2019 was one for the books!

Ok, it’s here — the last day of the year, and the decade! I was thinking this last week that everyone keeps talking about it being the end of a decade, when I really don’t remember anyone saying that at the end of 2009. Just me?

I’ve spent the last few days reflecting on the year, and I have to admit, this was a good one. In 2018, I vowed to actively live my life and be almost reckless about the adventures I threw myself on, and 2019 was the cherry on top of that concept.

Calligraphy class

I kicked off the year by working for myself, and I am still working for many of the clients I had in January. I started the year with several fears about not getting enough clients, not being able to pay my bills, and certainly not being able to take vacations or treat myself.

None of that happened.

Instead, the universe rewarded me for leaping into faith and leaning into my gut, my creativity. Sure, some months were busier than others, but this entire year was more financially fruitful than any other.

My work also brought me much more joy. I worked with clients around the globe on several unique projects and I was humbled by the fact that so many people from different industries invested in me for their writing needs. I am forever grateful.

Kensington Palace

Of course, I am pretty sure I worked more hours this year… but I also filled my leisure time with lots of yoga, dance, reading, cooking, and hanging out with kitty Blanche. This year, I spent lots of time working on my patio garden and redecorating my bedroom.

I took a calligraphy class, taught two blog classes and one blogging bootcamp, taught several private blogging classes, and held digital marketing trainings online.

I took my first international flight and traveled to London and Paris, where I had afternoon tea, saw the changing of the guards, and visited Freddie Mercury’s estate. Within the US, I traveled to San Francisco for the first time (and went back two additional times for work), and went to Dallas for the State Fair of Texas — also my first time.

The set of The Daily Show

I took a birthday trip to New York City, where I sat in the audience of “The Daily Show”, saw “Waitress” on Broadway and went to Madison Square Garden to see John Mayer on his summer tour.

I also saw Lauren Hill, Hanson and 98 Degrees in concert this year. I saw “Hamilton” as well as stand-up from Trevor Noah and Claudia Oshry.

This was my fourth year volunteering for the Austin Film Festival and my second year serving as the Judicial Advisor for ZTA at Texas State University.

Thinking back… it’s hard to understand how I packed it all in, honestly. But I thrive within busy schedules, and this year has been proof of that.

Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

I had some low times, too, of course — I doubted myself, I questioned my place in the digital world and I sometimes felt like I was taking on too much. I struggled with anxiety, depression and grief.

But, I made it through… and I’m proud of every second of it. I learned so much about myself, about life and about other people. I finally feel like things are rolling in the direction I hoped they would, and it has nothing to do with luck and every bit with hard work, focus, and faith.

I know 2019 wasn’t as bright for many, and if that’s you this year, please know I’ve been there, too. There are seasons to life; things we can change and things we can’t.

No matter what your year shaped up to be like, my wish for the world is peace tonight and hope for tomorrow.

Today, I’m working on my 2020 vision board and I’ll be sharing my goals for the New Year right here, tomorrow.

Goodbye 2019, here’s to 2020!

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