2020 in Review

Saturday, December 26, 2020


my husband and I on Christmas Eve

1. What did you do in 2019 that you’d never done before?

Lived through a worldwide pandemic (COVID-19). 

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I adjusted them and yes, I'm writing goals for 2021 for sure. 

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes. My aunt Syl. Because of the pandemic, several people I knew, grew up with and love. Lord, in your mercy, comfort. 

5. What countries did you visit?
Brasil, my dear Brasil after 13 years. 

6. What would you like to have in 2021 that you lacked in 2020?
This was such a crazy year. Honestly, God gave us all we needed by His grace to live and help those around us. I'd like to remember this year and to have more mercy and empathy in 2021.

7. What dates from 2020 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The day I was flying to Rio while the pandemic shut down was unfolding in the US and around the world. I thought about God, His mercy and how I prayed for 13 years to visit my family. I told myself that God was with me. I decided to hold to His unchanging hands. 

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Loving my family and helping them each day.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I lost my temper a lot. 

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I got injured while running my second marathon of 2020 but I finished it. 

11. What was the best thing you bought?
This is not new but my WW membership was worth the investment. 

12. Where did most of your money go?
Giving and debt reduction.

13. What did you get really excited about?
Hanging out with Zeke and the kids for sure. 

14. What song will always remind you of 2020?
Hold to God's Unchanging Hand by James Hall. 

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

• happier or sadder? Very glad in the Lord.
• thinner or fatter? Thinner by almost 15 lbs. 
• richer or poorer? Richer, by God's favor and grace.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Let go of what was (in friendships) and embraced my present blessings.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Getting mad about stuff I can't change with anger.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
My MIL came to spend Christmas with us.

19. What was your favorite TV program?
I'm watching a lot of stuff on BritBox. 

20. What were your favorite books of the year?
How to lead when you're not in charge. I read it before but my mentor mailed me a copy when I needed the most.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

Everything Zeke wrote and arranged for sure.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?
"The boy who harnessed the wind" was good.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
My sister and nephew came to my new hometown to celebrate with me. It was a small, family gathering, which was sweet and awesome. 

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I think everyone can agree with the cure for the world's worst health and societal challenges. 

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2020?
I'd say this year, I invested a lot in accessories and clothes that do not age me. 

26. What kept you sane?
Zeke, our kids, and running.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2019.

God is sovereign. He is in control. I can hold to His unchanging hand. God is just. God has a plan for my life. I only have to trust, obey and do what He is asking of me. 

Previously in this Series
• 2018
• 2017
• 2016
• 2015
• 2014 

• 2013
• 2012
• 2011
• 2010