The last few months of 2018 threw a curve ball my way. I’ve missed writing more than you know, but other priorities popped up, so I had to make hard choices on what got my attention, which means this blog took a step back for a bit.
But I’m here now and back, and I have plans and changes happening in 2019.
How about if I just jump right in with what’s coming up, and then I’ll back track and share what the last couple months have looked like…
Big Changes in 2019
(aka the year I pray I don’t lose my shit.)
If you were expecting me to say that I’m pregnant again, well…you’re totally wrong! Even though we make the cutest kids ever, this baby factory is still closed.
The reason I’m praying my sanity will stay intact in Twenty Nineteen is because my husband is deploying for a year.
I still can’t comprehend not seeing his handsome face for that long, but that’s another post for a different day.
He leaves in the spring, and then shortly after he leaves, the kids and I will pack up all of our things, and move to New Mexico so I can be around family for that year.
We’ve gone through our fair share of deployments, and they’re hard enough as is, but I’m not going to lie: I’m freaking out about doing the whole move out of our house, and the actual move, and renting a house, and doing all.the.things. on my own with three kids.
Hence, praying I don’t lose my shit (in all meanings of that phrase), next year.
2018: Work Hard, Play Hard
Now that the big stuff is out of the way, let’s rewind a bit. If I could sum up the last couple months in four words it would be, “Work hard, play hard.”
I had a really big goal at the beginning of the year to earn another incentive trip with Pampered Chef. I experienced this perk earlier in 2018 when I traveled on Pampered Chef’s dime to Amelia Island, Florida, and it was amazing. So amazing that I vowed to make it to the second level of trips for 2019: a trip for two to Hawaii.
Well, I’m thrilled to announce that I did it!
I earned my second trip with Pampered Chef, and before my husband deploys, we’ll be traveling—Pampered Chef style—to Hawaii…all expenses paid!
This is literally a dream come true, and even though I neglected my blog (which pained me to do so), I made a goal and I crushed it. I can’t wait to check the box for this bucket-list trip!
Slowing Down in 2019
In an effort to not lose my shit in the new year (as previously mentioned), I’m going to slow down. I’ve been trying to come up with my word for the year, and I’m coming up short.
The first thing I think of is, “SURVIVE,” but I want it to be a little more than that. We will survive…it’s just a matter of how we do it.
“Reset” and “rest” keep coming to mind, but I feel like I want something a little more powerful or meaningful.
When I think about all the changes my family will experience in 2019, I really want to slow down and be present.
I miss writing; it’s always been my outlet and my refuge, and as much as I love Pampered Chef, I also know it started taking time away from my kids.
I handled it, and kept myself from going crazy, but I worked really, really
hard to achieve my goal, which was a pretty ambitious thing to do with three kids under five and a husband who is away often
For the record: Pampered Chef will still be in my life, I just won’t push myself as much as I did this year. My family, quality time with God in the mornings to focus my day, and time for writing will be my priorities.
My kids will be without their papa, and will experience moving and all the emotions that come with this military lifestyle. And since this is the first year that they’ll “get it” and will have a taste of what that actually entails, I need to be their rock and be present in their lives.
Plus, they’re growing up so stinkin’ fast! Before I know it, I’ll blink and they’ll all be in school. So while they’re still here with me, I’m excited to take advantage of a slower pace for all of us.
Thankfully, my PC gig allows me to make my own rules and my own hours, so I’m excited I can still do both, and run this show how I’d like.
What You Can Expect
I’m hoping that by backing off a little from Pampered Chef, I’ll find myself with more time to write again. More time to get posts written and ideas flowing…because I have so many ideas.
I’m hoping that you’ll see more posts on deployments, care packages, and things to help kids cope while a parent is away.
I also plan on writing more about our travels and my day-to-day life with three kids. Oh, how I’ve missed relating to everyone!
There are so many unfinished posts, that I’d love to wrap them up and share them with you since they’re not doing any good sitting in my drafts folder. I especially want to share more things to do in San Diego…because there are so many half-written posts just waiting for the final touches
Going to Enjoy San Diego While We Can
Speaking of San Diego; we have five more months in this gorgeous city, and there are still things we need to cross off our bucket list, so you better believe we’ll be tackling that as much as possible!
What do YOU want so see?
If there are specific things you would like to see me write about, I’d love to hear them.
Thanks for hanging with me, especially if you’ve been loyal from the beginning. And if you’re new, WELCOME! I hope to see you around more often!