20 Lessons Learned in 2020

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What a heck of a year it has been! We’ve all heard an iteration of this phrase probably a hundred times by now, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t say it again: this was a year like no other.

Even with its ups and downs, I wouldn’t trade anything about this year for nothing, and I mean that with my whole heart. I laughed. I cried. I questioned. I grew.

Here are 20 things I learned I’ve learned in 2020.

1. Nothing in life is certain.

2. When I feel tired, rest is the remedy.

3. There is a bigger reason for the pain of my past. This reason goes beyond me.

4. Don’t get too invested in the outcome of certain things.

5. Stop painting red flags green (Thanks Anneliese!)

6. Some friendships expire…and that’s OK.

7. Stop second-guessing your gut, Jo! It’s there for a reason

8. People do what they want, for who they want when they want.

9. I am more than enough.

10. Self-love is the greatest love I will ever know.

11. It’s ok to pay for services and to invest in my development.

12. Don’t take it personally when friends & family don’t support you as much as strangers.

13. I am not for everyone…and that’s OK.

14. God continues to surpass my wildest dreams. Give him thanks every chance you get.

15. I flourish in spaces where I feel loved.

16. I flourish in spaces of reciprocity.

17. I have to actively make room for my blessings. Practice discipline!

18. Don’t shy away from difficult conversations.

19. There is nothing I cannot do, once my mind is set to do it.


Many of you have heard this from me before, but I’d be remiss to say it again: 2020 has been one of the greatest years of my existence (if not the greatest). While I’ve learned more than 20 things, these lessons are the ones that stick out and that I will carry as I journey through life.

2019 felt like a nightmare. A bad dream that I so badly wanted to wakeup from. I’m so thankful that I persevered and pushed through, because there were times I didn’t think I would make it to the new year.

Now with a few hours left in 2021, my attitude is that of extreme gratitude. I am hopeful for the promise of a new year and more lessons along the way.

Do any of my lessons resonate with you? Anything you learned? Please share below. I’d love to hear from you!



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  1. Margaret

    Congratulations Jo on your journey, it is just the beginning I can’t wait for your 2021 journal. You are living an amazing life., with God all is possible continue on.

    I enjoyed reading Jada’s Diary. What a read❤

    1. Jo

      Thank you so much for the kind words and for always supporting my endeavors. I appreciate you very much!

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