And just like that, 2019 is here! A fresh start. New beginnings. A new year, filled with endless possibilities. I am over the moon excited for this year because so much is happening. As typical and cliche as it may sound, I wanted to share a look into what this year has in store and also my goals. Then, at the end of 2019, reflect on this post and see how many of my “plans” actually happened and what goals were accomplished. Kind of keeping myself accountable in a way! By the time you read this, I will be sitting at the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California in the freezing cold. You can check Instagram stories if you want to see more of that. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, you can follow me here. I have a feeling 2019 is going to be one of the best years yet, so let’s jump into our plans first and see what’s happening there:
My Bridal Shower
My Bachelorette Party
Hawaii 2019 Nanny Trip
Moving Out for the first time
22nd Birthday (me) & 25th Birthday (Tim)
My Best Friend’s Wedding
Tim’s Best Friends Wedding
First Married Thanksgiving
First Married Christmas
Expanding Our Family
And that’s just a few of the things! Of course, I hope all of these plans happen, but God’s plan is always greater. So as a little disclaimer and side note, I truly believe he is in full control of what goes on, but a girl can dream right?
All things WEDDING. As you can tell, based off a majority of the plans, they all revolve around wedding related things. The parties, the honeymoon, moving in together, and the actual wedding itself. We are truly in the mode now that holidays are over and things are starting to settle in. I only have a few more months left of sleeping in my own bed by myself, having my mama cook me dinner, coming home to my whole family, and a lot of other things. As I said yesterday, all of this truly is bittersweet. Stay tuned for my Wedding Diary #2 blog post coming up soon!
Other than wedding related activities, starting life out as newlyweds is definitely on the agenda! Our first home, our first married holidays, and some really fun date nights. Two of our friends in our bridal parties are getting married back to back, so celebrating LOVE will be a ton of fun.
Ok now to get to what you want answers to. Expanding our family! Where we are living yet is not yet decided, but we have toured plenty of apartments and that is definitely going to be our style of home. Depending on where we end up, and the rules, Tim and I definitely want to expand our family with four little feet. Dog or cat, we are open to either and are planning on rescuing a furry one to become apart of our family. We can’t predict the future though, so this may not happen (all depends where we end up!) but our hopes are high.
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I’m giggling because these goals sound familiar. Probably because they are on everyone’s list for goals, and because they are on my list every year… and they only somewhat get accomplished. This year though I’ll have my forever partner to keep me accountable, and some of these goals NEED to be accomplished, it’s not just a want anymore. Tim & I planned our one year anniversary trip already (I’m such a planner) so we need to start saving for meals, excurisions, and all those extra things! We’ll be going to England, Scotland & Ireland for 2 weeks for our one year so luckily we have plenty of time until that comes around, but I have a feeling it’ll sneak up quick.
Health, health, health. Since graduating high school this has been something so hard for me to keep up with. Growing up I had it EASY and I totally took that for granted. My mom made all my meals for me- breakfast, lunch & dinner. I pretty much always had a balanced diet and of course I danced 24/7, so that was my exercise. After high school was over I was on my own for breakfast and lunch, and dance was no more. I got so many injuries in high school, that I just made the decision to stop because I was honestly tired of the whole getting hurt thing. I thought taking up going to a gym would be easy, since I went to dance class my whole life. Turns out it’s actually really hard and I have no self motivation- lol! Now that Tim and I are (soon to be) on our own, it’s our goal to make fitness happen TOGETHER. This entire time we’ve gone through phases of working out together and it never, ever lasts. “What time do you get off work?” “Ok I’ll do this, this and this, then be over.” “So after we workout we both need to shower and then figure out dinner and drive to your house then back and then we’ll relax.” Exhausting, right? We spent SO much time coordinating where we were meeting up, driving back and forth to each other’s houses, then wanting to get cleaned up, that by the time we were done it was 8 o’clock and we pretty much went our separate ways around 9. Our goal is that living together will cut out all the time we used to spend coordinating, since we’ll be at one place and we’ll already be home and have everything we need. While we talk about this often, we laugh because it sounds like such a luxury and I’m honestly really excited to get into that routine, and also cook up recipes in the kitchen!
Sunday routine… another really big hassle. While not living together before marriage was 100% our decision, it has had a lot of cons that I’m excited to be done with. Being in the same place will make it a lot easier to get up, get ready together and go to church and have our day to prepare for the week ahead. Our days will look a lot like praising the Lord, grocery shopping, meal prepping, and relaxing. Schedule is KEY to how my life works so to be able to have our Sundays together is everything my heart desires! Sunday + Church + Tim + Prepping + Quality Time = Happy Danielle.
Well friends… we’re only in the first day of 2019 and I already feel filled with joy. Excitement. Love. Just a few of the words to describe this year. I feel very blessed sitting here writing this blog post, talking about all the wonderful things that are happening in my life for 2019. But as I look back on last year, exactly a year ago from today, this day was filled with sadness. Confusion. And a lot of unknown. The beginning of 2018 I can confidently say was the first time I ever felt hopeless. So today, as we rejoice in this new year, I ask that you keep those in your prayers who have that feeling today. Take a look around and hug your loved ones tight. And most of all, rejoice!
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.