Lifestyle, New Year Reflection

A Look Back at the Wildest Year of My Life (Hello, 2021 New Year)

new year 2021 blog post. Black girl with Curly Hair surrounded by sparkles. Text on Photo says "Reflecting on 2020".

2020 has been a year, and it has finally come to a close. This year has been like a bad breakup, and I am happily ready to wish 2020 a swift farewell and move on to better things. It hasn’t always been horrible, but the cons have definitely outweighed the pros.

In today’s post, I’ll reflect on the good and the bad of this year and plan goals for a hopefully more hopeful 2021 New Year.

Not Everything was a Mess

I can’t help but ponder back on the optimism of my 2020 reflection blog post. My plans consisted of traveling outside of the country for the first time and hitting my blog goals, among other things. Although I didn’t meet those goals because of other things taking over my life (hey, COVID), I had some significant accomplishments this year.

I landed my first job out of college, which consists of doing projects I’m passionate about! I have the opportunity to work on social media and marketing campaigns that make a difference, and for that, I am grateful! Furthermore, I settled into my own place and reunited with my beautiful furbabies. I’ve kept in touch with my friends and mentors, even though they are all so far away now! And bonus, I got my first car, which I would have never thought possible this year!

I even took on a few personal projects that have kept me very busy during quarantine, like painting, freelancing, and of course, reworking my vision for The Painted Blog! Luckily, it hasn’t all been doom and gloom for me, but it has been hard nonetheless.

A Personal Rough Patch

Although I have experienced some good things this year, it has still been hard to cope.

This year, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and it has been a very rough experience. From continually having doctor’s visits to getting an MRI, which was thankfully all clear, dealing with PCOS has taught me so much about my body. I had always wondered what was causing my weight gain, waning cycles, and angry acne. I thought it was PCOS, but I never knew the depth of the syndrome and how it affects your insulin levels, blood sugar, and hormones. It really is scary to think of the worst things that could happen because of it.

Since my diagnosis, I have completely overhauled my diet and lifestyle to avoid worsening my symptoms. By doing so, I have lost about 18 pounds so far (big yay)! Also, I have been on track with alleviating some symptoms. Every day is a struggle, but I know that PCOS does not define me! It has been relieving to see other women share their experiences with it, which has taken a lot of stress off me.

Moving into A Hopeful 2021 New Year

Many things that have come to light this year have been so disheartening and stressful that I can’t help but yearn for a brighter new year. I feel that nothing will ever be the same after this year, which is for the best!

A few of my 2021 New Year goals are:

  • Vote more!
  • Continue to improve my health.
  • Find myself again.
  • Spend more time with family when it’s safe.
  • Hit or exceed all my blogging goals.
  • Be more active on my socials.
  • Travel outside of the country for the first time.

Happy New Year! Let’s make 2021 better than this year!

What have been the highlights of your year? What are your 2021 goals? Tell me in the comments!

(6) Comments

  1. Eleanor Jones says:

    Yes! Not everything was a mess it’s true! Thank you for sharing these reflections, I also had ups and downs in 2020, but it’s so important to remember the ups and I loved this positive post x

    1. Thank you! Staying positive is the most important thing, especially because of all the sadness this year has brought! Here’s to a better 2021!🥂

  2. Dani says:

    Good luck with your 2021 goals, and may the year be SO much better than 2020!!

    1. Thank you so much, Dani!🥰 I hope your 2021 is filled with happiness and success!

  3. Good luck with 2021! I know PCOS is awful but wishing you well!

    1. Thank you, Elle! It’s definitely tough but I’m doing much better! Hope your 2021 is great!

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