To say 2020 has been a challenging year would be a big understatement. After losing my aunt, my uncle and my grandma all within a few weeks of each other in 2019, I welcomed 2020 with open arms. It was geared up to have such great potential and then in March life as we knew it changed. We we're told to stay home, Brian and I were off work (luckily Brian wasn't off for long), the kids were told they couldn't go to daycare or school and our social lives and extracircular activities moved from in person to online. While it's no secret that this year has been full of ups, downs and everything in between, even with all the challenges brought in 2020 I am choosing to leave 2020 reflecting and setting intentions for the new year.
Reflecting on 2020
2020 was off to a great start! My good friend Stacie and I headed to Mexico in February to photograph a gorgeous couple along with their closest family and friends. Little did we know that was the last time we would see each other for months! A few weeks later Brian and I celebrated our our 8th wedding anniversary with a quiet weekend away in Whistler. When we arrived Coronavirus was all over the news, people were being told to stay home and we seriously contemplated going back home, but we decided to stay and make the most of it and I am sure glad we did. Who knew that was going to be the start of our stay home restrictions. The rest of the year was filled with more restrictions week after week. We had planned trips to our favourite spot in Birch Bay and one after another those trips got cancelled. The hardest part of this pandemic for me was the mental rollercoaster I felt like I was on. Some days I loved being able to stay home, not rushing from one place to the next, dropping kids off, picking them up and fitting in all the things. Then other days I just wanted to get out of the house, get a break from the kids and do something that felt "normal". We made the most of it though! Found new ways to make the most of our new slower paced lives, we hung out with friends over FaceTime, Zoom and House party, doing shots and playing flip cup when we couldn't be together in person.
A few of the things I will keep with me from 2020
Intentional family time
Finding new ways to stay connected to family and friends
Having the kids home with me for a few months which I both loved and hated haha
Camping local and seeing more places in BC
Epic Houseparty app parties, sharing shots over Instagram stories, drinking sangria with friends in a field and zoom flip cup tournaments
What are you going to take away from 2020?
Intentions for 2021
After such an unpredictable year and lots of unfinished goals for 2020 I have decided that this year instead of setting the usual goals and resolutions, I am setting some realistic intentions instead.
Move into our new Peachland Home and make it our own!!
Set up a new Okanagan studio and build my business in Peachland
Take more personal photos and edit them!
Listen to my body when I need a break
Shoot an elopement a
Print photos for the new house
Appreciate the free time with nothing "to do"
bucket list sessions
I hope 2021 brings you more joy and intention in your life!