I’ve spent the last couple days laughing at and agreeing with a lot of the “Get thee behind me, Satan” memes and posts about 2020. It was a rough year, more for some than others, but everybody had challenges. Since the retrospective on a bunch of the short-term awfulness that was 2020 has been done to death and we can’t know the long-term awfulness just yet, I thought I’d do something a little different.
Last year brought a lot of good and happy things for me and I thought I’d share those.
First: I can’t begin to tell you how much the hairsticks I’ve started using have changed everything. They work in my hair, stay put, and can look everything from fun to professional. My favorites are the ones made of katalox and I have plans to buy them in ebony, purple heart and an assortment of the G10 colors.
Also, my brother-from-another-mother, he whose children have a very special place in my heart, got married to one of the most awesome women on the planet. I’m still getting to know her kids but they seem pretty cool too and their family makes my heart happy every time I see pictures of them. I got to attend the wedding and it was one of the highlights of my year.
One of the other highlights was attending a Not-a-Con. A smallish gathering of writers in a kinda out of the way place in Texas was something I’d been needing. Conversations that ranged all over the map, storytelling from some men who’ve mastered the art of telling a story to a room of people, sitting outside when the amount of people became to much and some truly amazing thunderstorms was an experience I won’t soon forget.
I won Nano this year! And became a lot more confident in my abilities as a writer and artist. I’ve spent the last few weeks doing some soul searching and I’m fairly certain I’ve got a good path for the next year.
I’ve lost, and kept off, 40 pounds this year. I’ve spent close to a decade bouncing around between losing and regaining the same 15 pounds, and I don’t want to even acknowledge the weight I started at. Safe to say, my total pounds lost is a bit more than 40. But, I ended 2020 on the cusp to another pant size and I’d been at the same weight for the entire month. Yes, even with the over-indulgence in candy and sweets that was December. This is a huge milestone for me and I’m looking forward to continuing my progress in 2021.
Hopefully everybody had a safe and happy new year’s eve and are ready to give 2021 their best shot.