Crystal Williams

Disability Advocate, Mental Health Advocate, Blogger, Kabuki Syndrome, Animal lover & Loves Travel

Hi everyone, 2020 what a year we had this year. I’m sitting here today New Years Eve, reflecting back on this year. 2020 started off to a good start getting to go away on vacation on a cruise with my family for a week, which was very relaxing. Then a few months later having the pandemic hit and everything changed. I stopped going to my barn for my horseback riding lessons for a few months not knowing when I was going to be able to go back or not. That was very hard for me. I really struggled with my depression even more this year. I was able to go back to my horseback riding lessons in the summer, which I was so grateful and happy that I was able to go back. I didn’t realize how much I missed the place and how much I needed that place to help me with my mental health. Over this whole year I have been so grateful to be working during this whole pandemic. Over the summer Matthew and I were able to get away and visit family for a vacation up in Kimberley and Invermere BC. Then in the fall we celebrated our second wedding anniversary and went to Whistler BC for a week. It was a nice little getaway for both of us. Lots of rest and relaxation. Then after our vacation in Whistler my family got some bad news that my grandfather (papa as we call him) had stage four cancer. We weren’t sure how much time we had left with him. So we spent as much we had left with him as we could. Unfortunately we only had a month left with him. Losing my papa was very difficult for me because I was so close to him and spent so much time with him growing up. It was nice to get to spend some time with my nana and my family before things got even worse with the pandemic. Then came the Christmas holidays and didn’t have much else other than work being so crazy busy for the holiday season.

Overall This year was definitely challenging but I learned more about myself. I did do a lot of self reflecting this year as well. Did a lot of reading this year I red six self help books and found some very helpful tips that I was able to take away and use in my everyday life. One thing that I really found very helpful was writing in a journal every day about the things that I am grateful for and keep reminders for myself. This year I have started working on a new project that I’m very excited about. I will share more about it probably in the new year. Anyways that’s all for now. I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday. Let’s all hope that 2021 will be a much better year for all of us.

~Crystal~

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