You may remember my 20 for 2020 list that I made going into the New Year. When I first drafted my list, 2020 lay before us, full of promise and hope. Little did any of us know on New Year’s Day that only a few months into this year, we would be locked down for weeks, cut off from family, friends, jobs and activities we loved.
Now, many of us are stepping carefully out of quarantine into a different normal. We will slowly begin to rebuild our social lives with Covid-19 on our brains. I spent roughly 54 days isolated in my home with my pup, Lilly. While some days were difficult and loneliness was a constant hurdle, I did find that I crossed quite a few items off my 20 for 2020!
So, let’s review what I wanted to accomplish and get an update on where I am today – four and a half months into what will prove to be an unforgettable year.
1- Clean out under my stairs.
DONE! I went through every piece of stuff under my stairs and purged a great deal of it! I actually sold much of what I pulled out on eBay and ended up pocketing almost $900. So – cleaning out under my stairs not only proved to be satisfying in the sense of purging crap, it also provided me some substantial extra income!
2- Get my photo albums up to date.
Hmmmm – not quite. But working on it.
3- Finish my daughter’s photo album.
Not done – I did start going through some photos and memorabilia for her, but have not tackled this one yet.
4- Complete vacation albums for myself and my father and sister.
Done! The album is complete and will be gifted to my dad for Father’s Day! Ssssshhh – don’t tell him!
5- Paint my daughter’s old room.
Not even close
6- Read the first four Harry Potter illustrated versions.
DONE! I had forgotten how much I loved the books. So much better than the movies, and the movies are GOOD!
7- Re-organize all my dishes.
8- Decide what to do with some of my mother’s china.
Not done – my sister has to help me with this one.
9- Bake a perfect chocolate cake from scratch
10- Have friends over for dinner party/game night at least twice.
Well, with quarantining, this is going to not happen for awhile, but soon!
11- Start a draft for my book
Not done- although I have been thinking of different ideas
12- Watch “Casablanca”
13- Read 12 books
I’ve read 9 so far. More books than I have read in the past five years!
14- Figure out what to do with old film and negatives I have.
Not even close to being done.
15- Stop being afraid of my Instapot and start using it
Not done – still afraid of it!
16- Take my nutrition supplements regularly.
Doing pretty good with this.
17- Use my free weekend night at a Hilton hotel and go someplace I love!
Done! – Used it when I went with my daughter to DC right before quarantine started.
18- Work to reduce waste and recycle more.
Doing better for sure!
19- Bake a really good loaf of sourdough bread.
DONE! And I love baking sourdough!
20- Blog two times a week and build my audience and email list.
Sort of – I did a redesign of my website and my email list is growing (thanks to those of you who subscribe!)
So, all in all I think I’m doing pretty good so far. I have to be careful and not chastise myself thinking, “You’ve had all this quarantine time, why didn’t you get more done?” And then I have to remember to be kind to myself. These past weeks have been hard. Some days it was hard to just get out of bed. I choose instead to focus on all I have accomplished these first months of 2020 and look forward to what the next will bring.
And here’s a secret – if I get my daughter’s room painted, it will be a miracle!
Did you do a 20 for 2020? How is it going? I’d love to hear you are doing with tackling your list!