I did my blog recap of 2019 mainly for my own records, but I’m begging your indulgence for a bit more high level recap of what the year looked like for our little family, along with a look ahead to 2020.
Well, you already know he was perfect. I started the year thinking that I would be getting back into full training for a move up to the 1.20m after the wedding. For various reasons this didn’t happen, and I’m so glad that we took that pressure off. Frankie spent the year with his confidence soaring at every outing and we built a stronger partnership than ever. He’s another year older, another year smarter, and his coat and muscling honestly look better than ever. He truly thrived this year and we learned so much about what makes him happy.
Looking forward to 2020, I have a couple goals with him. Firstly, I’d like to qualify for the VHSA Adult Eq finals. He was such a pro and got better with every outing in the eq this past year, and I’d love to keep building that skill set together. I don’t anticipate making it to Cap Challenge or anything like that, but the VHSA final is a great show down in Lexington and is straightforward to qualify for. Secondly, I’d like to qualify for Zone finals in the Low Adults. We have totally hit our groove in the 1m classes (you should see just how proud of himself he gets) and this would be a great goal to help focus our efforts. Lastly, I want to have fun with him. 2020 will be our fifth(!!!) show season together and I want to fully enjoy all the adventures, opportunities, and time together that we can. At this point my goals for Frankie are ever-flexible because the one that trumps all others is making sure he’s happy and healthy and enjoying his work. So far, so good!
I started up my online MBA program back in April, and as of year-end I’m officially halfway through the program. It has introduced a whole new level of balancing act as I tr to meet deadlines while working and traveling and competing and (maybe even sometimes) sleeping and eating. That being said, I’m SO glad I’m doing this, especially in the online format. I’m able to learn something in my course materials over the weekend and apply it at work on Monday. I get to learn new things, debate ideas with interesting people, stretch my skills in different ways. It’s incredibly stimulating.
Looking forward to the next year, I’ll be finishing my program in early October! I’ll be finishing with a dual concentration in Business Analytics (hello numbers my old friend) and Strategic Leadership (which is the first step of my bid for world domination). There’s just a marathon 18 week triple-term this spring, a summer term, and 7 weeks in the fall between me and that sweet degree.
I’ll be honest, it wasn’t a huge year for me professionally. Not bad by any stretch, just nothing exciting to report. Worked on some cool projects, got some new coworkers, loved my boss a ton (she’s amazing). I spent a decent amount of time kinda bored, but it sure did pay the bills so I
can’t shouldn’t complain.
I am planning to leverage this new degree moving into 2020. There are a few different avenues this can take and I’m hoping to be able to share which avenue this follows fairly early in the year. At the end of the day my motivation for career growth is to (1) be able to provide for my family and (2) not be bored so fingers crossed we can make both of these happen at the same time.
Holy moly guys, 2019 was a very full year from a personal relationship standpoint. My best friend got married, my mom came for a visit, our friend kicked off a new career, BOTH my parents came for a visit, we made a surprise birthday trip to LA, my best friend announced her pregnancy (OMG HER LIL BELLY IS TOO CUTE FOR WORDS), we went to a family reunion, we visited my side in RI, we went on our honeymoon, we celebrated my dad’s retirement from the ANG, we went to Cali for a dear friend’s wedding, we went to MD for ANOTHER wedding, we went out to the country for a weekend with BOTH our sets of parents, celebrated Christmas up north, celebrated countless birthdays, went on lots of dates together, saw friends, and spent tons and tons of time with our friends and family. It was a lot of traveling and all worth it. We are incredibly blessed to have these people in our lives. It was also our first full year of marriage and it totally rocked. I like him even more than I did on our wedding day. I also found an amazing new hairstylist in 2019 and if any of y’all don’t think that’s revolutionary then you also need to find a new one.
Our slogan for 2020 is: “Y’all can come to us.” We’re hoping to cut down on some of the constant travel – but realistically, we’ll still be hopping on planes with some regularity. My hope is to be a bit more deliberate about protecting our time together especially as I power through the final terms of schoolwork. I’m trying to plan a vacation adventure for the two of us later in the year as a pseudo-graduation present to myself. Whatever we have going on, it’ll be a ton of fun.
2019 felt like a year of big change and a year of staying still all at once. My goals changed, my balance changed, my perspectives changed. But I was in the same job, same apartment, with the same incredible support system. There were lots of wins to celebrate and I learned a lot about what the people around me need from me and what I need from myself.
I think 2020 will be a year of greater change, with a lot less staying still. I don’t really know what that looks like yet, which used to scare me. I like to have a plan. But I have the world’s best partner to share the highs and lows and make me laugh, and I have the world’s most wonderful horse (who also constantly makes me laugh). I’m not so worried with those two in my corner.