2020 Reflection – A Look Back at the Year

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Well, we’re finally at the end of 2020. It seemed like the end of this year would never come. When I take a look back at the year, in some ways, this has been the worst year and in some ways this has been the best year! I always like to think that in some of the toughest challenges we find the biggest opportunities. (a former therapist reminded me this!)

This year really challenged me in a lot of ways. But I think that was a good thing because I definitely grew in a lot of ways too.

Launching Running for Wellness

This is the year that I launched Running for Wellness. Launching a blog and a run coaching business has been something I have been thinking about for years. I have wanted to become an RRCA Certified Coach for a very long time, but it has taken years for a training to open up close to where I live. I was lucky that in October of 2019, I was standing at the T station in Pittsburgh and I got an email that an RRCA Run Coaching Training was opening up in Pittsburgh (thanks to Sara Trains this Town!) Within minutes, I signed up for it to ensure that I could get a spot! I have loved coaching athletes this year and watching them grow. I can’t wait to continue to grow my run coaching business in 2021.

This is the year I also launched the Running for Wellness blog to write about running and mental health. I have had a few other (unsuccessful) blogs in the past but this one is definitely different for me. This time I have been more open and authentic and I feel like I’m connecting with my audience in a new way.

Starting this business, learning how to run it, and meeting other small business owners, runners, mental health advocates, and friends has been an absolute blessing in 2020.

If it had not been for the lockdown and quarantine, I don’t know that I would have had the time to dedicate to launching this business. I have been sad that I haven’t been able to get out of the house and be with my friends and family as much. The extra time that it has given me has allowed to me to dive into this passion. For that I am thankful!

Mental Health Advocacy

Having all that extra time this year has also allowed me to dive in to an area I’m really passionate about – mental health advocacy. This year I went public about the mental health journey me and my family have been going through. That was a pretty big deal. I began blogging about mental health and have connected with many AMAZING people.

I became a NAMI Keystone PA In Our Own Voice Presenter where I share my mental health story publicly to local community groups and schools. My first presentation was to students at Mt. Lebanon High School. In 2021, I will begin facilitating a virtual Family Support Group for Spouses of someone with a mental illness. I am really looking forward to connecting with others who are going through the same thing that I have gone through.

Growing in Christ’s Love

My relationship with God has really grown and matured in 2020 as well. In 2020, I really focused on my relationship with God. I have been focusing on getting to know Him more and more each day. I have really gotten to know God this year through bible reading, listening to church sermons (mostly online this year!), meeting with my wonderful mentor, and connecting with my virtual small group. During one of my most difficult moments of the year, I leaned on God and He gave me strength.

This probably led to my biggest area of growth in 2020. In 2020 I really shifted the focus of my life from myself to others. This was influenced by trying to follow Jesus’ example of selfless love and servant leadership.

When I was in my 20’s, I was definitely primarily focused on myself. A recent change that I have made with my life is moving away from it being all about me. This year, I have really been trying to change my focus to how I can serve others. I think becoming a mother helped to facilitate that shift. I have gained so much purpose and meaning in my life by doing this.

Focusing on how I can help and serve others has been immeasurably more rewarding than focusing on how I can serve myself. Don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect. I make mistakes every day. I definitely have my moments just like everyone else. But putting a focus in this area has really made a big difference.

I can’t wait to continue to learn and grow in 2021. I hope when I take a look back at the year at of end of 2021, I have made even more progress. Thank you to you, my reader and friend, for coming along with me, for reading my blog posts, for the words of encouragement, and for supporting me! I couldn’t do this without you! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2021!

2020 Year-End Survey

I would love if you can take a minute to complete the Running for Wellness 2020 Year-End Survey! I would love to get your feedback and I will use it to help improve Running for Wellness in 2021! Thank you!

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5 Comments

  1. Sounds like you were able to crush some major goals this year both professionally and personally. Way to go during a super stressful time

    1. Thank you Deborah! I really appreciate it and I have loved joining the linkup this year!

  2. Three great topics: running, mental health and faith.
    And I like the way you describe your shift to focus your attention on others. A happy new year to you, Laura!

    1. Thank you so much! Happy New Year! 🙂

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