I’m not going to do a Top Nine of 2019, a list of resolutions, nor a monthly breakdown of what the last twelve months looked like. I will just simply acknowledge that 2019 was the year of YES. I experienced so much growth and stepping out on faith with a dash of conquering fears and a double side portion of owning my truth.
We moved into a new house, and I started a new job all within the first 8 weeks of the year. Talk about a world wind of blessings. It was never a struggle of, “Is this the right decision,” but more of a realization of, “I can’t believe I did it!” No regrets.
I traveled a lot, both personally and professionally, which was rewarding on all fronts. San Antonio, Dallas, Belize, Austin (two weekends in a row), St. Louis, San Antonio, New York, oh and San Antonio. LOL. My anxiety with flying hasn’t gone away, but I’m slowly working through it. (Yes, I still clap when the plane lands. I’m just that grateful to Jesus and the pilot.)
I redefined my definition of self care. A monthly cleaning service, extra visit to my hair stylist and therapy sessions helped to get (and keep) my life in order. Organizing my outside space along with my inside space makes all the difference. It is an added expense that is truly worth it.
I made a few money moves: doubled my life insurance policy, compared home and auto insurance for cheaper rates, opened an IRA with my rollover funds from my previous employer, and got a new credit card with 0% interest for 21 months so I can pay off my balance faster. I also created a new budget plan that will hold me accountable for smaller goals (every 12 weeks) that still help guide me toward my bigger goals.
Most importantly, family ties have grown into family bonds. My relationships have more weight on them. I have consciously made an effort to reach out to my immediate family more often. The loss of my cousin and my husband’s grandmother this year provided an unexpected perspective, but one that leveraged my need for deeper connections. The Hubs and I have reached a level in our marriage, one that took 5 years to curate, that feels more authentic to who we are. My sister is one of my best friends, and my heart couldn’t possibly be fuller. Co-parenting with my former husband is slowly evolving to a blended family vibe which is sure to enhance our kids’ lives in ways that I’ve only dreamed about. (And I’m feeling future blog posts about all three of these people in my spirit.)
The year 2020 will be more of the same strategies for my life. None of that “New Year, New You” type stuff. Just a new year with the ever-evolving me. Now my focus is to move from the year of YES to the year of CONSISTENCY. Wishing you and yours all that you hope for, dream for, and pray for in 2020 and beyond. Happy New Year everyone!