2019 was one of the most incredible years. It was a freeing year, mentally. I felt incredible, physically. I grew closer to the person I’ve wanted to become. 2020 will be the last year I spend in my twenties, and I want to focus on more growth as a human being. I don’t have a bucket list of all the things I’d like to accomplish before turning 30, but instead, I have a list of all the things I want to continue working on. I want to be in the moment more, give more, eat more delicious foods (not less like most resolutions entail), travel less, love myself, love others, continue practicing self-care, read more, and worry less.
This will be year ten as a blogger, and the person I was then is very different than who I am today. My main purpose in life was focussed on vanity and things that didn’t matter. I always felt as if I had to be someone that I wasn’t, and that kind of lifestyle is exhausting. I think all of us go through similar stages in our early twenties. It’s a weird time, and this unexpected wave of confidence hits us as we get older (or maybe it’s the therapy I finally signed up for.) I’ve been able to grow on this blog, but also off the screen. Some of you have been here since I was writing upstairs in my bedroom at my parent’s house. That’s where it all started ten years ago.
I hope to bring more of the improved me to the blog in this decade. Even though I write a lifestyle blog, I don’t think I show half the person I am through my writing, and I really want to be more ME this year. Sometimes we get in the habit of the same robotic blogs or don’t feel as if people will care about the things we care about. It’s time to be more unapologetically myself. I’m excited to share all of the new things going on in my life, my home, the wedding, and some more personal things I’ve gone through. I appreciate all of you for following along, guiding me, giving me advice, and being there through everything. I wouldn’t be here without you. I can’t wait to take you along the 2020 journey with me.
2019 was filled with so much joy. I traveled to places on my bucket list, made new friends, strengthened relationships, watched the important people in my life hit milestones, and it was a year to celebrate so much love! I put together a blog timeline to highlight some of my favorite parts.
I tried cauliflower gnocchi (made it extra crispy)
I went to Disney World, again (the ultimate guide!)
I took my best friend’s engagement photos (link!)
I filmed my first cleaning video for youtube (link)
I visited the cherry blossoms in D.C.! (travel guide here)
I joined a volleyball league (link)
I traveled to the Brunswick Islands (the ultimate travel guide)
I shared my running 5k plan (link here)
My favorite go-to dairy-free chicken salad recipe (recipe)
Double chocolate banana almond butter muffins (gluten & dairy-free)
I hit five miles & six miles! (five & six)
I traveled to Savannah (travel guide)
I made delicious dragon fruit & chia protein balls (recipe here)
Vegan & gluten-free white chocolate macadamia nut cookies (recipe)
Tahini & fig broccoli slaw salad (recipe)
Kyle’s mom visited us & we did a candle class (link)
I added color to my living room & regretted it a week later (link)
I floated down the river again! (link here)
Gluten-free white chocolate raspberry lemon muffins (vegan recipe)
3-ingredient fudgy brownies (gluten-free & vegan)
S’mores Ice Cream (gluten & dairy-free)
I started using my new air fryer (salmon & brussels sprouts)
I completed my first round of whole30 (q&a)
I visited wedding venues with Becca (link)
Pumpkin spice paleo pancakes (recipe)
Chicken nacho taco night (grain & dairy-free)
Chocolate chip cookies (gluten & dairy-free)
Pumpkin spice rice Krispie treats (no-bake, vegan, gluten-free)
I refurbished a coffee table that I bought on Facebook Marketplace (link)
I traveled to Miami with my best friend (travel guide)
I GOT ENGAGED (the blog post)
We decided to build a home (the blog post)
no-bake pumpkin energy bites (link)
I spent most of November in Hawaii (link)
I made the ultimate granola (link)
I filmed my vlogmas intro! (vlogmas)
Celebrated Thanksgiving & I got a new car! (link)
They started building our home! (link)
I completed another round of Vlogmas (link)
I said Yes to the dress! (link)
I flew to Jersey to celebrate a friend’s wedding (link)
My brother and his GF came to town to celebrate Christmas (link)
I headed to Savannah again! (link)
Questions for you!
- What is ONE thing you’d like to improve on this year? (nothing fitness or food-related)
- What do you want to see more of from me this year?
- How was your 2019?