Reflecting on 2020 and looking forward to 2021

January 4, 2021

Reflecting on 2020 and looking forward to 2021

2020, what a rollercoaster ride. Without undermining the seriousness of COVID-19 and those negatively affected by it health-wise, career-wise, family-wise, finance-wise, or in any other way and without sounding like an egomaniac, amidst all the turmoil 2020 unleashed on the world, I actually had a pretty decent year. More than decent, actually. A really great year. Hopefully I’m not coming across as insensitive if your 2020 was less than ideal, but let me reflect on how 2020 was for me.

Every year, I make a list of goals to achieve in the new year. (I don’t like the word “goals” but I don’t like the word “resolutions” either and I don’t feel like “intentions” best encapsulates it, so “goals” it is.) In 2020, I checked off more of my goals than I ever have.

Reflecting on 2020 and looking forward to 2021
Reflecting on 2020 and looking forward to 2021

2020 ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  1. Graduated college. After 8 years of going to SCAD part-time for my BFA in Graphic Design, I finally graduated in the winter before all the COVID madness escalated in the spring (just in time hehe).
  2. Grew Drifter Organics. Right now, Drifter is more like a perpetually hungry, crying baby that needs all of my attention and subsists on money, but at the same time, it’s not that far off from being profitable either. This past year, we launched two new products: a hand sanitizer and body soaps (with a matching cute soap dish collab with West of Venus to boot!). We also redid our website. We grew our team to 4 and were part of Nordstrom’s Pop-In@Nordstrom New Beauty shop. Overall, I feel like Drifter is turning into an entity bigger than myself and my mom and I can definitely see it growing into a profitable business very soon if we’re wise with our money.
  3. Got an official health diagnosis!!!! Since I already wrote a blog post about it, I won’t go too into depth, but this was something I’ve been searching for for 5+ years, so when I think of the fact that I now have ANSWERS, that’s huge!
  4. Found a good insurance plan. Not the sexiest accomplishment, but as a self-employed contractor in the United States, it was something extremely important nonetheless.
  5. Educated myself with more movies, TV shows, and pop culture. This is something I did more in the latter part of the year, have been thoroughly enjoying, and definitely want to carry with me into the new year and beyond. I love watching movies. I think they can be just as educational and inspiring—if not more at times—than books.
  6. Sold a lot of my stuff. Over the years, I’ve accumulated way too much stuff which was cluttering both my physical and mental spaces. I’ve been regularly selling clothes, accessories, trinkets, furniture, and other household items on resale sites, and it feels so liberating to shed off all my excess belongings. It also sets me up for #7, which is probably my most important accomplishment of 2020.
  7. Found a new city to settle in. In two short weeks, I’m moving to Los Angeles. I’ve been working on manifesting this move for YEARS and the fact that it’s actually happening is enough to freak me out so much I wonder if it’s the right move to make. But I know it is. I’ll write a blog post diving deeper into my reasons for and feelings about leaving the Bay Area, but for years, I’ve been in this state of influx, and it feels good to plant roots in a new city.
Reflecting on 2020 and looking forward to 2021

As we move into 2021, I think about my goals for the new year. I tend to be a go-big-or-go-home type of person who has a million and one things going on all at once which keeps me in a state of perpetual anxiety even though my intuition knows everything is going to be okay. But this approach at life has me questioning its sustainability. Like what if I didn’t plow headfirst into new projects and actually relaxed once in a while? More than anything—especially after all these years of being influx—I crave peace. That’s all I want: the simple joys. Like watching your favorite movie with your favorite people or letting the sun hit your back as you read a book outside or laughing at a funny joke someone told or going to bed early. With most of the world being in lockdown and COVID not going anywhere anytime soon, I’m going to embrace the little, nothing delights that actually mean everything.

2021 GOALS:

  1. Continue to grow Drifter Organics. I just love my mom and my small business so much, every time I work on it, I think, “Wow, I’d actually sell a kidney to have Drifter succeed.” It means everything to me. We will become profitable by this time next year—I know it. (As a side note, for vanity’s sake, I’d love to have Drifter endorsed by a celebrity like Elle Fanning, Hilary Duff, or Zoë Kravitz. I’ll take Nicole Kidman, too. Or Mindy Kaling. Iliza Shlesinger and Emma Chamberlain are awesome too.)
  2. Do more art direction work. I spend so much time working on Drifter, but I’m also a freelance art director and content creator (I went to school for graphic design, after all!) I’ve gotten a few independent contract jobs I’m really excited about and would love to continue to build up my portfolio.
  3. Start on a solid chronic illness treatment plan. After I settle into Los Angeles, I have to get serious about healing my health. I’ve been operating as a half-broken machine for way too long and for someone who preaches about health and wellness, that’s not healthy. I know I can heal if I let myself.
  4. Watch more movies and TV shows. I did an excellent job keeping up with the latest TV shows and movies of this past year. Heck, these past two weeks of Christmas and New Years, I watched 9 movies. And my heart truly feels more cultured and fulfilled.
  5. Complete 10 puzzles. One of my mom and my favorite activities growing up was to do puzzles. They’re fun, entertaining, and encourage wholesome communication. I want to get back to simple things like that.
  6. Play more board games. In similar vein to #5, but board games (and I’m not talking about computer or mobile board games) are an amazing way to engage with others and get to know them on a deeper level without staring at a screen.
  7. Sell more of my belongings and be more intentional about what I buy. I have a tendency of saving things and nothing appeals to me more right now than decluttering and starting fresh sparse. That’s not to say I won’t be buying any new things year, but I’m definitely going to be more intentional and choose quality + spark joy factor > quantity.
Reflecting on 2020 and looking forward to 2021
Reflecting on 2020 and looking forward to 2021

2020 was one of the most transformative years of my life. (I realize I said that in my 2019 recap blog post, but I think this year was even more so transformative for personal growth.) I did so much internal growing and am entering into the new year with a fresh mindset and different priorities. I’m learning to live life through the lens of excitement rather than fear. I truly believe that 2021 is going to be the year where things finally settle down and I see the fruits of my labors come to fruition.

Hello, 2021? Calling in nothing but positive energy for you!

What are you looking forward to in 2021 and beyond?

P.S. Check out my 2019 recap blog post here.

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