2020 was an incredibly hard year for many people, for various reasons. COVID has changed the way our world operates, both how we work and how we socialise. So many lives and jobs have been lost or changed because of it. Families won’t get to see each other, possibly for years or until our international borders open fully without restrictions
2020 was an incredibly hard year for many people, for various reasons. COVID has changed the way our world operates, both how we work and how we socialise. So many lives and jobs have been lost or changed because of it. Families won’t get to see each other, possibly for years or until our international borders open fully without restrictions.
My 2020 plan was to fly to Ireland with my friends and family, get married, spend 3 months traveling around Ireland, Spain, Portugal and Hong Kong and then come home and work on my business. It didn’t quite happen!
I remember clearly, standing in the office with colleagues at work, watching the national news where the Prime Minister locked-down our country, closing our international borders. We all knew we still had jobs, the construction industry surely couldn’t be shut down! Well I was wrong, only a day later my employer issued a national pay reduction of 35% for all staff.
Having recently started my own virtual business, I chose to control my 2020 so bravely asked for a voluntary redundancy. I walked out of that office with the biggest smile on my face. I’d left on good terms and with money to support myself while I grew my business, so many others were not so lucky.
So whilst life was going well from an employment/business perspective, our personal plans did not fare so well. Obviously, our overseas wedding wasn’t going to happen but we decided we would just delay until 2021 when we got the news our travel agent had gone into administration and we lost thousands which was devastating.
We really wanted to get married with family but my very practical in-laws in Ireland suggested we elope as nobody knew how long the borders would be closed. So we did - we eloped to the Blue Mountains and became husband and wife alone which was very beautiful and special. We will look forward to the party in Ireland with our loved ones sometime in the future.
Life then returned to the new normal. I spent the lockdown networking online, setting up my business processes, determining my ideal client, building my client list, video calling friends and family in Australia and Ireland, being the stay home dog mum I have always joked about being.
2020 has been a blessing in many ways for me, particularly from a business perspective. I have grown my business to a team of three, a Technical Operations Specialist, Angela advises our team with her wisdom and expertise as we go and National Office Manager, Vicki who is my sounding board and brings clarity and a practical approach to our operations and makes our team really efficient.
That’s why I think 2020 was one of the best years of my life and so far 2021 is looking pretty good!