This year, I learned a valuable lesson. The things which we took for granted, like our freedom, our liberties, our travel, our time spent with friends, family, and colleagues, were all so easily taken away from us. In such a difficult year, I came to be grateful for every positive thing that happened, every Zoom call with a loved one, every nature walk, and every genuine moment of affection with the people I care for most.
Perhaps you had a similar experience. Maybe… you lost someone who meant a lot to you. You might have spent the whole year in your home getting to know yourself better. Did you start any new hobbies? Did you get closer to some people and drift away from others? How many new apps are you using? Are you quite comfortable wearing pyjamas all day long? Is there anything left to watch on Netflix? Think how different our daily vocabulary has become – tiers, lockdown, quarantine, vaccine, bubbles, shielding and furlough. The world is different, but… it’s not all bad.
Hear me out.
It’s not all bad. In fact, this week I’m going to share with you some of the best positives from 2020, and next week I’ve got a very special New Year’s Eve blog post coming that explores why 2021 can be a beacon of hope for us all.
Let’s get going…
Baking, gardening, and spending time with pets
After the first lockdown, it was found that 86% of people surveyed by The Grocer had tried to bake a cake and 56% had tried to bake biscuits. The entire baking sector got a boost during the lockdown, in fact, a Waitrose survey found that 51% of people spent more time using their ovens for baking. Sales of home baking items soared 49% during the first lockdown.
When it comes to gardening, 42% of people surveyed by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that they….
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