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Reflecting on the Year of "Improvement"

Here it is, the final week of a year that has changed and challenged so many. I know a lot of people have been waiting for this since the whole pandemic began, as if a New Year brings new hope for the future and new energy to tackle whatever comes our way in 2021. We all know deep down inside, however, that another new year is just that – a new year. There’s no magic fairy dust that gets sprinkled on us where we wake up on January 1 and suddenly everything is different, as much as we might like that to be the case (sorry if I just burst your bubble).


With all of that being said though, it does feel good to do a little reflection on what the year that will soon be behind us has brought and taught, and do a little intention-setting for the year to come.


It’s quite possible that I fit into the minority when I say…gulp…that 2020 was actually a pretty good year! Hopefully I didn’t just lose most of the audience reading this by saying that, but I can’t deny that a lot of awesome things came my way this year, both personally and professionally.


When I think of one word that encapsulates all that 2020 was for me, the word I think of is “improvement.” The focus for me this year was all about improving everything I have going on in my life – from business to personal, from home to office. I spent a lot of time and money this year improving everything around me. Perhaps this was my subconscious coping mechanism to get through the things I couldn’t control (because we all know there was plenty of that in 2020). Either way, the focus on improvement made 2020 a pretty damn good year, despite the challenges we all undeniably faced. There’s this old adage that says what we focus on expands, and I have to say that the focus on improvement led to a lot of it in all aspects of my life. Here’s a short list of some of those improvements.


Home

  • Remodelled our ensuite so that’s it’s functional (it’s not finished, but it’s functional)

  • Made huge strides on getting my kitchen finished after a 2 year hiatus – we got the right side pantry cabinets put in, the upper cabinets on the left side put up, replaced the OTR microwave that crapped out this summer, replaced the dishwasher that was too tall, got all the new flooring installed and I scored big on a second hand solid wood & granite island that I refinished to be a pop of colour.

  • We ripped out our deck and 1980s aluminum pool – this was a big feat. We bought a new pool in its place, planted grass seed and I look forward to planting some gardens next summer that didn’t quite get done this year in that extra space.

  • I painted our front door to add some curb appeal to our home, we replaced the rusted out and broken front light, the rusted out numbers and our rusted out mailbox (see a trend here?) I also replaced the old gold looking door handle & touch entry system. These projects were super easy, it made me wonder why I didn’t do this years before.

  • Yesterday I found myself repainting our entry way to the home to match the kitchen so there’s some good flow with the new flooring & baseboards.

  • We also replaced the basement windows at our rental.


Office

  • I moved into a kick ass new office that I’m absolutely in love with. It took a lot of work to make it feel like a second home including – painting every wall & every door, installing new flooring in the two offices, ripping out what used to be a makeshift closet and installing a countertop, sink and mini fridge so we have a kitchenette – and then fixing the flooring in there too. Did I mention ripping out the sink that was just in the middle of the conference room?

  • I got all the signage put up this summer and it looks great!