How has 2020 changed you?

When we returned from our refreshing Spring Break ski trip in March to our rapidly changing world, I “officially” paused blogging until I could get my bearings, and figure out what we were going to do about our plans for serving you through Girls Night Out, in the middle of the emerging worldwide pandemic.

Here we are, nearly four months later.   

I still don’t have my bearings.  I’m still not completely sure what we’re going to do about girls night out.  And I still haven’t written one single blog post . . . until today.  This is NOT my usual style.  I am a get-it-done-girl.  I make things happen, despite the odds.  I make decisions quickly.  Done is better than perfect.  I don’t muddle around with ifs, ands, or butts.

I think it’s fair to say 2020 has proven that people change.

2020 has proven that everything you’ve ever known can be uprooted and turned on its head, faster than the Bachelor kisses all the contestants.  We’re more than halfway through the year and I don’t think there’s a single one of us who could’ve dreamt up the life-altering insanity this year has held.  The world will never be the same and it’s still changing on-the-daily.  It’s not all bad.  It’s changing in some beautiful and good ways.  And yet, when people ask me how I’m doing right now, the only honest answer I can muster is:

“Disoriented.  I’m disoriented.” 

It feels like I was body-surfing in the waves, having the time of my life.  Then in an instant, I got caught tumbling in the undertow.  I’ve been tossing and turning, gasping for breath.  But every time I think I’ve found my footing, I stand up with salty hair all over my face, false eyelashes stuck to my cheek, and only wearing half a swimsuit with snot on it.  Just when I start to wipe my stinging eyes to look for the shore, another wave hits me, and takes me back under again.  I still haven’t found my footing long enough to stand up and walk back to the safety of the shore.  Sound familiar?

But people change, either by chance or by choice.

Here we are, halfway through 2020.  Still wiping the sand out of our tired eyes, squinting towards the scorching sun, and wondering which direction leads home.  We can either wait around to see what happens next or, we can choose to do what we can today, fully expecting the world to look entirely different again tomorrow.

Instead of looking for the familiar shore, you can focus on conjuring joy. 

You can laugh at the hysterical memes of 2020.  You can choose to be grateful for what you have.  You can love the people in front of you, even if they’ve literally been in front of you for WAY TOO LONG (quarantine much?).  You can breathe in the humid air deeply and slowly, picturing your happy place.

And then, you can go create it.

“Sometimes you might wonder if you are living in the same world. . .  As a matter of fact, it won’t ever be the same world because you are not the same, and what you are determines the world in which you live, so as you change, your world changes also. “ ~ Norman Vincent Peale

This year has changed me. 

It’s changed you, too.  So let’s stop looking for the comfortable world of our past and step up together, to create the beautiful new world of our future, as the changed people we are.

Let’s start tonight.

to more love,

Crystal

P.S. It’s not too late to join me for a romping good time of celebration TONIGHT (Yes, we can do that online!).  Our GNO at Home, Like It’s Your Birthday is tonight happening via zoom.  If you’re in need of a girls night, encouragement, laughter, dancing, and stories of joy, get registered right now!  (Scholarships are easy and available! So don’t let anything hold you back!)

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