Covid really helped me nail three of those, hah. But with nowhere to go, I didn’t get on the bike nearly as often as I wanted.
So first of all, Kari and I were incredibly fortunate to have steady work, income, and a spacious home and yard during this pandemic. I absolutely feel for everyone that had their pay scaled back or eliminated, or were cooped up in apartments or city spaces without being able to fully enjoy their local amenities.
The only way that I knew how to stay sane in isolation was to be outside and stay as busy as possible on projects, so I started the pandemic with a lot of yard work and small house projects. Then, we eventually realized how much money we'd been saving by not traveling or going out, so we decided to invest in making our home a nicer place to hang out. This turned into some larger projects and many furniture upgrades.
Here are some lists of what we did in 2020.
The year started off great with trips to:
And then our vacation plans transitioned from cities, events, and resorts to cabins and campgrounds.
Gueststhey visited fairly often... and even stayed with us for a bit after the Derecho knocked out power for several days.
We also co-quarantined with Kari's cousins so that they could visit us for a weekend. It was great, but also weird to have strangers in our house again, haha.
Other house projects
We missed a few that we were excited to attend and that sucked.
I went to one. Almost a year ago. And that is a bummer.
Work was wild. It was over the top busy with a bit of drama and became stressful at times. Work-life balance became worse, but it was also steady - so I'm definitely thankful for that.
I spent most of the year building the Venmo Credit Card with a ton of other amazing folks.
After that was done, I got a new job as an Application Architect at Venmo and I'm excited to grow in this position.
Other random stuff
Like everyone else, I had a pretty tough and lonely year, but it was also incredibly productive. I missed my friends and family, but grew much closer to the person that matters the most.
I also learned a strange lesson, and that lesson is that most people in your life, especially your internet life, are expendable. I have literally no problem writing toxic people off now. This is new to me... and it feels awesome.
I'm excited to come out of this pandemic stronger and more comfortable than ever before.
Goals for 2021