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Goodbye 2020

Updated: Jan 1

2020 was an extremely tough year for so many of us around the world. So many loved ones gone, jobs gone, and mental health struggles just to name a few. This, of course, isn’t news to anyone reading this post. We have seen it in the news and throughout social media. I can honestly say I have never experienced a year like 2020. It was a mixed bag of highs and extreme lows. I found myself so saddened regarding comments that were made at all people and all groups. I had thought our society had gotten to a better place in recent years, but 2020 seemed like a year of much division in so many ways.

Some personal 2020 Low Points:

- Said goodbye to my Gram Drew

- Said goodbye to Gram & Grandpa Drew’s farm

- Navigating open-heart surgery during a pandemic

- Spending time separated from family and friends


In true fashion, to who I am, I have looked for the silver lining and I have found the lemonade in 2020. I have seen the strength so many people have shined and how resilient we are. Companies, businesses and people have found creative ways to collaborate, connect and taken innovative ways to move our society to an improved place. As we move toward a new normal in 2021, I hope we can keep some aspects of this remote world. I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Leadmore Podcast with John T. Meyer several months ago. He recently asked me “What is your hope for leaders in 2021?” and I think it is important enough to repeat here. My hope for leaders in 2021 is to continue with remote work, learning and collaboration opportunities. Such opportunities break down barriers that have been long established and hold people back. COVID made us aware of how feasible it is for our society to be more inclusive and accessible to all. Take a few minutes to listen to the episode to see what others hope for leaders in 2021.


Some personal 2020 High Points:

- Realized I can work from home and be extremely productive

- Had several opportunities to share my story via podcasts, blogs and virtual speaking engagements

- Reconnected with friends I haven’t spoken with for a while

- Coming through open-heart surgery without a trach

- Made new connections within the rare disease and disability space

- Was recognized as a leader in my professional life

- Given fabulous support from incredible friends on future dreams

- 10 years at my current job


My hope for 2021 is the discord among our world dissipates and people begin recognizing one another again with kindness and gratitude. We need to heal the wounds this year has given our society. Ultimately the world works better when we treat each other like we want to be treated. Every person on Earth deserves love, respect and compassion.


Let’s take a moment to reflect on our year. I want to hear from you. No matter how big or small they may seem. What were some of your highs and lows? Relish in the highs, because it is quite possibly what assisted you in succeeding in conquering 2020. The littlest success is still extremely powerful!

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