So this is the fifth year that I’ve done Susannah Conway‘s December Reflections. They are a lovely way to consider what the past year has been and consider what next year can bring. They were some of my first blog posts back in 2017, and they led me to sharing my monthly Photo a Day collections. So as we approach the end of 2020, the year that was not what any of us expected, it is time for more reflection.
Day 1 – Star
My jade plant is really quite elderly, and it now flowers. I noticed on this day that the first flowers of this year had opened, and that they form a five pointed star.
Day 2 – Favourite Hobby
It has been a hobby for a while, and has made appearances in various guises, but I do love wildlife photography. One of the positives of 2020 was that the Walthamstow Wetlands are walking distance from my home, and so I was able to spend a significant amount of time there this year. And so plenty of time to partake in my hobby.
Day 3 – Best day of 2020
I was so fortunate to have the chance to go to the Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibition. I have always found Ancient Egypt fascinating (and all ancient civilisations if I’m honest). The last time there was a big Tutankhamun exhibition in London before I was born, so this was an amazing opportunity for me to see these items.
Day 4 – Red
A fairly typical London sight.
Day 5 – Biggest lesson of 2020
Oh, this is a toughie, and I could think about all the courses that I did undertake online.
But I think that the biggest lesson I am taking from this year is that it’s ok to plan, but things change and that is also OK. That I can have emotions but they pass and that’s OK.
Day 6 – Ornament
It wasn’t quite time to have my Christmas tree up and decorated at this point, but there have been plenty put up elsewhere.
Day 7 – On my wish list
Day 8 – Fave photo of 2020
I spent a lot of time at the Walthamstow Wetlands, enjoying my hobby of wildlife photography and got some photos I’m really proud of, like the dragonfly from 2nd December…
I also love Crested Grebes… So I was delighted to capture this picture of them dancing..
Day 9 – Silver
The silver variegation on the new cyclamen I bought this year.
Day 10 – Warm fuzzies
Cute goslings, being protected by a watchful parent.
Day 11 – ink
I was at work in Stanmore on this day, and so the only ink was a pen, as I started the Find Your Word for 2021 that Susannah Conway runs each year (what I chose will be revealed below).
Day 12 – Best decision in 2020
It wasn’t really a year for many decisions really, so a tricky prompt. However, from the start of the first Lockdown in the UK in March, I decided that I was going to use my daily exercise opportunity to get out of the house and into nature. Initially it was a walk to the Walthamstow Wetlands, then changed to alternating jogging (my Couch-to-5k journey which I wrote about here and here).
I also, at least initially, decided to take many online learning opportunities, so taking part in webinars that covered topics regarding pain, common ailments, and observing cadaver dissections (I know, it’s a fascinating part of my job). I also took some new courses in TMJTherapy® and SMFRTherapy (which had the final practical assessment on the same day as this prompt.)
Day 13 – Reindeer
This little guy came out to play on the day of this prompt.
Day 14 – Mask selfie
Day 15 – Difficult day in 2020
Day 16 – Plant love
Day 17 – Things I missed
Day 18 – I said hello to…
PPE for all client treatments and not just the intraoral stuff, which was the case prior to March 2020.
I also said hello to longer hair, the initial lockdown allowed me to grow out my hair and this is the longest it’s been for about 20 years and different to the caesar style it’s been throughout that time.
Day 19 – I said goodbye to…
Day 20 – Best book of 2020
- The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse by Charlie Mackery
- Frontline heroes by MJ Hiblen (including the iconic image of a nurse giving Covid the finger)
Day 21 – Comfort
Is what many people are craving, especially the comfort of a (safe) touch and physical contact. It is what I hope I help my clients achieve as an Integrated Myofascial Therapist, Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, and Yoga Teacher (amongst many other things)
Day 22 – Sparkling
Christmans decorations, and the lights reflecting in the windows.
Day 23 – New recipe
Lebkuchen, some new biscuits and a new biscuit cutter.
Althought to be honest, I feel like the final outcome were less Christmas angels and more Ghosts of Christmas Present.
Day 24 – One year ago
I was ready for Christmas, but spending it at my parents’ house.
Day 25 – Love is…
Something I’m fortunate to have around me in my Significant Other, my family and friends. I would like to send love out into the world to everyone who needs it
Day 26 – Slippers
I do like a pair of slippers in the winter.
Day 27 – 2020 taught me
2020 taught me… Many things… that technology and the opportunities for distance learning is both blessing and curse (I am a bit over online learning, but I managed to learn so many things via Webinars), that with practice my wildlife photography has really helped, and that I am increasingly comfortable in front I’d a camera…
Day 28 – An intention for 2021
Is to keep going and surviving, and trying to enjoy each day…
Day 29 – Hope for the world
I hope that rather than fear and hatred spreading around the world that love and understanding is shared with each other…
Day 30 – Thank you for…
Day 31 – My word for 2021…
After a year of POWER in 2017, I needed the integration of WEAVE in 2018 (not that I completely enjoyed the process) and I enjoyed the FLOURISH of 2019, some of which has crept up on me, 2020 was STRENGTH (supported with Inspire, Explore and Space) and that really was something I needed to lean into.
So that’s the month of December Reflections for 2020. I hope you like them and if you want to join in next year than I suggest following Susannah Conway on Facebook or Instagram and see what other wonderful things she does. I particularly enjoyed her Photography course and her blogging course.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and I hope I’ve not shared too much information with you.
UPCOMING IN 2021
Not entirely sure, but do keep an eye out.