The Roaring 20s: A Pandemic Interruption

I had started writing this post about my plans for 2020 a while ago and look how I started it:

“Despite the fact that in each century, per memes, the 20s brought death and destruction, I’m optimistic that 2020 will be a great year for me! *All Might voice* Why? Cause I’ve set new goals!”

Fast forward to now and it’s been three-weeks of working from home (aka SOCIAL DISTANCING), with only my skittish cat as company, in order to reduce the number of fatalities associated with the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and SAVE LIVES.  It’s crazy how history repeats itself.  Just look up the 1918 Pandemic and you’ll see what I mean.

But I still plan to make the most of things! Previously, I was fulfilling a 4-year plan and it’s come to an end.  I was able to accomplish most of it:

  • Learned ways to manage my anxiety and depression
  • Completed a Master’s of Science in Human Resources Development
  • Achieved 40-pound weight-loss
  • Became certified in both public and private Human Resources associations

BUT, I did not finish my language learning goals.  With a ton of workbooks and apps, I’ve gotten as far as reading and writing Hangul (Korean), katakana and hiragana (Japanese), and learning some very basic vocabulary and sentence structures in both languages.  Nevertheless, I’m quite content with the results, so I’m not upset that I didn’t finish ONE goal.

Now, I’m moving on the better things! To avoid burnout, I’ve only decided on five very broad categories so that I can adjust where needed:

  1. Be on Time! Skrrt! COVID said that’s funny.
  2. Continue a Healthy Lifestyle
  3. Learn HR Analytics
  4. Manage Financial Obligations
  5. Have Fun!

Okay, learning HR analytics is something I’ve mentioned doing, but this year, I’m making plans to transition my career to this area.  In fact, I’ve already talked to my manager AND department head at my place of employment.  They seem to agree that my strength is in using and implementing technology.  It just makes sense to add an analytics edge to my skill-set since Human Resources has already transitioned to an era of data-based decision making.  Now that I’m stuck at home, I have more time to complete the curriculum I had created for myself a loooooong time ago (LOL!).

Everything else is straight forward.  I’ve been practicing intermittent fasting for over a year, and now I’ve modified my workout to include simple yoga and arm, leg and core exercises to my morning routine (digestion still be damned!( ͒˃⌂˂ ͒)).  Also, I’ve been cooking at home more than ordering in (No! No more death sauce! LOL!) and sloooowly decreasing my sugar intake, which also promotes a healthier lifestyle.  Above all, my calling is to continue having fun, however I do it, be it learning new recipes, getting back to learning languages or…using dating apps? (That’s for another post, hehehe… (。•̀ᴗ-)✧).

It’s quite possible some of these goals will extend into next year, a healthy lifestyle and learning HR analytics could be great contenders, and that’s also okay.  Let’s be realistic, when it comes to learning and changing habits, it takes time.  I’ll work hard this year, but conquering goals to boast about finishing them isn’t necessary.  Long-term growth is the most important.

Stay Fighting!

About Crystal

Owner of Transformation ATTACK Blog and writer of the ways in which she learns to enjoy life by embracing herself: her strangeness, uniqueness, weirdness, introverted-ness, and other unattractive things. Life can be fun!

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