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2020 Wasn't so bad...



Written by Carrie Kube, IRVECA Director

It’s true. 2020 was so bad. When I look back at the last year, there are many joys to be found. 

Our daughter graduated high school, moved to college, and found a job in her field of study. My husband took a different position with his employer, thus ending a rotating night shift schedule. Our son confirmed his faith in God and competed in cross country. We rebuilt a deck on our house and tackled several landscaping projects. We enjoyed a family vacation to Colorado, Grand Tetons, and Yellowstone. As an added bonus...we all remained healthy!

From www.findingjoy.net, we can also learn even more valuable lessons from 2020. Reflect on how the following statements have already changed you or will help you grow in 2021.

  • The world can change quickly.
  • Friends matter greatly.
  • Alone and lonely are different.
  • Hope matters.
  • Learn from the past.
  • The small moments are beautiful.
  • Kindness is a great gift.
  • Optimism is priceless.
  • Be grateful for family.
  • Heroes truly exist. 
  • Give back generously.
  • Never stop trying.
  • Reach out to those you love.
  • Live with bravery.


The year has renewed a sense of family and togetherness for us. We started the new year by just being present with one another. We played card games, laughed together...and we loved one another just a little bit more. We didn’t just “survive” 2020, we lived it!

Make 2021 another year of the family. Take the lessons you learned in 2020 and apply them to 2021!

Happy New Year!

Carrie Kube
Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Director
iarivervalleyeca@gmail.com
www.iowarivervalleyeca.com

Disclosure: Carrie Kube is a Director for the Iowa River Valley Early Childhood Area Board.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are that of the author and not the Board and/or its community partners.