Yesterday was . . . well, we all survived. We went to the Ft Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science (I prefer both Frost Science & YAA, but I guess it’s good to have multiple options). I had the world’s most unsatisfying nap — I put G down at 1:30 and she protested until 2:20, and then at 2:30 A&C came charging into my room demanding . . . I don’t even know, I just know it was annoying and I did NOT take it well.
But you know what? I only have 2 more days of this, we have a family celebration tonight (though Josh probably won’t be able to go) and a playdate tomorrow, and I CAN SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.
Plus, I finally made myself check my work email and there was nothing terrible in there. Whew.
SOME 2019 UPDATES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
I transitioned to program director! This was a big deal — my APD position was a leadership position, but now I am really IN CHARGE of something and it’s actually the biggest part (0.5 FTE) of my job. I’m excited to go forward and grow into this big role and responsibility. I am also most likely taking on another (smaller, additional) leadership role at work next year; more on that to come if it becomes official.
We went ‘pro’ with our podcast! This is going to sound funny, but I just listened to our 2020 goals ep, and I was really proud of how comfortable and professional we sounded. (I can’t always bring myself to listen to my own voice, but I wanted to remember what I said re: goals!). I am really proud of what I’ve learned in my relatively short podcasting career. We recorded ~52 episodes (probably a few more, since we got a bit ahead in prep for Laura’s baby!) and never missed a week.
I flossed nearly every day. I missed a couple of times (like, probably 5 out of 365 at most) because of not having floss, but otherwise I can safely say it is a habit. One that I didn’t start until fall of 2018!!
I transitioned my blog to wordpress as I said I would! Turns out all it takes is . . . hiring someone who knows what they are doing. (DUH, but seriously). I am taking a lesson from myself and hiring her to set up my newsletter after spinning my wheels on that for several months!! (Another DUH!!). I also increased my blog engagement somewhat, which is neat. I didn’t manage to transition to a new ad network yet, but my numbers are where they need to be. (Just need better SEO and some more ‘organic traffic’ or something like that.)
I did a lot of workouts. An even mix of running and strength this year, for the first time (though I did begin my Beachbody love affair in May 2018). I feel like I am in as good shape now as I have ever been, though I am not as fast of a runner. My arms in particular are stronger than they used to be, and I have most of my core strength back. I also maintained my weight more or less in my ‘happy place’ though I think this has more to do with being busy & chasing after toddlers than any sort of discipline. (The whole muscle is more metabolically active thing may help a little bit too.)
I read 38 books and abandoned 4! Maybe if I start a newsletter I can share the titles of the ones I didn’t finish 🙂 I have to say, I LOVE READING. Someday when I have fewer young kids I’d love to get through a book a week.
Consumer itches that I scratched: skincare regimen (I am pretty happy with mine – Lori requested an update, and I’ll deliver next month!); black pants (I now own like 4 pairs that I like!); new running shoes for the first time in WAYYYY too long.
TRIPS/VACATIONS: Disney cruise. Nashville (with just Josh). Toronto (with just college friends). Baltimore & Arlington (work trips, but I got to see friends in Baltimore at least). Legoland & Amelia Island (kind of a fail, but it’s ok). First solo trip with Annabel to NC – which was a lot of fun!
Movies & date night highlights: Lots of these, with lots more to come! Recently Josh and I saw Knives Out and Little Women (last night!). I have missed movies in my life – what a fun escape. We also saw Dear Evan Hansen in the theater, and Kacey Musgraves & Vampire Weekend live!
We sold our house!!! And we moved, settling the kids in at new schools. HELL YEAH. And we even ‘paid for it’ already (yes we had to pay to sell. ugh but it’s over now!), and I had said it was a 2020 goal. We are entirely debt (and mortgage)-free going into 2020, and it feels amazing.
THINGS I DIDN’T DO: Create a book proposal in full (though I do have a chapter list and other skeletal pieces). Start research protocol for gender clinic (though I don’t really take blame for that – I was working with another person who kind of disappeared on me, and I have too much else going on to make this my own project). Do “Question of the Week” each week with my residents – though I started sending out a weekly newsletter that usually includes an article. Kon-Mari much of anything, and I still really want to!
Even though this has not been the most stellar winter break, I would say that 2019 was a good year. 2020 is going to be big – more on that tomorrow!