REVIEW OF YEAR 27

The people, places, and pleasant pastries that defined my year

Year 27 highlights:

1 | 30 pounds weight loss

2 | exploring Detroit

3 | Traverse City for Kyle’s birthday

4 | solo half marathon

5 | COVID19 vaccination

6 | 7 years with Kyle

7 | BFF’s wedding in Presque Isle, Michigan

8 | longest run of 10 miles

9 | quitting my job to travel for 3 months

10 | car camping in Brighton, Michigan

Until next time, Meryn


2020 IN REVIEW: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

The year 2020 was a lot of things:
unexpected, transformative, eye-opening

I had no idea that I would:

Start a blog and publish 50 blogposts

Read 56 books and start a bookstagram

Complete a whole30

Run a half marathon

Lose 30 pounds

Start trading in the stock market

Negotiate a $2 raise in a global pandemic

Amass a six figure net worth

And grow closer in my relationship with my partner

But also:

Lose 13 patients, so unnecessarily

Sob uncontrollably at work

Mourn and grieve those I never had the chance to offer a goodbye

Put my patient’s health and well being ahead of my social life

Become a telehealth physical therapist

And as a society we didn’t expect to:

Lose some 400,000 American lives to the cornavirus

Bear witness to horrific events of racism in this country

Mourn the losses of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and hundreds more

Watch our nationals capitol be stormed and defaced at the hand of white supremacist, Trump supporters

But there was some good:

Bread baking, puzzle building, reading, working out at home, playing board and card games

Carbon dioxide emissions declined

Shelter intake was down 24% compared to last year due to the increase in pet adoptions

NASA launched an advanced rover to Mars and landed a spacecraft on an asteroid

A SpaceX rocket sent American astronauts to the International Space Station

Mass production and distribution of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID19 vaccine

Record number of Americans turned out to vote in our national election, despite the pandemic – best voter turn out in 120 years

Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris

Resources:

1 | 18 Actually Good Things That Happened in 2020
Huffpost article linked here

2 | 20 good things that happened in 2020
The Washington Post article linked here

3 | 50 positive things that happened in 2020 (so far)
The Columbus Dispatch article linked here

4 | Good news in 2020? Yes, it’s true! Here are 100 positive things that happened this year
USA article linked here

5 | It wasn’t all bad: Here are 20 good things that happened in 2020
Fox29 article linked here

6 | These are the hobbies everyone has picked up during COVID-19 outbreak
The Ladders article linked here

Until tomorrow, Meryn


2020 ONE LITTLE WORD — END-YEAR UPDATE

A quick recap on what One Little Word is by creator, Allie Edward: “a word to focus on, to live with, to investigate, to write about, to craft with, and to reflect upon as I go about my daily life. These words have each become a part of my life in one way or another—a process I document via simple creative monthly prompts from January to December.”

To read my OLW introduction, click here, and to re-visit my mid-year update, click here

End-Year Update

1.
meryn made blog

Status: GOAL MET
I crushed this goal, if I do say so myself. Since it’s inception at the end of March, I’ve posted 50 blogposts in total in 2020, which just boggles my mind. My plan was to write about art, creativity, inspiration, physical therapy, and health and wellness. But, plot twist, what I’ve posted the most about is books and reading – so unexpected!

2.
Happy Planner daily fitness planner
Happy Planner daily journal

Status: PARTIALLY MET
Sitting undistributed and unopened for months, I blew off the dust and cracked open my fitness planner to see that I haven’t written in it since August 30th. That’s not to say I gave up on fitness in the second half of the year – quite the opposite, actually. As the summer days turned to fall and the cooler weather set in, I found myself wanting to run outside more, compared to exercising at home in our living room. Running became a very real form of therapy for me in October when COVID was running rampant in my nursing homes, taking the lives of so many. As a result, I stopped writing and reflecting in my fitness journal completely. I did continue to track my weight and measurements in my excel spreadsheet and the FitBit app through October 1st. But after I ran my quarantine half marathon on Halloween, I took the first 3 weeks of November off all exercise.

In a similar way, I kept up with weekly decorative planning in my happy planner through September, but fell off in October when COVID struck at work and never got back to creative daily planning. I continued to utilize my planner for planning, obviously, but it was pen and highlighter only.

3.
Card/invitation ring book
Beer stickers pocket pages
Travel stickers pocket pages

Status: NOT MET, NO PROGRESS
Yeah, I just never got around to any of these, but at least have an idea of the barriers limiting my progress, I think.

In regards to the card/invitation ring book, the hold up in my head is that I think everything that I need to complete this project is scattered all over the place, in various boxes both here in our apartment and back home. Which really shouldn’t be a barrier, I just haven’t prioritized this project.

I feel the same about the beer and sticker pocket pages as I did during the mid-year update – I just don’t want to invest time, energy, and money into a project when I can’t be certain myself or anyone else will actually look at it. Kyle and I did go through some of the beer stickers and turned them into magnets for our small beer fridge in our wet bar, so some of the (duplicate) stickers are on display.

4.
One Line a Day (OLAD) journal

Status: GOAL MET
I definitely met this goal and my OLAD is one of my favorite things I worked on this year. I started this journal thinking it would be so interesting to track the first 5 years of this new decade. Little did I know on January 1st, 2020, that this year would be simultaneously the best and worst, most transformative year of my life. And I have daily entries highlighting it all, for better or for worse!

I will say that I didn’t keep up with my daily entries like I would have hoped. In the last quarter of the year, there were times when I got 10-14 days behind and had to go back through my daily planner, camera photo roll, Instagram, and Twitter to fill in the one line prompt, but we made it work.

5.
Letterfolk passport update
2018 South Dakota/Wyoming road trip Mixbook
2019 Denver, Colorado trip vacation Mixbook
2020 Breckenridge ski vacation Mixbook

Status: NOT MET, NO PROGRESS
Yeah, literally no progress made on creating photobooks of the last few vacations I’ve taken. While I love the idea of having these memories and pictures in a physical, bound book, I rarely look at the one I made in 2018 for my trip to Europe. Maybe when Kyle and I have our own home and a proper place to store and display these books, I’ll feel more inclined and inspired to revisit this project.

Also never cracked open any of my Letterfolk passports, which could be due in part to little to no traveling this year. Honestly I never thought of them at all this year, out of sight out of mind I suppose.

Until tomorrow, Meryn


REVIEW OF YEAR 26 IN 26

Ahead of my birthday this week, I wanted to put together a post reviewing the past year of my life – year 26. This time next year, it’ll be interesting to see what year 27 looked like given its start during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

JULY 2019

DENVER, COLORADO

JULY 2019

GRAND LAKE, ALPENA, MICHIGAN

AUGUST 2019

TOLEDO, OHIO

AUGUST 2019

AFTER WORK SURPRISE

SEPTEMBER 2019

TOLEDO, OHIO MOMENTUM

SEPTEMBER 2019

TOLEDO, OHIO MOMENTUM

SEPTEMBER 2019

TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART

SEPTEMBER 2019

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN

OCTOBER 2019

PACKING TO MOVE TO HOLLAND

NOVEMBER 2019

BROWNS BACKER BAR CANTON, MICHIGAN

NOVEMBER 2019

DETROIT RED WINGS GAME

DECEMBER 2019

OUR FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE

DECEMBER 2019

APARTMENT GALLERY WALL

DECEMBER 2019

BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO

FEBRUARY 2020

BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO

FEBRUARY 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

MARCH 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

MARCH 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

APRIL 2020

SPRING BLOOMS

MAY 2020

SPRING PATIO ENJOYMENT

MAY 2020

STRING OF PEARLS MARGARITA

MAY 2020

WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY

JUNE 2020

USS SILVERSIDES, MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN

JUNE 2020

NORTON SHORES, MICHIGAN

JUNE 2020

HOLLAND, MICHIGAN

JUNE 2020

Until tomorrow, Meryn