Happy New Year!!! Can you believe it is 2019? I’ve seen the meme going around that this will be the last time we will ever see “teens” in our lifetime. Does that make you feel old or is it just me? Maybe I am feeling extra old because my birthday is just a few days away. Maybe it’s because I woke up this morning with everything aching and that happens more an more every day. Maybe it is from the reminiscing about the past year that I’ve been doing the last couple of days. I don’t know but I feel old! I am sorry to say that this post may be a little sentimental and a little long today! Sorry!
As we all rang in the New Year last night (some of us with our eyes closed in bed), I think it is only natural that we look back over the past year and all that we have or have not accomplished. For me, 2018 brought with it many lasts and lots of changes for my family. We had our very last deployment ever, which is probably the one I am most excited about. Being a military wife for going on 19 years has taken its toll on not only me but also the family as a whole. I don’t know the number of times my husband has been deployed. I know that it is too many to count. The relief that came with that last deployment is one that I am not sure I could ever describe. While he will continue to take a few small “trips” here and there, he should never have to go on a deployment where he is gone months at a time ever again. That is something to surely celebrate! This news brings about change as well. We all have to adjust to a different life where he doesn’t leave all the time. We have to figure out our new normal. While I know there will be some growing pains, I honestly don’t care. Having him here all the time will be completely worth it. With that last deployment came another last. It was the last time that my husband will ever serve on a submarine. He has been in the Navy and serving on submarines for over 25 years. That is pretty much his whole adult life. Not only will he be adjusting to not deploying every few months, he is also adjusting to a completely different job in the Navy, which also brings growing pains. At his Change of Command Ceremony this past summer, we said goodbye to people that had become our family and to the only way of life we have known together as a family. Good things are coming!
2018 was a big real estate year for us as well. No, we aren’t in the real estate business, we just have moved a lot and owned 2 houses. We sold our house in Georgia, got new tenants in our other house that we rent out, rented the house that we are currently living in, and began the process of purchasing the house that we will be moving into in the spring. This brought about some lasts and changes as well. I realized that 2018 was probably the last time that I will ever live in the state of Georgia, which has been my home for the majority of my life. I was born there, lived there until I was 14 years old, went to college there, and lived there for 6 years of my married life. If you were doing the math in your head, I have lived in Georgia for 24 years of my life. Without giving away my exact age, I will tell you that it is over half of my life. Most of my favorite life memories have been in Georgia. It is kind of sad to think that I will likely never live there again. Thankfully, I have lots of family and friends that live there so I will get to go back and visit often. The change in real estate also brought us to a new place that we will hopefully get to call home for many years. It is our plan to at least be here until both of our girls graduate from high school. It is important to us that we not move them during the life shaping years of high school. While starting over somewhere new is always daunting, the idea that this will be home for a long time is such an awesome feeling. Stability and no deployments has been something the whole family has craved forever.
There are so many other highlights from 2018 such as a family trip to Disney with my parents and nephew, a great trip to NYC with my girls and some of my best friends for gymnastics, my annual beach trip with my peeps that I look forward to all year long, and so many more amazing memories. One of the biggest highlights for me personally, though, was taking the leap and starting this blog. I cannot tell you how much joy it has already brought to my life, and I know that more greatness is to come from it in the future. Thank you to all of you that show up and read what little old me has to say each day. It means more to me that you will ever know. Please continue to share it with the ones you love as well!
Now on to 2019. I have never been one that makes New Year’s Resolutions. However, lately I have been setting monthly goals for myself, and it seems to be working. The key to achieving your goals is to have a plan from the start on how to achieve them. Words mean nothing if there is no plan of action in place. We all know that all the gyms around have an influx of new members and attendance in January and that by March they are all empty again. That’s because people make huge resolutions that aren’t realistic for their lives or that they had no long-term plan of action for achieving their resolutions. I personally think it is better to set goals that are realistic and attainable. I think you can set big goals for the year, but the key is to make smaller goals within the bigger goal so that you have a chance of achieving it. For example, one of my goals since November has been to choose gratitude and joy every single day. This will be a goal that continues into the New Year. My plan of action for achieving this is to focus daily on things in my life that I am grateful for and that bring me joy. To help me do this, I have purchased one of Rachel Hollis’s Start Today journals, which encourages you to write down 5 things that you are grateful for each morning, 10 goals or dreams I have for myself, and the one goal I am going to focus on first. This only takes me a few minutes each morning, which makes it feasible for me to do each day. Having to come up with the 5 things I am grateful for each day forces me to look for moments throughout each day which in turn helps me to choose joy over negativity. Also, writing down your goals everyday keeps them in the forefront of your mind and helps you to achieve them. As a visual learner, this one is key for me. Seeing my goals in writing every single day really helps me. I even write my goals, as I have shown you before, in my planner for each month. I have 3 goals each month that I am working towards that I write in there on top of the 10 goals that I write in my Start Today Journal. Now, do you need a fancy journal like the one I bought? No, you can pick up any spiral notebook or pretty journal from Walmart or Target and do the exact same thing, which is what I will do when I fill up my current one.
I also have big goals for this blog for 2019. I could say that I want to reach 1000 followers by the end of the year, but I am not going to do that. Instead I am going to set smaller, monthly goals of things I want to achieve. Setting monthly goals that are really attainable will actually make you achieve those bigger goals overall. Another thing that I am doing starting today is following Mel Robbin’s Mindset Reset. If you have not read her book, The 5 Second Rule: Transform your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage, you should! You can purchase it here (Amazon). Anyway, she is leading a 35-day mind reset through a series of emails and videos on Facebook that starts TODAY. You can join through her Facebook page here. I feel like this is going to really help me to achieve all of my goals for the year. Check it out!
I encourage you all to join me and set small monthly goals for yourself. Make sure that you have a plan of action for achieving that goal. Write them down every day. Don’t give up. Even when it gets hard, don’t give up. Keep pushing through and you will achieve your goals. I have faith in myself, and I have faith in you! We can do this!
Anchored in a New Year,