2019 – Year in Review & 2020 – New Year, New Adventures Awaiting!

Helllllooooo again, everyone! Can I just start this post by saying… I’ve REALLY missed blogging recently! And, considering one of my goals for 2020 is to devote more attention to my blog, I figured posting about my 2019 Year in Review and 2020 New Year’s Resolutions/Plans would be an EXCELLENT start to achieving that goal!

I’m going to TRY MY HARDEST to post once bi-weekly, if not weekly. Considering my blog is now somewhat of a back-burner as compared to other things that are going on in my life, I’m honestly just at a point now where I want to write for the simple JOY of writing, you know what I mean?!

Okay, enough jibber-jabbering about the blog, let’s get on to the good stuff! …I’m sure some of you saw my 2019 Year in Review & New Year’s Resolutions post on New Year’s Eve on Facebook. Before I looked at the Year in Review post that Facebook had created for me, I truly thought of 2019 as a pretty rough year for me, and in certain ways, it was. I didn’t want to be one of those people who posts on Facebook about how bad my year was, or how “2019 needs to hurry up and end.” I continually found myself thinking back to 2016 when EVERYBODY wanted the year to end (including myself), and I decided that I didn’t want to contribute to that narrative anymore, because, let’s face it, everybody has good years, and everybody has bad years, so, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it at all.” I wasn’t going to post anything at all about my year in 2019, because I honestly didn’t think I had anything positive to contribute.

HOWEVER, when I saw the Year in Review post that Facebook had created for me, I realized that the photos they selected contained a lot of awesome memories from last year! The Facebook Year in Review continued to pique my interest, because I thought to myself, “I’m SURE there are other photos in my phone or on my Facebook of memories I’ve made in 2019, so I’m just going to go digging and see what I can find.” Can I just tell you guys, I went down the rabbit hole looking at photos of things I had done last year! This is why my post on New Year’s Eve has so many photos included on it – those were all photos that I looked back on from my phone and Facebook and thought to myself, “Wow, that was pretty fun/great/cool!” And, you know what I realized as I was going through all those photos? I realized that I was so, so wrong in my thinking that 2019 wasn’t a great year for me… What I had initially thought of as a “rough year,” for me actually turned out to be more amazing than I had initially anticipated!

Isn’t it amazing how one’s whole mindset can change by doing something as simple as looking back at photos?! I’m not saying that 2019 wasn’t challenging for me in some ways, because it definitely was, but as I looked back on those photos, I realized that the people who were IN some of those photos, or who TOOK some of the photos, have ABSOLUTELY 100% CHANGED MY LIFE for the better… and I could not ASK for any more blessings than that! I said on my Facebook post as well, the people you see in those photos REALLY helped me piece myself back together last year in the midst of my emotional brokenness, and I can’t BELIEVE I was not about to recognize and appreciate how amazing they were (and still are!) to me. I owe these people so much gratitude and love, and I hope that I can be a beacon of light and love for them whenever they need a friend as well!

Moving on… We are now in 2020 (holy guacamole, you guys!), and my mindset is SO, SO, SO positive for this year. Maybe it’s just the start of a new decade, or because I’m looking forward to seeing what the “Roaring 20’s” has to offer, but I honestly don’t know how to describe it… I’m just in such a good headspace about this year! As stated in my Facebook post, I am still going to continue my fitness journey – the first resolution I have for this year is to lose 10 more pounds by the end of May. Also, a good friend of mine from work recently got me into the idea of doing races like the Mud Girl Run, the Bubble Run, etc. and, now that I feel confident enough with my fitness journey, I have decided to push myself out of my comfort zone a little bit more (because I’ve never done a race), and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am that I am registered for (and will be participating in) the Blacklight Run in May, as well as the Muddy Dash in September! I honestly have not stepped foot into a gym or picked up any weights since I went on Christmas/holiday break, but I am determined to get back into the swing of things ASAP-O!

Also, I’ve noticed for the past few months that I haven’t been attending church very regularly or listening to as much Christian radio as I usually do, and a lot of that is because I enjoy listening to Christmas music around the holidays, and I kind of started back listening to Country music as well. However, I do have goals to strengthen my relationship with Jesus Christ this year, and I can’t wait to see how much further I can go, considering I only started this journey in July/August of last year. With all this being said, I am hoping to start back attending church on a regular basis soon, and now that Christmas music is out of the equation, I can switch back and forth from Christian to Country music. Oh, how I’ve missed my morning commutes spent with TheJOYfm, Dr. Charles Stanley, and The Morning Cruise with Dave, Bill, and Carmen!

I also have an intuitive vision that 2020 is THE YEAR that could very likely change the course of my life forever (I mean, honestly, any moment or year could), so another goal I have throughout this year is to just GO FOR IT, take some risks, and step out of my comfort zone a bit more than I normally do. I mean, I’m already to the point where I can go out to dinner and sit/eat alone, but I’m talking about going even further than that. What that will mean for me, I truly don’t know at the moment, but I want to challenge myself to get out there, go new places, and see/try new things… really, the possibilities are endless as to what I could accomplish by the end of this year! While stepping out of my (already pretty large) comfort zone definitely does scare me a little bit, it also excites me, because I’ve already had such great success with personal training. WHAT I will wind up getting myself into this year still remains a mystery, but I am approaching this year with the mindset to jump out of my comfort zone, do things I don’t normally do, and turn my thoughts and desires into actions that will propel me toward the future!

My last goal for 2020 is to devote more attention to my blog, which we’ve already spoken about earlier in this post. However, with all of my resolutions/goals in mind, I should have PLENTY of things to keep you guys updated on throughout this year!

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a very Happy Holidays, and I hope you have enjoyed this post! Also, with all of this being said, I want to hear from YOU! What are YOUR resolutions and goals for this year?!

I realize this was a long post today, but, if you made it here with me to the end, I really appreciate you spending a bit of time on my blog today, and I hope to see you next time!

…Ciao, for now!

>->—> Kristin <—<-<