Updated: Jan 8, 2020
2019 has been an interesting year. I don't really know how else to describe it. Check out this post for more of my thoughts on the year. Some days I think about how great it was and other days I can only think about the bad days. Truthfully, I don't think I will ever have a reflection where I look back and think the whole year was phenomenal, and it seems like that's what I am waiting for. But, I know that's just not the way life goes.
2019 was a year of growth and personal development. You don't have to know me long to know that January is probably my least favorite month. It's strange because I love beginnings and the excitement of something new. Monday is my favorite day of the week, after all! It sounds negative, but I don't like New Years, I don't like my birthday, I find January very depressing and cold, nothing is going on and nobody wants to do anything because of the holidays that just passed. So for any of you that this resonates with, I'm thinking of you right now!
A few things I learned in 2019:
1. You have to look out for yourself. Be good to others, but look out for yourself always.
2. Set random, lofty goals for yourself. And then, see them through!
3. I owned the fact that I am a planner. I love looking forward to events and I know that I need to have something on my calendar each month for my sanity.
4. Mental health is the most important health you have.
5. It gets better. Nothing lasts forever.
6. The company name on your resume isn't as big of a deal as you're making it.
7. What you see staring back in the mirror is nothing like what other people see.
8. I've gotten very good at wedding-ing. Yes, I turned that into a verb.
9. The things you don't want to do are likely the exact things you'll be thankful you did.
10. I LOVE a good sauna session.
11. Austin is not as bad as I thought it was.
12. When it comes to others: practicing patience, giving (seemingly undeserved) grace, praying, and giving people time will likely result in your desired outcome.
13. Our bodies really do talk to us.
14. I did have a dream job after all!
15. Life is not as bad as your darkest days.
Now, let's take a look at how this year shaped up. Starting with January. I began 2019 by continuing the training for my half marathon.
I turned 25 and celebrated by booking a last minute (day before) trip to New York City so I could wake up at 4am to get on the Today Show. Being on the Today Show as an invited guest is on my bucket list. I also really wanted to meet Hoda. It was such a great trip!
I taught my first yoga class ever! I was so scared but guess what? Everyone survived and my students loved the class.
I took a part-time job as an online health and fitness coach for Noom.
And at the end of the month, I took a trip to Houston to visit my aunt and her great granddaughter.
I flew to Oklahoma City to Bachelorette Party celebrating my old roomie getting married. And I got to see my brother, also known as Uber, for the weekend.
My mom came to Austin so we could hear Ina Garten speak as a belated Christmas present. We're big food network fans over here!
I went back home to celebrate Emily getting married. I adore this picture of us.
Then, my dad came back with me because I was supposed to run the Austin Half Marathon, but I got hurt the week before. That was a whole ordeal and very defeating; feel free to read the blog I wrote for more.
I also did a juice cleanse in February.
And the end of the month hit me hard with the loneliness that was living alone in Austin. I did a lot of yoga in my apartment practicing the mind-body connection...
...while I continued to teach as well.
I came home in March for some bloodwork, Valley's birthday party, Paige's couples' shower, and was able to work-from-home and drink a lot of matcha lattes. I may need to deem 2019 as 'the year of the matcha latte'. The luxury of work-from-home policies is something I don't take for granted. I've had it both ways and am so grateful.
I FINALLY met a group of friends to spend my time with in Austin, to include country dancing. This is a HUGE answered prayer for me. Not the country dancing part. ;)
I went down to Houston again for a conference, to visit my aunt, and to see my sister play soccer one last time in her spring game.
My work life has always been in business, therefore I tend to break up the years in terms of quarters; that's what comes naturally to me now. The first quarter of the year is notoriously my least favorite. This particular year was rough, but it seems as the year went on, it got better. I truly feel I grew a lot this year and it all began with Q2. Let's look.
The first weekend of April found me back home for my friend Chelsea's wedding with a new haircut.
I found a particular love of hosting.
We celebrated my friend Kate's birthday by going to the F R I E N D S parody and dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant. First time for both and I'd go again!
My friend Paige brought her bachelorette party to Austin and we celebrated our girl BIG.
I went to Hillsong's concert by myself and had the best time. I was actually supposed to teach them yoga prior to the concert, but it turns out they didn't have time. I am so bummed about this!
I said GOODBYE TO GOOGLE! And took my new job (which, spoiler alert: is the best thing that happened to me in 2019!).
My cousin got married in Omaha towards the beginning of the month, so this whole side of my family got together for a mini-missing-some-people reunion to hang out and celebrate!
I began settling into my new job, which includes cake for breakfast, apparently. And now a commute. Gosh, I've got to say it again. I am so appreciative of a flexible remote working environment for the days I wake up and don't feel like battling the commute.