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A Letter To My January 2020 Self

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

WELCOME TO 2021!

(Author’s Note:) I decided it would be fun to write a brief note to my January 2020 self. But first you need to know a little bit of information about Joe. He loved talk radio and would listen to Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh. The radio in his truck was permanently set to our main talk radio station.

Dear January 2020 Michele,

This is January 2021 Michele. I wanted to send you a note about your life in 2020. Obviously since I am writing to you from 2021, you will make it through another year. There is only a little bit of general information I can tell you because of potentially messing with history, although there are some aspects of 2020’s history I would change in a nano-second.

Remember when Joe said he did not listen much to Glenn Beck any more because Glenn was all gloom and doom and acting like the sky was falling?

Well…

Let’s just say when you get to heaven, you will have another reason for giving Joe a whopping since he did not listen to and act on what Glenn preached.

Don’t worry the sky does not fall. In fact that is the only thing that does not happen in 2020. However, the fecal matter will start hitting the oscillating unit this month and will increase in greater amounts with each passing month...day.

You will know when it starts.

Use what I have told you and every payday prepare accordingly. You do not want to ever again walk into a grocery store with only $5 for food.

Finally, remember the meaning of Immanuel – God. With. Us. He will be with you in 2020 as He always has been. It’s just not going to feel like it at times.

Love,

January 2021 Michele

P.S. Facepalm is going to be the emoji of the year.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

What I am Thankful for In 2020

This morning I decided instead of Weekend Wisdom I needed to write a partial list of what I am grateful for this year and share it with you because…..

Yes, there is always something to be thankful for even in the most dire times.

My partial list,

  • Discovering a way to afford Nexxus Shampoo (best at helping the my very dry brittle hair)
  • Fudge covered Oreos. (already was in love with the white chocolate fudge ones)
  • Our election and the appeals processing working the way the founding fathers intended
  • The Bible, The Declaration of Independence, and The Constitution
  • The word Stand.
  • The END of the laziness in my personal life
  • Finding a way to deal with handling 2 chats at the same time.
  • My new dishwasher (courtesy of stimulus check)
  • Labor Day storm sewer back up
  • The men who cleaned out my basement after storm sewer back up
  • Getting together with Joe’s family for a birthday party
  • My Scottish ancestors
  • Sharing gyros and baklava from a local restaurant with family
  • FREEDOM
  • 2020

That is just a small list of persons, places, events or things I am grateful for so far this year. Yes, 2020 is on the list. Why? Simply because we do not know what 2021 holds in store for us. So be thankful for and appreciate this year.

Advent starts tomorrow and I decided once again to use Ann Voskamp’s The Greatest Gift: Unwrapping the Full Love Story of Christmas as my devotional. I did not regularly use anything last year and I don’t remember the year before because I work in retail. So it’s been a year or two since I used this book. Maybe something new will jump out at me. I doubt it. The book is so marked up form the years I did use it but there is always hope.

Have a joy-filled weekend!

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.