Monday, December 30, 2019

List: Ten things I'm looking forward to in 2020.

With December 31st creeping behind us, it's time to acknowledge the end of 2019.
This past year was nothing but good to me, so it's with a bittersweet feeling that I wave goodbye!
Am I the only one that finds NYE difficult to celebrate?  Saying farewell is incredibly sad to me.
This year has brought my nephew, a new home, new careers, and financial stability.
We ventured to faraway places including St. Augustine, Mystic, Doylestown, and St. Lucia.
My babies grew another year older, smarter, happier, inquisitive, and creative.
Even our dog's life improved with a large back yard to run and play in!
Thank you to the larger powers that be for each and every single blessing.

I can mourn the passing of another year, or I can look forward to 2020.
I could also list out ten unrealistic goals like working out and moisturizing, but I won't do that either.
I'll choose the latter and welcome the opportunities knocking at my door.

Here's to a...
Very happy new year!
& for 2020 to be filled with health, happiness, and success.

Ten things I'm looking forward to in 2020.

1.  To slow down and enjoy every single moment of  the year.
This year I'm going to focus on the current instead of looking to "what's next".
I'm going to stop, look around, and deposit these memories into the vaults of my brain.
My family and children will supersede work.  I'll be present, physically and mentally.  For everything.
Shh, I know this isn't a literal thing, but it's a very big thing for me!

2.  To visit Hope Mills, NC and my God son.
During a planned road trip down south, we set aside two days to spend at my cousin's house.
I'm looking forward to squeezing my baby big boy and watching our babies play together.
Mushy and him grew up like siblings, so it's always a pleasure to see them reunited.

3.  To celebrate my daughter's first communion.
To see my daughter make this sacrament is going to make me cry.
...and then we will have to celebrate, hard!

4.  To go on impromptu date nights throughout the year.
Thanks to being tight on time and money, my husband and I rarely go on a date night.
We typically go out twice a year - once for Valentine's day and the second time for everything else.
Our birthdays and anniversary are the same week.  We got jipped out of date night opportunities!
For 2020, I'm adding two impromptu date nights to my bucket list.

5.  To cheer on my baby girl during her first dance recital.
This year my Mushy Face started ballet and tap lessons.
The progress she's made has been astounding.  Each week she looks more like a real ballerina!
I'm looking forward to seeing her dress up and dance in her very first dance performance.

6.  To spend a day out east.
Every year I say that I'm going to spend a day out east and I never do.
We could walk the streets of the Hamptons, visit The Fat Tuna in Montauk, or even rock a winery!
Or we could do all three, which I totally vote for, but that may be too big of an ask..

7.  To clean out and furnish the finished basement.
We have a beautiful and large finished basement in our home.
It's complete with a guest room, bathroom, living room, and a detached, large laundry room.
Aside from the spicket carcasses, we make zero use of the space because it isn't functional.
In 2020, I'd like to clean it out and make it functional, especially the guest space.

8.   To continuing my education.
In 2020, I'd like to complete 4 of the remaining 5 courses I need to get my degree.
I'd like this to be the final year that I add school to my already impossible schedule.
I'm so close that I can literally taste it!  It's been a decade in the making and totally time to reap reward.

9.  To plant and make a real space for my garden.
This past year we didn't have the time or money to invest in my garden.
As a result, our harvest consisted of three eggplants and nothing else.
In the upcoming year, I'd like to create a space for my garden to flourish and produce!

10.  To visit Disney World with my family!
For the grande finale, we're looking forward to another trip to Disney World this year.
It will be my son's first time visiting this magical place and my daughter's third.
Every time we visit, we come home with countless memories to treasure.
We also have lots of surprises in store, including a trip to Cinderella's castle.  Shhh, don't tell!

What is on your bucket list for 2020?


  1. Sounds like reasonable things, except for maybe #1 with you lol but it can be done. And at least you are finishing the degree, even if it is a decade later. I'll just be glad if 2020 is better than 2019, but no magic day will come to play. Just a different date.

    1. I really do have the toughest time with #1, and it's the one thing that I really want to change. The worst feeling is something being over in a blink of an eye and realizing that you barely remember it because you rushed through the day. A decade later is better than two decades, right? Maybe? Or is it after a decade, it doesn't really matter?! lol

    2. lol well it still matters, just maybe a little less?

  2. Maybe the next one will be even better. This one was filled with constant work for me, so I look to the next one with certain fear as I don't know if I will have work, hopefully I will. Those would be my only wishes, for us to have work, to be healthy and for the world to have peace and for mediocre Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet not to be nominated undeservedly for an OScar again LOL And for that mean bully Taylor Swift to just go away...

    1. We cross fingers for you that 2020 is filled with work, health, and happiness! I'll also say a little prayer for you about the Oscars, but I do love me some Taylor Swift! Her music is just so catchy.

  3. I have some trips on my bucket list and some local places I want to finally visit. Also trying to eat a more plant-based diet. And I'm always about more date nights!

    1. A plant based diet is supposed to be a very healthy one. Unfortunately, it's a little more expensive and takes a little more expertise with cooking. Date nights? Yes, please!

  4. That's in a spot of NC I never venture to.

  5. I'm glad you had such wonderful memories to cherish this past year. I hope 2020 has even better things in store for you this year. Good luck with your classes. What a relief that will be when all is said and done :)


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