End of an Era—2019 and the Decade

By the time you read this, 2020 will be here. But today being New Year’s Eve, I asked Henry what he was looking forward to in 2020. You know, the kind of question everyone asks on the eve of a new year.

“Grapes,” he said. Not quite what I’d expected to hear, but to each his own.

Um, those are not grapes, Henry.

Though they weren’t asked, Lazy Buns and the Squeezamal chimed in with, “Catching some Zzzs” and “Tacos” respectively.

And Malik added, “Continuing to be awesome.” Perhaps having low expectations is the way some cope with the changing year.

Henry’s new BFF, the Bunny Cupcake (who sadly will be moving away soon), had very little to say other than bidding Henry a tearful good-bye.

And so, we bid good-bye to 2019 and the decade. I’m hardly tearful however. I’m glad to see you go, 2019! Thanks to the polar vortex, various family illnesses, manuscript rejections, pet deaths, and job losses, you will not be missed.

But as I consider those challenges, I can’t help seeing what they shaped in me, my family, and friends. Resilience is formed not in ease but in hard times. So 2019, your peaks and valleys left a residue of resilience that we can all carry into 2020—a year of endless possibilities.

I’m not one for making resolutions. And if you follow this blog at all, you know that I hardly ever post goals. (Some might say I never post goals.) But I’m writing three books that I’m looking forward to finishing in 2020.

What are you looking forward to in 2020? Comment below!

Happy New Year!

Photos by L. Marie. Squeezamals are a product of Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company. Lazy Buns is a Pop Hair Pet, a product of MGA Entertainment.

29 thoughts on “End of an Era—2019 and the Decade

  1. Happy New Year, as it is close to dawn on 2020 and I truly wish you the best in your ongoing goals.
    I have never been one to make resolutions, let alone keep them, however, I am in awe that we have reached 2020 – and that my vision hasn’t seen those numbers in ages. 🙂 Here’s to a better 2020!

  2. True words: “Resilience is formed not in ease but in hard times.” I’m sorry to hear that 2019 was full of hard times for you, but I admire your spirit to see how they shape you and move you forward. I wish you the very best with your THREE books (eh, if I could only get my butt in gear with my one … ;)). Happy New Year!

  3. Agreed…well written, L. Marie…I’ll just chime in with a ‘good riddance 2019’.
    2020 has a nice ring to it…wouldn’t you say?
    BTW: Malik is so shallow – but with such low expectations of himself, I guess life truly passes him by without him caring one whit…HA!

    • Thank you!
      😀 😁 😂 Ha ha, so true about Malik! I’m amazed that he’s always willing to talk about himself despite being labeled as shallow. Perhaps 2020 will be a year for him to learn to think of others

  4. Happy New Year to you and the gang, and safe travels to Bunny Cupcake! The Bricksters were very appreciative of my efforts to keep Little Brick Township clean last year, so I’ve decided my resolution is to dust the town more consistently rather than wait until the second half of the year and play catch-up. Good luck with your three projects, and if you need a beta reader, please let me know!

  5. Happy New Year! I don’t do goals either (except bookish ones, and they’re just for fun) but I guess I’m most like Lazy Buns – I find having extra zzz’s considerably less strenuous than attempting to be awesome! 😉 Wishing you success in completing the three books, and otherwise hope you have a lovely year! 😀

    • Yay, thank you!
      When you mentioned “the same as always,” I thought about Pinky and the Brain: “the same thing we do every night–try to take over the world.” 😀 😁

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