The Gifts of 2020




In all the chaos, stress and heartbreak of 2020, this year has brought me some big gifts.


It turns out that being forced to stay home almost all year makes you stare a lot of things in the face.


I have felt for much of 2020 that when the world starts zigging, I want to zag. I have felt isolated and alone because of this sometimes, as I imagine a lot of us have. But I think it’s all happened for a reason. And it’s brought me back to myself in so many challenging but amazing ways.


While I deeply miss seeing my family and friends and can’t wait to return to “normal” life, this year has forced me to come home to myself on an even deeper level.


Getting to this deeper level has meant:


  • Trusting my desires

  • Trusting myself + the universe / my higher purpose.

  • Feeling grounded in who I am and what I want to create. (Not what anyone else or society tells me to be)

  • Being willing to ask for help when I need it.

  • Being okay with being disliked if that means liking myself.

  • Embracing my own sense of beauty.

  • Releasing expectations and creating better boundaries.

  • Trusting that I have what it takes to create the life I want.

  • Creating an environment everywhere in my life (including my home) that supports my unique self, vision and sense of beauty.


I’ve taken stock of my home lately and feel a need to purge. It’s time to let go of the things that represented the person I used to be.


I feel deeply that a page is turning as we transition from 2020 to 2021.


I am bubbling with new things to share in 2021 and how to harmonize your environment with yourself, so that you can feel that sense of homecoming and belonging right where you are.


And, I can’t wait to share them with you.


Tell me, what gifts has 2020 brought you? And what does coming home to yourself mean?


However this year has turned out for you, my hope is that you have gained some gifts, even through the most challenging times.


See you in 2021.




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