I’ve always been someone who casually disregards the symbolic celebrations of a new year. Mostly because I felt so comfortable and safe in my little bubble that was my life pre-pandemic. But this time around, I think I finally understand why people look forward to the new start and feelings of hopefulness that a brand new year can bring.

2020 was a really bad year for almost everyone. It luckily didn’t affect me as bad as I know it did most because I thankfully still have a roof over my head and food on the table. But the mental toll it took on me, my friends and my family was rough.

All of my plans and hopes for 2020 were thrown out the window. Opportunities I had before the first lockdown happened I can probably never get back. Dealing with that has been tough but I‘m mostly over it now.

Now that 2021 is here, I do feel a sense of hope. With the vaccines already here and a new president only weeks away from taking office, I feel a bit more relaxed that some form of normalcy will be attainable fairly soon.

Also the fact that last minute I opted to not do another Daily 365 challenge this year has me feeling more hopeful that I can get my personal work and projects in order so that I can start turning a profit. The past few months of having all the time in the world to dedicate to working on my own work has been something I’ve always dreamed of being able to do. Only problem is that I don’t exactly make enough money from my stuff yet to live off of.

But with all the ground work I laid out over the last few months I feel like I’m at a turning point where I am close to finally cracking the code to making a living off of my personal work.

That being said, my hope for 2021 is that I can make a come back in regards to my personal life and career that the early 2020 version of myself thought was only a dream. I also hope that people take all they’ve learned about themselves over the past year and apply it to improving themselves and their loved ones.