Year in Review 2019 – Looking for the good times, ignoring the hard times

As I look back on 2019, I have mixed emotions. We had some good times and we have had some hard times. This is my year in review of 2019.

Year in review

Year in review: Don’t let the hard times consume you

If you asked me 7 years ago if I was in a hard time would I make it out… The answer would have been NO. I would let the hard times consume me and bring me further down than they needed to. Since being with Mike, he would always assure me EVERYTHING WOULD BE FINE. Apart of me didn’t believe him.

Fast forward to now. We had a rough November and December. Mike’s work slowed down a lot and money became tight again. His company shut down for 2 weeks for the holidays from 12/20-1/6. That doesn’t help the money situation. On top of that, we found out 2 days before Christmas the owner of our home said she is selling her properties and she is only extending our lease for a few months to find something else. It was hard to enjoy the holidays when you know you have to move soon.

Have a meltdown, but pick yourself right back up

I did have a slight meltdown and freaked out a bit, but I only took 10 minutes and then continued on with my day. I think about it every day, but we’re making a plan. We are hustling to make some money to move while still pay our current bills. Just knowing I have Mike to fall back on really eases my mind.

Somehow, someway he always gets us through the hard times. He is never worried about anything and if he is, he hides it very well. In the end, just make a plan. It might not go exactly the way you laid it out, but at least you have a rough draft.

Working towards fewer hard times

The hard times just fuel us to work harder for the good times. We have had fewer hard times this year than in previous years. We have a goal and are working hard to make it happen. I have told Mike time and time again all I want for my life is to live a simple, financially stable life. I have never wanted anything fancy and will always spend more money on others than myself.

Over these past 7 years, I have come to welcome the hard times, I use it as motivation for when we get through it. So in later years, we can say “Hey, you remember that time where we didn’t know where our next meal was coming from?” “Yeah, that was hard times, but dang don’t we appreciate our kitchen full of food now.”

Remember more good times, than bad times.

Doing this Year in review I am trying to think back in 2019 and I can’t think of any other month we struggled other than November and December and that was only because we didn’t know Mike’s job would get mad slow in November and be closing down for 2 weeks for Christmas and New years.

I even asked Mike and he can’t think of anything. I call this year a win. There have been plenty of times where we made it to payday with only 10 bucks or less in our account. I don’t call that really struggling because we had food in the fridge, a roof over our head and all bills were paid.

Let’s review some good times that happened this year

January- We xplored nature A LOT.

Year in review - explore nature

February- Patriots won the Superbowl.

Patriots Superbowl 2019

March- Mikayla entered her first school talent show.

April- We went to Fusion Con and I made enemies with the Red Ranger.

Fusion Con 2019, Red Power Ranger

May- I made homemade bread.

Year in review - Homemade bread

June- I met Spider-Man.


July – Mike got a job a better job and I cut/dyed Mikayla’s hair for the first time.

August – I quit my job. (me after quitting my job, yes I sent a picture to Mike LOL)

Year in review - quitting my job

September- We met Johnny Scoville from YouTube.

year in review - Johnny Scoville


October – I took my first solo vacation and first plane ride! I hung out with my cousin and hurt my sciatic. (we won’t talk about that last part)

Year in review

November – We decorated for Christmas.

December – Was happy Christmas shopping was done in October and wrapped in November.

Year in review: Always look for the positive

Although some months were better than others, I can definitely appreciate something that happened in that month. I recorded a lot of things we did not post and I made a video on YouTube of our time over the year. If you want to check it out our video Year in review.

I couldn’t have asked for a better year and I really think it had to do with my self-improvement journey. I have been spreading my positive thinking and words of wisdom upon Mike. Keeping us both focused on the end goal. We are still doing our life audit every month that also helps us stay on track, but I kid you not I have been on a self-development kick.

That’s my Year in review of 2019. I hope you were entertained and I hope you guys enjoyed your 2019 and can find the happy moments in between the hard times and I wish nothing but the best for all you guys. 2020 should be better than you are hoping it is. I appreciate you all and will see you in the new year!

What does your Year in review look like? Let me know how things went this year for you.

Until next time, have a great day!


40 Replies to “Year in Review 2019 – Looking for the good times, ignoring the hard times”

  1. It’s really a nice and useful piece of info. I am satisfied that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Bright snow Loveland says: Reply

    Amazing information. Soo Glad you share this lovely information with us.

    1. Thank you for the positive feedback.

  3. Take me back to 2019 haha. Love this review.

    1. Right 2019 was my year.

  4. Hopefully you’ve been able to apply these to 2020 with how crazy it’s been!

    1. Although we are limited to the things we can do, I am still as positive as ever. Things will always work out.

  5. I loved your picture after u quit job. All over your year was great. I also had a great year last year. This year broke me and my confidence…

    1. Thank you. I wanted to document the relief you can see on my face. All my stress and worry left me when she accepted my resignation. I am sorry to hear this year broke you. Please take some time to re-adjust and gain back your confidence. Is there anything I can do for you to help?

  6. Staying positive is all we can really do especially after all everyone has been through. Great article.

    1. That is all we can do. I was one of those people who said 2020 is going to be my year and I still stand by that. It’s just not my idea of a good year. LOL

      1. I wished that 2020 is my best year and lots of travels but didn’t came true because of the pandemic. Great post btw!

        1. Although traveling didn’t happen, I hope you are keeping your head held high.

  7. I’m glad you had a great year in 2019, I guess we have that in common because 2019 was very good to me. I hope this 2020 will be easy for us too. Thank you for sharing,

    1. It’s not my ideal 2020, but I am still making the best of it. Its all you can do right?

  8. My Kayla seems to be a very talented child! Congratulations and good luck with everything!

    1. She is very talented, she just doesn’t think it yet. Thank you, Denisa.

  9. Very well said Michelle! You were so right. This article is so helpful and encouraging. Love this “ Don’t let the hard times consume you”. Will deffo keep it in my mind and heart. The feeling is so nice to keep going with inspiration.

    1. Thank you, Anne, for such kinds words. I appreciate your comment!

  10. Because of what’s happening this year, I became more grateful for all the blessings that I’m receiving no matter how small or big it is. I always have a list of things that I want to achieve and review them at the end of the year. This way, I know what I accomplished.

    1. Alyssa, I am with you. I am not taking anything for granted this year at all. I appreciate everything that has come my family way.

  11. Lavern Moore says: Reply

    You have so much insight to share about finding the good in things. I’ve learned so much here that I can implement right away!

    1. Thank you, Lavern, for the kind words.

  12. Sounds like you had a great 2019! We are making the most of 2020 here

    1. That’s all we can do right now with 2020.

  13. It looks like you had an awesome 2019, aside from the sciatic. Can’t wait to see your 2020!

    1. Yeah, the sciatic was the worse part. So far my 2020 is pretty good. There have been a few ups and downs. That is to be expected.

  14. Marta Skeledžija says: Reply

    I belive that 2020 will be the most important year of our lives. It is a turning point in many things and awaking for many people. It may not be ideal but opening your eyes, rebuding yourself and growing never is. I wish you all the best in 2020. Stay safe my friend, you are one beautiful soul.

    1. 2020 is the year that will change everything. With this time people need to take a look inward and decide what kind of person are they going to be from now on. This was a wake-up call to stop spending money on frivolous things. I never want to be in the position of not being able to pay my bills or buy food for my family. I want to be prepared as much as possible without turning into a doomsday prepper.

  15. It is always good to look for the positive! I do the same 🙂

    1. I have to, if I don’t I will get real down in the dumps. Everything happens for a reason.

  16. The Love’s World says: Reply

    Wish you to have many more great years

    1. Thank you, you too hun!

  17. Looking for the positive and being grateful for what you have lets you move forward. Yes, money was tight in November and December, but you had what you needed and the Christmas shopping was done. Now, that’s impressive!

    1. I always start shopping as early as possible. Its easier to buy one thing here and one thing there than buying it all at once and having a panic attack over the total. LOL

  18. Rebecca Lerner says: Reply

    Love these ideas, good one to go shopping earlier rather than later!

    1. It has saved us so much hassle during the holiday season. Black Friday we walked around the stores for fun, just to get out of the house. LOL

  19. Elizabeth O says: Reply

    Keep inspiring many and giving motivational words. Love these thoughts. My favorite part is to remember more good times than bad times.

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