Bring It On 2019

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Welcome, 2019!

Today officially is the first time in almost (or even over) a month that I’ve logged onto my blog and even onto WordPress. I took a hiatus, originally on accident, because I was overwhelmed with life. After I realized that I hadn’t had time to write or to engage, I just let it happen. I welcomed the break and focused on other things. It wasn’t easy.

I wanted to log in and check how my numbers were doing without doing any type of posting, social media posts, or engaging with others. I wanted to write content just to get it out there and make sure I was still “on the grid.” I wanted to endlessly engage with followers and other bloggers on social media. But I didn’t.

I’m writing this right now with an hour and a half left in 2018. I still haven’t logged on to WordPress to see how I’m doing. I thought about it, but wanted to make sure I stuck true to the month of December. So, here’s to hoping I’m not completely irrelevant. And if I am, oh well. I’ll start putting out content again and see where I head. There are currently over 700 emails in my inbox because I haven’t checked it. If you’re anything like me, you know how much anxiety that is giving me right now, but I refuse to look through them until at least tomorrow.

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Anyway, I wanted to do a little reflection at the beginning of the new year. So, here we go.

2018 was quite a year. There were ups, there were downs, there were in-betweens, and there were a lot of memories made.

I spent time in Florida, Kansas City, New York City, Denver, Copenhagen, Prague, Czech Republic, Budapest, Vienna, and Liverpool.

I got to see my best friend marry her lobster.

I met some incredible people and made so many memories with those closest to me.

I enhanced my career and began taking on new challenges to further build my skill set.

I started selling children’s books to help spread literacy across the country.

I am ending the year on a really weird note and maybe I’ll elaborate a little bit on that in another post, but for now, I’m healing and going on a journey to really understand who I am and what I want in life.

Lastly, in 2018, I started Wandering Nobody. I started this blog in July and have had so much fun. This my creative outlet that I am solely in control of. I decide what content I create. I decide when, how much, and how often I post. I’ve met some incredible bloggers and have learned so much from some very talented people from around the world. I get to share about something I love and that makes me so incredibly happy.

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My hopes for 2019:

Understand more about who I am as a woman and the path I want to take in life.

Be more present and stop thinking about everything on my never ending to do list. We can only tackle one thing at a time, so focus on whatever in front of you is the most important and that’s something I really struggle with.

Make sure to spend time with those I love and those that make me feel complete. True friends, friends that become family, and family you enjoy being around aren’t as plentiful as growing up made you believe it was.

Volunteer more. Whether that be in Chicago or on a travel assignment, but I’ve been lucky in life and I want to make sure I pay it forward.

Wake up just a little earlier every morning. Sleeping past my alarm means I have failed before even getting out of bed. If I can get up just 15 minutes early and enjoy a little bit of coffee and news before getting ready and out the door, it’s one successful step to start the day.

Take one traveling trip for myself. Maybe I’ll bring someone along, maybe I’ll go solo, but I want to take a trip solely for myself.

Take more time out of each week to read. I make this goal every year, but I’m on a pretty good roll right now, so I think I can do it.

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I’m sure there are plenty other things I want to tackle in 2019, but these are the highlights. I won’t bore you with my whole list. 🙂

So, here’s to another year, a fresh start, and new beginnings. I’m excited to be back in the blogging world and excited to catch up with all of those I’ve missed in the last month.

Comment below with one of your best 2018 memories and one thing you’re excited about for 2019!

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7 Comments on “Bring It On 2019

  1. Happy New Year Karlie! I love reading your blog and I love reading in general like you. Every year, I say I’m going to read more or a book a month at least so if you have any good recs, I’d love to hear. I just finished The Art of Racing in the Rain. Have you read it yet?

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    • Oh my gosh, I hadn’t but I just looked it up! I’m pretty sure I’d cry through the whole book! Right now, I’m reading Girl, Wash Your Face. And have 3 books in the line up from my book of the month subscription. Haha! I’ll have to check that one out, tho. Sounds amazing!

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  2. Sometimes I think a break would be good, the blog can be all consuming. Well done to you for doing that. Is it rude of me to ask more about your friend and her lobster. I’m intrigued.

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    • Haha! It’s a reference from the TV show friends. Phoebe says that lobsters mate for life and “He’s her lobster!” in reference to Ross and Rachel. It’s just a phrase I use and don’t even realize it. Haha! Nothing too crazy.

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      • That makes a hell of a lot more sense. I was wondering what country allowed marriages to animals. Not that i want to go there, but it would make for interesting blog.

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  3. Happy New Year! I just took a break for the exact same reasons, and whilst it’s strange to be away for so long I’ve found it really helpful. Reading is a goal of mine too, my aim for the year is 40 books!

    Megan|pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com

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    • That’s an amazing goal! I hope you can do it! Sometimes you just have to power down and restart on a better note. Hope you found what you were hoping to during your break! Happy New Year!!

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