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2020: Year of Positive Change and Growth?
This year has been a doozy. Amiright?!
I thought so, until I actually had a brilliant moment of self-reflection. One of those moments that changes the way you think about almost an entire year of your life. I was just chilling on the couch and it hit me– 2020 has NOT been bad for me. Not in the least.
Now, try to imagine how dumbfounded I was. LOL Sitting here all slack-jawed and looking like my world just got rocked. Ha! Why was I so beside myself at this revelation? Because I have hated every moment of “quarantine” and limited social interaction. I have hated every moment of masks and face shields and clinging to numbers from the CDC. I really thought 2020 was the WORST, but it came with some good too.
In fact, 2020 has been one of the most transformative years of my life, and it is not even over yet! I have grown so much: professionally and personally. While I was hating everything 2020 stood for, I threw myself into learning, reading, and online classes. I didn’t do any of this because I had to, but because it was fun. I finally had the time to go after things that I would have never made the time for.
I was already doing verre eglomise (reverse glass painting and gilding) prior to this year, but I stepped it up. Way up. I threw myself into my art. I joined the Society of Gilders, I got to meet amazing gilders from across the world. I met other gilding artists who opened my mind to the possibilities of making a real career out of it instead of it just being a hobby. I took classes from an amazing gilder with a long career and lots of experience.
As an artist, I grew and grew and grew. I have learned and expanded my skills beyond where I EVER thought they would go. I have been challenged. I have had failures and massive successes. I did a 12 week creative workshop early in the year that helped me to really take myself seriously. Prior to 2020, I had a lot of self-limiting beliefs when it came to being a “real artist” and my own art.
I read, like, a million books. LOL Many were eye-opening and enriching. Many more were just for fun. I learned a good deal about myself, and interestingly, about my own motivations in life. I kicked back and read about dragons and witches and all the silly sci-fi I could get my hands on. I read self-help and finance books. (Yes, finance….I’m both boring like that sometimes, and we have lofty retirement plans so we have to be smart NOW.) I’m currently learning Microsoft Excel. Ironically, I always said I hated Excel. I figured if 2020 wasn’t something to hate, then maybe Excel isn’t either.
I’m going to need Excel next year. I am planning to officially launch my new website and business in January. I figured that I will wait until after the new year for tax purposes. Excel should come in handy for a business owner. I’m so excited about it. I’m working on making
For the remainder of 2020, I will continue to grow, make art, push boundaries, push myself. I will continue to learn and read and enjoy life. I will continue hating all the things there are to hate about 2020, and I will forever be grateful to have had a 2020 that changed me for the better.
I can’t be the only one who has found the silver lining of 2020. What was good for you this year? Introduce yourself and let me know!