It’s Almost 2020 (And I’m Freaking Out)

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Hello, my beans!

(You guys like the new greeting? Perfect for 2020.)

I’m shocked.

Concerned.

Appalled.

Last week I woke to a horrifying and utterly confusing realization.

2019 is almost over.

It went by in a blur.

I know. I’m beginning to sound very much like an……adult now. Kids aren’t supposed to say, “Wow, the year has flown by!”

But I just did. 

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I guess there’s not much I can say. I am getting older. Next year I will be the terrifying 2.0, never to return.

I don’t feel like I’m going to be an “adult” next year. I still feel like a kid at heart.

But I am older than most of my friends.

Which is almost as frightening as 2019 being almost over. 

It……does feel strange to be one of the “older” young bloggers on WordPress. I still feel absolutely accepted by the community, but I also feel like Gandalf chasing around all those spritely hobbits.

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me interacting with bloggers younger than me on WordPress

 

But I suppose I went off on a tangent.

2019 has been a year to behold.

Running the risk of acting old again, it really did feel like I was making New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 just a few months ago.

But that brought another thought into my mind.

How did my 2019 resolutions go?

Honestly? I have no idea.

I can’t remember what they even were.

But I felt like 2019 was better than the year before that was. So maybe something went right?

 

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2019 had a lot of downs. But it also had a lot of victories. For every area of my life. 

I had so many friends pray for me this year, and I could definitely feel it working in my life.

I made so many new friends. 

I reached my one year anniversary on my blog in April.  

I made a big breakthrough with my writing.

I grew closer to God. 

And God gave me so many victories with the anxiousness that has been attacking me. 

To be perfectly honest, I am not 100% I know what happened in 2019. But I had fun.

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me in 2019

 

But enough reflection on the past. Let’s move onto 2020!

(Important to note: So far in this post, I have not written 2020 correctly on the first try. *sigh* So it begins.)

2020 at Jane Austen’s Lightsaber is going to be fun. 

I have some blog/social media related resolutions to share with you guys, since I believe they will make everyone very excited.

I wasn’t crazy about sharing my personal resolutions because I am in general rather dull and they don’t really effect you beans in particular.

However, the following changes/resolutions you’ll see listed here will apply directly to you if you’re a follower of Jane Austen’s Lightsaber! And don’t worry – every thing we’re going to discuss is going to be exciting. 

 

I’m Going To Post More!

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*flings hamsters*

I am personally very excited to get more connected on WordPress. I posted so much more earlier this year, and I really slacked as it went on. My views fell tremendously (not that it matters *eye twitch*), but my followers who faithfully interacted with me still liked every meager post I happened to put up the latter half of the year.

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But I am determined to get on the laptop and smash out some more posts. Perhaps once every other week at first, then maybe once a week as things continue to get better.

And I have some really exciting post ideas I can’t wait to share with you beans. I wanted to speak on a little bit of everything this year. So perhaps some lifestyle posts (handling guests/holidays as an introvert, overcoming travel anxiety), definitely more writing posts (thoughts on diversity on fiction, navigating feedback on your writing as a sensitive person) and some bookish posts as well (book reviews, analyzing books as a writer).

I also have some fun ideas for blog series too! (What Writers Can Learn From Keeper Of The Lost Cities, my beans?)

In short, this year will be all about helping people with my blog and making it a fun, anger-free place to hang around.

 

 

I’m Organizing Something Really Special

 

Hopefully in January, I plan to release the announcement of the special thing I have been planning.

I’m really excited about this. And I hope you beans are too. Because this is not only something special for me, but you guys get to become a part of this fun opportunity as well!

It’s really fun to keep it a secret. But it’s also hurting me very much. But I hope I’ve left you on adequate suspense. (I’m sorry Diamond – I just really love building up hype.)

So in short, something important is coming. 

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I Want To Be More Connected With My Friends

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Ah, being an introvert. This is uncomfortably true.

BUT, I have met some many precious people on WordPress, and they make me smile and laugh. A lot. And I want to spend more time with them!

I’m still trying to find the time between not overdoing it and burning myself out (which is what happened this year) and not turning into a hermit who says hello to two friends three times a year.

I still do not know what that balance is. BUT I SHALL FIND IT ONE DAY! And if any of you heavily introverted peeps out there would comment below and tell me how you balance time away from friends yet staying connected, let me know in the comments. It would be appreciated.

 

 

I feel like there’s more. But I also felt like I came up with a few of these resolutions right in on the spot as I was typing.

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But it all feels good. And like a flying dumpster on fire. (But it shoots across the sky like a falling star. It’s really pretty.)

It feels strange to type this down, because it almost feels like I’m lying. Because the year never goes as planned and I’m not very good at remembering my resolutions past February. (I guess I’m saying don’t get your hopes up.)

The biggest thing is, this is a new year. Like when you wake up in the morning and get a fresh start.

And this year, I want you beans to come along with me for the ride.

And we should clap ourselves on the back. We survived 2019!

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We really did survive the meme trends and another year of Tik Toc. That’s something to celebrate.

 

SO.

 

Are you excited for the new year? What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Are you excited for the new changes coming to Jane Austen’s Lightsaber? How will you ring in the New Year?

20 thoughts on “It’s Almost 2020 (And I’m Freaking Out)

  1. YAY PENNY!! I’m so excited for 2020 and to read more amazing posts from you!! Your topics, writing, and incredible combination of GIFS never fail to make me smile! 🙂 Also, I can’t wait for the surprise! 😛
    P.S. – Do you say JIF or GIF? Just curious because I don’t even know how I pronounce it XD

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    1. *creepy random person coming in because she simply has to share this* *coughs* I looked it up… and you’re supposed to pronounce it “jif” (which is good cuz I’ve always said it like that. 😂), and it’s spelled gif. 😛 Sorry for barging in here…. *disappears*

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  2. don’t you dare burn yourself out i need someone to scream about ros withhhhh
    but penny, you survived. that’s such a beautiful thing. whatever 2020 looks like for us both, i wish you well for all of it. ❤️

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  3. XD. Balancing introversion and friendship–you tell the world you have no friends and make people feel special when you do interact with them. *coughs* Nooooo, I kid (mostly because I don’t know how you do that)

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  4. I’m pretty sure this is the first time I have ever been compared to a “spritely hobbit”. 😂 Honestly, though, I’m with you on the whole “where-did-the-time-go-I-feel-old” thing. 2020 is about to start and I’m sitting here thinking we’re still in 2017. 🙃
    Ooooh, the suspense! I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for this wonderful blog! It’s one of my favorites and you never fail to bring some humor and happiness to my day! Keep up the awesomeness!
    HAPPY NEW YEAR, Penny!! ❤️

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  5. “like a flying dumpster on fire. ”
    This. Sounds like something I need to see XD

    *chunks chocolate your way* I’M.SO.GLAD.TO.HEAR.YOU’LL.BE.POSTING.MORRREEEE!!!! aLsO a SURPRISE?????TOBEANNOUNCEDCOMEJANUARY?!?!?!!!!!!?!?!?!?! 0.o I needssss to know morrrrrree!!!!

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  6. Whooooo 2020! I finally (kinda) excited for it! Aaandd I have like zero goals 🤷‍♀️ xD I’m super excited for your future posts tho!!!!! *cue screaming* *and frantic waving of lightsabers*
    ALSO WAIT WUT NOOO I MUST KNOW WHAT THE SPECIAL THING COMING UP IS!!!!!!!!!! *distant hyperventilating*

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  7. I would LOVE to see a blog series about what writers could learn from Keeper of The Lost Cities! I actually started reading the series after I heard about it from your blog, and I AM OBSESSED!!!

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  8. ECKKKK!!! I cannot WAIT for you to start posting more!!!!!!!! I always LOVE your posts, Penny, and I CANNOT WAIT FOR MOREEEEEEE!!!! I feel like this year flew by way too quickly and I guess I am as ready for 2020 as anyone can possibly be, lol. Anywho….as I mentioned before I am SUPER excited for you to start posting more this next year and I cannot wait to see where God takes you through it!!!! 😘😘😆😆❤💕❤💕

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  9. Honestly if I didn’t keep a journal I wouldn’t really remember 2019 either…

    Pleaseeeee don’t keep me in suspense any more. Pleeeeaaaasssseeeee Penny!
    *ahem* I am really excited to know what your surprises are.

    Happy New Year!
    P.S. Thank you so much for your kind words on my survey! I really appreciate it!

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  10. In a way I’m not sure I know what all happened in 2019 and it wasn’t all easy but it sure was fun. 🙌
    I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT’LL HAPPEN HERE NEXT YEAR!! And I want to hear every single one of those post ideas.
    And heavily introverted peep here…chances are your friends know you’re an introvert (if not tell them), so if you need a quiet minute alone or to vanish off text/emails, just unapologetically take care of yourself. They’ll understand. 💜

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  11. Yay! Looking forward to seeing you on here more. 😉
    Also, I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels old. (I almost didn’t want to celebrate my birthday this year! XP)
    I’m definitely looking forward to next year! It feels like it’s going to be a big year for a lot of us. =3
    And, you’re not alone, fellow introvert! God’s been teaching me that I need to be brave and get myself out there more when it comes to people. It’ll be good to go through that painful process with other introverts. ;3

    Be blessed in this upcoming New Year!

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  12. *flings hamsters* 🤣 love that

    I LOVE all your posts so much!! So I’m excited to hear that I’ll get even MORE from you! WOOOOOOO! 🥳 🎉

    Happy New Year, Penny!

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