My 2020 : A positive tale

While 2020 was a rollercoaster ride, when I look back to those 10 months I see a lot of positive changes in me and my lifestyle. So I thought to document everything here so that I can look back and remember that being stuck at home is not that bad after all.

Like everyone on the planet, I cribbed for the initial 2 months because suddenly the house chores were on me and most of the day I was cleaning and doing the dishes. I realized that the sink can never be empty, there will always be dirty dishes, no matter you did them like 5 seconds before.

After 2 months I got used to the new responsibilities and finally had proper time management. That’s when I thought to start my website and after discussing it with my friends and husband I decided to invest in my website and here we are! Although I haven’t been regular with writing, now I am determined to change that to be more consistent.

The next challenge I faced was that Aarav needed to be constantly engaged. He had just turned two and Covid took away his playschool from him. Like all moms, I had to give a shot at homeschooling. Honestly speaking, I was very scared because I had no structure. But with time we sailed through. We bonded over practical learning and house chores. And now when I look back, it was the most fun time we have spent together. Aarav has learnt the basics of baking a cake and makes his own banana shake every day.

Now coming to the most amazing part, I finally have my balcony garden now. I have been meaning to get plants for years and finally, in August 2020 I started with 4 indoor plants. Gradually kept adding new ones and now I have a small balcony garden. Each day I see them growing and making my day beautiful, one day at a time. Each day they remind me to breathe more and worry less. My every morning starts on a positive note.

I have cleaned their roots once and learned repotting. Learning about taking care of each plant has been an absolute bliss and toad I can proudly say, I am a plant mom.

I also tried my hands on new DIYs like making a cardboard bookshelf for Aarav, flowers using crochet and stockings, discovered that coloring calms me down, tried canvas painting, and learned video and photo editing as well.

Recent picture edited for a brand collaboration on Instagram

Lastly, it was a year of self-care, self-discovery, and self-appreciation. It was a year of keeping a check on mental health and building a positive environment.I know my strengths and weaknesses better now. I have learned to be more confident in my skin and take pride in who I have become.

I hope this blog reminded you of all the positivity 2020 gave you. Please share your experience in the comments, I would love to read them.

This blogpost is a part of the blog challenge “Blogaberry Dazzle” hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla, and genereously sponsored by Bugshield Clothing.

26 Comments

  1. You two look super cute. 2020 has been a wonderful for me professionally. It was a different year for all but there were many new and good things that happened. Today, when I look back at 2020, I feel it gave me many opportunities to grow as a writer, podcaster, mother and more important as a person.

  2. Monidipa

    I really loved reading about all this, so many positive, creative things you did. And Aarav is so cute. 2020 taught me to stand up for myself. !

  3. Great to see your positive involvement in nature, mommyhood, and creative ideas. Indeed an inspiring one. No doubt 2020 has allowed us to identify our own strengths and weaknesses.

  4. Such an amazing journey of learning and adopting to new normal. Few of the things I could relate to. It is definitely a learning experience to most of us and in a good way.

  5. Looking at the lockdown blogs and stories i really feel bad,,,, i have wasted so much time watching the series

  6. First of all, Aarav is too cute 🙂 and yes I agree when you say that it was a time of self-discovery and understanding your own limits. I have a 7-year-old daughter and I have tried my best to spent maximum time with her, doing things with her 🙂 We have watched so many old movies and now she likes Shahrukh Khan as much as I do..LOL..

  7. 2020 has been a mixed bag for everyone. Yours seems to have been a year of discovery learning and joy. Stay blessed my dear. For me too 2020 was a windfall. I got to spend 4 1/2 months with my grandsons. My blog did well, I published my second book. This year has been the dumps till now. Hoping to better it.

  8. Suhasini I.P.

    Your post is so full of positivity. Yes, we need to become friends to our kids and engage them, as single kids are the ones who suffered most without their social circle during the pandemic.

  9. Your balcony garden looks lovely. I love your DIY projects too. The pandemic has affected the children the most. The smaller kids did not really understand why they were not allowed to go out.

  10. Lovely blog post and adorable pictures. This article is full with positivity. Year 2020 was a good year for me as a blogger. I still remember I have participated in my first ever blog hop and got the opportunity to connect with some talent writers and bloggers.

  11. 2020 has taught us a lot of many fronts. It was tough with a little one but I did a lot of cooking experiments in this period. I loved your DIY especially the book shelf its lovely.

    1. Thanks for appreciating. 2020 has been a great teacher:)

  12. 2020 has been a life-changing year for all of us. It also made us appreciate the important things in life that we took for granted. Your post is full of positivity. And I absolutely love the pics you shared, particularly your balcony garden.

  13. Lovely blog post.. Yes this year was a sudden break from a life that we were all used to. For me it was mostly trying out new dishes for kids.
    It was fun and sometimes as kids won’t listen, it was fussy.
    Although they started eating few of them! So it was a win win

  14. I loved loved loved the balcony garden! I just started gardening recently with three plants. I am so happy. I hope I don’t kill off my beloved plants. Your DIY is so cute! Thank you for sharing this very positive article ..made me reflect on all the good things I did in 2020

  15. Looks like you had a fun 2020. I too have had great learnings in the past year and have much to be thankful for compared to many. And I fell that working with your hands always brings a sense of fulfillment – be it gardening or craft work. Incidentally, I love both of these as well.

  16. Your son is very cute! You have had a very productive outlook in 2020. Really happy to read a positive post on 2020. Keep it up!

  17. hello fello plant mom. Lockdown was the time when i started growing some micro greens in my balcony.. gradually some indoor plants also made their way but the winters in the national capital has been really harsh on them. most of my pots are empty now and i am waiting for the weather to be a little better when i can plant some more saplings. Loved reading ur post and the sonny boy is really really cute.

  18. 2020 was a tough year for me and reading the things you have done makes me wanna do so much more this time around. Your post reminded me of a painting Canvas sitting in my closet for over 6 months

  19. You have an innovative and creative side which makes your own surrounding with positivity. I like your canvas painting, a big beautiful flower.
    Bravo !!

  20. Totally agree that the lockdown brought in sadness in the beginning but paved way to a good positive lifestyle to rediscover ourselves

  21. Aishwarya Sandeep

    Hey, even though 2020 was a challenge for all of us, especially adjusting the children to the new routine was tough. Even though it was a challenge, it was a year with positive vibes.

  22. Great to see your positive involvement in nature, motherhood, and creative ideas. Indeed an inspiring one. No doubt 2020 has allowed us to identify our own strengths and weaknesses.You have an innovative and creative side which makes your own surrounding with positivity. I like your canvas painting, a big beautiful flower. ♥

  23. In the pandemic realizing the positives and making ur living fruitful is an achievement in itself 🙂 cute family and happy one too!!

  24. No doubt 2020 has allowed us to identify our own strengths and weaknesses.Great to see your handled it full of positivity .

  25. Priyanka, that’s a lovely garden you have. It must be such a joy to look at them daily. 2020 indeed has taught us so many new things and given us greater challenges to accomplish too. You have indeed done so many positive things during 2020. Loved all your DIY too. Little Aarav is so cute as always, great edit btw!

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