Hey guys! As the title suggests, I like doing a year review, but this year will be hugely bogged down by the obvious. Unfortunately, not a lot happened. But that’s just how 2020 has been…
I mean, I had to fix my computer at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, so that should sum the entire year up. However, things were pretty good for the beginning. We thought that COVID would behave like Swine Flu or Bird Flu pandemics before and just fizzle out. But sadly that didn’t happen.
I think I’ve only been out of town three times since the beginning of the year. The first was a trip to Lincoln with friends for a Minccino Research Day. The second was my birthday trip to Doncaster. The third was a safe outing for Connor’s birthday to go to an out-of-town ice cream parlour.
With this in mind, I have had to stray away from travel-based content, except for some story-times which I’m kinda kicking myself over not having done previously. Travel aside, 2020 also saw the biggest content shift on the blog, focusing on a variety of different topics, including TV, anime, literature and my weekly Pokemon posts – I mean, I even did a post that ranked every song in a Taylor Swift album. It’s been less focused on Pokemon GO, occasionally posting about it. It’s strange considering I did a rebrand at the beginning of the year, and it’s weird to think of that. It feels like I’ve always gone under ‘That Little Lola’.
Concerning my blog going forward, there will be some light changes – there will be some visible changes coming soon (not a rebrand again), and these changes are due to the fact that I actually hit one of my self-imposed goals that I outlined with my coach (I discuss things with a careers coach and we discuss entrepreneurship ventures). I also started seeing a counsellor this year, and it’s helped me compartmentalise a lot of things from my past that still affected me. However, the only things that really affect me now are present-day issues.
Of course, I also have a new business venture, which is still in the testing stages. I’m having so much fun making the wax melts for testers, and it doesn’t take that long to make them. It’s also handy to have Connor helping me with them, because he gets enjoyment out of it too. I do hope that we will be able to have public markets and shows next year, so that I can sell my products in person and experience the experience that I’ve been missing out on.
As for my WIP, of course there will be more updates as time progresses, but I’m aiming for publication by the end of 2021.
Of course, the year hasn’t been without its issues. We went into lockdown twice here in the UK, I’ve been absorbing myself in my work – sometimes a little too much, and our family cat, Baldrick, passed away back in August. I’m just happy that I was able to see him and give him the cuddles that I wanted to. I still really miss him, and it’ll be that way for a long time. But around that time I couldn’t stop the routine of feeling slightly better and then crying. It wasn’t too much of a shock, but it still really stings. They have two kittens, called Flash and Bob, because they miss the feline company, but it’s not the same, and they still really miss Baldrick. We all do, he was such a unique companion, who hated when I cried, but was a fan of comedian Russell Howard.
We also had home issues concerning our upstairs neighbour’s plumbing (not their fault!), and their nightmare child. But I suppose my mental health could be a lot worse. In fact it’s better than it was last year, I’ll say that much. I’ve been feeling more comfortable with a home environment. We may end up getting a new home next year with any luck!
Roll on 2021!