Overall, 2018 was a great year. I saw friends get married while others started their families. Jeremy and I went on some wonderful trips (one of which included a beautiful wedding), and we purchased our new home. I mean, I cannot believe all of that happened – it was a whirlwind of joy, love, and happiness.
It’s been a wild year, and for the most part – I’d say it was great. But, I would be lying if I said this year came without any heartbreak. This year we lost someone in my family who was a truly bright light, a kind spirit, and someone I am going to miss dearly. I don’t want to write about it more as it is a private family matter, but I did just want to acknowledge that someone who was very important in our family is no longer with us and it’s been hard to really grasp that. This person was a true adventurer who dreamed of seeing the world and that’s what I like to believe she’s doing: off seeing the world.
2018 taught me a lot. Throughout this year, I learned a lot about how I need to re-focus my energy on being better, being kinder, being more forgiving, and holding those I love closely. This year highlighted how deeply I care for the people in my life (truly, I was a blubbering mess through all the weddings and children being brought into the world) and the loss of a family member really showed me how little time we have to let those we love know just how much we love them.
I know it sounds silly (or perhaps, lazy?), but I want more time at home this year – time with my husband, our cats (I know, I love them so much that it’s weird), and time focusing on building our future. Less brunches out, more trying to make some wonderful recipes at home, less purchasing new clothes, more investing in new experiences, less going to events, more staying in drinking tea and watching movies.
Also, this holiday season really highlighted for me just how much I want to have more time with my husband. We’re both workaholics (him especially – I cannot even begin to explain how much he works) but having him home for those few days over Christmas really made me realize just how much we miss eachother. It was nice just to be together without any plans, or things to do – other than house projects that are wayyyyy more fun to do together.
I also want to feel more rested, healthier, and more ready to take on new challenges and goals – I find over-committing myself to going out and new projects really kills my energy and that’s something I need to take more care of. I don’t want to feel run down anymore. So, if that means I have to skip a few gatherings, projects, or events – so be it. These are not really resolutions, instead, they are just lifestyle adjustments that I’ve been finding myself being more conscious of these last few months and I would like to carry that through 2019.
I Guess I Do Have One “New” Goal for 2019
I would like to really to focus making our house a home. We’ve already started on a lot of home projects (another reason I want to be home more often!) but there are so many “to-do’s” on our list that I would like to check off over the next year. I want to put a lot more care into my home and really make it something that I walk through and feel joy from. I’m excited to show you our home more throughout the year as we make more and more updates – it’s an exciting time for us!
What else is on the horizon for 2019?
Well, we are going to…
Yes, we finally bit the bullet and booked our flights and we are officially going to Greece in June. I know – pinch me, I cannot believe this is real! Greece has always been at the top of my travel bucket list and so I am so excited to be heading there this summer for 3 weeks. I am especially excited because we’ll been enjoying the first part of our trip with our friends, and the last part of our trip will be Jeremy and I’s honeymoon – sans friends. I cannot wait.
In 2019, I would also like to share more recipes (maybe video recipes? Let me know if you’d like that!), home decor, and lifestyle content. I obviously love sharing beauty and fashion and there will still be plenty of that here on the UU, but I am looking forward to sharing more of my life with you all.
Are you jotting down any goals for 2019?