Wow, it is so hard to believe that another year has begun. But, truth be told, I am glad that 2019 is over. It was a very trying year with death of many family and friends. It was one of those years that tested my strength and faith, that is for sure.
But not all of 2019 was bad. In fact, there was a lot of fun things that went on in our lives. Here is a short post of some of my highlights from the year. You can click to read more!
What can I say? January is not one of my favorite months. It is dark, and cold, and generally a miserable month all around. Much of my January blogging was spent moving and rewriting posts from my old blog. You can read the full post here:
Unfortunately, I never realized my goal of attending Social Media on the Sand. It was a HUGE letdown, that is for sure. But, I have an exciting opportunity coming up this year that is just as amazing. Guess things happen for a reason. Be sure to stop back in later this month as I share what it is!
Some other January posts:
- Using The Club Mobay Arrival Lounge
- Hogsmeade As First Timers
- How To Track Expenses On Family Vacations
- How To Plan A Disney Cruise
February is definitely more of the same, at least when it comes to cold, dark, and snow. Generally I tend to want to hibernate and not do anything. I really need to start using that time to plan and write my Summer content. Hopefully I will be able to do that this year.
Here are a few of my February posts:
- Why You Should Plan Your Summer Vacation Early
- Packing Tips For A Stress-Free Vacation
- 7 Important Items For Your Swimming Bag
I happen to like March. 3 of my favorite people have birthdays that month, it is light outside longer, and sometimes you get an early Spring. Sometimes. I absolutely thrive on sunshine and long evenings, so as those become closer, it makes me happy!
In June of 2018, I was able to travel back to Jamaica for a Sandals Resorts press trip. I am a Sandals Affiliate, so if you want to book your own trip to paradise, you can read more here and plan your own trip!
That trip was such a highlight for me as a blogging professional. And the most amazing bonus? My husband got to come too. We just needed to pay his expenses, and he was able to enjoy the magic of the trip. Of course, we are no strangers to Sandals Resorts.
Some of my favorite posts from March include:
- Making Your Home Energy-Efficient While Traveling
- How To Set Boundaries When Your College Student Is Home On Break
And then came April. I will preface this section of the post with a trigger warning: it isn’t pretty.
As many of you know, family relationships can be very complicated. And sometimes you don’t realize how much so until that relationship is no longer there.
My parents and I had not spoken for almost 3 years because of “reasons”. Stupid, stubborn, ridiculous reasons. So imagine sitting on the sofa watching TV when your cousin messages you that your father had a heart attack. It was a tug-of-war between my head and my hurting heart. So after some soul-searching, I ended up going to the hospital. I ended up coming to a tenable peace, and planned to move on. My Dad did extremely well with his recovery. He was home. I was talking to my Mom again. And then it happened.
My Mother then passed from a massive heart attack. Gone. No chance for a full reconciliation. No chance to talk things out. To make things better. And to ask for forgiveness. In a span of minutes, it was gone. Something I will have to forever live with. To never forgive myself for. For inflicting on my children.
My Dad and I are back to being part of each other’s lives now. But it isn’t the same. I do have a small sliver of comfort though. On the night before my Dad came home, I was on the phone with my Mother after we left the hospital. We talked. We ended the conversation where she said “I Love You”, and responded the same. 6 days later, she was gone.
I am still struggling with everything. I realize it will get better, but I truly believe it won’t.
May was pretty much a wash for me on the blog. I lost all my desire to blog. I felt like there was no point to it. Yeah, I was definitely feeling VERY sorry for myself. Mother’s Day was odd and disconcerting. Almost out of body. My husband was amazing, as always. I guess I survived it.
Towards the end of the month I was able to write a post about the Over-The-Water Bungalows at Sandals South Coast. Want to see their beauty? Just click on the photo to read more.
June was starting to be a new normal. It was time for our favorite trip to Wildwood New Jersey. I can’t even believe how much that place soothes my soul, warms my heart, and makes me whole.
So check out the amazing place that we stay at. Staying at a small hotel when you are at the beach is definitely the way to go!
And then came the most amazing month of 2019. July 2019, my husband and I went to visit Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma Bahamas. I cannot begin to explain the amazingness of this trip. The beauty, the rest, the healing.
From our historical trip to see the island:
To swimming with the pigs with Robert’s Island Adventures:
This trip was a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Well, until we visit again in the future.
August and September 2019
These 2 months were pretty much a letdown after the amazing trip that we went on. Of course, we had to toss in college move-in day:
And sharing a favorite recipe. Introducing the recipe for “stuff”. Yeah, pretty fancy term. Not really, but don’t let that fool you. This recipe is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!
Doesn’t that make your mouth water?
October, November, and December 2019
I lumped all 3 of these months together because truthfully, they are a hideous blur. Retail holiday season, more unexpected deaths, more dealing with uncertain feelings.
I struggled more with my blog. Doubts. Figuring, what is the point. And then there was a bright spot. A moment of sanity. And a victory at last. Pretty soon I will be able to share that victory. A win. Something good. Stay tuned!
So there is 2019 in review. Some ups, mostly downs. But today is a promise of bigger and better things. A new start. A chance for renewal. Let’s see what this year brings personally, and professionally!