You may remember back in June I wrote my 2020 Round Up: Part 1, as the first six months of this year were kind of eventful. If you missed that post, or if you’re new here, read it here.

Is it just me or has this year been simultaneously the slowest and fastest year of your life? January seems like a lifetime ago, but somehow at the same time it feels like we blinked and it’s nearly over. I had to have a lot of help from my planner and my Instagram feed for this post because to be honest, the last six months have been a complete blur and very difficult to differentiate one from the next!

So without further ado, here’s my round up of the second half of the year…


JULY

Read July’s blog posts here

I was at home in July, and struggling to adapt from going from having all my own space in the flat, to just having a tiny box room. I was in the height of teaching fitness classes on Zoom, and also managed to do a lot of IG live/Zoom dance classes. I finally went to work for the first time since March, just once or twice a week at the working men’s club I work at whenever I can.

I took part in @yogabygeorgia 30 Days of Bliss yoga programme which I loved as it gave me something to focus on, but also really got me into meditation and journaling again, which is actually something I’ve kept up for the majority of this year.

 

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I also started Natacha Oceane‘s HOME guide, which I really liked since I couldn’t get in the gym. And I also enrolled on my Level 3 Pre/Postnatal course, which I have now completed so can take on pre/postnatal clients and support them with exercise and nutrition.

I also launched my YouTube channel in July! I still can’t believe I actually started it, or that I’m still doing it now almost six months later. Subscribe here.

 

AUGUST

Read August’s blog posts here

I actually published my most popular/highest views blog post ever in August: Breast Reduction Story

August actually felt relatively normal in comparison to the rest of the year. I went to my first dance class in person – and vlogged it – I also went back to the gym – and vlogged it – and started covering fitness classes again – and guess what? Vlogged it. It was also the only month I’ve been able to meet up with friends and go for lunch and do normal things, which was lovely.

 

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I also started working on a new online platform for fitness and dance classes on demand, I was one of the original launch instructors for Studio From Home, which I am still working on now. It has 4 categories of classes, and my channel on there currently has 40+ different classes including Body Conditioning, Legs Bums Tums, Abs, Pilates, Barre, Aerobics and HIIT. They are currently offering a 7 day free trial and after that its Β£19.99 a month – bargain for all those classes! If you do sign up, please select my name (Lauren Hollie Fitness) from the menu (please note I will receive commission but it won’t affect the price you pay) and let me know so I can thank you!

 

SEPTEMBER

Read September’s blog posts here

I went back to Leicester in the first week of September, and caught up with my flatmate Hannah and our friend Sophie. Guess what? There’s a vlog. We had to have a Covid test before going back to uni, and after that got stuck into dance training again. When we got back to Leicester, they were actually still on a lockdown of their own, but luckily things started to slowly open back up again within a couple of weeks. Which meant we went back to the gym again!

 

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Studio From Home launched at the end of September, and I spent all my free time filming content for it.

 

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OCTOBER

Read October’s blog posts here

I spent the majority of October in isolation… The first one was just around 10 days off uni because cases were rising but I didn’t have to fully isolate because no one in my bubble had tested positive or been in contact with those who had.

My highlight of this month was that my friend Leah came to visit, and we managed to go pumpkin picking before the second round of isolation…. which was when I tested positive! I wrote a post about my experience with coronavirus here.

 

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Once I’d recovered, me and Hannah did a mini photoshoot in the flat and surrounding areas, and also did our charity shop haul, of which the vlog just hit 1k views (the first time I’ve reached this milestone!)

 

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NOVEMBER

Read November’s blog posts here

In November we finally got back to dance training and it was finally an uninterrupted month. Lockdown 2.0 happened, but luckily universities/colleges were allowed to stay open, so it didn’t feel like the first lockdown for me. It did mean that I only got one or two gym visits in before it shut again. I did another 4 week fitness challenge over on Instagram which was pretty successful, and since we had weekends completely free, me and Hannah filmed a lot of YouTube content, including the infamous Tinder series

I also went back to teaching IG lives, did my first Gymshark haul and we did another photoshoot.

 

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DECEMBER

Read December’s blog posts here

December has been a weird one. The government introduced the student travel window which meant we had to finish two weeks early, which was annoying since we’d just got back into the swing of things. It also meant we only got back to the gym for a week before going home, and I don’t have a membership here.

I also attempted Vlogmas for the first time, and somehow completed it! Watch here.

I was super excited to be returning to work (there’s a sentence I never thought I’d say) at my local theatre for a three week long pantomime, but unfortunately on the day it was meant to start we got put into Tier 3, meaning it was cancelled. And then the day after that, we got put into Tier 4. You couldn’t make this stuff up!

Other than that my December has been home workouts, uni deadlines and social distanced meet ups with my friends back here and I’m very grateful I got to see them before the Tier 4 situation hit.

I also attended a Blogosphere x Joby virtual event which was excellent, and I also managed to win the giveaway which I’m buzzing about – a Joby Mobile Vlogging Kit – how perfect?!

Finally, a couple of weeks ago I launched my online coaching page. After finally working with an online coach myself, I decided it was time to offer that service myself, and admit that in person PT doesn’t really work alongside uni and in the midst of a global pandemic. So, if you’re interested in having support with your nutrition/fitness/wellness goals, get in touch! And follow @coachingwithloz on Instagram!


If you haven’t already, I urge you to take a moment to reflect on 2020, it’s been an unpredictable and eventful (or not, depending on how you look at it) year, but there’s still some positives to be taken from it, no matter how hard you have to dig for them or how small those things are.

What sticks out from the last 6 months for you?

Stay Safe,

L x

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13 Comments

  1. It’s nice to see your year laid out and so glad you can still find positive things to come out of your year πŸ’“

  2. It’s been quite a year but it’s good to see you managed to do things like start your YouTube channel! This time has given us more time and opportunities to do things we love

  3. What a year it has been for all of us. You have done so well. Great job on keeping your head up and staring so many things. Best of luck in the new year.

  4. Congratulations on everything that you’ve accomplished throughout 2020. Despite the challenges and hurdles that were thrown our way, you were able to rise above and really make something out of your year. That’s a great reminder to all of us that while we can’t control the cards we’re dealt, we do have control over how we play them!

  5. I loved reading your second round up of 2020 Lauren, I hope you have an amazing 2021! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

  6. Love seeing what other people got up to this year! It’s also great to read something positive too, loved it xx

    1. Thank you! I’ve really enjoyed reading other people’s too x

  7. Thanks for sharing your life, for standing strong during 2020. Take care! I just wrote about my musing on 2020, please drop by my site, when you have the time. Wish you a wonderful year, cheers!

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