2019 was a very up and down year for me. I can point to a lot of things I accomplished and I can also point to a lot of things I wish I had done better. But that’s a good thing. That means I have a lot of room for growth.
One of the good things I did in 2019? I read 57 books. That means I escaped to 57 different worlds. Some wonderful that made it hard to leave. Some I wanted to rush right back out of as quickly as possible.
From books to songs, here are my favorite places to dwell in 2019.
WHAT I READ
A Starless Sea came into my life in a very weird way. I was about to do a staycation with my husband to see The Nutcracker. But I couldn’t imagine leaving my house for an extended amount of time without a book, so I ran off to the bookstore to pick up a book a friend had recommended. It wasn’t there. As I was swearing and realizing my husband wasn’t going to be amused with how late I was, I reached for a book, any book. I saw it was fantasy (a genre that isn’t my type usually, to be honest) and thought, “Good, I need to learn how to build worlds.” And I bought it. Well, this random book ended up being the best book I read in 2019. I felt swept away by words and relished in how the seemingly unrelated stories intertwined. More than once, I said aloud, “What am I reading?” But then I’d be dragged back in with a beautifully written passage. It’s not for everyone. In fact, I think most people would hate it. But it was for me.
WHAT I WATCHED
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel may have some issues, but I do so love it. I took my time with the latest season in that I watched it over a couple of days instead of one sitting. The lovely naïveté of the characters, the fast talking and the search for one’s life purpose at all costs just make me keep coming back for more. And at the end, I’m always left feeling like I lost some of my best friends. I find myself wondering how they’re doing now. So yes, the next season can’t come soon enough.
WHAT I LISTENED TO
When someone’s name is on every list, I tend to shy away. There’s probably too much hype and not enough realness for my tastes. Lizzo, however, is the exception. A woman that is unapologetically herself. She’s happy and she wants to reach down to make others happy. So yes, I’m like everyone else and listening to Lizzo all day long.
WHAT I LEARNED
I think the greatest thing I learned this year was humbleness. People of all walks of life have so much to teach us, and I think listening more has had a really positive effect on me. The minute I’m not open to what someone is telling me is the minute that I’m not open to being better. In this more divided age, I wish more than anything that people would just learn how wonderful being humble is.
There’s a whole lot more to come in 2020 from me. I can’t wait to share and have fun with all of you this year.