2019 Year in Review & 2020 Look Ahead

by - January 06, 2020

The end of the year is, more often than not, difficult for me. The end of 2019 has been no different, and last week I found myself so completely overwhelmed that I hid in my closet and cried for 10 minutes. Then I regained my composure and moved on with life. I feel like I did a lot of 'moving on' in 2019. Moving on from a job I had become stifled in. Moving on from a woman who felt like she was being pulled in a million different directions she didn't want to be going. Moving on to reclaim some of the person I used to be back when I loved every part of who I was.

2019 was a pretty big year for our family, as well. We adopted a cat, Cooper. Alexis started PreK. We finally got our roof replaced from Hurricane Michael. We repainted our entire house and replaced our downstairs floors.

At the beginning of every year I set goals for myself. Last year I set five: try a new recipe each month, schedule daily tech-free time, cut back on soda, attend one kid/family event a month, and have date night twice a month. I'll be totally honest. I completely failed at all but two (and forgot about one altogether).

Last week I wrote down ten general goals for 2020. They range from starting a scrapbook for Alexis to reaching and maintaining a certain level of monthly ad sales for the magazine to photographing two outfits a week for the blog and making more time for friends both near and far.

I do have a couple of resolutions on top of those goals. The first is to fold and put away laundry as soon as it comes out of the dryer. The second is to clean up the kitchen every night before bed. Feel free to place your bets now on how long those last...

No matter what your goals or resolutions are for 2020, I hope this year brings you lots of love and laughter. Happy New Year!

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  1. Hi, Ashton!

    It was very nice of you to drop by Shady's Place this morning, dear friend. I am always happy to see you. I appreciated this opportunity to read your review of 2019 and your goals and resolutions for 2020.

    I admire you for adopting Cooper and giving him a forever home. I imagine Alexis loves her new kitty. You must be very proud of your little girl now that she is attending PreK classes. We all need to carve out a block of tech-free during the day, especially as t pertains to activity on social media. Breaking free for a while allows us to remember that people survived quite well in the low tech world of the past. Living more naturally and authentically is important, and I am sure you are teaching Alexis the value of a balanced life. I applaud you for vowing to fold laundry and clean up the kitchen in a timely manner. You always feel better when you handle a task promptly rather than allowing it to loom, and waking up in the morning to a clean, fresh kitchen helps you adopt a positive mindset for the day.

    I hope we can follow each other more closely this coming year, Ashton, You are a valued friend and I thank you for sticking with me for an entire decade. Happy 2020 to you and your wonderful family!