Over 50s Lifestyle

Saying ‘goodbye’ to 2020 & looking towards 2021

December 31, 2020
Reflecting on 2020 and looking forward to 2021

What a year 2020 has been but we’ve all managed to get through it and have proven our inner strength and resilience.

So on this last day of 2020 let’s take a moment to reflect and congratulate ourselves for our initiative, creativity, support for each other and overcoming COVID-19.

A friend of mine, Deb from Deb’s World wrote a post this morning asking the question: What was the best decision you made in 2020? Deb has had a couple of very difficult years and in her post she discussed the decision to ask for help as her best decision for the year. Many of us are afraid to be vulnerable especially if there is a perception that we are a strong person. Reaching out, can feel like we are a failure but that is so far from the truth and I’m so proud that Deb shared her experience as it will certainly help many of us in similar situations.

I’ve also written and shared how I’m feeling with you all and although it is scary to admit you need help it can also be very liberating because you realise you aren’t on your own. In fact, way back in 2018, I wrote ‘V’ is for Vulnerablity – 4 ways showing your vulnerable side will help you Thrive.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post Reflecting on 2020 and yes, there were some positives.

I needed to overcome the feeling that 2020 was a wasted year because of the restrictions COVID-19 had placed on us all. Some of you are still experiencing the restrictions and so it is even more important to try to focus on some of the positives from the year and plan for 2021.

So as we leave 2020, I ask you to ponder two questions (one of which I’ve taken from Deb):

What was the best decision you made in 2020?


What were some positives you can take from 2020 as we move into a New Year?

It has been difficult and we could be excused for not feeling in the Festive spirit or enthusiastic for a New Year. For me, I am so very grateful for you, my readers, who have supported me and shared your thoughts with me throughout not just 2020 but for almost 5 years now.

Tomorrow is a blank page

Sending love, best wishes and hugs to you all on this New Year’s Eve, especially those of you who are still struggling with lockdown.  Let’s all support each other in making 2021 a great year for us all.

I wish you all the very best for 2021 and I look forward to sharing the journey with you as we all strive to be Women Living Well.

Sue Loncaric

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  • Reply Debbie Harris December 31, 2020 at 13:33

    Many thanks for the shout out to my post Sue and thanks again for being such a good friend! Can’t wait to see where you take your blog in 2021, you are such an inspiring and supportive friend.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 1, 2021 at 10:09

      Thank you Deb and I feel the same about you! #friendship xx

  • Reply Donna Connolly December 31, 2020 at 13:55

    Ditto what Deb said. You are a true inspiration!!
    I look forward to seeing where you take your blog in 2021.
    Wishing you and Mike a wonderful year ahead!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 1, 2021 at 10:08

      Thank you, my dear friend and best wishes to you and Richard for 2021. xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au December 31, 2020 at 18:12

    Hi Sue – I don’t imagine there’s going to be a magic bullet at midnight that makes 2021 any better than 2020. But at least we’re prepared and there will be fewer surprises – covid was a shocker! Despite all the stuff that 2020 brought with it, I think it was a good year for me, it gave me time to consolidate and dig deep – both will have ongoing benefits and hopefully the resilience will keep rolling over into the months ahead. We’ll rock 2021 regardless and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s over the horizon. xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 1, 2021 at 10:08

      Yes Leanne, I still think 2021 will be difficult but hopefully we have learned some valuable lessons from 2020 that will give us the strength to take whatever life throws at us. Happy New Year. xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan December 31, 2020 at 21:03

    Lovely to see you blogging Sue and read your reflections on this year and into the next which hold our interest. I guess going into 2021 I know I feel more cautious and somewhat hopeful but I am not going to predict!
    2020 presented us all with challenges and each of us faced them in our own ways. You and Mike and family had the ultimate loss- death of a precious and revered family member. Being a vulnerable, wise and kind human is how I see your qualities come to life via your words. I hope you continue into 2021.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 1, 2021 at 10:07

      Thank you so much Denyse for your lovely words. I’m slowly getting my ‘mojo’ back but learning that it is okay to take each day as it comes. Happy New Year to you and your darling husband. Looking forward to connecting through #lifethisweek.

  • Reply suzanne vosbikian January 1, 2021 at 05:01

    Sue, the best decision we made in 2020 was to encourage our daughter and her boyfriend to leave their small condo in Miami and live with us for the duration of the pandemic. That situation created a lot of ‘positives’ for all of us, and we have not once regretted welcoming them into our home. We gave them a comfortable place in which to continue to work and they gave us valued companionship. As miserable as 2020 was at times, I cannot imagine how it might have been without the benefit of our little family unit fully intact.

    I don’t anticipate waking up to a new world on Jan. 1, but I do feel positive that we are making progress and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom and insights, including your vulnerabilities. Honesty and sincerity are at the core of every true connection. Happy New Year

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 1, 2021 at 10:06

      Such a great decision, Suzanne and one that certainly would have made living with COVID restrictions so much easier. I know that being away from my grandsons whilst in 6 weeks of lock down was so difficult even though we did FaceTime it wasn’t the same. Happy New Year and thank you for your support and good wishes. xx

  • Reply Gail January 4, 2021 at 18:41

    There were lots of positives for me in 2020 – relaxed pace of life, being able to work fully from home (saving money and time on commuting), rediscovering nature through walking, and for me as a socially anxious introvert, no need to go to gatherings where I would worry about having to make small talk with virtual strangers! I can’t think of a great decision because I didn’t take any major new steps or directions, although I did vow to try to be positive throughout the lockdowns!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 5, 2021 at 13:31

      Hello Gail and lovely to meet you. Thanks for stopping by to comment. You certainly did have a lot of positives in 2020 and although that doesn’t mean downplaying the effect of COVID, like you, I think many of us enjoyed the time out and rediscovering a simpler way to live. Happy New Year to you and I look forward to connecting throughout 2021. x

  • Reply Joanne January 6, 2021 at 10:40

    My best decision was to have surgery; I had been putting it off and just knew that regardless of how crazy it was (getting dropped off in front of the hospital, in the dark, at the crack of dawn, and knowing it would be at least 1/2 a day before I could see any family member again was weird) but I feel so much better now that my recovery is behind me. We had lots of positives though! I wrote up a whole post 20 memories of 2020 that showcase the fun we had this year despite the pandemic.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric January 7, 2021 at 06:14

      Hi Joanne, I hope you have recovered after your surgery although it sounds like you have as it was your best decision. Sometimes we just have to do it, don’t we, especially if it is our health and wellbeing that is being affected. I’d love to read your 20 memories of 2020 because I’m sure that despite COVID many of us can find some positives from the year. Thanks for the comment and lovely to connect. x

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