2020 and the Second Half

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So we’re way into the second half of 2020. Let’s be serious, did ANYONE forecast what a crazy, crazy year this would be? The Covid-19 pandemic, killer hornets, Australia burned, protests all over the country….I’ll stop here because that’s enough craziness to prove my point.

Covid-19 Update 

I think it’s safe to say that COVID-19 alone has changed life as we know it for nearly everyone. Even if you or your family and friends have been fortunate enough to avoid contracting the illness, there have been disruptions to our normal life routines. Masks are required in public places for the majority of us. Major events have been cancelled or postponed for the first time. Homeschooling or distance learning has become a common occurrence for many from kindergarten to the college level. Many people are now working from home for the first time, as well.

My family was fortunate to go through this financially unscathed. My office scrambled to adjust working hours for several months so that we were limiting contact with each other. The altered work schedule definitely put me behind but I didn’t lose any income thankfully. Michael was able to turn a cancelled internship into a part-time job that became a full-time position. Nick was laid off briefly but able to collect unemployment. I’m thankful for this since I know many have not been as lucky as we were.

2020 Update 

I was amused and a little jealous of all the Facebook posts where people bragged about all the things they got done during their new-found free time. People were reading dozens of books, completing 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzles, renovating their houses, etc.

I was NOT one of those people.

In fact, in reviewing my 2020 Resolutions, I’ve decided I need to get busy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m on track in a few areas. I’m ahead on my reading schedule, I’ve submitted a couple of pieces or writing, and my emergency fund is technically where it should be. 

Exercise

My exercise goal has gone by the wayside. Covid-19 closed my gym for a few months and then my nose surgery and then a procedure on my finger… it’s been a lazy year. My gym has opened back up though and I think I am healed enough on both injury fronts to get back in there.

Financial Stuff

Money is a little bit disappointing (as always). 2019 was the year of car repairs. 2020 is the year of medical bills. Generally I only have to worry about meeting Michael’s out of pocket expenses. This year we’re most likely going to meet the family out of pocket expenses due to my surgery. Between the outrageous premiums I pay to have the kids on my insurance plan and meeting the out of pocket costs, it’s been another rough year. Health insurance just has to change in the U.S….that’s all I have to say about that. (And don’t bother to put political comments on here because they’ll be deleted).

Writing

I’m most disappointed in my blog posting though. I set a goal of 4 posts a month. We’re headed into the second week of August and I only have 13 posts for the year. Got to step that up. I have been working on my blogging course though. I’m also working on a product that I’m going to sell via my blog that’s taken up quite a bit of time. I just need to buckle down and focus on juggling my blog posts and the product creation at night and on the weekends.

Keep on Moving Forward

I like to take the time to review my goals periodically through out the year. It’s easy to either get busy (Me-often) or even to get into a rut (also me!) and lose focus of your goals. There’s still plenty of year left to refocus on what you want to accomplish.

What about you? Was there anything you wanted to accomplish this year? How are you doing with that? Let me know in the comments.

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