It’s been a hot second since my last post because I spontaneously decided that I needed to take time off of blogging. 2019 was my best year of writing and I’m so glad that I was able to share my adventures, struggles, and thoughts via my corner of the internet. But when December rolled around I knew that I needed a break.
2019 was one of the best years of my life. Not because everything was perfect, but because I really challenged myself to put myself first and to grow into the woman I want to become. I’m finally at a point in my career where I feel like I’m heading in the right direction.
Even though 2019 was such an amazing year I’m still thrilled to be going into 2020. It feels like a fresh start and I’m really looking forward to starting over again. I want to continue to push myself far outside of my comfort zone. I want to grow and to help others grow too.
So, cheers to 2020! May this be the best year of our lives!
What are you looking forward to about the New Year?
2019 is here but I wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2018. I had a conversation with some friends awhile ago about how 2018 had not been that great of a year for me. It was a year of struggling. Struggling with work, pain, and loneliness. Struggling with trying to find myself, accepting who I am, and trying to figure out what healthy means to me.
In this post I am sharing a list of things I did in 2018. It’s easy to look at this list and see only the positive things. I had Brett read it before posting because I wanted to make sure I wasn’t coming off as braggy. Here’s the thing to remember though, I accomplished a lot this year between my personal and professional life but it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. I had a headache or migraine every single day in 2018.
So when you look at this and every other blogger’s 2018 re-cap I urge you to remember that it’s not perfect all the time. I urge you to not compare your list with other’s. Because my list looks perfect but I can assure you that it’s not.
Without further ado here’s my list of what my life consisted of in 2018.
In 2018 I….
Celebrated 5 years of blogging
Bought a house
Adopted Oscar from the animal shelter
Crossed Rome off of my travel Bucketlist
Traveled to Paris for the third time
Celebrated one year of marriage with Brett
Surpassed my goal of reading 12 books in a year
Found a new Neurologist
Saw John Legend perform a private concert at my work party on the same day as my 25th birthday
Started a “House Fund” to save for building a new bathroom and re-doing our driveway
Spent a weekend in Traverse City with friends
Fell in love with decorating our house
Celebrated two years at my job
Helped my parents pick out a new puppy
Celebrated eight years of kitten motherhood
Turned 25 and reflected on my 25 before 25 list
Covered a three month long maternity leave at work
Started a new medicine that made me insanely sick
Stopped taking said medicine and started feeling much better
Lost 10 pounds
Focused more on self-love and less on the scale
Struggled with finding work-life balance
Fell in love with reading again
Spent more time with family
Struggled a lot with feeling sad and lonely
Accepted my introvert tendencies and tried to learn how to work with them instead of against them
Found a wonderful and supportive group of blogger friends
Went to countless airshows with Brett
Traveled around Michigan and other nearby states
Came to the conclusion that life really is better with a dog
Started blogging regularly (for the most part!)
Like I mentioned before, it’s easy to look at this list and only see the good. But 2018 was one of the hardest years of my life. I learned valuable lessons and tried to share my life with others in a positive way. I never want to be the person on social media who someone compares their life to.
My 2019 1st Quarter goals will be up soon. I’m going to continue doing quarterly goals instead of yearly goals because I really do think that they work better for me.
What are your goals for 2019? And how do you feel 2018 went for you?
I am sitting on my couch, in my apartment, with my husband, cat, and best friend. We have played Just Dance, Mario Cart, Wii Sports, and Guitar Hero. The boys have made pizza, buffalo chicken, and countless other snacky foods while I have enjoyed a bottle of my favorite wine.
I am sitting here reflecting on how there is really no place I’d rather be. 2017 has been really good to me. I love my husband, our apartment, our friends, family, and cat. I have a job that challenges me every day. A job where I can imagine staying at until I retire and never growing bored.
I know that I am lucky. I am content. I am overjoyed with the prospect of another great year. And mostly, I am grateful. I am grateful for my family who encourage me and support me. I am grateful for my husband who makes me laugh and smile every single day. I am grateful for my friends, those new and old, who I can always count on. I am grateful every single day for the life I live.
So here’s to 2018! I hope this new year brings you everything that you need and hope for. Work hard, play hard, and always remain humble.