Happy New Year!

Whew! We made it out of 2020 mostly intact. It’s been a roller coaster ride for sure, and not in a fun way. Not that 2021 is really starting off all that much better if we’re being honest here. COVID is still wreaking havoc on our local hospitals and doctor’s offices, area businesses are trying to bounce back and rebuild all that they lost in 2020, and parents are still searching for the light at the end of this never-ending tunnel so we can take a much-deserved break.


I don’t know about you, but I feel like some sort of permanently exhausted pigeon these days. I’ve never been a morning person, and my days of being a night owl are well behind me (unless I’m reading a particularly engaging book!), so it’s not like I’m not getting enough sleep most nights. But mentally and emotionally, I am so tired. It honestly feels like I never get a day off…even on my days off.


As a parent, there’s always something to worry about, but in the current state of our world there’s so much more to keep my brain constantly running on high alert.¬†Is it safe to send Alexis to school? Is that a normal asthma cough or should I make an appointment? Am I just regular tired or am I COVID tired? Is this trip to [insert store here] really worth it? And on and on and on…


Adding insult to injury, 2021 isn’t bringing any relief to this constant state of awareness like we’d all hoped. Though, to be honest, I didn’t expect the turning of the calendar to bring about drastic change. I’m realistic and a journalist to boot.


I recently read a post from one of my favorite bloggers in which she recapped her entire year. She went through it month by month, sharing the good and the bad. I briefly considered doing the same but ultimately decided I didn’t want to relive all the bad, which significantly outweighed the good.


I’m not saying that I’ll forget the bad from the past year. After all, there are a lot of lessons we can take from 2020. But when it comes down to it, I’d much rather focus on the good. Here are my top 5:


  1. I finally got a diagnosis for a years-long personal health problem and had surgery to correct it.
  2. We launched Wiregrass Parents’s digital magazine.
  3. Spent a ton of time outside (thanks to our new covered back porch).
  4. I was more consistent and intentional with writing for myself.
  5. Survived six months at home with my 5 year old while also working.


When I look back at 2020, I want to remember all the small, positive changes I made for myself. Things like wearing less makeup, implementing a solid morning routine, and doing more of the things that bring me joy. We might not have gone on any big adventures and I might not have accomplished¬†any of my big goals, but we made it through a really crappy year, and that’s nothing to snub your nose at.


I hope 2021 is full of all the things 2020 wasn’t…you know, when it’s safe. Until then, keep on keeping on. We survived what is arguably the worst year of our collective lives. We’ve got this!

Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. A lifelong resident of the Wiregrass, she grew up in Blakely, Ga. Her love of journalism began on her high school newspaper and continued at Troy University where she received her print journalism degree. After graduating, she worked with WTVY-TV for nearly a decade. She and her husband, Chris, have been married since 2012. They have one daughter, Alexis, as well as a dog, Jackson, and a cat, Cooper.

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Happy New Year!

by Ashton Wright time to read: 2 min