• Jen Gibbs

2019 Recap & Review

Updated: Mar 24

Like so many others, 2019 was easily one the hardest (and dare I say, one of the worst?) yet also one of the absolute best years imaginable. I feel like I'm not alone when I say the year was a constant roller-coaster with really high, highs, and extreme lows. My 2019 Year Recap and Review is here and all I can say is, bring on the new decade!

January 2019 was really when I started to do a deep dive into my blog. I was so inspired by moving and living with my best friend. Ideally, I wanted it to grow so much that I didn't need to have a regular 40 hr/ workweek job. Any job that I did have, I wanted it to be for fun and have a little extra spending money. That obviously didn't happen. Truth be told, I still haven't made a cent! Sure, there's like $8 in my Google ad account but you can't withdraw that until you reach $100. Whoo.

However, at the end of January, we adopted our monster of a dog and even though he destroys all of my plants, I wouldn't give him up for the world. Although Mark may not come out and say it, even he knows he's brought light and love into our little Colorado apartment. He's part of our family and our home. He for sure helped make 2019 wonderful.

February I realized, I needed to start searching for a job. Colorado is beautiful but boy is it EXPENSIVE. I also have that go, go, go personality while also being a little introverted so I was getting a little stir crazy sitting at home all day. It took over a month and a half to finally land a job. Constantly hearing "no" is hard, but you just have to keep pushing. February was also a hard month because I fell out of touch with a lot of close friends. We didn't see eye to eye and although no "harsh" words were spoken, it was easy to tell that me moving a 10-hour drive away put a strain and created uneasiness among us. It was truly the first time I felt alone, and that feeling still carries with me occasionally.

March was the month I FINALLY started my first job out in Colorado and the people were amazing. I was able to work decent hours, and my blog was starting to finally grow. I was featured in an online magazine, and I started to make a few friends with my co-workers and Mark's co-workers too! Even though Guinness chewed up the carpet, his separation anxiety was calming down and we loved taking him on adventures with us. His training was finally starting to work (a little). We also got to spend time with Mark's sister and her family. It was a blast taking them around Colorado!

April was surprisingly an uneventful month. I got to celebrate my birthday and Easter back home with friends and family and with the weather getting warmer in Colorado, we were finally able to start enjoying our new home state! We started marriage prep and really getting into wedding planning. We were so excited for December!

May showed just how high and low life can get within a short amount of time. We started out the month taking our engagement photos with Nathaniel Jensen Photography and I started a new job that was more in my field of expertise and I was pumped. Not long after, we lost Mark's grandpa. We also had a bunch of other hard family stuff take place and our heads were constantly spinning. Not to mention my allergies were the worst they had ever been and my medicine would make me forget so much stuff I found myself forgetting to breathe. Really high, high but also extremely low, low.

The pace remained the same for June it seemed like. Allergies were still rough (if anyone has any remedies they swear by, I'm ALL ears! Colorado's allergy season is no joke!) but we celebrated Mark's cousin and our friend marry each other and the day was absolutely beautiful. Directly after that, we celebrated summer with Mark's family on vacation and it was great! I felt less alone for the first time in a while.

July brought more highs and lows. I was still dealing a little with allergies. Work was confusing and led me to feel defeated nearly every day. Mark and I had to miss our close friend's wedding and I missed home. I missed my friends and family. But we were finally starting to know our new home more! It was great meeting people, knowing which restaurants we loved, and being able to go up to the mountains whenever we wanted to. We got to host two of our closest friends for the Fourth of July and celebrate the holiday with them as well as celebrating their engagement! We were asked to be a part of their wedding and I'm pumped to celebrate them!!

August was another hard month. Work was weird, the blog was stagnant. Wedding planning was in full swing but so were the constant opinions and questions that came with it. I was looking forward to my Bachelorette Party at the end of the month but it turned sour quickly. Although the weekend was still great, the memories that hold my attention of it truly aren't.

HOWEVER, looking back, August was truly a month all about growth. It's where I really learned just how much grit I had to stay with it all. To continue pushing for a promotion at work, and to keep my blog going because it's what I truly loved to do. It also showed me an abundance of love. Because even though the month was full of hard situations, I found the ones who will REALLY be there no matter what. I found the people I want to surround myself with forever. They're people I look up to. They make me laugh until I cry and they fill my heart up with love that I only ever want to reciprocate. I want to give them the same warmth and happiness back because that's what they deserve. August was definitely a blessing in disguise. It was incredibly hard to suffer through but looking back, it was quite possibly the best thing to happen.

The following month was a pretty uneventful month again (thank goodness after the month before). We celebrated Labor Day by walking around our hometown, Mark booked us a fun getaway in the woods, and I had my family bridal shower at the end of the month. Wedding planning was picking up and I was having so much fun creating decorations! Honestly started thinking long and hard about becoming a wedding/event planner.

October is always my favorite month of the year and this year was no different. Fall is my favorite season and Colorado is absolutely gorgeous in the autumn months. Mark and I celebrated Halloween for most of the month by watching scary movies, including American Psycho, for the first time. Marriage prep kicked out butts (not to mention ate into our wallet) but we finished up November 1st and we were basically ready to do the dang thing already! I was also promoted October 31st at work and I was scared but also PUMPED. Guinness had also turned one year old and he finally stopped eating carpet at this point. Still one of the highlights of the year.

November was again full of ups and downs. We lost Mark's grandma on All Saint's Day (She truly belongs with all of the Saints.) We missed ANOTHER friend's wedding but only for the sole reason that BOTH of my outfits BROKE. (We really should start having a conversation of the quality of women's clothing...) So we met up with the couple a few weeks later and got drunk with them then instead. :) We were in the final stages of wedding planning and we were getting so excited for the big day. We paid all of the people we needed to and the wedding actually ended up being cheaper than we thought. YAY! I also got to celebrate another bridal shower with Mark's family over Thanksgiving weekend.

The highs of November carried over into December. The whole month still feels like a dream. My new promotion had me excited to go into work every day. I was ready to marry the love of my life and best friend. I was counting down the days until we could go explore Germany. Truthfully, the month was just as great as it sounds. I didn't feel alone anymore. I felt loved and I was surrounded by great people for the entire 31 days. Mark and I had a great wedding day and a fantastic honeymoon. I promise to write more about them soon!

On December 31st, I listened to my heart and followed through on many decisions I knew I needed to do to finally let go of one of the hardest and best years of my life. I wrote down the goals I had for the new year and the new decade. I talked with Mark about where we want our future to go. 2020 so far, has been filled anticipation and excitement and friendships and positive attitudes and for the first time in a long time, I'm really, truly looking forward to what the future holds for Mark and me and our lives together. But that's a post for another day.

2019 was a whirlwind. But 2020 is already showing that it's time to learn from the hard lessons of last year and propel forward into what God and the Universe have already planned out.


What does your 2019 recap look like? I'd love to hear from you! Send me links to your blog, leave me a message down below, or shoot me an email. I would love to know what 2019 was like for you and if you have any big plans/goals for 2020! I hope you all have a great 2020 and that the start of the new decade is all you ever dreamed of. This is the year to go for it. Follow your dreams. Meet new people. Start that business. You've got this and I hope you know that I'm always cheering you on.


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