Wow, 2019. Wow… When this year started, I was ready for a relaxing year to coast, focus on my mental health, and get organized. We had no big life changes on the horizon… and then we were like hey let’s just go ahead and buy a new house in a new town and put Amalia into a new daycare! NBD.
The move was unexpected, overwhelming, and wonderful all at the same time. But what really put things into overdrive was the fact that Anel’s business was blowing up beyond what we could have ever imagined and we had to expand his studio at the same time. The Dzafics have had an exciting year, to say the least!
The fall was financially and emotionally intense but we got through it and the whole family is thriving in our new home. Anel and I were saying just last night that our relationship is somehow better than ever despite the fact that we’ve been through so much change lately, something that used to pull us apart. A lot of that has to do with a new system we’ve put into place for domestic tasks which I’ll be sharing more about, in full, early next year.
2019 has brought overall success on the anxiety-front but there have been some setbacks over the last few months which is a good reminder that we’re never really done working on and bettering ourselves. It’s easy to get lazy and feel “done” with the hard work that goes into staying mentally healthy, but not worth it in the long run!
I started 2019 with some lofty goals for series and content here on Lemon Stripes, not knowing how much we’d have going on in our lives outside of the blog. So I want to apologize for not holding myself accountable for all of the content I promised that never made it here. I’ve heard you on that point and I promise to work on it going forward. One of my biggest goals for 2020 is to work on accountability and following through with the promises I make. So when I’m back next year (!) to announce the direction of Lemon Stripes, I will be keeping that in mind.
Another big goal for 2020 is to better myself with education on topics that I feel passionate about. Watching The True Cost in May was a big eye-opener for me and sharing the changes that I’ve been making has been incredibly rewarding but also quite challenging. The amount of backlash I’ve received because I’m not “doing enough” or I’m “doing it wrong” or (my favorite) my dedication to sustainability is “fake,” has been a bit of a tough pill to swallow. For a while, that made me second guess everything I wrote or said because I was so scared to say or write the wrong thing.
But then I started the #LSWaterBottleChallenge and saw how many of you not only participated but spread the word to your friends and family, I realized that none of that matters. Because together, we’re making waves. Small waves, yes, but waves. And I intend to continue sharing attainable, affordable sustainability challenges in 2020 so that our waves can grow, and so that we can do our part in saving what can feel, at times, like a very morbid situation on this planet of ours.
On a lighter note, I’d love to hear from you about what resonated this year, what didn’t, and what kind of content you want to see next year. If you fill out this survey, you’ll be entered to win one of three $100 Amex gift cards, and it will only take you two minutes or less!
I’ll be back here on January 2nd with all of my 2020 goals and ideas for Lemon Stripes with the help of your survey responses. In the meantime, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to all of you for your love and support this year and for keeping this site alive. Sending you so much love and the happiest of holidays. See you in 2020!