What can I say about 2020 that hasn't already been said? It was a dumpster-fire of a year for pretty much everyone. My company, Alberta Beer Festivals, has been forced to postpone everything until 2021 - and even with that we are not certain when we will be able to host festivals again!
Surprisingly there have been some positives as well:
Our team at ABF is still together! We've had to put everything into hibernation mode and pretty much work for free - but we are all committed to each other and the vision of our festivals and the community we serve. We even started Beerfest In A Box - which allows us to continue our mission to share the stories of craft breweries with the world.
I've been able to lean into my podcasts more than ever before. I have a long way to go on my journey to be a great podcast host - but I love doing it and enjoy sharing so many stories from amazing people! For the first round of isolation, I worked with my friend JD to do daily podcasts to check-in on people and make sure they were doing okay. I was inspired daily by all of the positive stories and how people immediately looked to see how they could help the community.
I have two young kids - ages 9 and 7 - and I was able to spend SO much more time with them this year. I have always been very involved as a parent - but this year was even better. There are so many memories - picnics, hikes and bike rides - that we will remember well after the bad memories of COVID are gone.
I'm grateful for all of the support that we have received - both as a company and personally too. It's easy to say that we are a family when things are going good - but to see our community rally in these tough times was amazing. I know that many of us are not out of the woods - there are some challenging times ahead for sure. But as I reflect on what we have been through collectively - I'm confident that we can tackle everything ahead of us!
One last thing - please check in with friends and family whenever possible. Even the strong people in your tribe are struggling these days. Let them know that you are thinking about them and that you're there when they need you. Cheers to 2021 - I hope it's awesome for everyone!