• Anne Simsuangco


It's pretty darn crazy how this year has quickly crept right past us. What has become easily the most stressful and sad year to most people has also became a blessing in disguise. While I can't ignore the fact that Covid is still here, it has afforded my family and I more opportunities and memories that I'm forever grateful for.

I remember having my godsister over for a sleepover. We talked about Coronavirus, and I literally was clueless. I had no idea what it was, how it started, where it was at, and who was affected by it. I thought nothing of it. Then next morning we found out that Kobe Bryant passed away as we were leaving In n Out, where we had lunch. It turned into a somber and sad end if the weekend.

Within just more than a month, Coronavirus became more real once it hit the United States. What started out as something I didn't believe in became a huge pandemic which felt like overnight. Working, going to school, and going to church in person became a thing of the past. Going shopping and eating out became a rarity. Lots of our norms became used to be's. We had to quickly adjust to our new norms - staying home, staying safe and wearing masks wherever we go.

While the first half of the year was a challenge, things did turn up and become more positive in our personal lives.

The kids wrapped up their 2019/2020 school year at home, and started off 2020/2021 school year still at home. They've adjusted well, and continue to flourish studying at home. It gets wild from time to time, but that's to be expected.

Mama started working from home 100%. My commute to and from work was eliminated. This allowed me to be more present at home, while also giving me the opportunity to become more productive. It has its challenges and stresses, but I've adjusted. My husband has also adjusted to having 4 additional humans with him during the day. 😊

My social media side venture has expanded and grown. I've gotten multiple opportunities to work with various small, medium, and large sized companies. My blog has more action this year than in years past. And, I've also got a writing gig with a local lifestyle publication. Some social media avenues have seen decreases in activity, but balance is needed. Ultimately, I'd like to increase activity, but it'll have to grow little by little. Key thing - remain positive and think big dreams! Make it so, speak it into life, and receive your future blessings!

The lockdown has also allowed me to became more hands on with living plants and veggies. I have 60+ plants in the front and back of our home PLUS inside our home. Thank you Jesus that most of my plants are alive. While some died, most remain with me.

One big feat was completing a goal that I set for myself in early 2020. I wanted to earn and get to medal 40 before I turned 40 years old in September. That came true as I earned medals 27-40 virtually running from home. I am blessed to still be physically able to do this. 🥇

Last, we got to see some of our family. My brother in law got married to his wonderful wife. Despite the pandemic, we made it there! We drove through Texas and New Mexico to get to our final destination of Arizona. We saw the Prada exhibit in Marfa TX, took in local food in Las Cruces NM, sled down hills in White Sands National Park in Holloman AFB, NM, enjoyed quality time with family in Sedona and Scottsdale Arizona, and experienced the amazing Caverns in Carlsbad, NM. Besides our road trip there and back, we also got to visit Aggieland Safari and Texas A&M in College Station as well as visiting the Silos and Magnolia Market in Waco.

While the year is far from over, we have the holiday season to look forward - the most wonderful time of the year. And I joke about wanting 2020 to go away, but it allowed me to reflect, be thankful & grateful, and pray that 2021 will be much better than this.

Cheers to the holidays and soon to be au re voir to 2020! 🥂 🍾

I’ve connected with some amazing Bloggers to share some blogs featuring Reflections of 2020! Pros, cons, favorite moments, achievements, and more. Head to each of their accounts to check out what they are sharing.



What I’ve learned in 2020.




How 2020 Was For Me

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