“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.”
― Vern McLellen
2020 was…a rollercoaster ride, with lots of unknowns, uncertainties, and unprecedented times. But we learned a lot in 2020. We had more time than ever to think about what matters most to us and what doesn’t matter at all. While we could have chosen to look back on this year with sadness and negativity, we are choosing to love 2020 and remember what it taught us.
So, here is what we are taking out of 2020 and bringing into this New Year:
The Simple Life
Don’t get us wrong we missed traveling, spontaneous outings, popping over to a friend’s house for tea, the movie theatres, and shopping sprees, but there is something to be said about living a simple life. It was like the world was telling us to slow down and we had to, and it was lovely.
We took self-care to the next level. We made bread from scratch, played more board games than ever before, did all the crafts, learned how to knit, grew herb gardens, had too many baths, practiced yoga, read more books, organized the house and then re-organized it again (and again). There was little care about material items, who is doing what, who is buying what, and we really enjoyed feeling in the moment, the slow pace, and the focus on living in the now.
In 2021, while we hope that we get some sense of “normal” back, we will be also remembering that if you have food, a roof over your head, your family, and a healthy mind, then you are very lucky. These are the things that truly matter and it’s important to slow down and show our gratitude and appreciation more often.
We spent much of 2020 scoping out and supporting local businesses. We searched the island, high and low, for new hidden gems to support and reached out to some of our long time favourite businesses for partnerships and collaborations this year. We shopped locally for our groceries, pumpkins, and Christmas presents. Supporting local never felt so right, which made us realize that this is something we should be doing more often and all year round.
We need to take care of each other, and we are taking this mentality into 2021. Support local when you can, take the time to search out local options, whether you’re looking for home decor, soap, books, or jam. There are so many incredible local people and businesses that deserve our support all year round! We were lucky enough to work with some amazing local companies in 2020, so be sure to check out our Vancouver Island Shopping Guide!
Loving Your Home
Even though we are a tiny bit tired of the walls in our houses, in 2020 we really learned the importance of loving your home.
Your home should be your safe-haven, a peaceful place, a space you love being in. When you love your home, you take better care of the things inside of it. Your home should give you energy, make you feel motivated, and be a reflection of who you are, so find a palette that you love, textures that make your heart skip, and narrow down your style. Take a page out of Marie Kondo’s book and make sure that you adore every piece of decor and furniture inside your home. If you don’t love it, toss it. If you’ve been dreaming about doing a feature wall in your bedroom, make it happen. Do some research, DIY, start a Pinterest board (if you need inspiration, check out the KC Pinterest)!
Start small or go big, but don’t underestimate the importance of loving your home and what it can do for you and your family!
Thank You 2020 & Welcome 2021!
We’re welcoming 2021 with open hearts, but we’re also taking parts of 2020 with us into this new year. Focusing on what matters most, keeping things simple, supporting local, and loving our homes! Wishing you and your family all the best in this new year!
The KC Custom Designs Team