Today is the last day of this decade.

Goodbye to 2019. We are ushering into 2020. We are in a new decade.

Think back in history to the roaring 20’s. The jazz, nightclubs, and cars. It was the decade where they thought they were getting loose. Economic prosperity until 1929 when the stock crashed and led the new decade into the great depression. It was the end of World War 1, and also prohibition on alcohol also took place.

They were having fun and financially stable, until the great depression.

I picture a night club, and ladies swing dancing with bob cuts. This is not probably accurate, and I probably seen this kind of a scene in a 40’s movie.

My Grandma and Grandpa were born in the late 20’s. My Great Grandparents went through the depression era with a new baby which was my Grandmother. They were business owners and my Great Grandpa was resilient, and created his own electric company.

Time has changed immensely since the 1920’s. We live in a whole different world with technology, school shootings, airplanes, you can order groceries, or almost anything online. It is not as safe to have your children play on the streets.

I wonder what this decade will bring? Change is constant, and somethings remain the same.

We are going to have advances in robots. Will robots take over humans? Will they take our jobs? I am old fashioned. I like communication with people by talking in person, and even writing letters.

Also advances in science to cure disease like Alzheimers, and cancer possibly. I work with a young man whose Dad is a geneticist. Stem cell research will advance.

Cars will be able to drive themselves. That is kinda boring. I would rather do it myself. This makes us lazier? Is it safer this way?

Computer will have processing power of a human brain.

They are talking about putting chips in the brain to stimulate neural activity. I’m not down for that.

What do you think this decade will bring? What advances do you think will happen?

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Reflection of 2019. My year recapped.

OK, I had a rough year, I’m not going to lie. The road was rough and bumpy, but smoothed out and got a whole lot better. Life always has its ups and downs anyway.

My husband and I are going through debt consolidation, due to poor choices when we were younger, so I worked a ton of over time. I wore myself out. It has really paid off literally because we are also out of debt, and on our way to financial freedom!

It was challenging balancing being a Mom, and working a strenuous, physically, and emotionally demanding job. But were almost to the end of this road.

I’m so exhausted, and I missed my kids but I was able to cut one of my days, and only work four days a week.

In the summer I was going to go on vacation with my parents, but I had a panic attack and I didn’t go.

While they were on vacation my Uncle, that I was close to, had a massive heart attack at the age of 63, and was placed on life support until my Aunt could drive out of state to take him off life support. He died instantly. I was crushed and went into a depression.

My adopted cousin, whom I never met came out for a visit. This cheered me up. I went to the doctor and I increased my antidepressant. This has really helped me. My life is improving.

We all die, and reach the end of the road. It is something that is true about life. We cannot hang onto loved ones, we need to let them go. We don’t live forever.

6 months beforehand, my Aunt, my Mom’s wife, was killed by crossing the highway and was hit by a truck, and died instantly, no suffering.

One week before my dear Uncle passed, my other cousins Dad died of a stroke. I grew up with my Aunt and Uncle that passed. They weren’t blood but still.

My blood Uncle, my Dad’s brother, crushed my heart. But it was his time, and there is nothing I can do to go back and change this. I let him go, at the end of the road of his life, and he is in a better place.

Then my Executive Director, who was an outstanding women, passed away young at the age of 36. She was only 9 months younger than me. She has a massive heart and her heart stopped in her sleep.

I was also crushed about this, but tomorrow is never promised.

Now I am on the upside of life, because I am only working 4 days a week. I have quality time with my family, and time for my hobbies. I almost have $32,000 of debt paid off. We will be able to move to a better neighborhood after this.

Life is looking upward, but you never know what tomorrow brings, I will be able to deal with what life throws at me.

 

I can’t believe it is almost 2020!

Makes me feel old.

I do not do New Years resolutions, because now that I am older, I know that you never know what life will bring you, and how you will react and what you will do as a result. Life is very unpredictable sometimes.

Then again, a lot of things in my life are the same all the time.

I’ve had the same job, for seven years, do the same thing everyday for 12 years, because I have had the same career path for 12 years, and at the same time, I take care of people, and you never know what the day will bring.

I’ve been married with the same man for almost 16 years. Our relationship is solid and constant. It is a blessing.

So I don’t do resolutions. I want to lose weight, but I am surrounded by junk food all the time at work. I know I really like to eat. I would like to have more control.

I would like more time with my kids. I cut my hours, so I do have more time with them, but they are teenagers and want to listen to music all the time! I find myself talking to them when they are listening to music, and I am talking to myself.

I want to be out of debt, but my husband and I are enrolled in a debt program so we are actually going to be out of debt soon.

So I am not doing resolutions. I guess I am just a realist. I want to take everything one day at a time, to be able to deal with what’s going on realistically.

There won’t be any change without motivation, and action. Also looking at the root cause of what you want to change about yourself.

Everything has a reason, cause and effect. It takes time to work on this. I just can’t come up with unrealistic goals, without a ton of reflection and steps to change.

My life is pretty good as is. If there’s something to change, I will work on it, one step at a time, and not work on a ton of things at once. It doesn’t seem realistic, it seems like false hope.

Changing takes work and time. Some things you cannot change overnight or even within a year.

These are just my thoughts.

New Years is fun to celebrate though!

I’m glad I have it off, because I usually work Holidays, since I work in health care.

Boldly approach this new year….

and remember:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

God does not want you to live in fear. Boldly live, and do not live in fear for God said:

“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”

So we say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”

Hebrews 13: 5-6. 

God is always there, he will never leave you. Do not be afraid of anything. Boldly live your life, and do not live in fear.

God loves you and doesn’t want you to live in fear.