2019 Year In Review

1. What did you do in 2019 that you’d never done before? We visited an island - Hawaii.

2. Did you keep your New Years resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I always resolve to try and eat healthier and exercise more. And I do a little bit better every year.(Same old, same old)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My sister, Chelsea, gave birth to my sweet niece, Leia.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No, thank goodness.

5. What countries did you visit? Just more of the U.S!

6. What would you like to have in 2020 that you lacked in 2019? More joy and something - a serious hobby maybe? that I can call my own.

7. What from 2019 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? Hawaii was amazing. I wasn't prepared for how much I would love it and how much I'd want to return.

8. What was your biggest contribution of the year? My biggest contributions of 2019 have mainly been in my family, church, and friendship.

9. What was your biggest failure? I'm working hard on being more of an encourager to my boys. I did better this year, but not as well as I want. I've done all of the nagging and lecturing and it's just not how I want to relate to my boys anymore.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I injured my back in a car accident in October. It was miserable for about 6 weeks.

11. What was the best thing you bought? I bought a clothes steamer back in Summer and I love it! I haven't ironed since but all of our clothes look so good.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Gabe overcame his fears to fly for the first time. And he did awesome! Luke worked really hard on some difficult school subjects and did wonderful.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? I have a family member who really disappointed me. I’ll have to leave it at that. (Same)

14. Where did most of your money go? Hmmm, our vacation this year was pretty pricey, but other than that I don't recall that we did any major renovations! Our loans are paid off and all of the big issues with the house are taken care of!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Vacation. Always vacation. And my visit with my sister and niece. AND paying off our loan.

16. What song will always remind you of 2018? Rebuilder by Carollton.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner!
iii. richer or poorer? Richer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of? I've failed miserably at getting outside more and it's so frustrating to me.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Fretting about other people's happiness when it's their job to make and keep themselves happy.

20. How will you be spending the Winter? Blogging, scrapbooking, reading, and spending time with friends.

22. Did you fall in love in 2019? Nope, same loves as always.

23. What was your favorite month of 2019? May, our vacation month.

24. What was your favorite TV program? Superstore. It's inappropriate sometimes, but HILARIOUS!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? Nope. Not a hater, such a waste of time.

26. What was the best book you read? The best book I read was Dopesick. I was so angry and so inspired!

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? AHI opened for Lauren Daigle and I am addicted to his music. He's a poet!

28. What did you want and get? More friends. Making friends as an adult is hard, but I've been making a real effort and it's paying off.

29. What was your favorite film of this year? Avengers End Game!

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 39. Nothing big happened, but that's okay.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Spending more time in nature. I keep saying that, but I have a hard time making it happen. I'm pretty much the only one in the family who wants to hike so I feel like my time in nature comes at the expense of family time.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2019? I set about learning about my body type and my Kibbe style as well as my personal style. Then I founds a few vloggers whose style I appreciate and started watching their videos regularly. I went through my closet and tossed anything that didn't fit or flatter me and gradually replaced them with items that do.

33. What kept you sane? Prayer, writing in my journal, making new friends.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? None.

35. What political issue stirred you the most? Vaccines. The pressure is intensifying to mandate vaccines across the board. I participated in a local march in August.

36. Who did you miss? Chelsea and her family. She has two sweet little ones now and I hate that they're so far away.

37. Who was the best new person you met? We became friends with two other couples at church who also like games. They've been huge blessings to us!

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2019: Pursuing friendships were a huge focus for me. I let relationships slide for far too long.

39. Best quote of the year?

"The same beam of light both warms a room and sends rats scurrying." Max Lucado


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