The year 2020 has been a hard one. This deadly virus has turned our world on its head, forcing us to change what we do and how we do it. This includes external experiences like intentional travel and socializing, which has been especially difficult for people like me who love to see and experience new places.
I usually take a trip or two with my best friend every year. We also like to go out fairly often. This obviously hasn’t happened in 2020. While I could easily let this type of thing get me down, I have used other ventures to keep me at my best.
Building up a side hustle takes time. Has anyone ever had more time than in 2020? I used my lightened schedule to my advantage by starting up a business and developing a sturdy foundation for it. Was it difficult? Damn right it was. But I refused to stay idle no matter what the universe had in store for us.
It’s no secret that many people were/are struggling financially through this pandemic. An effective side business is an excellent way to navigate through these crazy times.
It’s the little things
Another thing 2020 took away from us was social gatherings. I love a good art and/or fashion show, and I tend to be a pretty social person no matter where I am. Since I couldn’t do so many of these things I love, I decided to turn within; I used this year to work on myself.
Everyone defines “working on yourself” differently, but the concept is the same. It involves doing things that improve your mental and emotional health through positive internal experiences. This allows you to become the best version of yourself and embrace intentional living. I’ve always been very goal-oriented, but I became even more focused on accomplishing as much as I can this year. It doesn’t matter how big or small the task is, whether it’s developing a business or killing it in my morning boxing class. All that matters is that you set them up and knock them down, for this creates the singular feeling of accomplishment that works wonders on your internal growth.
A negative into a positive
I am happy to say that I am a better version of myself now than I was before COVID-19. Granted, I’m not happy about missing out on a year’s worth of intentional travel and socializing, but all things considered, I think I’ve made the most of these crazy circumstances. I did this without any sort of special talent or gifts, as it really is all about mindset and will. If you’re looking for ways to improve, I’d love to work with you!
2020 has been challenging. Plain and simple. But with the right approach, we can thrive through it all!