Hello, 2019.

Whoa… I feel like a broken record for saying this every year, but seriously, where has the time gone? I had so many ideas and good intentions for more blog posts, but I blinked and now it’s the New Year. This past year was a rollercoaster that never slowed down for Jake and me, so instead of New Year’s resolutions or 2019 goals, today I am going to post a little recap of 2018.

Many people will say 2018 was not a good year for them, but for me it was one of the best I have had in a long time.

It was full of lots of unforgettable memories.

In January we had the biggest snow in South Georgia since the 80s. It was fun to see our little house covered and be able to go outside and enjoy it.

I had some amazing opportunities with my job and traveled to Las Vegas and Dallas for our industry trade shows. Gambling wasn’t for me so I did some shopping, ate some delicious food (I’m seriously still dreaming about the lasagna from Trattoria Reggiano in the Venetian in Vegas), and made memories with some great people.

It was also full of many challenges and changes.

Jake spent most of this year recovering from his life-changing car accident. We had to learn how to adapt and rely more on each other. It definitely taught us a lot and brought us closer together. It is so awesome to see the progress he has made in just one year from not knowing if he would ever be able to live his life normally and spending every day in unimaginable pain. We are so blessed that the Lord brought us through that time and we are able to see the positive side of it.

In March we sold our first house, and in May I quit my job and we moved halfway across the U.S. to Kansas. Jake started graduate school and is already half a year in to becoming a nurse anesthetist. I started a new job in a field I never thought I would be in, but I am absolutely loving it and work with amazing people.

(Read more on our move or watch our vlog.)

We had some awesome experiences.

My mom and step-dad flew out for a visit, and we went to the UGA vs. Mizzou football game. Although I am not a Georgia fan in the slightest, I will always pull for my home state. I’m a huge football fan so it wasn’t hard to get into a good game!


Jake and I were able to see Fleetwood Mac, one of our favorite bands, live in concert. It was an unbelievable experience and probably a once in a lifetime opportunity because they will not be touring for much longer. It was an amazing concert and 100% worth it!

(Picture of Stevie Nicks from Sprint Center)

For Thanksgiving we took advantage of living so close to Colorado and took a trip to Denver and Colorado Springs. This was a bittersweet holiday as the first without our family, but we saw some unbelievable sights and celebrated an early “dating” anniversary since this year marked TEN years of being together.


We finished the year off by flying home for Christmas and meeting our new family additions; a beautiful little girl – Halle Brooke – born in October, and a handsome little boy – Gunner Hayes – born in November. It is definitely one of our greatest struggles to be so far from our family, but we know that it will all pay off. Each visit is so special and we do not take that time for granted.

A year feels like a long time, but at the same time it is just a blip in your life. A lot can change and although you may not be able to control some of the things that happen, you are 100% in control of how you react to those things.

This year I challenge you to take charge of your life and make the best of each little moment, because one day you will have blinked and it won’t be only a year of your life that has flown by, but 10 or 30 or even 50.


Here’s to making 2019 one of the best years yet!





Published by Kelsey Youmans

I am a 20-something book lover, Pinterest addict, and recent college grad just trying to get my life together. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, and we are proud Georgia Southern Eagles. I hope you enjoy these little snippets of my life.

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