2020 New Year’s Aspirations + Gratitude for 2019

A List of Aspirations for the New Year and the New Decade

For the New Year

  • The simple thing comes first – I’d like to lose a bit of weight this year. Yes indeed, it’s time to shed those 20 lbs that I’ve packed on in the course of a year and a half. I’ll be doing weekly posts on my food and my weight to keep tabs on what I’m doing right and what I could improve upon. As y’all know, I’ve struggled with anorexia and bulimia in the past, and my goal is to treat my body with respect and love and to be patient with myself while eating healthily and normally.
  • In addition to this, I’d like to start cooking tasty and healthy meals again in the New Year! I’m a decent cook who enjoys making meals for us, yet I’ve slacked off over the past few years due to various reasons …. I want to get back in the groove and stop relying on the convenience of restaurants and fast food (hence the weight gain).
  • Next up, I’d like to keep working on my booth at The Nat – I’m lucky to be both a vendor and an employee there, as y’all know, and I’d love to start acquiring some antiques and interesting pieces to sell at my booth area. I also aspire to continue painting skulls, bones, and antlers and keep selling them there – it’s my side hobby, and I just love working on my “Stacked V Creations”!
  • I’d also like to keep learning about the antique business through my job …. I’d like my job to “metamorphosize” into a true career! I truly feel a niche at The Nat, a niche that I’ve never felt before at my past places of employment, and I’m so blessed to have stumbled upon this niche!
  • I’d also like to continue working on our marriage – after eight years, I still have leaps and bounds to make when it comes to being a better wife. Ultimately, this year, I’d like to simply just be better than I ever was to my husband.
  • Now for a more difficult aspiration – I want to do better with my spending and help us get out of debt. We both want to start making headway on our loans instead of just paying the minimum and feeling stuck. Yes, it’ll be slow going AND we now have Luke’s student loans to pay off, but I know we can do it. It’ll take maturity and smart decisions, but we’ll get there.

For the New Decade

  • I hope to help Luke further HIS career of choice – he’d love to go back to nursing school at some point, and I’d love to see him in a career that he’s passionate about – Pak a Sak is a good job, but I don’t think he wants to make a career out of it. It’s up to him, and I want to be as supportive as I can be (this falls back to my resolution to be a better wife).
  • I want to eventually get out of the apartment and into a small to medium sized house. Luke and I have lived in a gigantic house before, and it isn’t our cup of tea. The less and easier to clean, the better, I say! We know that we’d like concrete floors for sure, but other than that, we’d be open to all options.

Gratitude for 2019

  • I’m grateful for my two jobs – Express and The Nat – in 2019. Managing at Express taught me a TON about retail, more than I’d ever thought I’d learn and I felt that I’ve been able to come to The Nat with great knowledge about the retail business. I’m blessed that I found a job at The Nat, however, as I feel it’s going to be a niche, not just a job, as I’ve touched on a bit above. I’m also lucky that I can still work at Express once or twice a month doing the floorsets and inventories, as it’s a lovely way to keep in touch with friends and a brilliant way to make a little extra money.
  • In addition, I’m blessed to have met some fabulous people through both jobs, ones whom I consider to be my friends, not just mere co-workers and bosses. Who you work with truthfully can make or break a job, and I’m so lucky that I’ve had fabulous cohorts and continue to have them at The Nat.
  • I’m grateful that I’ve slowly but surely been able to keep repairing my relationship with my Dad in 2019. I’m finding that we’re texting and calling each other more, and he and I have been able to enjoy each other’s company at times. For that, I’m truly thankful.
  • I’m grateful that I found our newest baby, Scotch, in June of 2019. He’s such an adorable, constant companion, and I’m so glad that the Universe put him into my life. He’s a true gem of a puppy dog. Of course, I could never neglect my thanks for having our three kitty babies, Calliope, Persephone, and Caprica, nor could I forget our dear ball python, Drogo!
  • I’m grateful for the MATURITY and WISDOM that I’ve gained in 2019 – I’ve matured in many ways, especially in regards to my health and lifestyle, and I pray that this continues into 2020 and furthers in momentum.
  • And last, but certainly not least, I’m grateful for my loving, kind, patient, gentle husband Luke, who is my rock and my rock star. He puts up with me and my antics (and believe me, I have daily antics), and I couldn’t be more lucky to have him in my life.

Cheers to the New Year and the New Decade!

~ M