2019 was QUITE the year. I think I sigh every time I think about this last year. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great year full of a lot of amazing milestones, but it was a year full of a lot of challenges. If I could use one word to describe 2019 it would be challenging.
Challenging, in my mind, isn’t a bad or negative word when I think of this last year. I think challenges are good and help provide people with opportunities to learn and grow, and that’s exactly what I did this last year. Let’s get into this recap.
I started off the year getting pregnant in February. That was an exciting start to our year. That pregnancy occurred during my last semester of college. I wasn’t too concerned because my pregnancy with Lillian, my first, was so easy. This pregnancy was surprisingly more difficult than my first. I had morning sickness up to about 20 weeks, and I feel like I was even more annoyingly hormonal than the first time, haha.
The pregnancy was a great learning experience. It taught me that I could do hard things, and that patience is indeed a virtue. There was a lot of stress for me to go into labor on my own in order to have a successful VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Of course, I didn’t go into labor on my own. I had to get induced, but it all worked out!
Birth of Natalie
I had a baby! After spending most of my year pregnant, we got to have a new beautiful little girl join our family. Natalie came in early November, and I was able to have a successful VBAC. It was such a great experience and I am so glad I was able to have her via a VBAC. She is such a sweet, wiggly, and happy baby. Her birth story will be coming soon.
Bachelor’s Degree in Marriage and Family Studies
I did it. I graduated from college with an almost two-year-old, while also dealing with nonstop morning sickness. It was not an easy journey, but I’ve always known that I had to get a degree for myself, and my family. I wanted to set that example for my own children, especially my daughters. I could not have gotten my degree without the help of my husband, and especially my practicum partner my last semester of college. If you read this, thank you SO MUCH! You know who you are, you’re the best and such an inspiration to me.
Hubby Started a Video Production Company
This was something my husband, Tanner, talked about for a few years but I didn’t think we would actually start his production company. After lots of prayers and late-night talks, we felt that the time was now, May of 2019, for him to start his business. I am so glad he was able to start his business. It was the best decision and I know it was the right decision for him and our family as well. I am excited to see the growth of his business this next year.
My crazy self had us move at the beginning of my pregnancy, and then again when Natalie was three weeks old. Again, I know I am crazy, but both moves were what needed to happen for our family.
Goals for 2020
No Sugary Drinks
I got a little too used to drinking soda, and juice last year. Sweet drinks are something I really crave when I am pregnant. Unfortunately, the need to drink sugary drinks lasted longer than my pregnancy, and it was time to cut the habit back. I want to get better at drinking lots of water again. Soda and juice are such a large amount of sugar that I really don’t need in my already high sugar diet..
No Ice Cream
I think it is unrealistic for me to cut out treats completely, but I can cut out ice cream. I had been eating a lot of it this past year and I could tell my body was never super happy after eating ice cream, so I thought it would be a good idea to cut ice cream out of my diet.
Read 6 Books
I used to love reading, but after college, I had a huge burn out when it came to reading. Six books isn’t a lot, but it’s a small goal I know I can reach, and a goal I would like to surpass. I have a few self-help, marriage, and business books I look forward to reading this year.
Go to the Temple 12 Times
I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In my religion temples are a place that members can go to worship, and make sacred covenants with God. I want to go to the temple more to feel more peace and guidance in my life. I also really want to continue to grow my spirituality and my relationship with my Father in Heaven.
Start Saving for a House
We have been renting for about the past five years. As Lillian gets older, and we continue to grow our family my husband and I really want a house and a yard for our children. I would love to be able to save enough money for us to be able to be moved into a house by the summer of 2021.
Post One Blog Post a Month
Blogging has been put on the backburner a lot for me lately. Between the new business for Tanner, and trying to figure out how to parent two kids I have felt pretty overwhelmed. I want to set a realistic goal for myself that I can meet, that can also help me be more consistent on the blog. I may post two blog posts in the next month or so, but on average, the plan is to post once a month.
I keep hearing how goals are bad if you don’t have a good motive and plan behind them, but even if you don’t have a perfect game plan to achieve your goals, still make some small ones for yourself. If goals work for you USE THEM. So, with that said, what are your goals for the New Year? Did you meet your goals from last year?