What the Heck Was That? My Reflections on 2020

I have been in a rut, you might call it writer’s block if I was a writer. A creative slump. I haven’t posted anything but short-lived stories on my Instagram since March, my last Medium article was a repost of an interview I did ages ago and my LinkedIn posts and engagement have gone down considerably. I could beat myself up about it and look at all the productivity hacks and habits for billionaires or something like that, but I won’t. I refuse. I made it through this year and that in itself is a success.

Stick to my goals

In “Plan 2020 with me” I had told you about my word of the year as well as some intentions I had set for myself, let’s see how that worked out.

  • learn continuously 🤔 Well, I am still doing my uni program in Forensic Engineering, but that was really all I did because, you know, it’s 2000€ a semester, which is nothing compared to uni tuition in some other countries but still.
  • share knowledge & experience ✅ Yay, that one actually worked out. I have been and will continue to mentor some amazing people, have great chats with other professionals who’ve become friends, run Women in Product Berlin, and the Product Exchange (kinda like a guild) at work.
  • putting myself out there (writing, speaking…) 🤔 While I wrote close to no new posts, I did have the opportunity to speak at some meetups and conferences and I am very grateful for the opportunities. I still get ridiculously nervous each time and forget how to speak words in the beginning, but you gotta start somewhere.
  • reach out to friends more ❌ At the beginning of the pandemic I did put in effort which dwindled over time because I was just too exhausted.
  • be more sustainable ❌ I don’t even know what I meant by that. As a good German, I recycle properly, of course 😂
  • be more frugal to save for a nice vacation ❌ see above.

Growth

My word of the year was “growth” and while this did not pan out the way I thought it would, I did definitely grow.

  • There’s no reverse racism
  • Blue lives are not a thing
  • Trans rights are human rights
  • Sex work is work
  • Bodily autonomy is a human right

So, what now?

I am gonna try again. I will set goals again. I will make plans. And I will be hopeful.

Product strategist, decision facilitator, team enabler, problem solver, design sprinter, agile enthusiast, intersectional feminist.

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