2020 Mid-Year Check-In

Well I’m sure back in January no one was prepared for what is currently happening in the world. I for one, was setting goals for myself with the mindset that it was going to be a normal year. I was hoping to do so many things that have unfortunately been put on hold BUT I’m still working through a few of my goals, hoping to still achieve some of them this year.

“2020 is going to be filled with a lot of great things.” Boy was I off on that one. But not 100% off. There were and hopefully still will be a few greats this year.

It’s hard to believe we are over half way through 2020 (I meant to write this post back at the end of June, but “I’ve been busy” is sort of an understatement). It seems like it was forever ago that I was volunteering with the high school ski team which ended up being another great season. The only down side was that our end-of-year banquet was cancelled just days before it was planned because of COVID-19. The banquet is usually one of my favorite parts about being a part of the team because we get to show all the athletes how much they’ve done throughout the year and show how proud we are as their coaches. Volunteering has been so much fun the last two years but I’ve decided I won’t be volunteering next year. It’s a large time commitment for a volunteer position and I don’t intend on being in the area so the end of this year was even more upsetting considering I didn’t get to properly say goodbye.

Of course there are many more things to be upset about, like my work travel plans. I got one trip in before my company put all travel on hold. I was able to go to Park City with my boss and I had an absolute blast, which you can read more about here.

Traveling and generally going on adventures has been challenging in some aspects. I wanted to do weekend trips to some of my favorite places near by but the thought of traveling anywhere besides into nature is frightening. So on the other end, camping is still an option. Albeit with some challenges of its own. Because travelling somewhere far away via plane and staying in hotels isn’t as popular as it usually is for the summer months, camping is booming in the mountains. It is a great way to socially distance, but sometimes I want to enjoy my own little oasis up here without worrying about someone taking my favorite dispersed camping spot.

But besides being a little frustrated with the amount of people flocking to my hometown to enjoy the outdoors, I am trying my best to accomplish my goal of being outdoors at least one hour once a week. In the winter months I was skiing a few hours each week, either downhill or cross country, until resorts were closed down. After the resorts closed and spring began, it was harder to get motivated to go outside for any reason. The weather was certainly not ideal and everyone had begun the stay-at-home, don’t leave except for essential business only practices, so for a few weeks this spring I didn’t uphold the goal of getting outside.

With regulations being lifted and getting back into the office I was able to get out more. A coworker of mine asked me to join him for his daily walks which I was eager to say yes to. So, I get out for 45 minutes, three times a week just for our walks which is helping me keep sane while in the office as well. In addition to the walks, I’ve been trying to get out on the weekends for your typical summer activities. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as I was hoping it would be. I’ve been working a second job as well as working a few Saturdays for my full-time job so my free time has not been as abundant as I wanted it to be. I’m hoping as summer dwindles and people begin to stay home again, I’ll be able to enjoy a few of my favorite hiking trails without running into a million tourists.

As for some of my other goals, I’m making progress on some and accepting that others most likely won’t be achieved this year.

Blogging hasn’t been something I’m able to do as much just because of the lack of free time but I’m still on the way to achieving 20 posts. Excluding book reviews, I have been able to write 12 posts, 13 if you include this one. I really enjoy writing and expressing my creativity through this blog and I hope to write more as the year goes on. Reading 20 books has also been a goal I’m proud to say is well on track. I’ve read 18 already so I’m increasing my Goodreads goal to 25 books and will be writing reviews for some soon, so stay tuned.

The goal of taking more photos has unfortunately been one that isn’t going well. I love taking pictures and hope to get out to take some before the year is over. I had hoped to take more photos on my work trips and a bunch during my family’s cruise vacation, which has been cancelled of course. Thankfully, we will still be doing some sort of vacation, whether it’s a staycation at home together or camping nearby.

An upside to these past few months being far from normal is that we have been able to spend a lot of time as a family. I have my mom and her partner watching Game of Thrones and we’ve done a lot of work around the house. Even though I love spending time with them, it has been a bit challenging as well. I would really enjoy having a space all my own to furnish and decorate however I want but with the current climate, I’m not getting my hopes up. I am saving a lot which will help tremendously when the time is right which is the goal I’m the most happy about.

If I learn anything from this whole experience I hope that it is to find the light in dark situations. With many things in life being uncertain at the moment, I can only hope to work through my current goals and create more as I grow. Even though this year is more than halfway over, I’m happy with the progress I’ve made thus far and look forward to telling you all about the achievement of these goals when 2021 is rung in.

I hope you all are working towards and accomplishing your 2020 goals and staying positive.

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