2020

As 2019 comes to a close, I am feeling so much anticipation about the year our baby boy will make his arrival and make our little family even more complete!

2019 was full of wonderful memories: I hosted my first student teacher, submitted my National Board Certification work, we got our house mostly “finished” (are you ever really finished?)…my students and I hosted our first major event about resilience and toxic stress, and I continued that work with a few other professional presentations. We got to travel to California with some students for FCCLA National competition, and then to Arizona for our first wedding anniversary. We found out the biggest news of our lives – that we were expecting a baby – and got to share that news with family and friends. We moved schools, I was awarded Teacher of the Year at school this year, and found out recently that I did earn my National Board Certification. Wrapped up the year by spending time with family at home, relaxing, and getting as ready as we can for this little guy coming soon! So many sweet memories were had in 2019, but I know that 2020 is going to be such a new adventure altogether. This year, a new year really does bring a huge shift as we become parents for the first time! We have been truly blessed and showered in love by so many people who are important to us, and we can’t wait for everyone to get to meet our son.

In 2020, I don’t have any real resolutions; mostly I am focusing on being kind to myself as I navigate my new role as a mom, and to just make good decisions with Andrew about what is best for us and our family. I think we are going to have our hands full without making tons of other rules for ourselves, but we do both want to focus on our health as well by making better choices about what we eat and staying more active. I see lots of walks with a stroller in my future!

Whether you are someone who makes resolutions every year or not, I hope that 2020 is good to you! We will be ringing in the new year tonight with our doggies, probably in our soft clothes just hanging out on the couch 🙂 Happy New Year!

2019

one of my favorite pictures from 2018

I cannot believe we are in 2019! Another new year, another time for resolutions and a new start. I agree that anytime is as good a time as any to start up something new or work towards a goal, but there’s something about the feeling of doing it with everyone else that makes you feel like you’re supported.

2018 was good to me, so it is going to be a tough year to beat. Andrew and I got married (!!!), went on our honeymoon to Jamaica, started another new school year, and bought a house! Big life changes. I got to celebrate my best friend getting married and host some events for her, and I got to spend lots of time with two of my bridesmaids’ babies! I went on a few amazing bachelorette parties, attended wonderful and happy weddings, and did all the wedding things. I also got to help renovate a playground with my Early Childhood Education students with a grant we received! I went to Chicago with my family, celebrated turning 31, and got to see a lot of baseball and football games that Andrew coached. A great year 🙂

I always make similar resolutions (see here and here for 2018 and 2017’s posts), but this year I’m really trying to be thoughtful about what is realistic and what is practical for my life in this season. Last year I did so-so with my resolutions and failed hard with my weight loss goals, so I’m really trying to stick to a few simple things this year! Here are my 2019 resolutions:

  1. Stick to Weight Watchers! I just re-joined and spent a lot of time meal planning and writing my grocery lists. I know I can do it and I hope to continue seeing progress! I have a considerable amount of weight to lose, and I want to do it the right way.
  2. Be more active.
  3. Andrew and I both want to set an early bedtime for school nights and read for 30 minutes before bed.
  4. Less screen time. This one is hard just due to society in general, but I’d really like to limit my mindless scrolling on social media. I also want to be more intentional about when my phone is out – like during meals or when I am visiting with friends or family.

That’s it! All doable, all realistic, and all important for me at this time in my life. Whatever your new year resolutions are, I am sending good vibes for us all to be successful! Here’s to 2019, and 360-something more days to try to get it right!