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Hello, 2019!

Somehow 2018 managed to be a year of big changes for me, while also feeling normal and secure and totally solid. As someone who thrives while making improvements to my life, but also needs to feel safe, it was a nice balance and it’s what I’m hoping to do in 2019 again.

I’ll dive into the details in future posts, so for now I’m just going to drop in some big picture goals I have for this year as a way to kick things off (and hold myself accountable):

  • Finish writing and edits on my first fiction project (novel) for the year by the end of March. (Drafting now!)
  • Remodel the hallway bathroom in the first half of the year.
  • Start swimming for exercise (as soon as my doctor clears it after my current back treatments).
  • Expand my client list and places I’m published throughout the year.
  • Finish organizing the last few spaces in my house that need it.
  • Keep challenging myself to bake new things all year. I mastered pie crust, and buttermilk biscuits, and so much more last year. Time to tackle the next round of things I’ve avoided baking!
  • Write more fiction after finishing the first project.
  • Go on three vacations: annual BFF trip, visit family in The Netherlands, and a big one to celebrate ten years of marriage.
  • Build the vegetable garden we’ve planned and start growing food.

Also? Get back to blogging. I once blogged every single day for over a year, and while I’m not going to do that again, I’m going to aim for publishing 50 posts this year. I hope you’ll swing by to follow along with the details as I accomplish my plans for 2019.

More cakes and other things soon.

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My Year in Review: 2016

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With 2016 coming to a close, I thought I’d share another recap (like in 2015). It was way easier last time because I blogged so much last year, so at the very least, writing this post was a good reminder that I’d like to document my life more. Good thing I’m starting a Bullet Journal right now. 😉 And I solemnly swear to post here at least 48 times in 2017. (Can you tell I’m watching Harry Potter?) Read on for my monthly recap and a list of the places I visited this year.

Here’s a month-by-month recap of what I was up to (as far as I can remember):

January: I visited Phoenix for a work team meetup, plus spent a few days of roadtripping around the state, including to Sedona and the Grand Canyon, with two teammates.



February: We kicked off our master bathroom remodel. It got demolished (down to the studs and subfloor!), then slowly put back together. (See the before here.) I also wrote about the anxiety I was surprised to experience during the remodeling. I still owe final after pictures, but here’s a sneak peek. (And I promise to share some photos soon!) I also fell in love with Hamilton this month and then started a team rotation at work that lasted three months and enabled me to learn a ton about WordPress themes.


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Achievement Unlocked

WordPress Day was a success!

I talked about social media and WordPress:

And then I celebrated with a milkshake for dinner:



It feels good to be flying home tomorrow having accomplished a goal I set for 2016. And it’s only March! 😀