2020 Reflections

Biking on a dirty road

Before the slew of 2021 resolutions start, I want to jump in here and chat about perspective.

For a lot of us, 2020 has been a bust. It’s really easy to focus on what we didn’t accomplish this year. I don’t think there’s anyone that accomplished their original 2020 goals.

I didn’t rebuild my teaching studio after moving cross country last year.

I didn’t have any orchestra gigs.

No 2020 weddings.

Heck, I didn’t even finish learning the rep I started for @harpcolumn’s 2020 January practice challenge. (The rep wasn’t even that difficult!).

I had setbacks, even apart from covid. I had a baby. I had severe tendonitis for the majority of the year and could barely practice.

If you look at it this way, then yeah, 2020 looks like a colossal failure.

But what if you focus on what you did accomplish? What if your 2020 successes are less traditional? For me, that looked like…

...starting a business I’d been dreaming about doing for years

...collaborating with composers across the world (not just in my region)

...reviving my YouTube channel and tripling my subscriber base

...focusing on learning specific business skills (rather than locking myself into a strict program)

...juggling motherhood while still carving out time for my personal goals

...biking 1k outdoor miles in a year for the first time (despite trying unsuccessfully for the last few years!)

None of this was on my radar at the beginning of 2020. Failure? I don’t think so. I’m actually thrilled with where I am at now and how I can continue these successes in 2021.

I know it’s been a difficult year, but I’d like to challenge you to focus on your wins. I’d love to hear what you accomplished in 2020! Bonus points if they weren’t even on your radar last January!

Photo from the bike ride where I crossed the 1k mile mark. It was a muddy ride!

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