Happy new year, everyone. I am writing this post from my perspective (not both Lauren’s and my perspectives)
For me, 2020 was a year of personal growth.
I had a difficult early start to the year. Mike, our friend and coworker, passed away from suicide. I also had a lot of changes in my team at work. These two events hit me extremely hard. I felt so sad in January and February.
Even though it was a rough time, I knew the sadness would pass eventually. I started therapy in February and learned about how to better interpret and cope with my grief. I also learned a bit more about how I got through past grief. Grief is not linear and, frankly, super weird. In the summer, my coworker Andi passed away in a mountain accident. That was also sh*tty.
It wasn’t an easy couple of months. I had so many crazy dreams, way more anxiety than normal and one major panic attack. But I slowly learned how to communicate my feelings better to everyone around me. I realized how dang lucky I am to have a huge support network here out west. Thanks for always listening to us.
When the pandemic hit, I already had my support network set up. This helped enormously with my transition to working from home, my new job as a manager, Lauren’s lack of work etc etc. Working on my support network was not intentional – it’s just how life happened. But I feel very fortunate about the timing.
All the challenges I have faced since March have not seemed as bad as earlier in the year. I think I have been on the way back up since Mike’s death. I feel very privileged to have had an ok time with the pandemic so far. I recognize that others have had an extremely tough year.
The rest of the year has passed by in a blur, with some downs, but mostly ups. Here goes:
- We bought mountain bikes in April and have had a ton of fun exploring a new sport
- I had two minor bike-related injuries, oops (stitches and a dislocated pinky)
- Lauren didn’t work from March-August, but he had a ton of time to run and bike
- My work bumped us down to four days a week for the summer, so I had more time to bike
- We cancelled all our trips, but that meant we had enough money to enjoy our time off
- I stopped commuting which means I can sleep more, but I miss walking around between meetings
- We have still been able to see our friends quite a bit in the Squamish outdoors
- We played a ton of internet board games with Kat and Scott
- 10 of our friends moved from the city to Squamish!!
- I travelled to Munich in January and met up with Natasha in Amsterdam
- Lauren went on a skip trip to Rogers Pass in February and had epic conditions
- Lauren finished his Machinist Level 2 course
- We both go to cat skiing with work
- Lauren ran across the Garibaldi Neve in one day (45 km)
- We finally decoratedish our apartment
When our restrictions were lower, we were able to travel quite a bit in BC. We spent 2.5 weeks on Vancouver Island, mostly with my university friend Daniel. We went biking, went whale watching, went hiking, almost drowned while tubing down a river (sorry dad), drank many beach beers, and got two flat tires in the middle of nowhere. Daniel also took us in a Cessna and I got to ride in the front seat! We also met up with our friend Jane in Alert Bay. I cried when the trip was over.
There were many food highlights this year. Kevin made a tomahawk wagyu steak. He also taught me how to make rolled omelets. We grew a lot of potatoes and ate a lot of curry (Japanese-style, chickpea masala, sweet potato coconut etc). We ate Korean food every time we went to the city. Yesterday, I made siu mai!
I’ve applied for an online, part-time master’s program which I hope to start in June 2021. I hope I can finish and run the Negotiations course I am creating before that starts. I am also working on my cardio and bike fitness so I can ride up Lord of the Squirrels or through the Chilcotins this summer.
Ok this post is getting mighty long, but here are the lists that Kat and I always include:
- Good Books: Lab Girl, Search Inside Yourself, Leading Change, Worry Free Money
- Fun Board Games: Tiny Towns, Takenoko, I’m the Boss, Camel Up