs. True friends shine, you don’t take yourself too seriously, look after other people and don’t take the mundane things for granted.

I think for ‘young people’ or millennials as many like to call us (or is it Gen Z??) there is a lot of pressure to follow a strict timeline of life check boxes to achieve, but the fact that has been forgotten is that the these checkboxes have been booby trapped by the people who put them in place. Jobs, houses, relationships, salaries are not as achievable or achievable in the same way as they once were. This insane pressure to be at a certain place by a certain age is something I am growing increasingly tired of and one of the things I am going to try and stop measuring myself against in 2021. There are far worse things happening in the world than to be fretting about these things – but fret we will. We want to succeed – we’ve worked hard and paid a lot of money. 

I am so grateful for the support you have shown on this blog and social media etc. I doubted that anyone would want to read this. But lo and behold, nearly 1500 of you have visited! I am not the most technical person, but even I have managed to keep this up and figure stuff out. Every view, visitor, like and comment makes this so worthwhile and to have people to read it and be inspired  by nature or to help conserve it is such a fab feeling. Thank you very much. 

So as we move into 2021, I wish you all the very best. Health, happiness, laughter and love. Be kind to yourself and others as we enter January – one step at a time. If you have any ideas that you would like me to cover in this blog or on social media, then please leave a comment or send me an email.

Chin chin for 2021!

Love Charlotte


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