Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020

It's that time of year when I look back and reflect on the previous year and look forward to reflect on the new year. I try to objectively take stock of everything that's gone on in the year and make somewhat objective projections for the new year. But, as we all know, it's hard to be objective about your own life. The whole, "you're too close to yourself to see the truth" thing applies, but that doesn't stop me from trying.

This year...

Objectively-ish, this year has been kind of mediocre. I didn't really accomplish much. On the other hand, nothing earth-shattering has happened either. No one I love has died**, as has happened in December the last two years (Tommy in 2017 & my grandmother in 2018). We have the same jobs, for the most part. There have been a couple of pretty interesting little things...
  1. I impulse purchased a new car in March--went into the dealer to get my car serviced, came out with a new car. Same type, newer model. I'm pretty happy with my new car, it's both cute and fast. I regret nothing. Also, Road & Track named my car 2020 performance car of the year. So there's that. 
  2. I got a small bump in job responsibilities that came with a small raise--this has come with more than a little anxiety, but I'm trying to put myself out there and take on new things. 
  3. We semi-impulse purchased a Peloton bike earlier this month... Jesus help me!
  4. We paid off both of our cars this month... saving us more than $1,000 per month! 
I'm thinking that's pretty much it. Otherwise, we live in the same house. We have the same jobs. We drive the same cars (sort of). We're pretty dull.

Last year...

One surprising win this year was last year's New Year's Resolutions. I had resolved to write one blog post a week for a year and to do 5 days a week mindfulness meditation. I failed at both of these things. But...

I wrote more blog posts this year than I have in the past several years. In fact, more than the last three years (2016-2018) all together.

So, while I didn't write 52 posts this year, I still did pretty great and am claiming this one as a win for blogging. It really helped me push to put some thoughts down or write posts so I could remember events in my life. That's a win.

Next year...

Next year is 2020, which blows my mind... I remember when that seemed like the distant, distant future! That means it's my 20th wedding anniversary and we are planning a trip... more on that another time. I'm also planning to take the new year as a new opportunity to learn something new and try again to invest in myself. While I suck at that last part, and always let myself down, I'm still going to try.

There is this proofreading course I've just started taking that will show me how to start a proofreading business. I plan to keep tackling that in the new year. My intention is to start my own business. I hear putting intentions out there in the universe helps them along, so wish me luck. 

My New Year's Resolutions for 2020 are...
  1. Take the proofreading course
  2. Start my own business... I'm so scared.
  3. Keep trying to write one post a week... I'm so close to being there!
  4. Try to take off some of this weight. I'm getting a treadmill Peloton bike to help that along (and maybe so I don't have to go outside because, well, outside is cold and scary!)
  5. Try to keep my house more clean (I suck at housekeeping!)
That's more than enough resolutions. I'm bound to succeed at one or two of them! Bring it on, 2020!!

** As an aside... Since I wrote this a couple of weeks ago, my mom's brother was killed on December 16th. We didn't really know him, because family drama with his mom, but it's still incredibly sad. He was only 32 years old. RIP Andrew.