2019: Best Year Ever

Cover photo taken by Massart Photography.

I’m in a writing mood, and I felt like I couldn’t let the end of this year go by without looking back on what has been the best year of my life. SO MUCH happened, both planned and unplanned. Plus, it’s the end of a DECADE! I also have a lot of time on my hands right now given the extended winter break I get with my new job (more on that later).

Like I mentioned, 2019 was by far the best year of my life. I knew going into it that it would certainly be special due to the fact that it was the year of our wedding, but I really had no idea what else would be in store for Jay and me.

On Wedding Planning

The first few months of 2019 were stressful with wedding planning, but it was all worth it. Shout out to my mom, the best MOB/wedding planner ever. I could not have done it without her! My amazing and generous bridesmaids threw me the best bachelorette party in Miami in March, and I celebrated my bridal shower at Aldrich Mansion with the most important ladies in my life in April.

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Our wedding day was perfection. Not only did I marry the love of my life, but in the midst of the gloomiest May ever, Saturday, May 11th was sunny and 70 degrees. I spent the morning sipping mimosas and getting ready with my bridesmaids and mom. The light shining into the Providence Public Library during our ceremony was magical, and we took breathtaking photos in Waterplace Park. Our reception back at the library was so much fun. We’re so grateful to our family and friends who celebrated us that day.

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Our Honeymoon

We quickly jetted off to Bali for our two-week honeymoon in paradise. I wrote a whole post on that trip here! Bali is the most romantic and incredible place, and those two weeks were the highlight of the year. We can’t wait to go back someday.

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Post-Wedding Life

We continued the celebrating with my cousin’s wedding in June, and then spent every weekend of the summer at our favorite place, Bonnet Shores Beach Club.

In our house, we bought some new furniture, redesigned two of the bedrooms, and finally purchased a china cabinet for the china I inherited from my grandmother. I’m so happy with how everything turned out.

In September, I was presented with an unexpected opportunity for a new job. It’s never easy to leave a job where you’re happy, but new opportunities like this do not come around that often. I knew deep down that this was my dream job, and it has turned out to be even better than I could have imagined. It doesn’t hurt that I’m currently at home enjoying a winter break until after the new year. Talk about job perks!

The amazing happenings of 2019 don’t end there. Jay put in so much hard work at his job this year that he is also looking at a big promotion in early 2020.

And Fitz, well, he turned 5 and is still the cutest kitty ever!

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2019 Reflections

Beyond all of the amazing happenings in 2019, this year was full of personal growth, and I feel like I have learned so much. Planning a wedding truly opened my eyes to so many things (good and bad, honestly). So many people were so supportive, helpful and happy for Jay and me this year, but some were not. I’m pointing this out because I am so proud of how I handled the latter. It used to really bother me, so I made a New Year’s Resolution for 2019 to let it go, ignore anyone who does not have our best interests in mind, and cut out people who are toxic or whose values do not align with ours. I’m so proud of myself for doing all of those things because it made me immensely happier. I’m so much more at peace now than I was at this time last year. I’m grateful for all of the lessons, and I always find value in any situation where I can learn something. My goal for 2020 is to keep working on it.

Still Newlyweds

Most importantly, I am truly the luckiest because I have Jay to do life with. He is the most loving and supportive husband. I spent more than half the last decade loving him, so I would consider that a success! We’re so looking forward to everything 2020 has in store, especially planning our first anniversary adventure!

Happy New Year and Cheers to 2020!

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