Happy 2020! Has it been a minute since I’ve written a blog post or what? The last post was to celebrate my birthday by sharing lessons learned in 27 years and a super cute vest outfit with 27 facts about me. While it’s been a hot second, I thought now would be the perfect time to share my 2019 reflections and 2020 goals. In the past, I’ve set resolutions, which I have realized are so lofty and feel unattainable, that this year I’m focusing on goals. So grab some coffee and let’s get started.
2019 you were a real B at times. You challenged me, broke me, encouraged me, and grew me. The most important takeaway from 2019 is that I left the year happy, healthy, and feeling more like myself.
I’m not going to lie, postpartum has been a big struggle from me. It’s been challenging to find my voice as a mother, stand up for my family, and work on my mental health. I never understood how marriages can be effected by children but I saw that in 2019. Brad and I put all our energy in being parents that we forgot about each other. We spent the last 3/4 of 2019 really focusing on ourselves and our marriage. The two of us had meaningful conversations, expressed how we were feeling, went on dates, traveled together, and challenged ourselves to get back to who we were while growing as adults and parents. I’m happy to say that we are doing SO much better- marriage is always a work in progress but we are getting back to who we were before H.
To go along with the above, parenthood/motherhood is hard. I started the year with a 6-month old baby, who I loved so much. We spent the year watching him grow, change, and develop into a stubborn, caring, and loving 17-month old toddler. Brad and I witnessed his firsts- first food, first crawl, first steps, first words, first injuries, first kiss, and so many more firsts. Henry challenges me every single day, but even on my hardest/darkest day, I wouldn’t trade the challenges. The 3 of us spent a lot of time at the zoo– he loves animals, at the pool- he’s a water bug for sure, going on walks, chasing our dogs- they’re his best friends, and making lots of memories.
A New Home:
We bought a house! In February, I was browsing realtor.com and stumbled upon a house that I knew would be in our home. It was in our dream neighborhood and crossed off so many of our wants/needs in a house. So we decided to make it ours. Selling our first home was difficult for me- it was our first house, where we got engaged, brought home Tucker, got married, experienced pregnancy, and where we brought our first child home. I’m very much a sentimental person so you can only imagine how I felt. We moved into our house on April 1st and spent the next 8 weeks remodeling– removing wall paper and painting every room, painting the trim and windows, new flooring throughout the entire house, painting our kitchen cabinets, and a few other odds and ends. It’s slowly, but surely, turning into our home that we’ve always envisioned.
In 2019, we traveled as a family and as a couple. I think that made a huge difference. We were able to pack up, get out of our mundane routines, and explore. Throughout the year, I managed to go on 5 different road trips that include:
- Traveling to Pittsburgh, PA in January with my dad and sister. The 3 of us attended a North Carolina basketball game which has been a goal of ours for 15+ years (since I started playing basketball in the 5th or 6th grade).
- Brad, my sister, and I went to Nashville in February. Brad had been there before but it was my sister and mines first trip. It’s safe to say we all fell in love.
- Next up, a family vacation to Hilton Head Island, SC with my parents, sister, Brad and Henry. Talk about the perfect relaxing vacation.
- While on vacation, we took a small road trip to Savannah, GA for a long day exploring. Savannah is a beautiful city and I’d love to spend more time there, in cooler months.
- Lastly, Brad and I took our last road trip of the year to Madison, WI. My blogger bestie, Jasmine, got married! It was seriously so wonderful to get to meet her IRL after being friends for 5+ years. Fun fact: she was the first person to know I was expecting Henry.
Top 5 Posts of 2019:
- Modern Farmhouse Inspiration
- 21 Baby Registry Must-Haves
- 4 Things Every New Mom Should Do Daily
- 8 Ways to be More Organized and Accomplish Goals
- 10 Budget-Friendly Home Decor Stores
Before setting my goals, I spent a good week really reflecting on how 2019 went. I wanted the goals to feel attainable, challenging, make strives at improvement, and family oriented. So here are the 10 goals I’ve set for myself in 2020:
- Read 2 books a month for a total of 24 books in 2020.
- Organize our home and get rid of unwanted/unused items.
- Workout/get moving for 30 minutes 5 times week.
- Run 2 5Ks
- Keep a journal that includes daily gratitude and memorable moments/thoughts.
- Read a daily devotional and/or daily affirmations book.
- Adventure more by taking Henry to 2 new zoos and exploring with Brad or as a family 3 new destinations.
- Meet with girlfriends more often, at least once a quarter.
- Create routines- skincare, cleaning, morning/nighttime.
- Go through pictures on my phone/computer to develop, organize in albums, backup on a hard drive, and delete from phones/computers.
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