As 2020 comes to a close…

Who’s down for an instant replay of 2020? Just kidding! Certainly not Catalyst, my family, or anyone I know! This has been a trying year for all of us in so many respects, but above all, I am grateful to have such supportive staff, clients and business partners that have been right alongside us in weathering this unforeseen storm.

Because I am a glass-half-full kind of person, I’m focused on the brighter side. So, I wanted to share five of the things (above and beyond being healthy and having a job) that I am personally most grateful for this year:

  1. Being able to work from home – While I’ve done this before on the occasional snow day or sick day, I’m glad that the infrastructure at Catalyst enabled us to pivot so seamlessly without ever skipping a beat.
  2. Enjoying more time in the kitchen – I don’t think I’ve ever spent so much time planning meals, looking at recipes and cooking in my entire life. There were definitely some winners, some losers and, of course, some good takeout as well.
  3. Having a neighborhood to walk in – I never really gave this too much thought until this year. But it has been really great to be able to enjoy a good walk, talk with our neighbors and visit with others safely outside.
  4. Making new memories with my kids – Whether it was taking more family walks, spending time around the firepit, baking together or renovating their rooms, I really hope these are the kind of memories that stay with them when they get older and think back to what happened during COVID.
  5. Being able to stay connected to others – Technology is a wonderful thing! I am still amazed at how it can turn a regular phone call into an experience that makes you feel almost as good as if you were sitting across from that person in your living room.

If there’s one takeaway for me this year, it’s been finding joy in some of life’s simpler things – like on my list above. I hope to carry that into 2021 and maybe you will too.

Wishing you a joyous holiday, and a very happy and healthy new year!

Cheers!

Melissa