Surviving 2020: I’m Ready To Tell My Story

Year Twenty-Twenty…. where do I Begin?

Like almost everyone in the world, this year has come with it’s share of twists, turns, ups and downs. According to social media if you don’t come out of this year more of a hustler then you wasted the last twelve months. I personally disagree. This year has been unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. A global pandemic, an election fiasco like none other and the list goes on longer than I’d like to remember.

In my small corner of the world, 2020 wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worse either. Before COVID landed stateside, I lost an aunt that was near & dear to me followed by my 1st spiritual father a couple of months later so by the time COVID-19 surfaced I was all but numb to death and pain. I was now working from home full time and slowly slipping into a depression and didn’t know what to do with the isolation from friends and family. Weekly church attendance has always been my safe space when the walls of the world feel like they’re caving in and I didn’t even have that anymore.

So for about six months this was my 2020. Then one day out of nowhere a man from my job asked me for my number when were were in a virtual meeting together and we’ve been getting to know one another ever since. Little did I know that he noticed me a year ago but never said anything. I, on the other hand, didn’t have him on my radar when I saw him…the Lord is funny like that. While I was coping with the curve balls that were being thrown my way via therapy, exercise and the new guy in my life the walls in my one bedroom apartment began to feel a little too small for me and my new puppy. It was that feeling that led me to begin to seriously consider life as a homeowner. Two months or so of virtual window shopping and even a few in person viewings led to me closing on my first home the beginning of December. God really showed out on the deal too because I had no down payment, and walked out of closing with a small check and I even received an unexpected check from an old account I had with a company. While I was stressing over how I was going to buy a refrigerator God was behind the scenes doing that thing He does and working it all out far greater than I could imagine.

Although my year started out rough, God showed me that He is always present and still allowing me to live the abundant life He promised. If I had to describe my year I was title it Beauty For Ashes because that exactly how it played out. I continued doing more internal work within and it opened the door for a new potential love interest which is currently providing no drama, no dysfunctional past or any of the other things in my last relationship that left me emotionally broken and damaged. I was able to safely travel out the country and get my 1st passport stamp to celebrate my 35th birthday. I’m still loving my job and all the benefits that come with it. Most importantly, my sister survived a mild battle with COVID and the rest of my family made it all year without contracting the virus. So instead of speaking about how awful of a year 2020 has been for this country, I will focus on the good and be thankful and grateful for the things God has done and all that He is continuing to do to keep me and those connected to me alive and well.

Cancun Oct 2020

So here’s to 2021…

I embrace it with open arms just like I have every year before it because God is in the driver seat so no matter when comes my way I will come out on the other side victorious.

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