While many of us would like to leave 2020 in the past, I'm taking a look back on a year like no other and choosing to remember it as I prepare (and brace) for what 2021 has to offer.

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Since welcoming the start of 2021, I'm reflecting quite a bit on the last year.

I'm sitting here today, writing to you after surviving 2020. It's not embellishing to say at one point of my life, "survival," was a term I'd use in an endearing, lighthearted way - it was a mere expression.

In years prior, I "survived," college, bad relationships, shitty hair days, hangovers or even family functions I didn't want to attend. But now, I've quite literally survived a year many others haven't. And there's absolutely nothing lighthearted about that.

I'm a firm believer in remembering, honoring and learning from the good and bad life has to offer. To me, lessons are everywhere we choose to find them. 2020 is no exception: we should choose to learn from a year of such awakening.

But we can also choose to remember the good and humble ourselves with gratuity for all we have. This year, I refuse to be disenchanted; I'm setting out on a fresh start by reflecting on some of the greatest things that happened to me in 2020.

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One of the first things I did in 2020 was start my first full-time job after college. Looking back, I was incredibly terrified of failure, inadequacy or anything else I thought could derail my fledgling career.

While starting my first job was pretty scary at first, over time I've found my way. I continue to remind myself of who I am and what I'm capable of so long as I approach life equipped with motivation and grit to do more, worry less and grow in personal and professional capacities.

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Something I don't outwardly discuss too often is my passion for music. I love to sing and write songs and poetry, so when I began working full-time it granted me the ability to finally pursue more of my musical passions, like guitar.

I was hopeful last year could have been the year I'd meet other musicians and start or join a band, something I've always wanted to do. I don't think I need to tell y'all this didn't happen, but that doesn't mean it can't happen this year or next! I'm optimistic about the future and the opportunities there will be for that, eventually.

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As the pandemic unfolded, I took a giant leap of faith and moved out, joining my boyfriend Evan at his apartment (now OUR apartment, hehe). It was a big decision for me because I had never lived on my own before or lived with anyone else.

Fast forward 7ish months later and it's been one of the best decisions I've ever made for myself, and definitely the right choice for us and our relationship.

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2020 was a slower year than any other in my life, but if it left me with anything it's a newfound sense of appreciation for the littlest things. I've come to see appreciation for the art form it is as it's something you must actively practice to benefit from.

When we don't practice appreciation, it's easy to take the day to day for granted and become jaded. I'm more conscious to it now and have a newfound sense of thanks for so many things; from the opportunity to spend time with my family; educate myself (and continue educating myself) on socioeconomic and political issues; my health and much more!

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