What I’m Looking Forward to in 2019

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain.

First off I want to state that this is not a list of resolutions. Resolutions require commitment and often end in disappointment, plus I already wrote about resolutions I should make but won’t because they don’t last. Think of this as a list of things I am excited and hopeful for in the next 365 days (this way no one gets hurt mmkay!)

  • I’m excited to be more at peace and happier in 2019. 2018 had a rough start. I was having a hard time juggling working full time and taking care of my mom full time. I wasn’t happy, I was struggling with depression and trying to hide it from family, friends and co-workers was making it a lot worse. With the support of my family and friends I left my job of 8 year’s, so I could focus on my mom full time. The end of 2018, while still not perfect in every way, ended 100 times better than the way it started. I plan to carry this positivity forward!
  • I’m looking forward to reading more in 2019. In October I put down the Roku remote and got back into reading a book series I started the year before but lost interest. I read 24 books from October to the end of December, got back into a normal sleep schedule (binge watching ruins sleep) and exercised my brain that’s been on hiatus since I graduated college. I am on a mission to read all of Debbie Macomber’s books and re-read all of Nicholas Sparks books. Deep literary stuff, you know.
  • I am excited to cross off as many items as I can on my ‘Quarter Life Crisis Bucket List” as noted above, I’ve been working on the book portion of that list as well as the craft project part of the list. I’ve begun to dabble on the musical instrument part and have ideas for my volunteer projects!
  • I am excited to get back home to Indiana in February and start the process of getting my mom’s house packed up and cleaned out. Don’t get me wrong, packing up and selling my childhood home is going to be an emotional rollercoaster, but I know in my heart this is what needs to be done to bring some closure for my mom and will bring her some peace. Plus, spending 2 weeks with my family and my best friend won’t be bad either 😉
  • I’m excited for another year of renewed friendship! Up until this past fall, I had done a terrible job of keeping in touch with friends from home. Moving 1000 miles away doesn’t help, but it’s not impossible to maintain a long distance friendship, and I failed. I’m lazy and let life get in the way, but after a much needed trip home to Indiana I feel like I have a social connection again. Sometimes life is funny, sometimes life is sad and sometimes you witness random people do weird things in public. It’s important to have a friend to share all of that stuff with who won’t judge you (and will ask for pictures ha) #myarmsaresobig #hottfuz #warmlint
  • Looking forward to House shopping. In connection to selling my mom’s house, we have decided in the next year or so to put our own home in Texas up for sale in an effort to find something that fits our current needs better. This is bitter sweet. I LOVE our house, but when we moved my mom in we began to burst at the seams. Also, even though our current house is a new build, it was NOT built for a wheel chair. RIP my door frames and walls. A new house means more room, possibilities for having house guests again and just maybe we won’t all be at each other’s throats (this ties in to bullet point #1 ha)
  • I’m excited to get more involved in church this year. No more walking in quietly, worshiping, than leaving quietly. I know I mentioned this in my quarter life crisis bucket list, but this definitely deserves mentioning again. I have social anxiety, so this task has required baby steps but I’m getting better and I plan on finding a small group to join soon!

And finally…

  • Baseball Season!! I am beyond excited about baseball season, but if you’ve been following me for a while you already knew that!

What things are you looking forward to in 2019?

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Jennifer Shidler

I am a Hoosier at heart who has moved to the heart of Texas with my husband Matthew, our cats Rowdy & Mosby and our dogs Lucy & Wrigley. Matthew is a Chief Flight instructor at a flight school in Austin and I care for my mother full time and write random thoughts and posts in between. I started writing this blog as a way to keep people back home updated on our lives here in Texas, and has turned into a way to relax, think and to make others laugh!

7 thoughts on “What I’m Looking Forward to in 2019”

  1. Nicholas Sparks, huh? Have you ever read Three Weeks with My Brother? My favorite of all of his stuff that I’ve read. I don’t think I’ve ever cried reading a book as much as I did for about the last third of that one. How about At First Sight? That’s the last Sparks book I ever read. I was so mad when I finished it I threw it across the room. He evokes needless emotion in me.

    1. Yes and yes to both questions. I own and have read them all with the exception of the newest one that came out this year. The reason I’ve decided to re-read them was the majority of these books came out when I was in jr.-high/high school and I’m curious if They would evoke different emotions as an adult now. For Instance 3 weeks didn’t move me quite as much as an 8th grader, but now as an adult with a strong sense of relationship and family I’m bound to get a lot more out of it. Plus I appreciate non fiction more now than 2004 😂 the ending and well most of the rest of at first sight didn’t sit well with me. I have come to expect people to die in his books but it was more than just that that left a knot in my stomach :/. You just reminded how depressed I’m going to be re reading most of these books 😂

  2. Hey! 🙂 I’m looking forward to following along with your 2019 adventures! Reading 24 books in three months is quite an accomplishment. I’m back on a reading kick and hope to continue that. I’m shooting to read at least two books a month. It’s also nice to meet another baseball fan! I’m assuming you’re a Cubs fan… I’m a die hard Red Sox fan. (And still basking in the glow of winning the World Series).

    1. 2 books a month is great goal! Do you use the Goodreads app? You can “challenge” yourself for 2019 for how many books you want to read and it tracks your progress! Definitely a baseball fan! I grew up in Cental Indiana, but my mom and grandparents are from Chicago so baseball has been apart of my life since I can remember! My husband and I try to get to a new stadium or two each year. We have yet to make it to the north east, but soon! Once we were out of the playoffs we focused our attention on your Red Sox. We have family that are die hard astros fans and it was “tough” when they took the title from us in 2017 and we wanted you guys to take it from them! So, thank you for that!! 🙂

      1. Yes I use Goodreads! I set a challenge for myself to read 30 books for the year.

        How many stadiums have you been to so far? I’ve only been to Fenway and Yankee Stadium (the new one). I’d highly recommend going to Fenway!

        Haha I’m glad we could help you seek some revenge then. Red Sox nation has been blessed with four titles in 15 years, but I was happy for the Cubs when they won in 2016. That must have been crazy in your part of the country!

      2. We have been to Giants, Rockies, Astros, Rangers, Cardinals, White Sox, Cubs, and the Rays (ugliest stadium everrrr). We live in Texas now, so we go to many Rangers and Astros games each year and we try to fly into Chicago once a year!
        2016 WS was crazy even though we live in Texas, my coworkers new what it mean and through me an Cubs party and let me hang the W flag at work! all my family still live in indiana and chicago though you would have thought it was national holiday!

      3. That’s awesome you’ve been to so many already! I agree with you that the Trop is ugly and just needs to be torn down.

        Haha that’s great you could celebrate at work! I could only imagine how crazy it was in the city.

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