10 Things To Be Thankful For In 2020
This has been one hell of a year, so we're counting down 10 things that made life a little more bearable. From Dog Cuddles to Drive-In Drag Concerts, it's always the little things to be thankful for.
DOGS HAD THEIR BEST YEAR
This was THEE year for dogs. 24/7 with owners, more walks and cuddles than ever before. Dogs were the little light that made quarantine feel like a long weekend. A really, really, really long weekend that is. Even folks without dogs started borrowing neighbors pets as a way to relieve stress and get out of the house. The biggest win was the number of dogs that got adopted and found new homes during the pandemic. How amazing is that? Life's just a little sweeter with a furry friend by your side.
BOLD MOVES WITH THE HOME MAKEOVER
After staring at white walls for month's, a splash of bold color doesn't seem so scary. It's just paint, why not? Bold choices with home renovations may never have seen the light of day if it hadn't been for quarantine. Whether it was boredom or a much needed distraction, throwing ourselves into a DIY project gave us the creative control we all needed.
THE RETURN OF THE DRIVE-IN
Drive-ins, not just for movies anymore. Over the summer we hit up a Drive-in Drag Show at the Rose Bowl. Concerts, Movie Premieres and even Presidential Rallies all took advantage of the classic Drive-In set-up. There's something cool about bringing your own snacks and hiding out in your car with your friends, an odd sort of VIP vibe. We're hoping this trend continues.
FORCING FAMILY TO WORK WITH YOU
Whether you needed an extra hand or were asked to take on more work than you could handle on your own, this became the time for collaborating with roommates, boyfriends and family. A rare opportunity to really understand each others workload and responsibilities.
PUMPING IRON AT YOUR HOME GYM
Gyms are closed, yoga class is cancelled but what was first a truly sad event, lead the way for a new home addition, a gym. In the backyard, garage or living room, these make shift set ups have saved many stressful days and ignited a new and frankly more genuine love for staying in shape.
FACETIME MOVIE NIGHTS
Let's be honest, the first time was awkward. Calling your friends, syncing the video and sound, positioning yourself so you were visible and comfortable. The whole situation was truly weird but once settled, it honestly was pretty nice. When it became the only way to socialize, Facetime was a godsend.
Bread was all the rage this year. A tedious yet calming task that required some focus and resulted in a house smelling like a bakery. Maybe its the control we needed. The idea that we could make something to completion and perfect it. When the world is out of hand, controlling your bake can be empowering.
FINISHING THAT ONE BOOK YOU'VE PUT OFF
We all have those books that stare at us day in and day out making us feel guilty for purchasing them years ago only to collect dust. But, alas! This year gave us ample time to dip into everything we've been putting off. The accomplishment you feel when you finish a book just makes you want to read another. So, we're hoping to keep up with this trend.
PUZZLES TO GET PISSED OFF AT
When those days got too long and Netflix ran out of decent shows to watch, all that was left was puzzles. Puzzles got some serious play this year. They were the perfect place to hyper focus on color and shape and completely disassociate from reality. It's that one problem that if you can't solve, you can throw it back in the box and toss it in the closet.
THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE CHANGE
Voting. With everything that happened in 2020, we are most grateful for the chance to stand up and join together over what really matters. If we can survive this year, we can survive anything and that's something to truly be thankful for.