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2019 – My Year in Review – I’m DEBT FREE!

I’m writing this on the last Sunday of the year. Can you believe 2019 is coming to an end? Do the years seem to fly by to you? Sometimes I forget everything that happened until I go through my pictures. That’s the truth. I do know that I’m grateful to be here – in this time and space, mentally and physically. God blessed me in 2019. Here is my 2019 Year in Review. Check out December!

January – my daughter was mentioned in a Blavity article 15 under 15: Young Black Creators to know and support. 

February – I got my DNA tested with African Ancestry … (results down below).

March

  • My dad died. I was NOT ready for this. I was NOT expecting this. My husband, children, and mother were very supportive. I honestly continued to do things (because you have to) but I had really checked out for a while (months). Meaning, I was in the room, but I wasn’t in the room.
  • I covered Disney Dreamers with Steve Harvey for the 3rd time at Disney World. 

April 

  • Bailee and I held our first Nail Paint and Sip! It was a success!
  • I walked in my first Type 1 Diabetes walk with my husband and children. It was amazing. I didn’t know you could recruit people to support you and walk with you. I look forward to doing that in 2020.
  • My son acted in his first play, The Wizard of OZ. He played 3 roles and did great! 

May 

  • I got my results from African Ancestry! I am from the Fulani tribe in Guinea Bissau! (OMG!)
  • Bailee won 2nd place at the Kidprenuer fest and made the front page of the Jacksonville paper.
  • I interviewed Iyanla Vanzant about her new skin line. 

June

  • I held my first Dream Chat Live at my house which led to me doing this 3 more times via invitation. It’s been an amazing experience. 
  • We attended Game Plan in Atlanta and completed the TSP Mastermind for Bailee’s Nail Box. We rejoined for my husband’s business. 

July 

  • Friends and family tour! We traveled to see our friends and family and tried to fit as many as we could in 7 days! 

August

  • 3 year anniversary living in Florida – woosa!! That is a blog post all by itself. Stay tuned. 
  • Bailee and I spoke at USF about running a business and being the parent of a kidprenuer. 
  • Bailee and I were featured on a video show after Bailee’s Nail Box was featured on another video platform!
  • Speaking engagement for Goal Girls!

September

  • Bailee and Earl did their first radio interview in Tampa on WTMP 97.5 talking about things that teens and pre-teens deal with.
  • Celebrated 16 years of marriage
  • Speaking event – Dallas for the Motivated Mom Retreat & met my high school crush (Robert from the Cosby show!) *did you think it was someone else? 

October

  • Speaking event – ShiftCon in Atlanta – How to advocate for yourself
  • Won 5000 Miles on Spirit! (found out the catch – read the fine print!)
  • Speaking event – Tampa, FL Goal Girls – How to be an influencer. 

November

  • Speaking event – Sebring, FL Dream Chat LIve
  • Campaign with Denny’s
  • I started my swing trading/options course! (more on that in 2020 – please stay tuned)

December 

  • An amazing month with so many happy moments! 
  • Our family auditioned for a game show – can’t share any details outside of that. 
  • ONE BIG THING! Our goal for 2019 was to pay off my student loan. This was our last debt! We got it down to half this year and I was happy about that. My husband still had a goal that he wanted to pay it off this year but my faith started to dwindle because of the amount. He kept saying anything is possible! Well, he had 3 huge closings this month and told me on 12/29 that we paying off my student loan on 12/30!! When we started paying it off it was 55K. My balance was 25k as of today! My STUDENT LOAN is NOW paid in FULL!!!!!! I’m officially debt-free! No car note, no medical bills, no credit cards, no NOTHING! We do have a mortgage but if you follow Dave Ramsey’s plan, that’s step 6. I’ve had student loans for 20 years!!!!!!!!!!! Jesus! Shout with me! 

God is Amazing

It was a good year. God blessed in a favorable way. There were also a lot of good things that happened that I didn’t mention.

The biggest loss of the year was my father. However, he was sick and suffering so I have peace knowing he is with God. I wish I was able to see him one more time before he passed. That is my biggest regret. But at least I did get to tell him I love him one last time.

There were also quite a few changes for me this year. I didn’t blog as much as I normally do. That’s funny to me because I changed the look and topics of my blog. I also started back doing Dream Chats every week on Tuesdays with guest and more youtube videos. 

2020 will be 10 years of blogging for me.

10 years!!!!!!!!! Will I continue to blog? yes and no. I will share this, I want to start a podcast in 2020. I want to do more talking and less writing, but I will post the podcast here. There have been some mental shifts and my interest has changed. One major thing is swing trading! I will get more in that later. 

There is definitely a change coming – stay tuned. I was going to write about a decade review,  but I will save that for the 10-year anniversary post. 

THANK YOU!

Thank you for visiting my site, reading my blog, commenting, sharing – just being there. I don’t take any of this for granted. My prayer is that 2019 was amazing for you. In 2020, may you have more great experiences than unfavorable days. I pray that your dreams come true and that you’re not afraid to take a risk for the things that you really desire. 

I will leave you with this, God is so real. He loves you. Talk to him, he will talk back. 

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  • Reply
    Breonna
    December 30, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    I love this post! I’m also focusing on swing trading for next year. I’m currently in a course and practicing with fake money lol

  • Reply
    Ayishia
    January 2, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Sounds like your 2019 definitely had some highs and lows but God is certainly so good through it all. I know how thrilled you must be to no longer have those student loans sucking the life out of you. Bright future ahead in 2020 and I look forward to your podcast.

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    Kiwi
    January 8, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Wow what a great 2019!! I am so happy you are debt free and cheers to many more great memories and experiences for you to succeed in 2020!

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