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2020 Goals – New Year, New Goals and Our Holiday

Hello friends! Happy New Year!

I’m ba-ack! Well, at least my blog is back.

We had a wonderful Christmas Holiday with my in-laws and this week I am recovering from my trip. With EDS, I have to recuperate after the drive and really just needed the week off. You should have seen the sight of me! Wrapped in heating pads along with a heated seat, I tried to get comfortable in the car for the long haul.

It was well worth it, though, as we spent lots of time with family and got to see my brother and sis in law on the way back to Charlotte.

I wore this green velvet dress with gold jewelry, a brooch and different shoes on Christmas day. It still is a favorite! This dress was from Zara, I have found a few dresses that are similar in case you want one for the next Holiday. Love this green velvet dress, and this similar dress both under $40!

picture the green velvet dress with these heels and patterned black stockings. 🙂 Marc Fisher pumps – around $50!

Christmas Holiday

I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday with your family and I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

I had a great time at my in-laws and am grateful to my brother in Springfield, VA for letting us crash their overnight, as it is a long trip. We got to Harleysville, PA the afternoon of the 23rd, and took it easy, helping with getting ready for Christmas. We spent the Holiday with my hubby’s family and chatted back and forth with mine. Santa brought me some fashionable goodies  My mom bought me these Dolce Vita wedge sneakers that I had been obsessively looking at, and they are so fun to wear( stylish but casual) I will share new clothes on the blog as well as some wonderful canvas prints of my pups that my husband ordered. I loved it! We went to church and enjoyed a Candlelight service,  part of the tradition each year.

I always love Christmas and getting together with family. We talked a lot, laughed, enjoyed each other’s company, and ate well! We opened gifts on the evening of Dec 25 and had a lovely evening. We saw about 8 deer outside in the yard, and the pups were so excited to see them. I admit I was too,! These were tame deer as this was the closest I could get to them. Truffles and Gibson had fun and of course, I dressed them in their “ugly sweaters” and Santa Suits.

We returned before New Year’s Eve and I spent the day in bed as I couldn’t keep my eyes open as well as feeling like an elephant trampled on me!  It is typical when I travel, especially by car. Doggies kept me company and we just made a day out of watching Discovery ID and Netflix.

New Year and New Decade

We aren’t, big partiers (what?  gasp!) so had a low-key evening. I enjoy watching the ball drop and may or may not make it up until midnight. We bought some tasty hors d oeuvres of shrimp dip, hot crab dip, hummus/veggies. crab cakes. and of course, have an excellent bottle of wine to toast the New Year!  ( I don’t like champagne- what? gasp!) 🙂 But guess what? Besides muscle pain, I developed congestion,cold, aches and pains, so my NYE was just spent in bed. We hoped to have all the goodies the next day.

It’s hard to believe it is a new decade, and in 2008 I began getting sick, so this was a decade of doctors, specialists, hospitals, tests, and the Unknown. We visited the Mayo Clinic, had prolotherapy, began dry needling and was diagnosed with EDS. It has been a long road, and I just try and do my best day to day. I have to say, it isn’t easy dealing with something without a cure, but I have made improvements in the last several years. I am hoping that 2020 will be even better healthwise.

Group selfies aren’t easy when you have 8 people! A couple of people didn’t make it in the pic! Laura, my sister in law, front, and center, took the pic. My 19 yr old nephew Nickolaas, my hubby behind him, my brother in law, then me at the left-back row.

Don’t worry she didn’t drive the whole way there! Truffles did so well on the drive ( with a little help from Silio to calm her down!)

Gibby slept the entire time on my lap. What a good boy!

We were greeted by Pedro, my brother’s 12-year-old Australian Shepard pup the first night. Don’t leave any food on the table as this boy will eat it in one gulp! ( I learned the hard way with a piece of pizza!)

2020 Goals-

Do you set goals for the New Year each year? I don’t make resolutions but set goals that are more achievable for the New Year.

  • Medication- I am on a number of medications for my disease. Needed are anxiety, sleep, GI meds, and pain medication to name a few. My doctor proposed, after 8 years on strong pain medication, that I come down on the med in hopes of maintaining my current pain level and possibly providing more energy! The fatigue is tough, and I take a nap in the afternoon, so that would be a nice benefit. I am nervous about it, as my quality of life has improved since on it and I don’t want to go backward. So, we’ll see how it goes, trying to withdraw off a med that will be titrated slowly.
  • Fitness-   Since trigger points are formed in weak muscles, I hope to strengthen my body utilizing the gym’s weight machines. I am also planning on swimming and using pool weights. I was accepted into Medicare/Blue Cross’ “ Silver and Fit” program and got to join the gym for $15 for the year, the rest is covered by insurance! So besides weight machines, I will swim and use pool weights three times a week. When not at the gym, I will use my treadmill at home. I am competitive with myself though, and just have to realize I can’t do everything I used to!
  • Guitar- I need to play my guitar regularly. I am dying to play ” Bohemian Rhapsody” and learn a jazz guitar chord melody. I also enjoy singing and have a great Shure microphone, so I plan on practicing this as well! My hubby is playing piano and we thought it would be fun to learn a tune together! I got him Queen and Elton John piano books for Christmas.
  • Blog- I’d love to increase my readership and I need to figure out how to utilize Like to Know It. I am also planning on using Pinterest more to bring readers to the blog. I’d love to do a post once a month on Pinterest inspiration looks. I will get a Survey out at the beginning of the year, any specific ones you know of?
  • House- get estimates on flooring for all bathrooms. We are pricing Luxury Vinyl and I would be more than happy to replace our linoleum floors! They are the bane of my existence!

Fashion Photoshoots will return next week and I can’t wait to show you some new goodies! I have a pair of black Coach kitten heels I wore on Christmas Day, but have wanted a pair of black pumps with block heels for a while. I bought these Mard Fisher Claire heels in black croc and they are lovely! The block heel makes them easy to walk in and the heel isn’t too high.

So, expect to see those and some new duds soon.

 Do you have goals for the New Year? Tell me about them in the comments!

Have a great weekend!

Jess xo

  • Jessica
    Posted at 01:30h, 08 January Reply

    Looked like you had a blast dear. Really fun photos you have here. Anyway, love the dress on you!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • rawsonjl
    Posted at 20:26h, 06 January Reply

    I can definitely tell you we did not see the ball drop; in fact I think I was asleep by 8:30! I spent much of our two week break napping and sleeping though we are lucky to live close to family so we saw lots of them too.

  • Michelle Churchman
    Posted at 16:04h, 05 January Reply

    Sounds like a lovely holiday! And you look fabulous in the green velvet! Your pups are all so cute – including pizza-snatching, Pedro. LOL! I hear you on the traveling. It is taxing for me as well. I’m sorry you caught a cold on top of it. Wishing you all the best for 2020!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:58h, 06 January Reply

      Hi Michelle, It was a great Christmas! Pedro is my brother’s pup but he is fast when it comes to gobbling up food! Thank you! Best to you as well in 2020!

  • Ashley
    Posted at 18:10h, 03 January Reply

    These are wonderful goals for 2020! I am like you, I don’t set resolutions, but instead set goals. I feel like I do so much better throughout the year with goals that I have really thought out, broken down into mini goals and have added those to my daily planner to make sure things are getting accomplished.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:19h, 03 January Reply

      Hello Ashley, thank you for popping by! Yes, I agree! I think the more you set achieveable , attainable goals , it helps you in a direction for the year. I used to love writing in a new yearly planner ( old school) . Happy New Year to you!

  • Gemma Etc. (@GemmaEtc)
    Posted at 15:19h, 03 January Reply

    I love your outfit, that dress is gorgeous! And the puppies are adorable xx


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:20h, 03 January Reply

      Thank you so much! It is one of my favorite dresses! My puppies are a lot of fun. I appreciate you stopping by!

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 12:32h, 03 January Reply

    Jess, it sounds like you had a wonderful holiday! I am so sorry that your traveling to spend time with family causes so much pain. I love that you don’t let it stop you from enjoying your life though. Those goals all sound great and very achievable for the next year. I wish you much success with all of it. And your green velvet dress has me swooning! I absolutely adore it especially with the bright blue shoes. So cute! I got home from my holiday travels on Saturday, ran a few errands like grocery shopping on Sunday and have not gotten dressed or left my house since then (except for a quick trip to the ER on New Year’s night with Ralphie…everything is fine thankfully.) Great to see you back at it and I look forward to seeing all your new fashionable Christmas gifts!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:46h, 03 January Reply

      Hi Shelbee
      Oh, what happened to Ralphie? Hope everything is alright! Yes, it was a lovely holiday seeing my in-laws and family. I do wish I could Star Trek myself and just say “Beam me up Scotti” as sitting for so long is tough on me. I bought the green dress on Zara and it has gotten alot of wear, especially for Holidays. Sounds like you did a lot of driving too, and I can relate to the staying in pjs and robes! I have alot of beautiful clothes but I just needed to hang out in my robe for a few days! Thanks for commentng and I hope to participate more with your Good BYe series.
      Enjoy the weekend!

      • shelbeeontheedge1
        Posted at 08:22h, 05 January Reply

        Thanks, Jess! Ralphie is fine. He had some random allergic reaction and broke out into full body hives. I dosed him with Benedryl but the hives continued to get worse so off to the ER we went. After one dose of steroids, he was fine. He has one more day of the steroids though. And we will probably never know what caused the reaction.


  • Nancys Fashion Style (@nancybaten1)
    Posted at 01:41h, 03 January Reply

    Happy New Year Jess! I hope it will be a good one for you! I also have to strengten my muscles! I went therefor to a dieetist. I had to eat more proteïne and dairy. It helps!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:25h, 03 January Reply

      Hi Nancy! Happy New Year to you! Yes, I need to work on strengthening. I do some free weights but need to have use the machines for form. I LOVE dairy, no problem there! I couldnt live without cheese or milk! Best to you!

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