As we wrap up 2019 and get ready to move on, here’s a look back at the year and the moments that made it great.
Here we are at the end of another year. In fact, this time, we’re at the end of a decade. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen me reminiscing over who I was and what I was doing ten years ago, and it’s been a lot of fun. (For me, at least). Today, I wanted to look back at just this year and share some of my favorite moments. I normally talk about goal setting this time of year, but between this post and this email, that’s been done. So, let’s move on to the best moments of 2019.
My Marriage Became Stronger than Ever
This isn’t something I shared a lot publicly, but like most of us, our marriage had some struggles for a few years. We’d both grown so much, but the problem is, we’d grown separately instead of together. There were some pretty dark days. This year, we made a big effort to strengthen our marriage. Looking back, I can finally say that we’re stronger now than ever. 2019 has been good to my marriage, and I’m so grateful for the hard work we put in. Believe it or not, I’m actually grateful for the dark days, too. Because, without them, I’d still be taking my husband for granted.
I stepped way out of my comfort zone
This year was a big one for me as far as confidence building goes. I’m such a people pleaser, and no matter how many times I say, “I don’t care what other people think,” it’s simply not true. I do care. Confrontation stresses me out. So, this year, I made it a goal to speak my mind more. Even when I knew it was going to upset others. Of course, it’s never a goal to intentionally upset people (I’m not a troll). That’s not the point. The point is, we have to be able to share our truths, even when other people may not agree.
It took a lot of guts, I’m not going to lie. There were so many times where I almost didn’t publish something. Or, I’d publish it, and then promptly want to delete it. (This post is a great example of that).
But, something amazing happened. Instead of having loads of angry people berating me, readers came out of the woodwork to thank me.
We make connections with people when we show that we’re the same in some way. We have to show our imperfections and quirkiness and be different.
By toeing the line and never allowing myself to stand out, I was actually hurting myself. This year, I learned that it’s okay to speak my mind. It’s even okay to upset people sometimes. The process has helped me become more confident, and helped me find my true voice. Personal growth is powerful, ya’ll.
I had an amazing year on the blog!
This has been my best year yet on my blog, and I contribute it in part to the last few paragraphs. By stepping out of my comfort zone and being less afraid of what others would thing, I was able to share some really big things I otherwise wouldn’t have!
Normally, I share my top-performing posts each year, but this year, I want to change it up. Instead, I’m going to share some of my personal favorites from the year. The good news is, most of my own personal favorites were also your personal favorites, too, because most of these are posts that have been shared a ton!
- My Yoga Gear Essentials
- Must-Read Books for Personal Development
- 10 Easy Ways to Reduce Waste This Year
- Essential Oils Don’t Work! (Probably my favorite)
- The Best Simple Marinade for Pork or Chicken
- The Best Essential Oils for Skincare
- 30 Days of Gratitude: Journal Prompts to Get You Started
- How to Have a Spa Night at Home
My circle of friends is stronger and more supportive than ever
I used to dream about having a close group of friends. As a shy, quiet introvert, I never grew up with that. Normally, I do much better one-on-one and it has always shown in my friendships.
This year, though, I’ve made a conscious effort to change that. I want strong friendships. The friends that cheer you on, support you, and lift you up.
For the first time in my life, I feel like I’ve got that. It’s definitely one of the biggest highlights of my year.
For those of you who aren’t bloggers, “niching down” means closing in on a few key topics you want to discuss. I’ve always considered myself a lifestyle blogger, because I don’t want to “niche down” and I still am. However, I’ve finally been in the blogging game long enough to know exactly what I want to talk about.
This blog has always been my passion project, but for awhile, I allowed myself to become distracted. This year, after a lot of soul searching, I made a lot of changes, and began to put this platform first again.
It’s amazing how much more clearly I can see my vision now, and I’ve been able to move ahead effortlessly ever since! I love having a lifestyle blog, and will always share my life, but finally, I can identify my focus.
Real life sustainability, motherhood, clean living, and a bit of minimalism for the average person. I don’t fit into extremes, and I want this to be a place for everyone to feel comfortable, even if they don’t do things all the way. I want to love the earth, treat my body right, and make the best choices I can, without constantly worrying about whether or not it’s enough. And, most of all, I want this to be a place where my readers can come to be inspired to make changes, rather than pressured to do more than they can.
Through this process of finding my voice and niching down my blog this year, I’ve come across some amazing companies to partner with. Companies like Plant Therapy, Mighty Nest, and 100% Pure. With any luck, there will be a few more amazing partnerships coming in the early months of the new year. I truly can’t wait to see where 2020 takes us.
I Launched Multiple Products
The beginning of this year, I set a goal to start releasing products. Between my t-shirt line, my small business planner, and my social media graphic bundle, I had a lot of fun designing and launching new products!
It was a learning curve, for sure, and after my last launch, I decided to take a break and let them gain some momentum on their own before coming out with anything new. After some trial and error, and realizing I really don’t like back-end website work when it comes to sales, I decided to re-launch my Etsy shop. That’s where you can find all the products available currently. I’ve been brainstorming for 2020, and while I’d love to offer up something new, I haven’t quite nailed down what it will be yet. Stay tuned!
That’s a Wrap
My word of the year for 2019 was “flourish,” and that, I did. As usual, it happened in ways I didn’t expect, and knocked me off my feet a few times. But, looking back, I certainly did flourish.
2019 brought a lot of change to my life in a lot of unexpected ways. I’ve re-discovered my faith, walked away from a big part of my business, lost a lot of friends, and gained even more.
I started out this year with big goals that I made with the wrong intentions, and I’ll be honest and tell you I didn’t meet a lot of them. That’s okay, though. It was a year of personal growth, learning who I truly am, and finding my voice. Looking back, it truly was a year to flourish. As it’s all said and done, I’m truly happy and grateful for what has been accomplished this year, and I’m incredibly optimistic heading into 2020.