2020: The Year in Review

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I greeted the year 2020 with optimism because 1) I was about a month pregnant last January and 2) it’s 2020, 20 and 20. To me, that year feels like double in luck, you know? Turns out, the year was very different from what I – we – all expected. The pandemic thing happened and there wasn’t much going on for the most part of the year. Here’s my annual look back at the year that was!

In January, I found out that I was pregnant with baby number 2.

Pregnancy Journey: Here We Go Again!

I spent pretty much the next few weeks in shock simply because we didn’t think we’d have another baby this soon – I only had one working ovary at this point. But we were ecstatic nonetheless!

Then, I celebrated my birthday last summer – quietly. I didn’t really go out and saw friends because I was in the thick of the first trimester and wasn’t feeling like going out. Mind you, I never had to deal with morning sickness with this one but I still felt tired all the damn time. I will come to regret failing to celebrate my birthday properly because… a week after my birthday, everything pretty much went to hell.

Pregnancy Journey: Every Pregnancy is Different, Indeed

The lockdowns happened and we were unable to go out for 4 solid months. I had to suspend my business operation because none of the couriers were willing to deliver the packages to the city. We spent the long weeks in quarantine at my parents’ house because we want to keep Damien away from possible infection.

From April to August everything was a blur guys. I was dealing with a lot, the pandemic, losing clients, bearing the full brunt of the pregnancy, being pregnant in the middle of a health crisis. Yoikes.

On top of that, my husband also lost some of his clients so it’s extra challenging. But! There is always a rainbow after the rain, things were not as bad. In fact, by September, things are mostly back to the way it was. Most of my clients stood by me through it all, something I am very grateful for. My business continued after the lockdown.

Because my husband lost some clients and he’s taking it very hard, I gave him a gift that keeps on giving: a new business. I put together a home and decor shop. We monetized our garage, which is sandwiched in between two stores. Our house sits in the middle of our town’s business district, you see. So instead of letting the garage go to waste, we used it to build our makeshift shop.

The business is still in its infancy as I write this but so far, it’s been making some profits. I’ve always wanted to have my own home decor and gift shop so this is something that’s been a long time coming. The only thing was, I didn’t think about opening shop right in the middle of a health crisis! The economy’s in the shitter, to be honest, and it’s a miracle that we are able to sell stuff at all.

That, my dears, is my husband’s rainbow. Mine was our second son, Rocco Dorian or Rocky, who was born on the first day of September. I chose this date specifically because I love the BER months and sapphire is my favorite gem. Yes, unrelated to the pregnancy completely but who cares, we’re in a pandemic.

I love everything about my second, he’s so even-tempered and very smiley! Despite the struggle of being pregnant during the time of COVID, we made it.

After the pregnancy, I started doing lots of home improvement works. We had the bathroom renovated, then the garage. We also installed security cameras in and around the home. By November, the bathroom’s done!

December was pretty chill. There’s a new virus strain that’s more than 50% more infectious but who gives a fuck at this point. We’re still quarantining at home but we travel to the city once a month to restock the decor shop.

My online business is definitely booming from November to December and it pretty much funded all the home improvement projects we had. It’s also the reason why I was able to go ahead with my jewelry projects, which I will feature soon.

And there you have it, a quick review of what came down during 2020 here in our humble abode. 2020 was… an interesting year and I was so incredibly lucky that I was able to survive it without losing my life savings, my job, my businesses, and my sanity. It’s been hard for everyone else so I try to give back as often as I can. Thank you papa Jesus for all the blessings!

Here’s to hoping for an amazing 2021, everyone. After last year’s trials and tribulation, the next year HAS TO be amazing. Cheers to the new year!

Tina Lee

Tina Lee-Almazar is a writer with an insatiable appetite for all things bright, shiny, and beautiful. She's a beauty junkie, a shopping connoisseur, a book collector, a purse addict, and a budding mom-tepreneur. Tina has a long-standing (and well-documented!) but one-sided love affair with cats. Special talents include: the ability to eat again an hour after eating, shopping at 3 different malls in 1 day, and taking a 3-hour power nap every day including weekends.

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