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The year 2018, in short- can kiss my behind. It was single handedly the worst year of my life. It was the year of changes, loss, depression and struggles.

The year of pain, the year of waiting and the year of unknown variables.

I hated almost every minute of it.

We started the year as a military family. My husbands Army contract ended January 5th, and we were officially civilians.

We had no income and were struggling to make ends meet.

You can read How We Really Survived That First Month of Unemployment.

How we Struggled through Spring.

Or how we decided to sell everything,  pack up everything and move across country

But the year get’s worse.

My kids keep getting sick because my daughter brings home germs from school. Which means, that I get sick.

Add in that my last living grandparent, my grandma passed away this fall.

My daughters school is so overcrowded that they had to hire a new kindergarten teacher, convert a teachers lounge into a classroom and move 16 students into this new class.

Including my child.

The November 6th voting ballot contained a great proposal for helping the school district with its overcrowding issues and it lost by a fraction of a percentage.

Seriously, It lost by less than 1% vote.

It needed a 60% super majority according to state law, and only got 59.22%. I’m still fuming at the ears thinking about this so I’ll move on to another item to review.

In fact, I could go on and on with negatives of 2018, it’s a novel that could write itself there’s so much juicy details I could probably break it up into months and do a 12 part series.

But instead I think it’s best to focus on a couple of the most positive moments of the year instead. 

Positive things that happened in 2018-

  1. I started this blog. Pretty positive if you ask me. Finally giving me an outlet besides my Facebook Newsfeeds. 
  2. My son turned 1 years old. A big milestone that brought with it his other milestones including walking. 
  3. My daughter started Kindergarten and is doing incredibly well despite a few setbacks. 
  4. After 3 years of living away from my family, I finally have them back in my life and it’s great. We even get together every Sunday for a family dinner at my mom’s house. 

What goals do I have planned for 2019?

I hope, pray and will do my best to make the year 2019 a billion times better than 2018 was. 

Okay, maybe not a billion, but a reasonable amount better.

Much more attainable goal this way. 

In 2019 I will-

Continue to grow this blog. Focusing more on my email subscribers and social media channels. 

Seek further monetization of this blog, including affiliate sales and sponsored posts. The big goal is to turn it into a full time income.

Become more organized with everything.

While I know this is a generic one, I mean to specify it down some.

My crating stuff is scattered over the house, my household chores stacked up and laundry folded once a week isn’t working for me.

It’s incredibly stressful, maintaining time to write blog posts, take pictures, be social with everyone following my social media accounts. At the same time, I have to parent my kids, by being an active and involved mother. Then there are the wife duties.

When I pick up the slack in one spot, I drop it in another. So by “getting organized” I really want to write out a real plan of action. Have set duties for set days, find a way to get 1 day off per week. 

With any luck, by the end of the year 2019 we can be in a much better place than we are now.

And that is my #1 goal. To be in a better place.

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