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2020 Reflections & 2021 Goals

Saturday, January 02, 2021

Everyone knows that 2020 was not good for the world what with a global pandemic, forest fires raging out of control, extreme weather events, etc.

2020 wasn't the year that I had planned either. I had planned lots of parties and lots of concerts. I retired at the end of April, I turned 60 in May and my dad turned 90 in September and it was supposed to be a year of celebration. emoticon

In 2020, I know people who had COVID including my mother-in-law, my brother-in-law and 2 of my nephews but none of them died and none of them had any lingering effects from the illness.

However, for me personally, I had a pretty good 2020. The worst part of 2020 for me was having to work from home for 4 months really while training a new employee who was also working from home. But, other than that, it was pretty good.

I retired in 2020. That was definitely a high point for me. And, then I had the summer of my dreams: reading a book a day, swimming and tanning and just generally enjoying life.

For the most part, I'm at home every day. I hike with my dad once a week and play Scrabble with him another day during the week and I hike with my sister once a week as well as going on various hikes with my husband.

Since the beginning of 2020, I have:

* went to Punta Cana for a week (2 weeks before North America shut everything down)
* watched 71 movies (recorded from TV)
* read 108 books (79 since I retired)
* have learned how to grow cannabis and have had 2 successful grows (since I retired)
* am re-learning how to play piano (on a portable keyboard)
* am re-learning how to knit (have completed 4 scarves and am currently working on a baby blanket)
* am researching and learning about birds, especially ones native to our area
* have been cooking more and am cooking more recipes that are new to me
* have been learning how to cook with cannabis
* have been hiking or out for a walk 125 times
* lost 7 pounds
* attended the wedding of our first niece (with masks)

In 2021, I plan to remain at home for the most part (at least until I'm vaccinated). I have a compromised immune system so my husband runs all the errands.

My goals for 2021 are:
* To finally get out of the 180s and stay out. I've been stuck in the 180s since 2016! emoticon
* To learn how to incorporate more protein into my diet without having to rely on meat.
* Figure out my magic weight loss formula, i.e. what tasks do I need to do to have consistent weight loss.
* To continue practising piano every other day.
* To continue learning how to knit again.
* To continue researching birds.
* To continue incorporating more movement into my daily schedule.

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  • NBARNES
    Looks like you've done a great job on your weight loss! I appreciated your comment on my blog and wanted to know more about you, so I enjoyed reading this. I worked from home for nine and a half months, which I guess made retirement somewhat anti-climactic, but great nonetheless! Keep up the great work!
    42 days ago
  • LINDA7677
    2021 should be good. Enjoy retirement.
    62 days ago
  • M0MTH3W1TCH
    You don't think you accomplish alot until you write it down. Great way to spend retirement. Here's to a wonderful and successful 2021!
    62 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Sounds like you had a very nice 2020 overall. Love your goals for 2021. Enjoy your retirement.
    62 days ago
  • CWILSON88
    Such great motivation! I am looking forward to retirement in about 16 years! But you make it sound like summer cap! May 2021 be the best!
    62 days ago
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