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Caroline's 2020 Year In Review

Updated: Jan 19, 2021

2020 is certainly one we are all going to remember whether we like it or not. For me, it felt like moving in slow motion with increasing dread while doing my best to make the most of a really weird situation.

That being said, I still have so much to be grateful for.

I managed to sneak in four trips before lockdown to Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Vermont and I’m so grateful to be fortunate enough to have been able to do so.

Dave and I lost his grandma in the beginning of January. I’m so grateful that I was able to make it to her side just before she died despite some pretty tremendous obstacles. I know so many people were not able to do so this year.

I started working for Mercato and helped essential workers deliver groceries from independent grocers and specialty shops across the country. I’m so grateful to work for such an incredible company and watch it grow like crazy during what may be the craziest time in our lives.

I got to spend a lot of time with my dad sailing this summer while mostly quarantined: I’m so thankful that I got to spend so much time with him before leaving the east coast.

I finished renovating and sold my first home! This was a lifelong dream of mine and despite the twists and turns I felt so acc

omplished to make this happen.

I moved across the country to Minneapolis so my husband Dave could start getting his masters in Systems Engineering at The University of Minnesota! I’ve been so excited to be closer to my extended family, friends, and a growing startup & tech scene.

I got to spend time with several family members in Minnesota and Wisconsin (from a distance of course!) and am feeling so incredibly lucky that all of my relatives who have caught Covid (that I know of) in the last year have mostly recovered.

Finally, I’m so thankful that I got to spend so much time with my husband Dave and my two adorable cats. I spent most of this yea

r quarantined and/or isolated with these three in a safe, happy, and healthy space. Many things were hard but I can’t help thinking about just how fortunate this year in my life, and how privileged my life in general has been.

In 2021, I hope to do my best to create a better, happier, more equitable world. I don’t know how much I can accomplish on my own but I know that doing my best and making an actual effort is far better than doing nothing at all.

Cheers all and here's hoping that 2021 will surprise us all with joy, health, and progress!

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