My Annual Review 2020

The new year is just about here, and it’s time for my yearly recap!

If you had to teach one thing you learned this year (that would improve one’s quality of life), what would that be?

I would teach the power of habits. 2020 was about learning the power of what you do each day matters more than the one-off activities you do every once in a while. I would add one other thing: the importance of moving forward with the plans you keep running over in your head. I spent so much time this year, “thinking” about what I wanted to do. Still, nothing was materializing, so I focused on thinking and then taken action. I know a simple thing you lady and gents already do, but that was my two cents.

What kept you up at night with excitement this year? Was it worth it? 

Data science and python 3 is what kept me up this year with excitement. I started 2020 with the mentality that I would enroll in school and start my software development journey at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU).  While taking classes at codecadamy for software development, I started working with Javascript, and to be honest. I hated the syntax. Previously taken a few lessons in python, I found myself just really enjoying the syntax and the structure of the language. Yes, staying up at night to read over a book on python was totally worth it.  

Would you want to do more of it?

Yes! I plan to continue my data science journey and learn more about python in the coming years.  

How did you have fun differently in 2020?

2020 fun was focused on my mental health. In 2019 I purchased the first Xbox without a disc drive and spent most of 2020 playing one game. I focused my time on watching educational videos on Youtube all about Overwatch. I know that’s geeky! But my whole year was focused on learning to improve one character. Mentally I had fun also learning yoga and meditation.

How did you suffer differently in 2020?

2020 I suffered differently by working as a contractor several times and learning to go from what I used to call a “stable paycheck” to a paycheck that was a bit more inconsistent. I had become used to personal days and sick leave to catch any time I was out of the office due to illness. Having experienced COVID-19 personally, I can tell you being out of work well over 80 hours in total to recover from the disease, your paycheck suffers greatly. 

What things did you stop caring about in 2020?

I stop caring if others found it rude if I did not call them every weekend like the clock works! I gave the idea of being the “always available” guy. I took time for myself and time to reflect before I would call someone back. I learned that giving myself that time between a request from another person, and my response does not have to be instant. That allowed me time to clear my mind and take two deep breaths before letting the vibes from the other person infiltrate my life.  

What new thing did you spend a lot of time on in 2020?

I spent a lot of time in 2020 on learning self-care and self-acceptance. I wanted others around me to accept me, but I struggled to accept myself in my current state. I spent a lot of time worrying about my current weight (as if it could not change at any time I wanted to put in the work to change it.) I spent an enormous amount of my time trying not to be wrong.  

Thank you for following me along my 2020 journey. I hope you will find your year-end review reflective, and we will have a closer conversation in 2021.  

Happy New Year to you and your family!  

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