December 31st, I grabbed my camera and ran out the door. I snapped a few photos, said, “2020 is my year, goodbye 2019.”
And honestly thought that shit was true. I wrong. We all were.
2020 started off really well in the beginning, until I gave the year like a month or two.
I was seeing a therapist, having fun with friends, I had a job I actually liked and I was talking to somebody.
And then it all came to a screeching halt. March was the start of a world wide lockdown.
A world wide pandemic had taken over mine and everyone else’s lives.
Plans were canceled, trips were postponed until further notice and people were causing chaos.
My home town was put on lockdown until early October. It was really nice having the whole entire island to ourselves, but businesses shut down, closed and couldn’t stay open due to nobody being able to go out in public.
We were demanded to stay in doors for months on end, but eventually we could leave the house, but in order to do so we had to start wearing masks, gloves and tons of hand sanitizers to keep us safe from COVID.
My family and I only left the house to go get necessities and groceries.
Everyone thought that this whole mess would be over in a month or two, but we were all wrong.
During a wold wide lockdown Gorge Floyd and Breonna Taylor were murdered by the police. And the Black Lives Matter movement began.
Months and months people marched and caused rioted for the world to hear what had happened.
Meanwhile here I was trying my hardest to stay productive with writing, facetime coffee dates, photography, chores, walking my dogs, Netflix and whatnot, but it started getting repetitive and boring.
Unfortunately on May 8th my whole world came cashing down. My fur baby Bella passed away and that has been a huge weight on my heart ever since. I am still emotional telling you about it.
My business, Capture Maui Photography had to remain closed the whole year. And I couldn’t work with people, but thankfully everyone was understanding. I made a few photograph sales and sold a good amount of prints for peoples homes and offices!
My blog, The Social Media Blonde got a lot of attention the first few months of the year, but I slowly trickled away from it due to not being motivated or having any collaboration/product reviews to share with my followers. When I did write something I would post it and got wonderful feed back.
I worked with a good amount of businesses on collaborations and product reviews, so that was a lot of fun getting creative with the items I was gifted and shared them with my followers!
I think one of my most favorite things about this year is that I pushed myself to start sharing and opening up more about my anxiety and life with living with mental health on Social Media. I found myself digging deeper then ever before and pulled feelings out that I never thought I could and wrote it all down. I am really proud of myself right there. I can’t believe how many people I have connected with, helped and been able to share my writing with and telling my truth about anxiety.
This year I learned a lot about self love and that it is not selfish and it is okay to take time to yourself. Taking time to yourself is important and learning about what you need in life is the best feeling in the world. I am still working on it, but trust me it is an incredibly satisfying feeling.
I found myself on most days running on an extra low battery and sleeping a lot. I take a lot of naps all the time to recharge myself, otherwise I can’t function as a human being. I sleep more often then a normal person. I often try and find ways to push through the days, but sometimes sleep is more important to me then my chores, showering or hanging out with family and friends.
Eventually after months of being stuck indoors I finally got to spend time with friends again. We would go to the beach, have picnics and go for drives together. Yes, before you ask, we of course we were all 6 feet apart and wore masks for our safety.
My friend Abbie and I became really close and spent a lot of time together going on photography adventures, to the beach, edit dates and going to Target.
My best friend Dani who lives in Ohio and I did a photo shoot through facetime and that was so much fun! We had a blast. We also had many many many facetime dates and she even joined my family and I for the first night of Hanukkah this year! So awesome what technology can do these days!
Speaking of video chatting, my family on the east coast and west coast along with my parents and myself we all Zoomed this year and it was really enjoyable to see each and every one of my family members at the same time over webcam.
This year was the worst year, Not just for myself, but for every single human in this world.
In 2021 I hope that things get better, a cure is found and people can go back to living their lives safely.
I am going to fight for 2021 to be the best year of my life. I am going to continue to focus on myself, my mental health and physical health.
I want to thank all of my friends, family and followers for supporting me in 2020! I can’t wait to see where my life takes me in 2021! Hopefully this new year will bring me new goals, friendships, visions, experiences and much more!
Happy New Years! See you in 2021!