2020 Year End Review

"Everything Is Gonna Be Alright" sign outside a house

Well, here we are, we “made it”. There’s no denying that this has been one hell of a year and there’s no need to reiterate all the negative things that have happened. Let’s end the year with moments of acceptance, joy, and gratitude. It’s been tough, but we should be proud of how we’ve adapted and stayed resilient through it all. It’s through these moments of difficulty where we grow, learn, and eventually move forward.

More than ever, this year has shown me the importance of self care, community, and kindness. If you haven’t yet, allow yourself to grieve and be kind to yourself, seriously. I’m still in the process of grieving, figuring out how to navigate all of my feelings and thoughts, and turning my soon-to-be-at-some-point new plans into action. Keep in mind that everything is a work in progress and you don’t have to do it alone.

I’m not sure what 2021 will bring, but what I do know is that I want to be more intentional, present, and proactive (than reactive). I want to continue to practice self care, patience, gratitude and choose peace over happiness. Hm, these feel more like life goals than yearly goals, but regardless, they’re good ones for anyone to practice. Maybe I’ll finally be able to do a handstand next year, who knows. It’s a new year with new opportunities and dreams.

So my friends, enjoy the last few days of 2020 and remember to slow down, take a step back, and reflect on how this year went for you. Then let’s tackle 2021 together, through the good and the bad. Here’s a snippet of my good memories of 2020:

January

Highlights include:

  • Switching to WA license plate
  • Signing up for a climbing membership
  • Getting a new tattoo
  • Snow in Seattle
  • Attending a Vietnamese New Year event
  • Hosting a Chinese New Year party
  • Hangouts with friends

February

Highlights include:

  • Ice cream self tour around Capitol Hill
  • Skiing for the first time
  • Exploring Olympic National Park
  • Touring a Materials Recovery Facility
  • Painting at work
  • Riding the Seattle ferris wheel

March

Highlights include:

  • Surprising my mom in CA
  • Picnics in parks
  • Climbing and skiing before the shutdown
  • Walks around the neighborhood
  • Virtual hangouts with friends

April

Highlights include:

  • Sun peeping from time to time
  • Cleaning climbing gear, learning knots, and simulating a rappel
  • Climbing “Mt. Kitchen”
  • Exploring local spots in Seattle
  • Annoying our outside cat, Will Feral
  • Cooking like crazy in the kitchen
  • Planting my tomato babies
  • Meeting friend’s puppy
  • Dinners with housemates

May

Highlights include:

  • More cooking in the kitchen
  • Watching my tomato babies and houseplants grow
  • Board games for days
  • Kayaking in Lake Union
  • Hiking and learning how to lead climb

June

Highlights include:

  • Many outdoor adventures – climbing, camping, and hiking
  • Attending protests
  • Celebrating my birthday at Smith Rock State Park
  • Foraging for oysters and clams

July

Highlights include:

  • Hiking and climbing during 4th of July weekend
  • Actual baby tomatoes growing
  • Foraging blackberries in the neighborhood
  • Climbing in Mazama
  • Backpacking in Olympic National Park

August

Highlights include:

  • Hiking and backpacking in North Cascades National Park
  • Completing the Wonderland Trail in Mt. Rainier National Park
  • Riding newly purchased bike
  • Picking blueberries

September

Highlights include:

  • Summitting Half Dome in Yosemite National Park
  • Hiking with housemate to Snow Lake
  • Biking along Lake Washington
  • Supporting Rachel in the Bellingham marathon

October

Highlights include:

  • Lots of food and board games with friends
  • More hiking and climbing
  • Hot tub boat adventure in Lake Union
  • Mushroom foraging
  • Pumpkin carving
  • Voting plus election night nerves
  • Exploring Bainbridge Island
  • Colorful leaves

November

Highlights include:

  • Winning Settlers of Catan for the first time
  • Being home with my mom and childhood friends
  • Homecooked meals
  • Hitting all of my favorite childhood food spots
  • Enjoying the warm, coastal weather of southern California

December

Highlights include:

  • Hiking local trails
  • Crocheting my first triangle (that was supposed to be a square)
  • Family dinners
  • Presents
  • Camping trip in Joshua Tree National Park

If you feel like reading more, here’s a post on my first year in Seattle. Anyway, see you in the new year! Stay safe out there.

Your friend,

Vivian

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