I don’t know about you, but I rolled up into 2020 with a swagger and a smile, thinking…this is going to be an epic year. Back then my definition of “epic” was filled with nothing but good intentions. You could even call it childlike giddiness and innocence.
I never knew I would move away from Portland without having a chance to say goodbye to a single soul after living there for six years.
I felt like I was skipping town after botching a bank robbery. Except that when I skipped town, the world was cloaked in silence and isolation. We drove through snowy mountain passes, spotless highways, and empty hotel parking lots in a moving van…just us and the cats in a strange new world.
I never knew I would learn how to do ballet with a mask. But here I am, pirouettes and all. Before 2020 I would have thought I was about to be robbed on the sidewalk when a masked hooded person approached me. Now harmless people are picking up dog poop, looking like assassins, ninjas, and gangsters.
I never know I would become closer than ever to my home and to my husband. But, that happened too.
During this last week of the year, I look back and see that the year was certainly epic. We throw the word “epic” around here in the States as slang because we needed another way to say “that’s amazing” or “that’s cool.”
Today, for shits and giggles, I looked up the definition of the word. I slowly raised my coffee mug and said “cheers” to my computer screen.
Epic has several interesting definitions:
- Noting or pertaining to a long poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style.
- A long film, book, or other work portraying heroic deeds and adventures or covering an extended period of time.
- A long poem, typically one derived from ancient oral tradition, narrating the deeds and adventures of heroic or legendary figures or the history of a nation.
- Surpassing the usual or ordinary, particularly in scope or size.
- Heroic; majestic; impressively great.
How often do we use a word and actually think about its meaning? “Epic” deserves some attention right about now, I’d say.
As we look back on this year, there is so much to observe and absorb. It’s worth taking some time to celebrate this long journey and the heroic moments that took place. Because it was absolutely an epic year.
Wait, one more thing…
Top 10 Britt Blogs of 2020
This year I recommitted love and energy to the Britt blog, publishing more consistently than I have since my early years of blogging from 2012-2016. To wrap up and celebrate this epic year, below are the most popular blogs I published in 2020.
Technically #1 released in December 2019, but I included this blog in the 2020 list as it has far and away been the most popular blog I’ve ever written with 7,000 views to date.
Top 5 Love Your Enthusiasm Podcasts of 2020
As I’m sure most of you know, this year I launched a podcast, Love Your Enthusiasm. I had intended to launch a completely different business in 2020 called Clove Travel & Wellness, but that business obviously folded due to COVID.
In its place, I reimagined a popular guest series I ran on this blog for several years called The Life Enthusiast Chronicles and created a podcast as a spin-off.
Here are the top five episodes from this epic year…#5 is a tie at the moment with the exact number of downloads. I included both episodes as they are both fabulous.
3. How to Take A Break from Alcohol (Solo Show)
Okay, last thing…
As you are reflecting on your own epic and heroic journey during this final week of the year, I invite you to check out this special end-of-the-year solo show, What to Take with You From 2020.
I couldn’t bring myself to record a fun holiday episode to close out the year for Love Your Enthusiasm. It seemed much more relevant to take a long look back at the year before leaping ahead into 2021.
In this episode, I help you use your 2020 journey as a foundation for meaningful and positive change, including prompts to help you identify your gains from this year and important reminders to pay respects to your losses as well.
I lied. Just one more thing…
Thank you all for being by my side this year. Your support of my work on the blog and the podcast are very much appreciated. Your visits, likes, comments, downloads, and shares truly do matter and make me smile.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Wishing you all an epic 2021.