Thursday, January 7, 2021

2020 Reflections

With the close of yet another year, it's time to take a look in the rear view mirror for a bit.

2020 Reflections at Pieced Pastimes

As I look back at some of the posts I shared this past year, I find myself reflecting on the unexpected twists and turns that occurred throughout the year.

Spring Decor in the Living Room 2020 at Pieced Pastimes
Spring Decor in the Living Room

What a crazy ride 2020 was!

Summer Porch Sanctuary at Pieced Pastimes
Summer Porch Sanctuary

No-one could have predicted the events that would unfold throughout the year and if they had, no-one would have believed them. 

Double Chocolate Smoothie Bowl aka Chocolate Craving Buster Bowl at Pieced Pastimes
Double Chocolate Smoothie Bowl aka Chocolate Craving Buster Bowl

While there was much bad, there was also much good that came about. 

Macrame Wall Hanging at Pieced Pastimes
Macrame Wall Hanging

The items below are just a small sampling of some of the positive things that took place. 

    • The temporary halt of business and schools gave families the gift of time.

    • Appreciation for teachers, medical professionals and other 'essential workers' reached an all time high. 

    • Global carbon dioxide emissions fell by record numbers.

    • The US voter turnout was the highest in over a century.

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom White Pizza {Vegan} at Pieced Pastimes
Caramelized Onion, Mushroom White Pizza {Vegan}

The old proverb 'necessity is the mother of invention' rang true throughout the year.

     • Virtual technology helped bridge the gap caused by social distancing.

     • Innovative companies repurposed their factories to produce life saving medical equipment.

     • Special occasions were celebrated via drive by parades, a new normal in 2020.

    • A new tradition of windowsill singalongs brightened the spirits of many during lock downs.

Minimalist Bedroom Refresh and a Lesson Learned at Pieced Pastimes
Minimalist Bedroom Refresh and a Lesson Learned

Small acts of kindness were in abundance.

A Simple Way to Eat Healthy at Pieced Pastimes
A Simple Way to Eat Healthy

People found themselves wanting to help in any way possible.

Perseverance Macrame Wall Hanging at Pieced Pastimes
Perseverance Macrame Wall Hanging

If nothing else, this past year served as a reset for many.

Sweet Zucchini Pancakes (SOS Free, Vegan) at Pieced Pastimes
Sweet Zucchini Pancakes (SOS Free, Vegan)

Normally busy lifestyles were paused and replaced with a new reality.

Minimalist Fall Home at Pieced Pastimes
Minimalist Fall Home

The simple act of enjoying the company of those closest to us became our highest priority.

Roasted Red Pepper Potato Patties at Pieced Pastimes
Roasted Red Pepper Potato Patties

For some this was a wake up call, for others it was a gentle reminder and a chosen few recognized it as an affirmation to the life they had been living.

Solitude - A Small Macrame Wall Hanging at Pieced Pastimes
Solitude - A Small Macrame Wall Hanging

While I have no crystal ball for this new year, my hope is for the blessings of peace, joy and happiness for all.

A Peaceful and Minimalist Christmas for 2020 at Pieced Pastimes
A Peaceful and Minimalist Christmas for 2020

Just imagine the possibilities.







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12 comments:

  1. I really love your reflections, Suzanne. So very positive, so very much needed. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Rita! Glad you enjoyed my reflections of 2020. Peace and blessings, Suzanne.

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  2. Loved this, each word was a gift.

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    1. Thanks Beth! Wishing you a very Happy New Year, Suzanne.

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  3. A beautiful blog. So many true reflections. Those potatoes patties looks delicious.
    Happy New Year. Thelma.

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    1. Thanks Thelma! Your kind comments are much appreciated. Your friend, Suzanne.

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  4. I absolutely loved this post! Your reflections are beautiful and very true. This past year was definitely a reset that I for needed very much. So many, many things I will never take for granted again. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Happy New Year to you and yours!

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    1. Thanks Denise! I think each one of us walked away with a new appreciation for the blessings we have and perhaps a new viewpoint for the future. Wishing you a beautiful new year, Suzanne.

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  5. Suzanne
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! And thanks for letting me know that you did by leaving such a kind and heartfelt comment!! Happy New Year to you and your family and let's pray this is a better year!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. I am right there with you Debbie praying for a year full of promise, good health and peace. Take care my friend, Suzanne.

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  6. What a beautiful post. I loved reading your reflections...so much to think about. Best wishes for a wonderful 2021!
    Shelley

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    1. Thanks Shelley! Glad to know you enjoyed my post. We all have different points of view, but 2020 forced many to see things in a whole new light. My hope is that this will lead to a better future for all. May this new year bring you many blessings, Suzanne.

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