2020 Year in Review

If 2020 were a movie scene

1. Runner’s High

Haruki Murakami has a book called “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” which is a memoir about his intertwined passions of long-distance running and writing. In it, he explains how training for marathons fueled his ability to write even better.

What I Think About When I Think About Running

2. TikTok O’Clock

I am not proud to admit this, but I developed a minor addiction to TikTok. However, I will defend myself by saying TikTok changed my life for the better. First, it led to a great family bonding moment which culminated in this amazing video (aka the first and last TikTok I’ll ever make).

Doing the Milly Rock with my parents
Pasta night (courtesy of a TikTok recipe) with one of my best friends.

3. Re-defining Funtivities

Up until 2020, most of my adult social life had been defined by drinking, going to bars, Vegas, clubbing, wine & cheese nights, parties, Mama Lion, Terra Cotta, Arena…basically, alcohol was a usual suspect. This year challenged me (and many of my friends) to try other things with a social distance or quarantine twist.

4. Love in The Time of Corona

You’d think that dating would be impossible during a pandemic, but I found the opposite to be true. Because there was less to do, people (including myself) were more serious and intentional about what they were looking for. Quarantine also eliminated rush hour traffic, provided flexibility, and most of all, allowed extra time to get to know people. With the need to vet dates virtually or stay 6 feet apart on the first meeting, I personally learned how to be patient and how to communicate my expectations, needs, and boundaries.

‘Acts of Service’ at its finest

5. A Lesson in Aloha

2020 ended with a family trip to Hawaii. To be honest, my parents and I went back and forth about going on this vacation due to safety concerns about traveling during a pandemic. We ultimately decided to go forward with it on the condition we were extra cautious and prepared.



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Alina Tang

Alina Tang


28. // Finding my voice through indie films, inspiring souls, and my innermost ramblings.