Ah 2020, a year unlike any other.

Amidst the challenges and new buzzwords (unprecedented times, social distancing, support bubbles etc.), there has still been light amongst the darkness – as there always is.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t feel sad, angry, frustrated, anxious, overwhelmed, stressed or scared – we’re only human after all – but know that this too shall pass.

Forever one of my favourite quotes:

The end of 2020 marks my second year of living and working in London. I use the term ‘working’ very loosely as the combination of being on furlough during 3 lockdowns and having to use up the annual leave that I couldn’t carry over at the beginning of the year, I’ve basically only worked for 6 months this year.

Luckily, we were able to celebrate our shop’s first birthday in February, as well as holding a book launch and an art exhibition!

I do count myself incredibly lucky to be in this situation as I know that this hasn’t been the case for everyone this year and that many have struggled either financially and/or mentally.

During the time that I wasn’t working, I tried to keep myself busy by reading as many of the books on the bookshelf that I could without the temptation of visiting charity shops to buy more. I read 62 books this year which is a new record for me by quite a long stretch!

I’ve also been fortunate enough to have had the time to learn around 20 new recipes, write 59 blog posts and visit the Lake District. The biggest surprise was discovering some of the most incredible Japanese food that I’ve ever had there. If you live in/plan to visit Ambleside in the future, book a table at the brilliant family-run Auradaze, easily one of my favourite restaurants in the UK. It’s just as good, if not better, than some of the food that I’ve had in Japan. I didn’t take any photos as it’s a phone-free restaurant but just trust me on this one!

Another unexpected addition this year is the fact that I’ve found regular fitness videos on YouTube that I (most of the time) enjoy doing. I know – who even am I?!

Although my biggest disappointment was that I couldn’t be reunited with Sophia in Thailand after planning it for months, Thailand will still be there and hopefully it’s something we can look forward to next year.

Now I think that’s enough talking from me so here are a few of my favourite memories from 2020!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas (however you’re spending it in these *unprecedented times*) and a very happy new year!


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