Silver Linings from 2020 – and Wishing You a Bright Year Ahead!

6 01 2021

Hello Everyone,

As 2020 fades further in the rear mirror, I think we will discover more gifts that resulted from the adversity of this remarkable year.

From the big heroics to the million little kindnesses, I think this challenging year called out the best in us. It has also given me an appreciation for things like hugs, dinners with friends, and smiling at strangers.

I’ve been lucky to have my sister Kelly (and KIT List co-moderator) living with me, since she was at my house recovering from minor surgery when COVID first hit. It’s been so great to have her upbeat spirit and company during those initial dark days, and the twists and curves ever since.

Laughing during our KIT List (very DIY!) videos

Kelly and I actually did five videos to encourage our KIT List friends – which we jokingly dubbed “The Corona Videos” – with ideas on what we can each do to help neighbors and friends. We also interviewed hiring experts who gave tips on how to pivot and flourish during a pandemic. You can watch the Corona Videos here.

Keeping the KIT List Going

We decided to keep the KIT List going after the Yahoo Groups platform went away forever on 12/15. Kelly and I just couldn’t close it in good conscience as long as so many people lost jobs due to COVID.

Thank you for bearing with us as we tried to save as many emails of our community as possible as we moved to the new email platform on Groups.io. Friends or colleagues can subscribe through the KIT List site. We’re still ironing out some things, and we’re truly grateful for your kind words of support during this adventure.

I think we will actually look back fondly (at some point soon!) on some of the silver linings that came from this unique year: more time with loved ones, simplified schedules, Zoom calls in our PJs, looking out for the elderly friends and physically fragile (often through windows), and the friendly wave of a hand from someone completely bundled up yet with eyes smiling above a face mask.

We are all stronger and better as a result of the surprises and demands of 2020.

Wishing you and yours a joy-filled and HEALTHY 2021!

Sue and Kelly


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