What a year 2020 has been. This time last year I was sitting on my parents-in-law’s sofa reading Your Own Kind of Girl and optimistically writing down goals for the coming decade – blissfully ignorant of what 2020 had in store for us all.
Compared to many of you, I know that I have been relatively un-impacted by COVID-19. I feel so grateful and privileged for this, and my heart goes out to everyone who has been directly affected by the difficult events of the past twelve months.
Although it has been a challenging year, it has not been without its silver linings and I’ve learned a lot. 2020 has taught me to value, and not take for granted, the small joys in life and the important things – community, connection, and relationships. It has taught me to embrace uncertainty and the inadvertent gifts of change. Without COVID-19 I would never have had the time to start this blog or to meet this beautiful and inspiring community.
So I want to wish you the very best new year. I hope that for every one of you 2021 is a year of hope, love and limitless dreams.
“I thought 2020 would be the year that I got everything I wanted. Now I know 2020 is the year I appreciate everything I have” – Melody Godfred (@fredandfar). Such a beautiful and accurate summary of this year.
I found this article about a recent discovery at Pompeii fascinating. Who knew that even the Roman Empire had “fast food” courts (or the “thermopolium” as it was called back then)?
Before Sunrise would have to be one of the best films I’ve seen this year. It’s an old film, but a beautiful, meandering story of two students who meet on a train and decide to spend a night wandering Vienna together. It’s a romance but it’s also a story of two people trying to make sense of their place in the world. It also has two sequels, each made 9 years on, Before Sunset and Before Midnight. My father tells me I should wait some time before watching the sequels until my life catches up with theirs!
While I haven’t been the most avid reader this year, Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch (an Australian singer songwriter) was definitely one of my favourites. Technically, I received this book for Christmas 2019, but I finished it in January 2020, so I think that still counts, doesn’t it? As a singer and songwriter myself I could resonate with Clare’s journey in many respects and it was a heart warming and heart aching story of her finding her footing in love and life.
One of my main goals for 2020 was to create a more intentional and sustainable wardrobe. I wanted to create a wardrobe that felt like me, made dressing easy and which would reflect my values. At the time I had no intention to start a blog – which began later as a COVID-19 lockdown project. However, when I did, it was important to me that my blog space reflected this journey. It is very much a work in progress – one which I intend to refine going into 2021. On reflection, I think I’ve made a good start on this goal. I’ve been very intentional about purchases and have prioritised well-made clothes, good fit and good quality fabrics. I’ve also been guided by the principle of whether I’ll wear something at least 30 times (hopefully more) when purchasing something. I’ve bought a lot of clothes from our local op shop and I’ve been educating myself more about these issues. One area I really want to improve on next year is buying most of my new clothes (as opposed to the ones I buy pre-loved) from sustainable brands – an aspect which I’ve found challenging because I really like to try on clothes before purchasing them and a lot of sustainable brands are online. However, this is something I’m keen to work on in the next year.
I’m always inspired by the many talented people in my life, one of which is my long time friend Alina Michielsen – a talented artist. It’s always so special to connect with other creatives and to hear about what inspires their works and we always have the best conversations about creativity. You can check out Alina’s beautiful and vibrant work here.
Cook and Connect
Rob and I were gifted Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipe book Plenty for Christmas. As I talk about here, I’m a big fan of his recipes and we already have his books Jerusalem and Simple. I can’t wait to add this one to our collection – particularly as we have been trying to incorporate more vegetarian meals into our life and this one is full of delicious vegetable dishes.
A few days ago, Rob and I sat down and discussed our goals, hopes and dreams for 2021. I’ve never been one for setting a specific new year’s resolution but I do like thinking about goals I’d like to achieve and it was special to take some time to discuss the things we hoped to achieve individually, and as a couple, in the coming year and beyond.
I’d love to hear what have you learned or taken away from 2020? What are you most looking forward for 2021? Have you set any specific goals or intentions for this coming year?