Shoot, 2019 was a big one. See what's going on in my head as I review the year and all that happened.
I've never done an annual review of my life, at least, nothing more than the mental, "Yeah, it was good" or "Thank goodness that's over." So, extend some grace as I try to figure out how to put an entire year's experience into 500 words or less.
Boiling it way down, there were three major life events that I ... took part in? ... completed? ... happened to me? *shrug* Who knows.
I got married
Because of life event #1, I moved
Because of life event #1 and 2, I got a new job
Through all of these milestones, I experienced one giant joy moment and one equally-giant growing pain. Hear me out.
Joy moment: To sum it up, I get to spend the rest of my life with the best man I've ever known. How can you not be joyful about that? Tyler is silly and charming and smart and opinionated and outgoing. And he's allll minnneeeeee.
Growing pain: Being married is a whole new ball game. When you argue, there's no alone time to collect your thoughts. A simple bad mood can set a whole household into chaos. In our case, we're learning how to co-exist with another human being in a very new and very real way for the first time.
Joy moment: There's an excitement in the air about moving to a new place. It's the starting of a new chapter in your life. You get to buy new things and reinvent your space. I got to upgrade my living situation with shiny appliances and granite countertops. Plus, for the first time ever, my husband and I not only live in the same ZIP code but the same apartment!
Growing pain: I didn't just move across town, I moved across the m e t r o p l e x. Leaving the little home that I had spent four years creating for myself broke my heart a little bit. I couldn't go to my regular restaurants anymore, I couldn't shop at my favorite places, I was further away from my friends. Can you say "adjustment?"
Getting a new job
Joy moment: It was a new opportunity to take my career into my own hands and make a name for yourself. I had big ideas and needle-moving initiatives that I was bringing to the table. I knew there was a career-making opportunity right in front of me.
Growing pain: The most crippling part of a new job is gaining momentum you need to put your ideas into action. Some of those professional barriers can include frustrating co-workers, limited resources, disorganization, or lack of teamwork. It's hard to not let those obstacles keep you from continuing to push forward.