Happy New Year!! I’m so Ready for 2019! recap of Holidays

Happy New Year Friends!!!! 


Sorry for the delayed post… again!  Our holidays were kinda crazy because we hanged our plans last minute due to me getting a job and some other family stuff and working a lot.  Lots of fun was had even during the madness! 

2018 has been quite a year for us.  It started out quite rough with all my medical issues/being in the hospital for so long, but it definitely ended on a high note with a fresh start in San Antonio, TX.  We are still loving it, by the way. 

I won’t sugar coat this post though… overall this year was just plain hard.  Really hard.  With all my GI issues that landed me in the hospital for way too long and ended in surgery, to still dealing with chronic neck and back pain, I’m just ready for a clean slate.  We had a lot of plans that had to be cancelled (including a lot of travel plans) so it was just a big bummer.  I am a firm believer that all things happen for a reason and I really did learn and grow so much from my experiences this year.  I think it was a reminder to me to slow down and just enjoy the here and now.  We are usually go go go and sometimes I’m so focused on planning the future, I forget to appreciate and enjoy the present.  

I love the start of a new year.  2019 is a fresh start and I am EXCITED about it.  We have lots of plans and goals and I think 2019 is going to be one of the best years yet.  

I don’t do “resolutions,” but I do set intentions and goals for the new year ahead.  I will tell you guys what I am focusing on this year and I would LOVE to hear your goals or resolutions too!

I’ve always had trouble living in the moment and being spontaneous (I’m a planner!!!), but this is something I want to work on. 

Giving back.  I want to get involved in some volunteer work this year.  I will probably do something with one of the animal shelters here in town (because my husband says I can’t have any more dogs). 

Advancing my career.  I am still liking my new job and there is room for growth so I have big goals for this year.  This is the first job in a while that I have had the opportunity for a lot of growth so you bet I will be working on this!

Being a better wife/partner.  My husband, he’s pretty stinkin’ great.  I’m not sure why he chose me, but I’m sure glad he did.  He deserves the world and each day I am going to focus on giving him just that.  More acts of kindness and love, less demanding, and more alone time and date nights. 

Read more.  I love to read, but lately it has been taking me a long time to get through my books because work and home projects have taken precedence. 

Less screen time.  We are all addicted to our phones (I am SO guilty), but part of being more present is putting away the phone/ipad and having more conversations, playing games, finding new activities, ect. 

I always do sober January every year to give my body a fresh restart and this year will be no different.  My mom and husband are joining in too!!! Are you? 😉


Our Christmas holiday started on a sad note for us.  We traveled to Dallas to stay overnight with my sister and her boyfriend before hopping on an early flight to Chicago to drive to Indiana to attend my husband’s aunt’s funeral.  She passed away right before Christmas after battling breast cancer.  It was really great to see family, even under the unfortunate circumstances. 

We got Poke in Dallas.. are you shocked?  It is my favorite so I have to get it every time I am there!


My nails have been looking rough from all our home projects so I got them done for the holidays and still love them.  🙂


We got to see this little crazy boy too.  He was pretty excited to see us! 


The sunrise on our early flight. 

My mother-in-law made this delicious salad with roasted cauliflower, arugula, pumpkin seeds, apricots and a homemade tahini dressing.  It was soo yummy!!


Our friend opened up a new bar/coffee shop with ping pong tables so we went to meet him and play a few games.  So fun!


We walked around a nearby town for a bit one day and I made my husband get a picture with his new friend. 😉


Christmas in Indy!


We went to one of our favorite restaurants, Ambrosia, for dinner one night.  I got the salmon special and it was amazing!!


My husband, his brothers, and dad all taught me how to play Poker this year and now I’m obsessed.  I came in third the first night and won it all the second night!!!  They were not thrilled about this…;)


We finally got a rug to go underneath our dining room table.  Woo!!  


We spent new years at our house with some friends and we had a blast.  I took zero pictures of the whole night… who am I?  I will wrap up this post here, but I have one more for you… we went see the Christmas lights at the art museum in Indy and it was so neat! 


  1. Are you sad the holidays are over?  Or maybe a little relieved?
  2. What did you do for New Years Eve?
  3. Did you set any intentions, goals, resolutions for 2019?


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