12 months have just gone by too fast- it’s really hard to believe that 2018 is coming to an end tonight, and a new year is just a day away.
I always take the last day of the year to reflect on where life has taken us and 2018 has been a very wild ride.
Each year we come up with intentions, goals, and resolutions and expect them to go as planned- but when does life ever actually do that? No one ‘arranges’ for the downs, the hurt, the sadness that we experience - we would all like to see the ups, the smiles, and the good in life. “You need to be content with small steps. That's all life is. Small steps that you take every day so when you look back down the road it all adds up and you know you covered some distance.”
This year I learned it’s all how YOU decide to react to a situation you are put in- your attitude makes all the difference in the outcome. Every morning we are blessed to wake up with a new 24 hours to live. Don’t forget, once you identify the great elements of your life, shower them with gratitude. I say over and over how blessed we are in my posts and I truly mean it. I am so thankful how filled and fulfilled our life is with so much joy. God does not give you more than you can handle- be that pain, sorrow, or happiness. God will carry you through.God will wreck your plans when he sees your plans about to wreck you.This is a good time to think about how you’re proud of your loved ones. How did they grow, improve and achieve their goals? Tell them how much you honor them and their successes.
Dolly Parton has one of my all time favorite quotes- “Ive had headaches and toothaches and earaches and I’ve had a few pains in the ass but I’ve survived to tell about it.” Whatever happened this past year, be thankful for where it had brought you because it is where you are meant to be.
2018 was a tremendous travel year for us and we have been lucky to have been able to explore so many new and beautiful places. We started off skiing in Wisconsin in the new year, traveling to Las Vegas and The Valley of Fire in Nevada and then going through Utah to Arizona to visit Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, Horseshoe Bend and the Grand Canyon for our birthday in March. In June we spent a weekend in Galena biking and relaxing at the lake and in August we were off on another cruise starting in Florida and then visiting the beautiful Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Curacao, and our absolute favorite- Aruba. In November we drove off to Tennessee to spend time recharging our batteries in the Smokey Mountains and “climbing” the Appalachian trail in North Carolina. We stopped in the Mammoth Caves National Park in Kentucky on our drive home. This year I’ve seen waterfalls, and volcanoes, mountains, unbelievable crashing waves, and the most glorious sunsets. Ive drank and Ive eaten and Ive sang and Ive danced and Ive canoed, and climbed, and rode, and ran, and swam and Ive loved in the most extraordinary
We have been surround by so much love this entire year and have been so lucky to have seen our friends and family get engaged, get married, have babies, and share smiles and many many laughs with the people who bring us up, and can count on for help- or smiles! We are SO fortunate to have you in our lives and been given the opportunities to be a part of yours!
It is not to say we did not have our hardships along the way. 2018 tested me in ways I couldn’t and wouldn’t have ever imagined. Ive cried and fallen on my knees asking God for help more than I care to admit. Some days were hard, others were even harder to see the good and find the willpower from within to want to make it through another day. But you do not appreciate all the good in your life without the hardship. And even for those bad days I am thankful.
2019 is going to be a little bit more of a selfish year for us with a little less travel. We’ve got a couple of major expenses that are coming up that are making my hair turn gray just thinking about them- new HVAC/AC, two new cars, meeting an insanely high insurance deductible (who comes up with these things anyways?!) And finally planning that low-key 2020 wedding! We’ve both have a couple of health issues that we finally need to address and in the past because of our house construction and remodel, we have scarified so much of ourselves, our time, our well being for the sake of “everything else” going on and its time for us to take a step back and be a little more self- indulgent… and learn how to stay “no” and enjoy quality rest without feeling guilty. We have set health goals for ourselves, and your girl just signed up to run the Amerithon this year with a goal of running/ biking/ swimming 3,521miles through 13 states (logged miles- virtual race) in the next 365 days- wish me luck!!!
I am so thankful to my husband for being my rock and base - thank you for being my stability in this chaotic world. This year tested our foundation and there were times I didn't think our relationship would make it, but through it all- I am so glad we came out stronger with more trust and love than ever. I love us, I love you.
With that, here are raised glasses to 2019! May you all have a very fun and safe night and spend it celebrating with those who you love and lift you to be the best YOU can be- do no harm, but take no shit! This is your year to SPARKLE…time for page 1of 365!!!…and so the adventure begins!
The Everyday Girl,