We Asked the AllEars Team and Readers: What Were the Upsides of 2020 and Quarantine?

Let’s be honest here — 2020 was NOT the best year ever for most of us.

You said it Sebastian. ©Disney

The global pandemic drastically changed the way most of us lived this year. From working from home to wearing masks (and yoga pants all day, everyday), life looks a little different for most of us — and a lot different for many.

It’s easy to look back on 2020 and claim it was the worst year ever. But were there any bright sides? The AllEars team got to chatting about the best thing we did this year — and answers ranged from finishing a Master’s degree to rereading favorite books!

We also reached out to our AllEars followers via Facebook and asked them what their upsides of this roller coaster of a year were. Maybe they mastered a new recipe in quarantine? Met their soulmate while Zoom dating? Put together a 1000 piece puzzle with their kids? From big to small, we want to celebrate the good things in life, even as we honor the challenging things about 2020.

Here are some of our favorite answers from the AllEars team and — most importantly — YOU!


Lots of you took advantage of being at home so much to brush up on a new (or old) skill! Some new hobbies and skills mentioned on Facebook include hiking, baking, and  puzzles!

Members of our team also got into the baking game — our editor Jess made this stunning sour dough from scratch!

Look at that loaf!

YouTube manager Meghan shared that she finally unpacked her beer cellar — after three years of living in her house. No time like the quarantine!

BONUS TOTAL TEAMMATE BRAG: One of our editors finished her masters! And one of our writers presented her senior honors project and will be throwing her graduation cap (symbolically) this week!


Many people used the quarantine as time to catch up on books, movies, and television — or even find a new favorite!


Popular choices include watching all of The Mandalorian, Schitt’s Creek, Parks and Recreation (hello, reunion special!!), Marvel and Star Wars!

Our writer, Lydia, got deep into two franchises — rereading Harry Potter AND watching all of the Star Wars films for the first time!

Personally, I watched all of the Marvel movies for the first time, which turned me into a person who cares about a tree and raccoon BFF set now. You can read my recaps of each Marvel movie on AllEars (another productive use of time) — here’s Iron-Man to start!


No one loved 2020 as much as our pets, am I right? They were lapping up all of the quality time with their humans! Remember when the AllEars team dressed up their pets as Disney characters — and then asked you to do the same?

Master Gracey as Ariel

My buddy Kronk became the world’s best assistant — even insisting on his own joining in on Zoom meetings. (Also I dyed my hair pink which has been a dream of mine since Christina Aguilera “Come on Over” video.)

He insisted on sharing a chair.

Our writer Bri, has accepted her fate as a Cat Lady and spent a lot of time with her buddy Fox!

How cute is he?

Morgan also got some QT with Poe — well…at least one of them enjoyed it.

Poe was not happy, despite being the greatest showman.

Some people not only played with current fur buddies — but they adopted new ones!!

Look at these sweet additions to the AllEars family:


AllEars team members weren’t the only ones adopting new fluffy friends. Look at these sweet babies from our Facebook followers!

Facebook: Sarah Hentchel
Facebook: Tara Fish

Quality time with fur babies is definitely an upside to hanging out at home.


Of course, hanging out with humans isn’t too bad either.

Lots of our team and readers alike said they were grateful to the time they got to spend with their spouses and kids! Taking long walks, having board game tournaments, and planning movie nights were all mentioned as ways they spent their bonus family time together.

And some of you even had new additions to the family this year! How sweet are these new little ones our readers shared with us?

Meet Little Briar Rose!! We love her name!!  Facebook:Eric N Brittanie Ramsey
Double the sweetness!! Facebook: Kayleigh Marie Grant
This little one got to go on vacation! AND his mom got 4 extra months of maternity leave with him! Facebook: Ayla Elizabeth
This little guy already has excellent taste in TV. Facebook: Jess Conway

Some romantic memories were shared, too — like Matthew Flick who said, “I proposed to my girlfriend at the beginning of the pandemic because after a virus and murder hornets, I didn’t want to go through another natural disaster without her! 😷💍.”  AWWWWWW.

And our own Quincy enjoyed her anniversary in style — when they weren’t able to go out to eat, she and her boyfriend were treated to a special meal at home. Her brother recreated a fancy restaurant in their living room and acted as server, Mom was valet, and Dad was bartender! How cute!

Quincy’s Restaurant

While this has been an overall bummer of a year (understatement much?) we loved seeing your bright sides! Thank you so much for following us always — but especially now!

What is the best thing that happened to you in 2020? Share in the comments!

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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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4 Replies to “We Asked the AllEars Team and Readers: What Were the Upsides of 2020 and Quarantine?”

  1. Hi Molly!! Just discovered your videos and I’m hooked! You do such a great job! Thank you very much!! Please keep the videos coming!

  2. Great article! As terrible of a year 2020 was, it’s still only as good as you make it. My wife and I lost over 100lbs together, adopted two new kitties and just got back from Disney where we brought our friends for their first visit! A trip that’s been in the works since probably October 2019! (Thanks for all the videos! They helped tremendously for the planning! Even when planning got complicated this summer.)

  3. After returning from maternity leave in January I was blessed to get to work from home with my then four month old twins in tinge next room.